I came across this sentence:

「あんた ホントに どどめ色の青春を過ごしてるわね」

The context is that the addressee wanted to show the speaker a new move he learned by watching the same video over and over again.

Apparently 「どどめ色」 refers to a certain color (https://www.weblio.jp/content/%E3%81%A9%E3%81%A9%E3%82%81). I cannot really make sense of what it is supposed to mean here though. Are there any other examples of a color modifying 「青春」or are there any set phrases that help understanding the construction here?

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Have you tried Wikipedia?




Physically, this color refers to dark purple/blue, but ドドメ色(の) is more commonly used as an idiom that means something negative like "dark", "dirty" or "somber". Either way, ドドメ色 is an uncommon word mainly used in literary works, so if you used ドドメ色の青春 in an ordinary conversation, it would probably sound like a joke. (By the way, this word seems to have a sexual connotation in some dialects, but I'm not familiar with that.)

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