English phrases with blue in them. The colour blue is one of the sad colours.
Blue usually creates negative feelings of sadness or melancholy.
Let’s learn English idioms with blue: once in a blue moon, scream/shout blue murder and many more. And don’t forget to learn 18 English colour idioms
List of blue idioms
English Idioms with Blue
They say that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year! Here are some English phrases with BLUE in them.
Yes, they really do say that on the third Monday in January people are more likely to feel blue (to feel depressed, to feel down) due to the fact that (because) the Christmas and New Year holidays are well and truly (completely) over.
We have returned to work, we have nothing to look forward to in the short term (in the near future) AND you still have to wait approximately (about) two weeks to get paid!
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You can add to this quite long list the fact that you are probably in debt (owe a lot of money on your credit card) you have to return those presents you did not really like. And yes, the bills you did not pay before Christmas really have to be paid now.
So there are many reasons for feeling down (depressed or sad) on a Monday particularly in January but do not worry by the time you read this, January will be a distant memory (almost forgotten) I hope!
English Phrases with Blue in Them
Meaning: that terrible feeling when you switch off the alarm on a Monday morning and realise the weekend is over
Most Mondays are depressing in some way. That is why we refer to it generally as the Monday Morning Blues.
Most of the employees feel less motivated and always have Monday blues.
(to have) blue blood
Meaning: we can use this expression when we refer to aristocrats (people perhaps from a wealthy background or from a monarchy).
He left everyone in a belief that he was of blue blood.
Meaning: reliable safe investments
When we make investments we often try to invest in blue-chip stocks. So if we want to take a risk but not a big risk then blue-chip stocks (Coca Cola or BP or Proctor & Gamble) are often recommended.
One of the reasons to start investing in blue-chip stocks is because of the income, or dividends they pay out.
till someone is blue in the face
Meaning: this is used to describe a certain amount of frustration or annoyance when you have to do something continuously but without results
If she thought she was in the right she’d argue till she was blue in the face.
Blue in the face - english idiom meaning
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English Phrases with Blue in them
running around like a blue-arsed fly
Meaning: to be very busy doing lots of different things in a short space of time
The fly it refers to is the blue bottle, a big horrible fly that buzzes around your room until you either kill it or it escapes.
the blue rinse brigade
English Idioms with Blue
out of the blue
Meaning: something that happened or occurred unexpectedly and definitely not planned
I hadn’t heard a word from my brother for months. I thought he had forgotten all about me. Then out of the blue, he called to say he was in town and wanted to meet up.
once in a blue moon
Meaning: a very rare occurrence
The moon as we all know is (or it appears to us) white in the sky at night. Very occasionally it appears to change colour due to some activity in the atmosphere.
A husband and wife were arguing about household duties or chores (housework).
👩 WIFE: You never do anything around the house. You never help with the washing up or offer to do the ironing.
👱 HUSBAND: That’s not true. I put the rubbish bins out last week and I ironed my shirt on Saturday!
👩 WIFE: Yes, once in a blue moon but usually I do all the ironing!
English Idioms with Blue
like a bolt from the blue
Meaning: we use it to refer to news, mostly bad news, that you get unexpectedly
I was working as I always then like a bolt from the blue my boss asked to see me and told me I was being made redundant. It turns out that the company was losing money and 10 of us had to go.
to go off into the blue
Meaning: to go away suddenly, to disappear, to vanish
My wife ordered a pizza which was delivered immediately but my order went off into the blue.
to talk a blue streak
Meaning: (North American) to talk quickly without stopping
The woman who sat behind me in the aeroplane talked a blue streak.
to scream/shout blue murder
Meaning: to shout very loudly when you’re not happy with something
Environmental activists are screaming blue murder about climate control.
So here are my English idioms and phrases with blue in them. Let me give them to you one more time:
- feeling blue
- Monday blues
- (have) blue blood
- blue-chip stocks
- till someone is blue in the face
- running like a blue-arsed fly
- the blue rinse brigade
- out of the blue
- once in a blue moon
- like a bolt from the blue
- to go off into the blue
- to talk a blue streak
- to scream/shout blue murder
The next time you wake up on a Monday with that Monday blue feeling remember, it is only a day of 24 hours like every other day and perhaps not so bad after all.
So I hope your Mondays continue to be short and your coffee strong!
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New English Vocabulary Words
to feel blue – to feel sad, to feel down, to be depressed
due to the fact – because
well and truly – completely
in the short term – in the near future
to be in debt – to owe a lot of money usually on your credit card
approximately – about
ugh – terrible
to feel down – to feel depressed or sad
distant memory – almost forgotten
chores – housework
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There are lots of songs that include the word BLUE in the title and the reference is definitely depressing and sad.
For example, “When I’m feeling blue all I have to do” (Phil Collins)
or “I guess that’s why they call it the blues” (Elton John)
But they are not always sad and some of them are a lot more upbeat (exciting and happy) such as “Blue Suede Shoes” (Elvis)