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a green old age - 老当益壮

From the appearance,we can see that the old man is still in a green old age.
从外表看,我们能看得出这位老人仍然精神抖擞。

in the green(wood) 在青春旺盛的时代
keep the memory green 永远不忘
a green hand 生手
the green-eyed monster 妒忌

be tickled pink - 开心极了

My family loves my boyfriend as much as I do,so they were just tickled pink to hear that we’re getting married.
我的家人和我一样中意我的男朋友,所以听说我们要结婚,他们都特别开心。

in the pink 身体极好的
turn / go pink 因为害羞或尴尬而脸红
pink slip 解雇通知书
pink tea 午后茶会

keep one’s fingers crossed - 祈求好运

fat city - 生活优裕

He thinks he’s going to win the lottery,and be in fat city ever after.
他觉得自己彩票会中大奖,然后从此衣食无忧。

a clean bill of health 身体健康
life is just a bowl of cherries 一切都很完美
life of Riley 安逸的生活,无忧无虑的日子
ride the gravy train 轻易赚大钱

full of beans - 精力充沛/胡说八道

精力充沛

I have never known anyone to be so full of beans before breakfast.
我从没见过还未吃早饭就如此生龙活虎的人。

愚蠢行事

His explanation is totally full of beans and doesn’t answer the question at all.
他的解释完全是胡说八道,根本就是答非所问。

a bean head 笨拙的人
old bean = old top 老兄,老朋友
spill the beans 说漏嘴
not have a bean 囊中羞涩

donkey’s years - 许多年

I haven’t been here in donkey’s years-I can’t believe how much the town has changed.
我好多年没有来这里了——我简直不敢相信这个城镇发生了这么大的变化。

dog's years/age 很多年
one's autumn years 某人的暮年
golden/sunset years 退休时期
saled days/years 少不更事的时期

by the skin of one’s teeth - 侥幸成功

ming escaped from the burning building by the skin of his teeth.
ming从燃烧的大楼中侥幸逃脱。

(as)rare as hens' teeht 极为罕见
cut your teeth on sth 初次涉足
in the teeth of sth 尽管遇到
cast in(one's) teeth 强烈谴责

clear the air - 消除隔阂

Open some windows and clear the air.It’s stuffy in here.
开几扇窗户换换气。这里太闷了。

Some groups in our community seem to suffer from discrimination.An independent inquiry could clear the air and sort the problem.
我们社区中的一些群体似乎颇受歧视。独立调查可以消除隔阂,解决问题。

up in the air 悬而未决
dead air 尴尬的沉默
with(one's) nose in the air 趾高气昂
dance on air 非常开心

call a spade a spade - 实话实说

I know you like Jason,but he’s a jerk!I’m sorry,but I have to call a spade a spade.
我知道你喜欢Jason,但他就是个大混蛋!很抱歉,但我必须说实话。

have a card up one’s sleeve - 留一手

She has a card up her sleeve if they ever try to fire her,since she knows about the boss’s unscrupulous business practices.
如果他们想解雇她,她自有后手,因为她握有老板不良商业行为的把柄。

wild card 万能牌
hold card 深藏不漏的优势
face card 有权势的人

a though cookie - 很有主见的人

Self-confident,ambitious and positive,Paula is a tough cookie who is bound to be a success.
Paula充满最新,野心勃勃,积极向上,意志坚定,她一定会成功。

a smart cookie 聪明人
a sharp cookie 超级聪明的人
cookie-cutter 千篇一律的
cookie pusher 不努力工作儿时一味拍马屁乞求升官的人,马屁精

bite the dust - 失败

因失败而死亡

A shot rang out,and the cowboy bit the dust.
一声枪响,牛仔被击毙

企业破产,事业失败

His career bit the dust when he lost his job.
失业后,他的事业也完蛋了。

bite the bullet 咬紧牙关
bite one's tongue 保持沉默
bite one's nails 紧张

burn the midnight oil - 开夜车

I’ll need to burn the midnight oil to have any chance of finishing this paper before class tomorrow moring.
未来尽可能在明天早上上课前完成这篇论文,我得挑灯夜战了。

sit up 熬夜
stay up late 熬夜
stay up all night 通宵未睡
work/study deep into the night 工作/学习到深夜

beat about the bush - 说话兜圈子

Stop beating about the bush and answer my question.
别再拐弯抹角,回答我的问题。

a brid in the hand is worth two in the bush 已拥有的胜过未得到的
take the rag off the bush 超越任何人或任何事
good wine needs no bush 质量高的物品不需要大肆宣传

be in each other’s pockets - 形影不离

When I was in college,my best friend and I went everywhere together.We were basically in each other’s pockets for four years.
当我在大学的时候,我和我最好的朋友总是一起去任何地方。大学四年我们几乎形影不离。

be on one's pocket 贿赂或者勒索
dip into one's pocket = pay out of one's own 自掏腰包,花自己的钱
pick one;s pocket 偷走某人的钱或其他贵重物品

dig one’s heels in - 一意孤行

Please let me let my side of the story before you dig your heels in on this,ok?
在你固执己见之前,请让我先说说我的看法,可以吗?

Achilles' heel 致命弱点
fall head over heels 爱某人爱到死心塌地
drag one's heels 消极怠工
cool one's heels 久等

Speak of the devil - 说曹操,曹操到

the devil and all 一切都糟透了
the devil to pay 今后的麻烦
as the devil 报复的;猛烈地;拼命地
play the devil with 使失败

turn the table - 反败为胜

She turned the tables on her rival with allegations of corruption.
他指控对手腐败,从而扭转了对自己不利的局面。

under the table 秘密地
come to the table 开会讨论如何解决特定问题
put food on the table 挣钱以维持生计
wait on tables 在餐厅当服务员

stick to one’s guns - 固执己见

If you want to succeed,you should stick to your guns and work hard.
如果你想成功,你就应该坚定不移且努力工作。

stick to 坚持
gun down 枪杀
gun for 伺机伤害
under the gun 承受很大压力

make waves - 捣蛋

The merger is almost complete,so we’re all just holding our collective breath that someone doesn’t make waves at the last minute.
合并已经差不多完成了,所以我们都屏住了呼吸,生怕有人会在最后一刻制造事端。

The startup made waves throughout the industry by releasing a device that never needs to be charged.
这家初创公司发布了一款无需充电的设备,在整个行业引起了轰动。

wave a red flag 做使人生气的事情
wave someone away 挥手示意某人离开
wave of the future 未来的潮流
wave the bloody shirt 挑唆冲突

French leave - 不辞而别

The official story is that he’s sick,but I think he’s just taking French leave.
官方说法是他病了,但我想他只是不辞而别。

