January 14th, 2020 in Expressions
Here are some common idiomatic expressions in English with their meanings and example sentences.
Pale around the gills / green around the gills / blue around the gills
Other expressions that have similar meanings are: pale around the gills, blue around the gills and green around the gills.
When you look green / blue / pale around the gills, you look very ill.
• Are you ill? You look green around the gills.
• I think I should go home and get some rest. I feel a little pale around the gills.
In these expressions, it is possible to replace the around with about.
• When I saw John yesterday, he looked a little green about the gills.
•Ever since eating the fish, I have been feeling a little blue around the gills.
To keep one’s shirt on is to remain calm.
• Tell him to keep his shirt on until dinner is ready.
• I will be ready in five minutes. Keep your shirt on.
The expression keep your pants on has the same meaning.
• You’re next. Keep your pants on.