pale as a ghost

(as) pale as a ghost

Exceptionally pale, as due to nausea or fear. I get terrible motion sickness, so I'm sure I was as pale as a ghost when I stumbled off the plane. She was pale as a ghost after that car nearly ran into her on the sidewalk.
See also: ghost, pale
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*pale as a ghost

 and *pale as death
very pale. (*Also: as ~.) Laura came into the room, as pale as a ghost. "What happened?" her friends gasped. What's the matter? You're pale as death!
See also: ghost, pale
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The star has revealed she believes she is far from beautiful because she chainsmokes, is "flat-chested" and is as "pale as a ghost".
She said: "I don't bleach my teeth, I chain smoke, I'm flat-chested, I'm pale as a ghost and I've crow's feet."