French novels 低俗的小说
pardon/excuse my French 抱歉我口出秽言
English disease 英国式疾病(佝偻病、支气管炎)
the best of British(luck) 祝某人好运

an arm and a leg - 价格高昂

I’m sick of paying rent in this town.It’s costing me an arm and a leg!
在这个小镇租房真是让我烦透了,这花了我一大笔钱!

a lie has no legs 谎言是站不住脚的
break a leg 祝你成功
babe in arms 缺乏经验的人
give one's right arm 付出极大的代价

cupboard love - 有所企图的爱

Ever since I won the lottery,I worry that any woman who expresses a romantic interest in me will just be a case of cupboard love.
自从我中了彩票依赖,我就担心任何对我示爱的女人都只是别有用心。

Everyvody loves a lord. 有权有势的人会吸引爱慕和钦佩
first love 初恋
for love or money = under any circumstances 在任何情况下
God love a duck! 警告或者烦恼等的感叹词

throw the book at someone - 惩罚某人

He was formally charged with breaking ranks while in formation,felonious assault,indiscriminate behavior,mopery,high treason,provoking.. In short,they threw the book at him.
他们被正式指控扰乱队形,重罪袭击,滥杀无辜,渎职,叛国,煽动…简而言之,他们将尽可能多的罪行价值与他。

I made the police officer angry,so he took me to the station and threw the book at me.
我惹恼了警察,所以他将我带到警察局,严厉惩罚我。

colsed book 难以理解的东西
in my book 在我看来
have nose in a book 埋头苦读

carrot and stick - 软硬兼施

Congress wants to use a carrot and stick approach to force both sides to negotiate and end to the war.
国会想通过恩威并重的方法迫使双方通过谈判结束战争,

carrot on a stick 为激励某人完成某项任务的奖励
dangle a carrot in front of someone = offer someone a carrot 用奖励来激励某人
use something as a carrot 用某物作为奖励来说服某人做某事

chew the fat - 闲聊

Come into my office and chew the fat with me a little bit,David.I want to know how things are going with you.
David,来我办公室,跟我闲聊一会。我想知道你近况如何。

have a chinwag 闲聊
have a natter 东拉西扯
make small talk 闲聊

steal one’s thunder - 抢某人风头

窃取某人创意或者想法

We had the idea for “digital paper” years ago,but I see they’ve stolen our thunder and have their own version of it on the market.
几年前我们就有了”电子纸张”的想法,但我发现他们窃取了我们的创意并在市场上投入了他们自己的版本。

抢某人风头

My brother is the star athlete of our high school,so no matter what I succeed in,he’s constantly stealing my thunder.
我更使我们高中的体育明星,所以不管我在什么方面取得了成功,他总是抢我的风头。

steal one's show/spotlight = stael one's thunder 抢某人风头
cut a dash 通过炫耀摆阔大出风头
cut a swath 炫耀、出风头
hold the limelight 抢走关注,抢风头

blow smoke - 蒙骗人

I think they’re blowing smoke about giving regular rasies to their employees—I couldn’t find any evidence to support that claim.
我认为他们定期给员工加薪是在胡说八道——我找不到任何证据来支持这种说法。

Holy smokes/cow! 表示惊讶
smoke and mirrors 骗局
there's no somke without fire 谣言背后必有真相
smoke eater 善于在浓烟和高热中工作的消防员

let the cat out of the bag - 泄密

How did Mom find out we were planning a surprise party for her?Who let the cat out of the bag?
妈妈是怎么发现我们在为她准备惊喜派对的?是谁泄露的秘密?

buy a pig in a poke 未见实物而瞎买东西
Cat in gloves catches no mice 不愿吃苦的人成不了事业
put/set the cat among the pigeons 招惹是非
A cat can look at a king 小人物也有权利

bite one’s tongue - 缄口不言

I had to bite my tongue as my elder sister gushed about her new boyfriend yet again.
我姐姐又在滔滔不绝地谈论她的新男朋友,我只好闭嘴不言。

mother tongue 母语
have a bitter tongue 说话刻薄
lose one's tongue 说不出来话
hold one's tongue 保持沉默

rob the cradle - 老牛吃嫩草

Are you sure it doesn’t bother you how much older I am?I feel like people are judging me for robbing the cradle.
你确定不管我比你大几岁都没关系吗?我觉得别人都在批评我老牛吃嫩草。

church mouse - 赤贫的人

She’s poor as a church mouse,so you can’t expect her to donate anything.
她一贫如洗,所以你别指望她能够捐点什么。

I don't have any money now.I'm broke 我破产了
live from hand to mouth 上顿不接下顿
on one's uppers 一贫如洗
(as)poor as a rat 穷到极点

sit on the fence - 保持中立

When Jane and Tom argue,it is best to sit on the fence and not make either of them angry.
当Jane和Tom争吵时,最好保持中立,不要惹毛其中任何一方。

be/stay on the fence = sit on the fence
adhere to / keep / maintain neutrality 中立
sit on the rail 围栏
take a wait-and-see attitude 持观望态度

kiss ass - 拍马屁

It’s no wonder you’re the teacher’s favorite from the way you kiss her ass!
从你拍老师马屁的架势来看,无怪乎你是老师最喜欢的学生!

You’re not going to get an A in math by being a kiss-ass to the teahcer.
你就算拍老师马屁,数学也照样考不到A。

bell the cat - 挺身而出

Someone has to bell the cat and tell the boss we aren’t going to come in to work on Saturdays anymore.
必须有人挺身而出,并告诉老板我们周六不会再来上班。

a cat nap 一个小盹
well,dog my cats 啊,见鬼
lead a cat-and-dog life 过着不和睦的、敌对的生活
cool cat 精明能干的人

New York minute - 很短的时间

Everything can change in a New York minute.
瞬息万变

meet one's Waterloo 遭到惨败
set the Thames on fire 做出惊人之举
carry coals to Newcastle Newcastle 做徒劳多余的事
go to Reno 去离婚

a monkey on one’s back - 大难题

This project is such a monkey on my back right now - I can’t wait for it to be over.
这个项目现在真是个难摆脱的累赘——我迫不及待地想结束它。

