‘green around the gills’ / `blue around the gills’

Examples: “Is something wrong? You look a little green around the gills.” * “I’m feeling green around the gills. I’d better step outside and get some fresh air.”

When you say that someone is green around the gills, what you mean is that he/she looks out of sorts. In other words, the person looks sick or unwell. The person feels like throwing up.

It’s possible to say `blue around the gills’ as well. It means the same thing.

Example: “Ever since eating the chocolate cake, I’ve been feeling a little blue around the gills.” * “I’ve been feeling blue around the gills since this morning.”

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – June 11, 2007 

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