- 1Of a colour intermediate between red and white, as of coral or salmon: bright pink lipstick her face was pink with embarrassmentMore example sentences
- Remove the pink corals from the white scallops then wrap strips of smoked salmon round the sides of the scallops.
- The skin should be smooth and have a white or light pink colour.
- Some of the later flowering hybrids are more unusual in their colour with pink trumpets and white petals.
- 1.1(Of wine) rosé.More example sentences
- The good news is that just as still pink wines have become respectable over the past decade, slowly so has rosé champagne, with more care taken over its production.
- Spain also takes pink wines seriously - so seriously that it has at least two names for them, depending on the intensity of the colour.
- Maybe it wasn't all pink champagne and roses last night after all.
- 2 • informal , often • derogatory Having or showing left-wing tendencies: pink politiciansMore example sentences
- However, the pink revolution failed with the victory of a hardliner.
- 3Of or associated with homosexuals: a boom in the pink economy the pink poundMore example sentences
- Perhaps more importantly, the realisation that both the pink pound and pocket money were untapped, encouraged the wave of celebrity media around today.
- There is a massive wedding market in the Borders and a lot of hotels are going to try and cash in on the pink pound.
- I'm fed up with this convenient courting of the pink pound - I don't want to be equal just because I'm financially valuable!
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- 1 [mass noun] Pink colour, pigment, or material: soft pastel shades of pink and blueMore example sentences
- Becca's room, which the girl had proudly shown him, was sort of the same shade, but in pink.
- Similar pigments occur in pink, red, and, surprisingly, blue petals.
- The best bets for backing are highlighted blue and for laying in pink.
- 1.1 (also hunting pink) The scarlet jacket worn by fox-hunters or the material from which this is made.More example sentences
- More than 1,200 of them including farmers, gamekeepers and riders in hunting pink warned that their action was the start of a ‘summer of discontent’ to highlight opposition in the countryside to the threatened ban.
- Just when hunting pink is to be outlawed, cagoule red is being given the green light today, with armies of walkers now allowed to wander across ‘private’ property
- Banning battery farming would do a lot more good than banning hunting, but there isn't the emotional punch of watching Otis cry because he'll have to donate his hunting pink to Oxfam.
- 1.2 [count noun] The pink ball in snooker.More example sentences
- He went 46-7 ahead before Whyte made a 14 break only for Milner to respond with his tenth red and a pink then laid a snooker.
- Coulson played a loose shot and Shipley gained the necessary points from a snooker and was left an easy pink and snooker after another Coulson error.
- The Whirlwind looked set to secure a comfortable victory in Glasgow at 4-2 up before he missed a pink to let Ian McCulloch in.
- 1.3 • informal Rosé wine.More example sentences
- Think and drink fashionable pink this season: rosé wines are making a comeback.
- It was certainly a night of pink, hearts, roses and fun and it was good to see the ladies of the YWCA in such great form.
- 2 (the pink of) The best condition or degree: the economy is not in the pink of healthMore example sentences
- It is everybody's knowledge that the construction sector is not in the pink of health.
- An unseen intruder tries to pull the plug on his life-support system but the guy is a lousy assassin - instead of dying, Alexander wakes up, attractive, rumpled and pretty much in the pink of physical health.
- You will be in the pink of health and will experience an increase in wealth.
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- 1 [no object] Become pink: Cheryl’s cheeks pinked with sudden excitementMore example sentences
- Finally, Eve realized she was staring, and her cheeks pinked.
in the pink
- • informal In extremely good health and spirits.More example sentences
in good health, in perfect health, very healthy, very well, hale and hearty, bursting with health, in rude health; blooming, flourishing, thriving, vigorous, strong, lusty, robust, bounding, in fine fettle, fit, (as) fit as a flea, (as) fit as a fiddle, in tip-top condition, in excellent shape
- For many firms, health care design is in the pink.
- Mr Ramsden said today: ‘We are absolutely in the pink now it's back.’