Did you hear?Peter checked himself into rehab to deal with the on his back.
你听说了吗?Peter自愿进戒毒所去克服毒瘾。

get the monkey off one's back 走出困境
Monkey see,monkey do. 有样学样
I'll be a monkey's uncle! 天呐!
monkey in the middle 左右为难

be all ears - 洗耳恭听

Go on,tell me what happened — I’m all ears.
继续,告诉我发生了什么事——我洗耳恭听。

an elephant in the room - 不愿提及的棘手问题

We all sat sipping our tea quietly,no one wanting to bring up the elephant in the room about Jole’s expulsion from college.
我们都安静地坐着喝茶,没有人愿意提起Joel被大学开除的事。

have a memory like an elephant 记忆力超群
see the elephant = get a look at the elephant 见世面
white elephant 无用且累赘的东西

bad apple - 害群之马

It’s an opportunity for them to make clear that they are not going to tolerate a bad apple in the United States Senate.
对他们来说,这是个清楚表明立场的机会——他们不会容忍美国参议院里的害群之马。

apples and oranges 天差地别的事情
The Big Apple 美国纽约的别称
polish the apple 拍马屁

talk turkey - 坦率的讲

We don’t have much time,so let’s dispense with the formalities and start talking turkey.
我们时间不多了,大家不必拘礼,直接开诚布公吧。

be stuffed like a turkey 吃的很多
go/quit cold turkey 戒掉原来上瘾的习惯
like turkeys voting for an early Christmas 像火鸡赞成提前过圣诞节一样

a bad hair day - 倒霉的一天

I’m sorry I am so glum.It’s been a real bad hair day—everything has gone wrong.
抱歉我心情沮丧。今天真是倒霉透了——事事不顺。

a hair's breadth 非常靠近
curl(one's) hair 令人惊恐
get gray hair from sb/sth 过于担心

cook the books - 做假账

My partner had been cooking the books for years,but because I was the CEO,I got the blame for our company’s collapse.
我的合伙人多年来一直在做假账,但因为我是首席执行官,公司破产之后责任都在我。

read someone like a book 对某人了如指掌
in my book 据我所知,在我看来
bring someone to book 处罚某人
by the book 依照惯例

jump the gun - 过早行动

They jumped the gun by buliding the garage before they got permission from the town council.
他们再得到镇议会的批准之前就建造了车库,实在是操之过急。

wide of the mark 毫不相关
take a shot at 试一下,尝试去做
sink or swim 成败全凭自己

feel under the weather - 感觉不舒服

I felt under the weather last week,but I’m feeling much better now.
我上周身体不舒服,不过现在好多了。

We were out celebrating Valerie’s birthday last night—that’s why we’re all feeling under the weather today.
昨晚我们出去为Valerie庆祝生日—所以今天我们都因为宿醉而难受。

have a face like thunder 看上去极为愤怒的
fair-weather friend 酒肉朋友
not have a snowball's chance 希望渺茫
a strom in a teacup 大惊小怪

down to the wire - 直到最后一刻

With only a week ot go,the polls show that the two candidates are running neck and neck.The race is still so close that it may go right down to the wire.
离选举只有一星期了,民意测验结果显示两名候选人不相上下,竞争如此激烈,所以可能要等到最后一刻结果才见分销。

neck and neck 不相上下
under the wire 将将到的最后期限
live wire 升龙活虎的人

salad days - 少不更事的日子

Back in my salad days my friends and I used to go dancing every Saturday night.
在我年少无知的时候,我和朋友们每个星期六晚上都去跳舞。

The global financial crisis has temporarily ended the salad days of 9 percent growth,enjoyed over the past three years.
全球金融危机暂时终结了过去3年经济增长率维持在9%的大好时光。

egg someone on 不智的事
in a nutshell 简而言之
spill the beans 泄露秘密
chicken out 临阵退缩

hold all the cards - 掌控全局

Management holds all the cards when it comes to the negotiations over job cuts.
当开始写上裁员问时,管理层就处于绝对的优势。

wild card 万能牌
hole card 深藏不漏的优势
face card 有权势的人

cut to the chase - 开门见山

All right,let’s stop the idle chatter and cut to the chase.
好了,我们别闲聊了,直入主题吧。

a cut above average 稍高于平均水平
cut(one's)eyeteeth 变得懂事
Cut it out! 住手

a bed of roses - 顺遂的境况

Life is not a bed of roses.
生活并不总是一帆风顺的。

bowl of cherries 美事
be all roses 十全十美

closed book - 一无所知的学科

I’m a scientist through and through,so art has always been a closed book to me.
我是个彻头彻尾的科学家,所以我对艺术一窍不通。

in my book 我认为
have nose in a book 埋头苦读
throw the book at someone 重罚某人
by the book 照章办事

a rough diamond - 表面粗鲁但心地善良的人

Don’t be put off by your first impressions — he’s something of a rough diamond.
不要因第一印象二却步—他是个外粗内秀的人。

The young actor was a rough diamond.With some training,he’d become a suiperstar.
这个年轻的演员是个潜力股。只要经过一些培训,他就能成为巨星。

a diamond in the rough = a rough diamond 有潜力的人
diamond cut diamond 棋逢对手
have the makings of something 某人具备成就某件事的素质或潜力

have a cow - 勃然大怒

My mother will have a cow if we get a stain on the new sofa.
如果我们把新沙发弄脏了,我妈妈会大发雷霆的。

Holy cow! 我的老天鹅呀!
cash cow 摇钱树
(as)awkward as a cow on a crutch 形容非常笨拙或不协调

call it a day - 结束工作

When we still couldn’t find the source of the discrepancy,we decided to call it a day and revisit it timorrow.
当我们仍然找不到差异的根源时,我们决定就此打住,明天再来看看。

He finally decided to call it a day and retire as manager.
他终于决定辞职,以经理的身份退休了。

call it a night 结束今晚一直在做的工作
call it quits 结束一段关系
call it square 两人扯平

let you hair down - 放松一下

It is only with friends that most people feel that they can let their hair down and be themselves.
直邮和朋友在一起,大多数然才会觉得他们可以卸下包袱做自己。

bad hair day 诸事不顺的一天
keep your hair on 冷静点
not turn a hair 不动声色
hair of the dog 醒酒液

have a ball - 尽情狂欢

The kids really had a ball at the birthday party—they won’t stop talking about it!
看来孩子们在生日派对上确实玩得很开心——他们聊起来它根本停不下来!

a ball of fire 精力充沛的人
on the ball 反应快的
drop the ball 失球;犯错

bead and butter - 生活来源

I’m an artist on the weekends,but being a tutor is my bread and butter.
我在周末是一名艺术家,但做家教才是我的主要收入来源。

The mobile phone business is actually our aompany’s bread and butter.
手机业务事实上使我们公司的主要业务。

fish or cut bait - 做出选择

Are you going to go back to medical school or not?It’s time to finsh or cut bait.
你到底要不要回医学院去?是时候做出抉择了。

beef up - 增强

We need to beef up our services in order to rival our competitors’ more comprehensive offerings.
我们需要加强我们的服务,以便与竞争对手提供的更全面的服务相抗衡。

beef about 抱怨
have a beef with someone 与某人有未解决的分歧或争论
beef to the hoof 肥胖的
be/get beefed out 肌肉发达的

big talk - 吹牛

Lucy is always full of big talk,but she rarely follows through on it.
Lucy总是吹牛,但很少实干。

She likes to talk big about how great a tennis player she is,but I don’t think she’s even won a tourament.
她喜欢吹嘘自己是一个多么了不起的网球运动员,但是我认为她甚至没有赢得过锦标赛。

pep talk 鼓舞士气的话
be all talk(and no action) 光说不做
double talk 故弄玄虚

break a leg - 祝你好运

You’d better leave now if you want to arrive early for the exam.Break a leg!
如果你想早点到考场,你最好现在就出发。祝你考试顺利!

