with not much colour in sb's face
with a light colour; not strong or dark
"pale blue eyes"
"the pale light of a half moon"
"a pale sun"
"the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street"
"a pallid sky"
"the pale (or wan) stars"
"the wan light of dawn"
"a pale rendition of the aria"
"pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender"
"a pallid performance"
"the pallid face of the invalid"
"her wan face suddenly flushed"
"high, pale, pure and lovely song"
The churchyard pales are black against the night.
出自： Stevie Smith
She was pale now with emotion and anxiety.
出自： D. H. Lawrence
All these influences paled before a new star..which..immediately dominated her life.
出自： L. Strachey
He had paled with excitement.
出自： B. Chatwin
误 She was a little white colour after the operation.
正 She was a little pale after the operation.
析 white colour(白色)指人的皮肤或物体所呈现出的颜色,而指(脸)没有血色时须用pale表示。