One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person) sickly-looking.
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-lookingView synonyms
- ‘He was a little green around the gills but he was grinning from ear to ear through sleepy eyes.’
- ‘‘You're looking a little green around the gills!’’
- ‘After spending a few hours at the boardwalk, we headed for home, all of us tired, a few a bit green around the gills.’
- ‘Wall Street is no place for the squeamish, but nowadays, even many long-term, die-hard blue chippers are looking green around the gills.’
- ‘The pies keep coming, and some of the contestants are starting to look a little green around the gills.’
- ‘He was swaying on his feet, a bit green around the gills.’
- ‘That's good because several of my traveling mates appear a bit green around the gills and white in the face this morning.’
- ‘They do great cocktails and shooters, and if you're feeling a little green around the gills you might want to pop to the loo - where the toilet seats are lime coloured too.’
- ‘The very sight makes some men grow green around the gills, hair standing up on their manes like an alley cat meeting a bulldog in a dark alley.’
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