Here's mud in you eye! 祝你健康、干杯
Keep one's fingers crossed 祈求平安
Knock on wood 祈求好运,甩掉霉运
hit the jackpot 中大奖;交好运

an apple of love - 西红柿

He guarded an apple of love sent by his girlfriend like the apple of his eye.
他把他女朋友送的西红柿保护得跟绝世珍宝似的。

a dog’s dinner - 一团糟

I really need to clean out my closet —— it’s starting to look like a dog’s dinner in there.
我真的需要清理一下我的衣橱了——里边已经开始变得乱七八糟了。

a dog's breakfast = a dog's dinner 一团糟
be done like a (dog's) dinner 做得一团糟,形容失败
dressed(up) like a dog's dinner 打扮得太显眼

black sheep - 害群之马

go bananas - 情绪失控

I’ll end up going bananas if I have to work in this cubicle for one more day!
如果让我在这个工位上再工作一天,我会疯掉的!

Cool bananas! 太棒了!太酷了!
drive someone bananas = drive someone crazy 使某人发狂
That is bananas! 那真是太疯狂了!

an open book - 极坦率的人

Jane’s an open book.I always know what she is going to do next.
Jane是个及其坦率的人。我总是知道她下一步要做什么。

closed book 一无所知的东西
in my book 在我看来
have nose in a book 埋头苦读

go Dutch - AA制

You don’t have to treat me to dinner—let’s go Dutch.
你不必请我吃饭——我们各付各的吧。

dead meat - 倒大霉

If you or anyone else touches me,Bas,you’re dead meat.I mean it.Stay out of my life.
Bas,如果让我碰到你或者其他任何人,那你们就死定了。我的意思是,远离我的生活。

If he can’t get the votes,he’s dead meat.
如果他得不到选票,那他就完蛋了。

fatty/lean meat 肥猪肉/瘦猪肉
lamb/mutton chop 羊排
leg beef 牛腱肉
fresh grade breast 鸡胸肉
scallop 扇贝

in clover - 养尊处优

If only I could win the lottery,then I would be in clover,instead of working three jobs to pay my bills.
要是我能中个彩票,那我就可以过上养尊处优的生活,而不是每天做三分工作来付清账单。

rolling in clover 形容非常快乐或满足,没有经济压力
like a pig in clover = (as) happy as a pig in clover 形容对现状非常开心或满足
four-leaf clover 四叶草,幸运草;引申为可以带来好运的人或物

pull up one’s socks - 加油干

We expect our writers to contribute about 15 articles per week,so you’re going to have to pull your socks up if you want to stay a part of this team.
我们希望我们的撰稿人每周大约投稿15篇文章,所以如果你想留在这个团队中,你就必须加油干。

pull oneself together 振作起来
work (one's) socks off 形容工作非常努力
pull (one's) finger out 开始努力工作,赶紧行动起来

best man - 伴郎

Henry Joe,You are already the best bro,and my very best friend,so will you please say yes and be my best man?
Henry Joe,你已经是我最好的兄弟,也是我最好的朋友,所以请你答应做我的伴郎可以吗?

mall rat - 喜欢逛商场的年轻人

Sure,I am a typical mall rat hanging around wathcing the corwds,especially the handsome boys.
当然了,我是个电性的逛商场狂,喜欢在那里观看来来往往的人,特别是帅哥。

I'm just browsing 我只是随便看看
Is this the latest fashion? 这是最新款吗?
Does this color suit myu complexion? 这个颜色适合我的肤色吗?
It looks custom-made for you 看起来像是专门给你做的一样
How do you think this top goes with a miniskirt? 你觉得这件上衣搭配一条迷你裙子怎么样

face the music - 承担后果

I told you not to try to sneak in,and now that you’ve been caught,you’re just going to have to face the music.
我在就告诉过你,不要偷偷溜进去,既然你被抓住了,就必须承担后果。

take the consequence/consequences 承担后果
pay the fiddler 承担后果
stand the racket 承担后果

pencil in - 临时决定

I need to have a date in the system,so I’ll just pencil you in for the middle of July — just change it online once you’ve picked a date you’re happy with.
我需要在系统中输入日期,所以我暂时给您安排在七月中旬——如果您想选择其他日期,直接在网上修改即可。

pen(someone/something) in 把…关进围栏
pencil/pen pusher 在办公室工作的人
in pencil/pen 用铅笔/钢笔写字

child’s play - 简单的事

The test was child’s play to those who took good notes.
对那些认真做笔记的人来说,这次考试轻而易举。

a piece of cake 小菜一碟
as easy as ABC 形容某事非常简单
duck soup 容易打败的对手
as easy as rolling off a log 形容某事非常简单

no dice - 不行

Would you help me wash the dished?
Sorry,no dice.I’ve got somewhere I need to be.
你能帮我洗碗吗?
不好意思,不行。我得出门。

no go = no soap = no dice 不行
dice with death 以性命做赌注,引申指冒巨大风险
roll the dice 孤注一掷
load the dice 骰子中灌铅,引申指使用不正当的手段

Greek gift - 害人的礼物

He is always buying you expensive clothes.I’m afraid they are Greek gifts for you.
他总是给你买昂贵的衣服,我怕他别有用心。

It's all Greek to me. 我对此一窍不通
When Greek meets Greek then comes the tug of war. 两雄相遇,必有一争。

busybody - 爱多管闲事的人

This government is full of interfering busybodies.
本届政府全是些爱管闲事的人。

lover 情人
bus body 餐馆工
confidence man 骗子

Where is the john - 厕所在哪

Could you please tell me where is the john?I need to answer the call of nature!
请问厕所是在哪?我要去解决下内急。

go to WC 上厕所
go to the john = hit the john 上厕所
answer the call of nature 上厕所
wash my hands 上厕所
take a dump 上大号
go pee 小便

Sunday best - 最好的衣服

Instead of some big party,let’s all get dressed up in our Sunday best and go for lunch at a fancy restaurant for my birthday!
与其举办大型派对,不如我们大家都盛装打扮去一家高级餐厅去吃午饭来庆祝我的生日!

