Useful Idioms – part 24

Red tape =  Excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules; bureaucratic hindrance.

  • There is a great deal of red tape involved in getting a work permit.
  • Red-tape is the main reason why contractors are reluctant to undertake government contract works.

Be in the red = If you or your bank accounts are in the red, you owe money to the bank.

  • I can’t afford a holiday this year.  I am 500 pounds in the red.
  • we’re back in the red because sales are way down this quarter.
  • The state is already rupees fifty crore in the red this year.
  • opposite – be in the black.

Blue collar worker = a working class person who performs manual labour.

  • The blue collar workers are on strike, but the office staff are still working.

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