Definition of green about (or around or at) the gills in English:

green about (or around or at) the gills


  • (of a person) looking or feeling ill or nauseous.

    • ‘Debbie turned green around the gills when she was mucking out the pigs.’
    • ‘Indeed when Alex got back from the morgue he was looking distinctly pale and green around the gills.’
    • ‘I will come out probably green about the gills and may even be sick.’
    • ‘Now I don't particularly remember the end result of this smoking session, but looking back on it now, I can't help thinking they must have felt slightly green around the gills.’
    • ‘Everyone was a bit green around the gills by the end.’
    • ‘He bumbled around working out what he needed, so green around the gills, that one had to laugh.’
    • ‘I was quite lucky in that I was timetabled to do my driving test first, whereas other applicants - all looking decidedly green at the gills - had to wait all morning.’
    • ‘You've been looking a bit green around the gills lately.’
    • ‘And with her has come the group of Hull youngsters who enjoyed the adventure of a lifetime on the authentic tall ship - green around the gills but smiling broadly.’
    • ‘A couple of the lads were looking decidedly green around the gills, some didn't complete the challenge and scored minus points.’
    pale, pasty-faced, pasty, wan, drained, washed out, drawn, pallid, colourless, anaemic, bloodless, whey-faced, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, grey, pinched, sickly, sallow, as white as a ghost, as white as a sheet, deathly pale, cadaverous, corpse-like, ill-looking, sickly-looking
    View synonyms