Sunday punch 杀手锏
When two Sundays meet 绝无可能
Sunday dirver 开慢车的司机

quciksilver - 水银

Quicksilver,though a metal,is aliquid.
水银虽是金属,但却是一种液体。

mercury 水银、水星

Dutch courage - 酒后之勇

It was Dutch courgae that made the football fan attack the policeman.
这个足球迷借着酒后之勇袭击了警察。

Dutch gold 假黄金
Dutch comfort 苟且偷安
Dutchman's land 海市蜃楼
in Duthc 失宠
Dutch treat 要自己掏钱的聚餐

a bag lady - 无家可归的女人

When the young boy noticed a bag lady rifling through the garbage can looking for something to eat,he immediately offered to give her his sandwich.
当这个小男孩注意到一个无家可归的女人在垃圾桶里翻找事物时,他立刻将自己的三明治送给了她。

an old bag 脾气不好的女人
mixed bag 混合体
be one's bag 某人特别喜欢的、渴望拥有的、在意的东西。

Dear John letter - 分手信

Mike was clearly upset when he received a Dear John letter from his girlfrien,Caroline.He thought their relationship was going well and didn’t expect it to end so suddenly.
显然,Mike在收到女友Caroline的分手信时非常难过。他认为他们的关系很稳定,但是没有想到结束的如此突然。

John Doe 某人
John Hancock 亲笔签名
John Bull 英国人

bite the bullet - 咬紧牙关应付

I don’t actually enjoy cleaning,but I bite the bullet and do it so that everything in my house isn’t covered in a thick layer of dust.
我其实并不喜欢打扫卫生,但是我还是硬着头皮打扫了,以免房子里的每样东西都被厚厚的灰尘覆盖。

eleventh hour - 最后时刻

I was shocked that they reached an agreement at the eleventh hour after weeks of squabbling.
令我震惊的是,经过数周的争吵,他们终于在最后一刻达成了协议。

go back to square one 从头再来
two heads are better than one 三个臭皮匠,顶个诸葛亮
three sheets to the wind 喝醉
on all fours 爬行
give me five 击掌
at sixs and sevens 乱七八糟
in seventh heaven 处于狂喜中
one over the eight 七歪八倒
on cloud nine 非常高兴
ten to one 十有八九

browned off - 厌烦的

By now the passengers were getting browned off with the delay.
此时乘客们对延误已开始感到不满。

(as)brown as a berry 晒得黝黑的
in a brown study 沉思,默想,出神
brown sugar 红糖
brown bag 自带午饭

top brass - 高层

The top brass also received benefits not given to the average employee.
高管们还获得了普通员工得不到的福利。

Chairman of the Board(Chairman) 董事长
president 总裁
Vice President(VP) 副总裁
Chief Executive Officer(CEO) 首席执行官
Chief Operations Officer(COO) 首席运营官
Chief Financial Officer(CFO) 首席财务官
Human Resource Director(HRD) 人力资源总监
Operations Director(OD) 运营总监
Product Manager(PM) 产品经理

knock on wood - 祈福好运

I’ve been driving for 36 years and have never been in an accident.Knock on wood!
我已经开了36年车了,从来没有出过事故。祈祷好运!

corss one's fingers 祈求好运
break a leg 祝好运
hit the jackpot 中大奖

gravy train - 肥差

Financial services produce very high earnings,and a lot of people are trying to get onto the gravy train.
金融服务业的收入非常高,许多人都试图跻身于这份美差。

dining car 餐车
fast track 捷径
sleeper 卧铺

walk down the aisle - 结婚

I still can’t believe that Naomi and Steve walked down the aisle.
我还是不敢相信娜奥米和史蒂夫结婚了。

mad money - 应急的钱

She likes to set aside a little mad money when she’s doing errands each day.
他每天外出办事时喜欢留出一点应急钱。

cash cow - 摇钱树

The project they’re working on is this company’s cash cow.
他们正在忙的项目是这家公司的摇钱树

green hand - 新手

A leader full of experience would be calmer and more objective than the green hand in dealing with problems.
与缺乏经验的新手相比,富有经验的老手在处理问题时更沉着客观。

old hand 老手,经验丰富的人
green girl 新手,黄毛丫头
green with envy = green eyed 嫉妒,眼红
have a green thumb/finger 擅长园艺

the coast is clear - 已无危险

She looked left and right to make sure the coast was clear,then ran as fast as she could down the corridor.
她左右看了看,确定已无危险,然后以最快的速度沿着走廊跑下去。

Watch Your Step 小心台阶
Caution 小心
Wet Paint 油漆未干
Wet Floor 小心地滑
No Thoroughfare 禁止通行
Under Construction 正在施工
Adult Only 未成年禁止入内

catch some Z’s - 小睡一会

We’ve got a pretty long layover before our next flight,so I’m going to try to catch some Z’s at the gate.
在下个航班来之前,我们会有个非常长的中途停留时间,所以我打算在登机口睡一会。

get/bag/cop/cut some Z's = catch some Z's 打盹
doze off 不知不觉地打起盹来
take a nap 打盹
take/have forty winks 打盹

have the last word - 最后说了算

Everyone started shouting,trying to have the last word,and the whole meeting just descended into chaos.
每个人都开始大喊大叫,试图做出最终结论,整个会议陷入了一片混乱。

be the last word in(something) 最好的、最时尚的(事物)
one final word 针对某人或某事给出的最后一条建议/批评/评论
have words 拌嘴

数据来源:扇贝单词你问我答(评论区@胡萝北)

talk of the town - 街谈巷议

My brother was the talk of the town after leading the high school team to a state championship.
自从我哥哥率领高中队夺得州冠军后,他就成为了热门话题。

One of the hottest topics many people talk about now is... 人们热烈讨论的话题之一就是……
Recently the issue/problem of .. has been brought into focus/brought to public attention/in the limelight/posed among the public 近来,……的问题已经成为人们关注的焦点
Nowdays,it is commonly/widely/generally believed/thought/held that,but I wonder/doubt that... 如今,人们普遍认为……,但是我怀疑……

silly season - 新闻淡季

It’s the political silly season,and this policy is a very silly idea which seems more about public relations than solutions.
现在是政治无聊时节,这一政策很无聊,与其说是寻找解决方案,不如说是为了取得公关效应。

bread-and-butter letter - 感谢信

When I got back from the sales meeting,I took two days to wirte bread-and-butter letters to the people I met.
我开完销售会议回来后,花了两天时间给我遇到的人写感谢信。

bread and butter 生计,主要收入来源
have(one's) bread buttered on both sides 左右逢源
bread always falls on the buttered side 倒霉的事都到一块了
know which side of the bread is buttered(on) 知道那种情况对自己有利

drop someone a line - 给某人写信

I know you’ll be busy enjoying yourself,but please,drop me a line on your trip.
我知道你会忙着游玩,但是请在旅途中给我捎个信。

I am wirting to you in the hope that I may obtain an opportunity to…/I would appreciate it if I could have the chance of (doing)/to do…
我写信给你是希望我可以获得一个……的机会。/如果我有(做)…的机会,我将不胜感激。

