green around the gills

[green around the gills] or [pale around the gills] {adj. phr.},{slang} Pale-faced from fear or sickness; sickly; nauseated.

Bill'sfather took him for a ride in his boat while the waves were rough, andwhen he came back he was green around the gills.

The car almosthit Mary crossing the street, and she was pale around the gillsbecause it came so close.

- Also used with other prepositions besides"around", as "about", "at", "under", and with other colors, as "blue","pink", "yellow", "white".