Idioms - Blue

Idioms with a word 'blue' - czyli niebieskie idiomy

be in a (blue) funk - być w strasznym dołku, być zdołowanym - to be very worried or unhappy about something.

Monica's been in a real funk since he left her.


between the devil and the deep blue sea - między młotem a kowadłem - if you are between the devil and the deep blue sea, you must choose between two equally unpleasant situations.

For most people a visit to the dentist is the result of a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea - if you go you suffer, and if you don't go you suffer.

Etymology: based on the idea of being trapped between a ship's devil (= a piece of wood or a joint on a wooden ship that is difficult to reach) and the water


black and blue - black and blue - if a person or part of their body is black and blue, their skin is covered with bruises (= black marks caused by being hit).

My friend Tom was beaten black and blue at boarding school.


blue blood - błękitna krew - someone who has blue blood is from a family of the highest social class.

My family have a fair bit of blue blood coursing through our veins.


blue-blooded - arystokratyczny - someone who has blue blood is from a family of the highest social class.

She comes from the blue-blooded section of the ruling classes.


blue-collar - robotnik fizyczny - a blue-collar worker is someone who does physical work, often in a factory.

They are hoping the new factory will create many more blue collar jobs.

(= jobs for blue collar workers)


a blue-eyed boy (British & Australian, American & Australian) - ulubieniec, pupil - a man who is liked and admired by someone in authority.

He was proud to be the blue-eyed boy in the office.



a bolt from the blue - grom z jasnego nieba - something that you do not expect to happen and that surprises you very much.

The news that they had got married was a bolt from the blue.

She seemed to be very happy in her job, so her resignation came as a bolt out of the blue.

Quinn's announcement that he is quitting came like a bolt from the blue


Etymology: based on the idea of a bolt (= flash) of lightning that comes suddenly from the sky


the boys in blue (British & Australian) - niebiescy, chłopaki w niebieskim (określenie na policjantów) - the police.

The boys in blue were round again last night, asking about you.


into the wide/wild blue yonder (literary) - if you go into the wide blue yonder, you go somewhere far away that seems exciting because it is not known.

I have a sudden desire to escape, to head off into the wide blue yonder and never return.


once in a blue moon - very rarely.

My sister lives in Alaska, so I only get to see her once in a blue moon.

I don't know why I bought that CD-ROM for my computer - I only ever use it once in a blue moon.

Once in a blue moon I'll have a beer with friends, but it's not my regular drink.

Etymology: based on the informal phrase blue moon (= the second time in one month that you can see the full disk of the moon )


out of the blue (British, American & Australian, American & Australian) - znienacka, nagle, niespodziewanie - if something happens out of the blue, it happens suddenly and you are not expecting it.

Then one day, completely out of the blue, I had a letter from my mum.

The invasion came out of a clear blue sky and caught everyone off guard.



scream blue murder (British, American & Australian, informal, American & Australian, informal) - drzeć się wniebogłosy - to shout or to complain very loudly.

Readers screamed blue murder when the price of their daily paper went up.

Someone took the child's ice cream away and he started screaming bloody murder.


swear up and down (American & Australian, British & Australian, Australian) - zaklinać się na wszystkie świętości - to say that something is completely true, especially when someone does not believe you.

My sister swore up and down that she'd never seen my letter.

If I ask Martin, I know he'll swear blind he locked the door.

He swore black and blue he had nothing to do with the missing money.


talk a blue streak (American) - bardzo szybko mówić, trajkotać - to say a lot very fast.

She talked a blue streak and we just had to listen.


true-blue (American & Australian) - zaprzysięgły konserwatysta - if someone is true-blue, they support something or someone completely.

Tom's true-blue - he won't let us down.

They want control of the company to remain in true-blue American hands.