I know you have trouble in … from your letter.I am writing to give you some suggestions/off you some advice.
从你的信中,我知道你在……上有困难。我写这封信的目的是给你一些建议/忠告。

Thank you for your kindness,and your prompt attention to this letter will be highly appreciated./I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon!/Your quick response will be highly appreciated!
感谢你的善意,对于你对这封信的即使关注我们将非常感激。/我期待你的早日答复!/我将十分感激你的早日答复!

a nod is as good as a wink - 心照不宣

No need to tell me what you were up to last night —— a nod is as good as a wink(to a blind horse)
不用告诉我你昨晚都干啥去了——咱俩心照不宣。

rob the cradle - 老牛吃嫩草

Are you sure it doesn’t bother you how much older I am?I feel like people are judging me for robbing the cradle.
你确定不管我比你大几岁都没关系吗?我觉得别人都在批评我老牛吃嫩草。

carry coals to Newcastle - 多此一举

We definitely don’t need to bring any toys when we go over their house — they have so many that bringing more would be like carrying coals to Newcastel.
我们去他们家玩的时候根本不需要带玩具——他们家有如此多的玩具,以至于再带玩具过去是多此一举。

take owls to Athens 将象征智慧的猫头鹰带去雅典,多此一举
sell snow to Eskimos 将雪卖给住在北极的爱斯基摩人,多此一举
sell sand to Arabs 将沙子卖给生活在沙漠的阿拉伯人,多此一举

rule of thumb - 经验法则

As a rule of thumb,I move my houseplants outside in May.
根据经验,我会在五月份把室内植物搬到室外。

lay an egg - 完全失败

Long before they had finished making it,Stamp knew that the movie would lay an egg.
早在这部电影完成制作之前,Stamp就知道这部电影会完全失败。

Go lay an egg! 别来烦我!
Never cackle before your egg is laid 在事情完成前别急着炫耀。
kill the goose that lays golden eggs 杀鸡取卵

rock the boat - 惹是生非

Look,Tom,everything is going fine here.Don’t rock the boat!
Tom,你给我听着,这里一切都好。别来给我捣乱!

rain check - 改日再约

可延期使用的票

The game was canceled because of the strom,but we all got a rain check on it.
比赛因为暴风雨而取消,但我们都拿到了延期入场券。

购买优惠券

The store was all out of the shampoo they advertised,but I got a rain check.
商店推销的洗发水已经卖光了,但我拿到了延期优惠券。

改日再约

We would love to come to your house, but we are busy next Saturday.Could we take a rain check on your kind invitataion?
我们很想去你家,但我们下周六很忙。我们能延期接受你的盛情邀请吗?

see the light of day - 诞生问世

This book might never have seen the light of day without the enthusiasm and support of my editor.
如果没有我的编辑的热情和支持,这本书也许永远无法面世。

see the light 明白过来,领悟过来
see the light at the end of the tunnel 看到希望的光

close to home - 戳到痛处

His comments struck unpleasantly close to home.
他的评论戳到我的痛处。

My mom’s lung cancer diagnosis is close to home for me because my dad recently died of the same thing.
我目前被诊断为肺癌强烈戳到了我的痛处,因为我父亲不久前因此去世。

make yourself at home 别客气
see you home 送你回家
bring home the bacon 养家糊口
home free 稳操胜券

blank cheque - 自由处理权

这笔钱的金额不受限制

We are not prepared to write a blank cheque for companies that have run into trouble through poor management.
我们不打算为那些因为管理不善二陷入困境的公司开空额签字支票。

自由处理某事的权利,常用政治领域

He had,in a sense,been given a blank cheque to negotiate the new South Africa.
从某种意义上说,他已被允许全权洽谈南非问题。

climb the wall - 焦躁不安

If she makes another foolish blunder like that,I’ll be ready to climb the wall.
如果她再犯那样愚蠢的错误,那我就会被气死。

The doctor hasn’t called me with the test results yet,so I’ve been climbing the wall.
医生还没有打电话告诉我检查结果,因此我十分焦虑不安。

up the wall 愤怒的
drive someone up the wall = drive someone bananas 使某人发狂
up against the wall 逼到绝境
go to the wall 失败

beat the drum for - 极力鼓吹

I spent a lot of time beating the drum for our plans for the future.
我花了大量时间大肆宣传我们未来的计划。

bang the drum for = beat the drum for 极力鼓吹(bang v.重击)
beat a retreat 迅速撤退,匆忙溜掉
alarmism 大惊小怪

turn tail - 逃之夭夭

As soon as they saw we had guns,they turned tail and ran away.
他们一看见我们有枪就转身逃走了。

on one's tail 紧追某人
tail off 零散地落在后头
The Long Tail 长尾理论(原来不受到重视的销量小但种类多的产品或服务,由于总量巨大,累积起来的总收益可以超过主流产品)

pull one’s leg - 开某人玩笑

Don’t believe him.He’s just pulling your leg.
不要相信他。他只是在跟你开玩笑。

ride one's coattails 抱某人大腿
be a drag on someone 拖累某人
shake a leg 赶快
break a leg 祝好运

TV dinner - 冷冻快餐

I’m way too lazy to cook,so I’ll just nuke a TV dinner in the environment.
我懒得做饭,就用微波炉热了一份冷冻快餐。

to have January chicks - 老来得子

This couple had January chicks when they were fifty-five,so this naughty boy is really the apple of their eye.
这对夫妇在55岁时老来得子,所以这个熊孩子是他们的心肝宝贝。

May and December 老夫少妻
a cold day in July 小概率事件
mad as a March hare 疯狂
April weather 喜怒无常

Hobson’s choice - 别无选择

pull the string - 幕后操纵

I want to know who’s pulling the string around here.
我想知道是谁在这里暗中主使。

pull strings:to secretly use the influence that you have over important people to get something or to help somone(暗中利用自己的权势来获得某物或帮助某人)

pull the strings: to be in control of an organization ,often secretly;to have real or ultimate control of something(秘密地对某组织进行控制;对某物具有真正或最终的控制权)

out to lunch - 出去吃午饭/心不在焉/神志不清

出去吃午饭

Janet is out to lunch right now,but I can give her a message.
Janet刚刚出去吃午饭了,不过我可以给她捎个口信。

魂不守舍

Did I just say that two plus two equals five?Wow,I’m really out to lunch today.
我刚刚是说2+2=5吗?啊,我今天确实有点魂不守舍。

