green around the gills

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - green around the gills

"green around the gills"

sick to your stomach;



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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - green around the gills

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: All these upheavals at work lately have made me really nervous. In fact, I am sick with worry over the possibility of losing my job. I think I may vomit.

Colleague 2: You are looking a little green around the gills. Here's a wastebasket just in case.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - green around the gills

A couple are talking ...

Husband: I can't believe that we are almost two hours into our road trip and none of the children have thrown up.

Wife: It is a miracle. Usually one of them has puked by now. They are starting to look green around the gills, though. Let's pull over at the next rest stop and give them a break.

Husband: Good idea. They can recover and we might make the whole trip without any vomit.

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green around the gills - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for green around the gills.

green around the gills - Examples:

1)  Another child had already thrown up, and Miss Five was looking green around the gills when I finally pulled her off. 

2)  Green around the gills - describes someone who is sick or nauseous.

3)  He looks a little green around the gills... maybe the fish he ate was bad.

4)  It was not surprising, as even the most seasoned sailors get green around the gills every once in a while.

5)  Nancy set foot on board looking decidedly green around the gills and Phil had not seen a whale. 

6)  ... feeling a little green around the gills with envy (and the remnants of last night's vodka). 

7)  ... two of the puddings, and upon closer inspection looks a little green around the gills.

8)  ... dosed up on antibiotics and feeling a bit better, although still green around the gills and sore in the stomach.

9)  ... as we left the theater that night was that I was " green around the gills " and had to be escorted home immediately to recover.

10)  Some of the passengers looked kind of green around the gills after the trip!

11)  Loxy was finding it difficult to conceal his nausea while continuing to eat, and looked green around the gills.

12)  "This team's been through too much to have its tallest player sit out because he was sick, " said Henderson, looking a little green around the gills.

13)  But the language authorities, swamped by a tide of disobedience, are a bit green around the gills; over the past 10 years, nauseous has overtaken them one by one.

14)  He was out drinking last night, was he? I thought he looked a bit green around the gills this morning.

15)  ... seasick, unsettled, odd, groggy, queer and a bit green around the gills

16)  She spent the next 7 years going green around the gills, chucking her guts over the side of the boat as soon as they left ...

17)  ... the protagonist is a square-jawed Federal Marshal who's just a little green around the gills when he goes out on the water. 

18)  Just the thought of eating live beetles made her green around the gills. 

19)  The children always get a little green around the gills on long car trips. 

20)  I get green around the gills after eating too much rich food.