green about the gills

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green about the gills

  1. (idiomatic) Ill or unwell, especially as indicated by one's appearance.
    • 1899, Arthur Conan Doyle, chapter 6, in A Duet:
      "You're looking rather green about the gills, old chap."
      "I feel a little chippy to-day."
      "That's the worst of these cheap champagnes."
    • 2007 Feb. 25, Christopher Elliott, "Strategies to Make More Passengers Maiden Voyagers," New York Times (retrieved 15 Sept 2013):
      Although he boarded his ship with wristbands and pills intended to ward off any possible queasiness, he did not turn green about the gills.