as red as a cherry
- bright red
The car was as red as a cherry after its new paint job.
as red as a poppy
- bright red
The mark on my arm was as red as a poppy.
as red as a rose
- intensely red
The morning sunrise was as red as a rose.
as red as a ruby
- deep red
The office assistant was wearing lipstick that was as red as a ruby.
as red as blood
- deep red
The stain on the carpet was as red as blood.
catch (someone) red-handed
- to catch someone in the middle of doing something wrong
The woman was caught red-handed when she tried to steal some cosmetics.
ears are red
- one's ears are red from embarrassment
My ears were red after hearing what the teacher said about me.
in the red
- to be in debt, to be unprofitable
The company has been in the red for three years now.
like waving a red flag in front of a bull
- what you are doing will definitely make someone angry or upset
Talking about the city mayor with my father is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. He does not like the city mayor.
out of the red
- out of debt
Our company is finally out of the red and we are now making money.
paint the town red
- to go out and party and have a good time
When my cousin came to visit us we decided to go out and paint the town red.
- to receive special/royal treatment
I always receive the red-carpet treatment when I go and visit my aunt.
- an airplane flight that leaves late at night and arrives early in the morning
We caught the red-eye flight last night and we are very tired today.
a red flag
- a signal that something is not working properly or correctly
The fallen trees along the road raised a red flag for the safety inspectors.
- an unimportant matter that draws attention away from the main subject
Talking about the other issue was a red herring and did not do anything to deal with today's problem.
- very hot, creating much excitement or demand
The new video game is red-hot and many people are waiting to buy one.
red in the face
I became red in the face when the teacher began talking about me.
- a day that is memorable because of some important event
It was a red-letter day when my sister received her graduation diploma.
- excessive formalities in official business
Many businesses complain about the red tape that they must deal with in order to get anything done with the government.
roll out the red carpet
- to greet a person with great respect, to give a big welcome to someone
The government rolled out the red carpet when the politician came to visit.
- to become very angry
My boss saw red when I told him that I would not be coming to work today.