- This keeps doctors in the pink, so to speak, and gives the sisters opportunity to discuss at length which medicos hands are colder than the others.
turn (or go) pink
- Blush: I felt myself go pinkMore example sentences
- Well I was all ready to tell my story, when I saw him, a new face in that common crowd, he was a really cute guy and as I saw him, I blushed my cheeks turning pink, and I knew he was the one.
- The immense, treelike Trina Mack stood up next, her tan face gorgeous as it turned pink with a blush.
- Then Sara watched him watch her, her cheeks flushing and his ears turning pink.
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- Those are the pinkish reddish bits in the four corners.
- The peel is orange, the flesh is pinkish to rosy orange, and the flavor is a little sweeter than that of the regular navel.
- It took twenty minutes to put on some perfume and a light pinkish / reddish lipstick.
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- When she opened the cupboard, Alvin saw the inch-high Tyrannosaurus erect and gaping pinkly among the mugs.
- His hands were broad and strong with fine, long fingers and, like me, he baked a nut brown under the summer sun until his fingernails glowed pinkly against his skin.
- Almost constantly, the long tongue would loll pinkly from his jaws and lap at the bare, shiny patches of burnt skin that stretched across his torso and over one forearm.
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- Lightning was blazing the sky with colour, making the clouds glow with an evil pinkness.
- My cheeks are flushed as I gasp for air, and their rosy pinkness glows like a sunrise.
- On one hand the head-to-toe pinkness is terribly cute, but it serves no practical purpose at this age, does it?
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- The skin was scraped off both pinky toes almost immediately.
- The face of Illinois politics is jowlier, usually has a cigar, a pinky ring.
- I've brought home some reddy-yelloey ones and some bluey-reddy / pinky ones.
mid 17th century: from pink2, the early use of the adjective being to describe the colour of the flowers of this plant.
- A herbaceous Eurasian plant with sweet-smelling pink or white flowers and slender, typically grey-green leaves.
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- Genus Dianthus, family Caryophyllaceae (the pink family). This family includes the campions, chickweeds, stitchworts, and the cultivated carnations. See also clove1 ( sense 3)
- Don't plant daisies, pinks, dianthus and carnations.
- A brief overview of the different characteristics of carnations, pinks, and sweet Williams will perhaps help you to make wise choices for your garden.
- These included lilacs, lindens, Virginia creeper, marigolds, sunflowers, honeysuckle, pinks, and daisies.
late 16th century: perhaps short for pink eye, literally 'small or half-shut eye'; compare with the synonymous French word oeillet, literally 'little eye'.
- 1Cut a scalloped or zigzag edge on: (as adjective pinked) a bonnet with pinked edgingMore example sentences
- Ornamental gauntlets with swirling embroidery and pinked edges were patented by F. Farrant.
- Fancier edge stitches could include binding with Lycra, blanket stitch, pinking, overcast with the serger, or turning under and stitching.
early 16th century (in the sense 'pierce or nick slightly'): compare with Low German pinken 'strike, peck'.
- A small square-rigged sailing ship, typically with a narrow, overhanging stern.More example sentences
- A pink was a sailing ship with a narrow stern, originally small and flat-bottomed.
late 15th century: from Middle Dutch pin(c)ke, of unknown ultimate origin; compare with Spanish pinque and Italian pinco.
verb[no object] British
- (Of a vehicle engine) make a series of rattling sounds as a result of over-rapid combustion of the fuel-air mixture in the cylinders: the car was inclined to pink slightly in accelerating from a low engine speedMore example sentences
- Eventually I gave up trying to accelerate hard because the engine started pinking, which seemed to get worse as time went by, so maybe it was running below par.
- This is known as pinking, and can be identified by a knocking sound coming from the engine.
- Between lines, Tioxide is not denying that TC30 could cause pinking but considers it is Hydropolymer's problem not ours’.
early 20th century: imitative.