神志不清

Don’t listen to a word he says,he’s out to lunch.
他的话一个字都别听,他疯了。

go out 出去吃饭
go out for lunch/dinner 出去吃午饭/晚饭
takeout 外卖食物,外卖饭菜
get some takeout = order takeout 点外卖
place an order 下单

be in the doghouse - 受冷漠

He’s been in the doghouse ever since he forgot his girlfriend’s birthday.
他自从忘了女朋友的生日后,就倍受冷落。

dog days 大热天
a dog's breakfast 一团混乱
a dog's life 悲惨的生活
a dog's age 很久
every dog has its day 风水轮流转

a stone’s throw - 一步之遥

Success lies a stone’s throw from failure.Why not advance a bit?
成功和失败只有一步之遥,为什么不再前进一步呢?

be carved/set/written in stone 一成不变
have a heart of stone 铁石心肠
hit two birds with one stone 一石二鸟

separate the sheep from the goats - 辨明好坏

It is getting harder and harder to separate the sheep from the goats among the 4000 or so tiltes for children that are published every year.
要辨明每年出版的大约4000本儿童读物的好坏,真是越来越难了。

play/act the goat 做蠢事
get one's goat 惹某人发火
skin a goat 呕吐

a shot in the arm - 刺激因素

The chief’s unexpected prasie really gave my floundering project a shot in the arm.
主人出乎意料的表扬,确实给了我那悬而未决的计划一针强心剂。

push the boat out - 摆阔庆祝

They really pushed the boat out for their daughter’s wedding.
他们大肆操办女儿的婚礼。

wait on hand and foot - 照顾得无微不至

I don’t know if Tom’s realtionship with Jeremy is healthy.It seems like Tom’s always waiting on Jeremy hand and foot.
我不知道Tom和Jeremy的关系是否正常。看起来Tom总是将Jeremy照顾得无微不至。

put a foot wrong 说错话
be caught on the wrong foot 措手不及
put one's best foot forward 尽量快走
foot in the door 进门的第一步

spin one’s wheels - 白费力气

They kept me on to manage what’s left of thsi division,but to be honest,I’ve just been spinning my wheels here for the last couple of years.
他们让我继续管理这个部门剩下的工作,但说实话,过去几年我一直在做无用功。

at the wheel 领导
third wheel 累赘
a big wheel/cheese 一个有影响力的大人物

pinhead - 笨蛋

That pinhead couldn’t manage his own sock drawer,let alone a huge project like this!
那个笨蛋连自己放袜子的抽题都管理不好,更别提这么大的工程了!

arihead,blockhead,bonehead,bubblehead,chucklehead,deadhead,fathead,flathead,hammerhead,juhead,knicklehead,lunkhead,meathead,muddlehead,pinhead,saphead,shepshead,thickhead

be bananas for - 痴迷于某物

She is bananas for watching soap opera.
他痴迷于看肥皂剧。

go bananas 激动、疯狂、神魂颠倒
to drive someone bananas 惹怒某人
That is bananas! 那真是太疯狂了!

ring a bell - 听起来耳熟

Your description rings a bell,but I don’t think I’ve ever been there myself.
你的描述听起来耳熟,但我觉得我自己没有去过那里。

alarm/waring bells start ringing 需要引起警觉
get(one's) bell rung (尤指头部)受到猛烈的打击或者伤害

rise and shine - 快起床

five more minutes! 再睡五分钟!
I don't wanna get up 我不想起床
I’m still drowsy 我还困着呢
Would you turn off the alarm clock 你能帮我关掉闹钟吗

touch a raw nerve - 触到痛处

I could tell he was touching a raw nerve when he brought up Jane’s former employer and Jane went silent for a moment.
我就知道他触及到了Jane的痛处——当他提起Jane之前的雇主时,Jane沉默了一会。

a raw deal 不公平的待遇
in a raw 原原本本的
raw material 原料
raw fish 生鱼片

on the wrong foot - 出师不利

Make sure you’re on time and dressed professionally.You don’t want to start your first day of work on the wrong foot.
确保你准时到达且穿着得体。你应该不想上班第一天就出师不利吧。

a black look - 恶狠狠地瞪一眼

I tried to apologize for what I said,but she gave me such a black look that I knew it wasn’t the right time to talk to her yet.
我试图为我说过的话向她道歉,但她恶狠狠地瞪了我一眼,让我觉得现在还不是和她沟通的好时机。

backseat driver - 爱多管闲事的人

Although Mary was capable of completing the project on her own,John couldn’t stop himself from being a backseat driver and telling her what to do.
虽然Mary有能力独立完成这个项目,但John总忍不住指手画脚,告诉她该做什么。

Sunday driver 开车很慢的司机
in the driver's/driving seat 掌握领导权
slave driver 苛刻的上司
a key driver of the economy 促使经济增长的主要因素

salt away - 储蓄

I salted away money from my summer job to pay for college.
我把暑假打工的钱存起来供我上大学。

take something with a grain of salt 对某事有所怀疑
eat one's salt 在某人家里做客
worth one's salt = worth one's salary 有能力的
salt of the earth 诚实善良的人

go to seed - 不修边幅

wow,Tim’s really started going to seed ever since he had kids.
哇,Tim在有了娃之后,确实开始变得不修边幅了。

I want back to visit my old elementary school,and sadly,it has really gone to seed.
我回去参观我的小学,遗憾的是,它已经杂草丛生、满目荆棘了。

run to seed = go to seed 不修边幅
seed money 本金
good seed makes a good crop 善因结善果
sow the seeds of doubt 种下怀疑的种子

whistle in the dark - 虚张声势

He seems confident that we’ll get the money we need,but I think he’s just whistling in the dark.
他对于我们能够搞到应有的钱似乎颇为自信,但我觉得他只是在强装镇定。

as clean as a whistle (某人)没有任何前科或者污点
pay dear for one's whistle 由于一时兴趣而付出很大代价
bells and whistles 花里胡哨的装饰
dance after one's whistle 百依百顺地服从某人

be up in the air - 悬而未决

Because the whole town protested plans to build a new shopping center,that proposal is now up in the air.
由于全镇的人都反对建造一个新的购物中心的计划,所以那个提议现在悬而未决。

float on air = walk on air 洋洋得意
on the air (计算机)在运行中
with one's nose in the air 目中无人的
go up in the air 突然忘记台词

take with a grain of salt - 半信半疑

Horoscope is fun,but it’s not necessarily accurate.I always take it with a grain of salt.
星座这东西很有趣,但未必准确。我对它一向将信将疑。

eat salt with someone 受到某人的款待
salt of the earth 社会中坚
be neither suger nor salt 不怕雨淋的
rub salt into someone's wounds 令某人雪上加霜

on the back burner - 搁置一旁

I’m going to bu putting work stuff on the back burner for a while after my son is born.
在我儿子出生后,我再把工作暂时搁置一段时间。

put something on the back burner 将某事搁置一旁
put something on the front burner 重视某事
cook on the front burner = cook with gas 做的很棒
on the middle burner 处于一般地位

be wet behind the ears - 乳臭未干

You’ll never win the case with him as your lawyer—he’s just out of law school and still wet behind the ears!
你若选他当你的律师,那你就永远赢不了这个案子—他刚从法学院毕业,初出茅庐毫无经验!

