St Patrick’s Day Idioms

St Patrick’s Day Idioms

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets all over the world yesterday to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick.  The most common way to celebrate is by wearing something green, although the reason is unknown. It could be due to the lush vegetation in Ireland, known as the Emerald Isle.  Or it might be because of the old Irish legend that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns. We can’t shed any light on the reason for dressing up in green, but we can teach you five idioms to help celebrate Irish-style.


Green around the gills



“My friend looked green around the gills after the long bus ride.”


Green with envy.

To be jealous wishing that you could have something that someone else has.

“Leslie was green with envy that Nia got the main role in the school play.

Give the green light.

To get permission to do something.

“We got the green light to launch our new website.”

The grass is always greener on the other side

A place or situation that is far away or different seems better than one’s present situation

“I sometimes think I’d be happier living in Spain. Oh well, the grass is always greener on the other side!”

To go green.

To incorporate more environmentally friendly habits.

“The Sloan family decided to go green by recycling, wasting less paper, turning off the lights, and using less water.”