Idiom – Tickled Pink

English Idiom – Tickled pink.

Meaning – Extremely pleased. To be delighted about something. Very amused or entertained by something.

Colours and Emotions:

Different colours can be used to portray different emotions or moods when speaking in English. Here are a few common colour and emotion combinations:

Colour Emotion Idiomatic Example
Blue Sadness Feel blue
Green Envy Green-eyed monster
Pink Happy Tickled pink
Red Anger/Shame Red in the face
White Shock White as a ghost
Yellow Scared Yellow-belly

More Colour Idioms:

  • Black market – Illegal trading of goods or services.
  • Caught red-handed – Caught in the act of doing something illegal or dishonest.
  • Green fingers – Somebody with green fingers (or green thumbs in the US) is good at gardening.
  • Grey area – A situation where the rules are not clear.
  • In somebody’s black books – Out of favour with somebody.
  • Once in a blue moon – Very rarely.
  • Paint the town red – Go out and have a party or celebration of some sort.
  • Silver spoon – Somebody born with a silver spoon (in their mouth) is born wealthy or priveleged.
  • White flag – Surrender.


When could you use this idiom?

  • Your partner has proposed to you.
  • Somebody has done something very nice for you.
  • You won some money in a competition.
  • You got an A+ in an English exam!


  • “I was tickled pink when they bought me a wonderful graduation present!”

In The News:

Smith & Co. tickled pink to make second-straight all-star game trip


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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