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To fill something with color, as of the outlines of pictures in coloring books. A noun or pronoun can be used between "color" and "in." My daughter loves art, so just give her crayons and a coloring book, and she'll color in the pictures all day long. I love drawing with pencil and ink, but I don't think it ever looks as good if I color it in.
1. To cover someone or something with color. A noun or pronoun can be used between "color" and "up." Tens of thousands of people get colored up with brightly colored powders called Gulal. I wanted to color my outfit up with some nice accessories.
2. To fill in a black-and-white image with color. A noun or pronoun can be used between "color" and "up." I do all the drawings in ink, and a friend of mine colors them up for me.
3. To become red in the face, as from embarrassment; to blush. I could feel myself coloring up as I awkwardly asked Cindy on a date.
4. To exchange lower-denomination casino chips for fewer chips of a higher denomination. A noun or pronoun can be used between "color" and "up." I raked in my winnings and then made my way over to the cashier to color up my chips.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
color something in
to paint or draw color on a pattern or outline. Here is a sketch. Please color it in. Color in the sketch, please.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To cover completely the bounded surface of something with a color: The child colored in an outline of a tree with green crayon. We traced the stencil and colored it in.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.