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green about the gills
green about the gills = green around the gills = green about at the gills
looking or feeling ill or nauseous – informal
A person's gills are the fleshy parts between the jaw and the ears. This sense of the word dates from the early 17th century.
Other colours are occasionally used to indicate a sickly appearance. Much less common is rosy about the gills indicating good health.
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