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The collective spending or purchasing power of the homosexual community. As gay couples become less marginalized, the power of pink money is an increasingly important and influential aspect of local economies. The thriving night club scene in this area of town is fueled in large part by pink money.
the pink dollar
The collective spending or purchasing power of the homosexual community. Primarily heard in US. As gay couples become less marginalized, the pink dollar is an increasingly important and influential aspect of local economies. The thriving night club scene in this area of town is fueled in large part by the pink dollar.
give (one) the pink slip
To dismiss someone from a job. I can't believe the boss gave me the pink slip after five years on the job! The new secretary hasn't taken one accurate message for me all week—I think it's time to give her the pink slip.
A slang term for low-quality beef trimmings that are used as a filler in some meat products. Our organization believes that pink slime should no longer be used in any meat preparation in this country.
A notice of termination from an employer. He was in total disbelief when he received a pink slip from his boss today, as he had worked at the company for over a decade.
be in the pink
1. To be in very good health or condition. The phrase "in the pink" is often followed by "of health" or "of condition." Jill is happy to be in the pink again after her hospital stay. Yes, I was sick a few weeks ago, but I'm in the pink of health now. After that long downturn, the economy is finally back in the pink.
2. To be drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really in the pink!
Very pleased with someone or something, perhaps to the point of giddiness. My family loves my fiance as much as I do, so they were just tickled pink to hear that we're getting married. Your mother is really tickled pink that you've decided to go to her alma mater.
the pink pound
The collective spending or purchasing power of the homosexual community. Primarily heard in UK. As gay couples become less marginalized, the pink dollar becomes an increasingly important and influential aspect of local economies. The thriving night club scene in this area of town is fueled in large part by the pink pound.
be tickled pink
To be very pleased with someone or something, perhaps to the point of giddiness. My family loves my fiancé as much as I do, so they were just tickled pink to hear that we're getting married. Your mother is really tickled pink that you've decided to go to her alma mater.
Of or in the service industry, which most typically employs women. (Used before nouns.) There is nothing wrong with women finding work in a pink-collar profession; the problem is in expecting women—and only women—to work in those types of jobs.
in the pink
1. Healthy; in good condition. The phrase is often followed with "of health" or "of condition." It took a few weeks of bed rest, but I'm in the pink of health now. Good to see you in the pink again, John. You looked like death last time I saw you!
2. Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really in the pink!
*in the pink (of condition)and *in the pink (of health)
Fig. in very good health; in very good condition, physically and emotionally. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) He recovered completely from his surgery and has been in the pink ever since. She was lively and active and in the pink of condition.
seeing pink elephantsand seeing pink spiders; Seeing snakes
intoxicated; recovering from a drinking bout; having the delirium tremens. When I got to the point of seeing pink elephants, I knew that something had to be done. The old one who's shaking—he's probably seeing snakes.
tickle someone pink
Fig. to please or entertain someone very much. Bill told a joke that really tickled us all pink. I know that these flowers will tickle her pink.
Fig. very much pleased or entertained. I was tickled pink to have you visit us. We were tickled pink when your flowers arrived.
in the pink
In good health, as in We're glad to hear Bob's in the pink again. In the 1500s pink meant "the embodiment of perfection," but the current idiom dates only from about 1900.
Also, tickled to death. Delighted, as in I was tickled pink when I got his autograph, or His parents were tickled to death when he decided to marry her. The first term, first recorded in 1922, alludes to one's face turning pink with laughter when one is being tickled. The variant, clearly a hyperbole, dates from about 1800.
in the pinkOLD-FASHIONED
If someone is in the pink, they are very fit and healthy. `Hello. Good evening. How are you?' — `Oh, in the pink.' Note: People sometimes use the longer expressions in the pink of condition or in the pink of health. He insists that Mr Harris, a non-smoker, appeared in the pink of health. Note: `Pink' here means best, and the word is derived from the flower of this name, which also gave its name to the colour pink.
If you are tickled pink about something, you are extremely pleased about it. As a developer, I'm tickled pink by the dropping prices. Her dressmaker would just be tickled pink if we put one of her outfits in the magazine. Note: This expression may refer to someone's face becoming pink or redder when they are being tickled.
in the pinkin extremely good health and spirits. informal
Literally, a pink is a plant with sweet-smelling pink or white flowers and slender leaves. In figurative use, the pink came to mean ‘a supreme example of something’, as in Shakespeare 's Romeo and Juliet: ‘I am the very pink of courtesy’. This led to the development of the phrase in the pink of condition , of which in the pink is a shortened version.
be tickled pink (or to death)be extremely amused or pleased. informal
1992 Guy Vanderhaeghe Things As They Are She made a big show of not being taken in by him, but I could see that all six feet…of her was tickled pink by his attentions.
have a pink/blue ˈfit(British English, informal) be very angry: If your mother catches you smoking, she’ll have a pink fit.
in the ˈpink(old-fashioned, informal) in very good health or excellent physical condition: Here are some tips to keep you in the pink.
see pink ˈelephants(informal) see things that are not really there, because you are drunk
be tickled ˈpink(also be tickled to ˈdeath) (old-fashioned, informal) be very pleased or amused: My grandmother will be tickled pink to get an invitation to the wedding. OPPOSITE: (as) sick as a parrot
(as) gay as pink ink
mod. having to do with an obviously homosexual person, usually a male. These two guys—as gay as pink ink—came in together.
gay as pink inkverb
in the pink
1. mod. feeling quite well; feeling on top of the world. When she’s in the pink again, she’ll give you a ring.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Pete is in the pink and singing at the top of his lungs.
park the pink Plymouth
n. to copulate. He set out to park the pink plymouth but ended up in a train wreck.
pink elephantsand pink spiders
1. n. the delirium tremens. He was shaking something awful from the pink spiders.
2. n. hallucinatory creatures seen during the delirium tremens. (see also seeing pink elephants.) He said pink elephants were trying to kill him. He’s really drunk.
See pink elephants
1. n. a piece of paper giving notice of dismissal from employment; any dismissal from employment. I got a pink slip today. I guess I had it coming.
2. tv. to dismiss someone from employment. (see also pink-slipped.) They pink slipped the whole office force today.
3. n. a learner’s permit for driving an automobile. (In some U.S. states.) You can’t even drive in your own driveway without a pink slip.
mod. alcohol intoxicated; tipsy. She’s sitting there looking a bit pinked.
mod. fired; dismissed from employment. I guess I’ve done it. I’m pink-slipped.
seeing pink elephantsand seeing pink spiders and seeing snakes
tv. alcohol intoxicated; recovering from a drinking bout; having the delirium tremens. When I got to the point of seeing pink elephants, I knew that something had to be done. He’s screaming something about seeing pink spiders, and he wants a drink.
seeing pink spidersverb
mod. amused; utterly delighted; pleased. I am tickled pink you could come this evening.
Very pleased; delighted: I was tickled pink by the compliment.