put the cart before the horse 本末倒置
the die is cast 大局已定,木已成舟
six of one and half a dozen of the other 半斤八两
A timely heavy snow promises a good harvest 瑞雪兆丰年
love me,love my dog 爱屋及乌
rob Peter to pay Paul 拆东墙补西墙

mum’s the word - 保守秘密

below the belt - 暗中伤人

I know she really wants the promotion,but she hit below the belt when she told the boss about my personal problems.
我知道她真的很想升职,但是她竟然背后使坏——把我的私人问题告诉了老板。

belt up 住口、闭嘴
have sth under one's belt 掌握某技能
tighten(one's) belt 省吃俭用
give someone the belt 赶某人走开

carry the can - 背黑锅

The teachers who were criticized said that they would not carry the can for the faults in the school system.
受到批评的老师们说,他们不会为学校制度的错误背黑锅。

a can of worms 难题;麻烦事
be in the can 录制完毕准备播放
open a can of beans 惹祸
live out of cans 靠罐头视频过活

go to Reno - 去离婚

We can’t tolerate each other anymore,so we decide to go to Reno.
我们再也无法忍受对方,于是决定去离婚。

tie the knot 结婚
bride and groom 新娘和新郎
end the marriage 离婚
ex-husband and ex-wife 前夫和前妻

gild the lily - 画蛇添足

You’re beautiful the way you are,and makeup would be gilding the lily.
你现在的样子就很美,再化妆就画蛇添足了。

lily-livered 懦弱的
lily-white 为人非常诚实的
as fair as a lily 纯洁的
liles and roses 花容玉貌

jump ship - 跳槽

None of the editors liked the new policies,so they all jumped ship as soon as other jobs opened up.
编辑们都不喜欢这些新政策,所以一有新的工作机会,他们就都跳槽了。

in the same boat(as somneone) 与某人处境相同
don't give up the ship 不要放弃
like rats leaving a sinking ship 只顾自己不顾队友的人
ships that pass in the night 萍水相逢的人

climb on the bandwagon - 见风使舵

I can’t stand these people who just climb on the bandwagon after a win.Where were they last year when the team was terrible?
我见不得那些见着成功就赶来巴结的人。去年球队境况不好的时候,他们人在哪?

fence sitter/rider 骑在篱笆上的人->见风使舵的人,立场不坚定的人,墙头草

pedal to the metal - 全速前进

Pedal to the metal,boys——we need to get these packages shipped by the end of the day.
全力以赴吧,小伙子们——我们要在今天把这些包裹全部运出去。

竭尽全力
try one's best to do sth
make great efforts to do sth
spare no effort to do sth
do one's utmost to do sth

off the cuff - 即兴地

I didn’t have time to organize my thoughts,so I just spoke off the cuff.
我没有时间整理思路,所以我只能即兴演讲了。

off-the-cuff remarks 即席讲话;即兴讲话
give someone a friendly cuff 友好的轻轻拍某人一下
at cuffs 在打架
cuff someone on the side of the head 拍某人的头

on the rocks - 岌岌可危

濒临破灭,岌岌可危

The company is on the rocks these days following the disastrous release of their latest product.
再发布离开一款糟糕的最新产品后,这家公司最近步履维艰。

加冰块

Give me a scotch on the rocks,please.
请给我一杯加冰的苏格兰威士忌。

be built/founded on the rock 建立在磐石上
between the rock and the hard place 左右为难,进退维谷
as steady as a rock 稳妥可靠的
hava/get rocks in one's head 神经不正常

shoot the breeze - 闲聊

Customers always want to shoot the breeze with me in the store before they buy something.
顾客们在买东西之前,总想和我一起在店里聊聊天。

shoot/throw the bull 闲聊,吹牛
chew the fat 闲聊,闲扯
engage in chitchat 闲聊

cut the mustard - 符合条件

What I really need is a phone that’s much more dependable.This one just does not cut the muted.
我需要一部随时可以靠得住的手机。这部手机不符合我的要求。

meet the standard/cirterion 符合条件
up to snuff 到达要求
up to specification 符合规格
up to the notch 符合标准

in a nutshell - 一言以蔽之

Let me put it in a nutshell for you——if you show up late again,you’re fired!
那我简单地跟你说——如果你再迟到,你就会被炒鱿鱼。

a hard/tough nut to crack 棘手的问题
spill the beans 说漏嘴
have bigger fish to fry 有更重要的事情要做
the world is someone's oyster 你可以随心所欲

tie the knot - 结婚

We tied the knot in a little chapel on the Arkansas border,
我们在阿肯萨州边界地区一个小教堂里举行了婚礼。

Mr.Bell tied the knot for Nona and Arlen last Monday.
上周一Bell先生为Nona和Arlen主持了婚礼。

get hitched 结婚
take the plunge 毅然结婚
walk down the aisle 结婚

the Midas touch - 点石成金

It seems that she has the Midas touch — she makes lots of money whatever she does.
她似乎有点石成金的本领——她不管做什么,都能挣到很多钱。

be joined at the hip - 关系紧密

The couple who are almost jointed at the hip in their 20s may have become qutie dsitant in their 40s.
这对在20多岁时形影不离的夫妻,可能在40多岁时就会变得疏远。

Trends in world trade and trends in the environment are supposed to be joined at the hip.
世界贸易组织的趋势与环境的趋势应该紧密相连。

smite hip and thigh 痛打,狠揍
shoot from the hip 鲁莽行动,仓促决定,信口开河
have someone on the hip 抓住某人的要害
hip someone to the secrets 使知晓,使了解,高速

three sheets to the wind - 喝醉酒

On the 21st birthday,Jeff’s friends took him to every bar in town until he was three sheets.
在Jeff的21岁生日那天,他的朋友们带他喝遍镇上的每一家酒吧,知道他酩酊大醉为止。

cut someone some slack 对某人网开一面
loose cannon 难以驾驭的危险人物
toe the line 听从命令
a square meal 正餐

bury the hatchet - 重归于好

Can you please bury the hatchet and make up with your sister already?I can’t take the constant fighting.
你能和你妹妹言归于好吗?我真是受够了这种没完没了的争吵。

take someone back 让某人回心转意
make up with someone 与某人和解
kiss and make up 原谅某人并与之重归于好
get back together 重归于好

cut someone some slack - 对某人网开一面

When you’re new at a job,colleagues and booses cut you some salck.They forgive minor mistakes because you’re new.
当你刚开始做一份工作时,同时和老板会对你网开一面。他们会原谅你的小错误,因为你是新来的。

give someone some slack = cut someone some slack 对某人网开一面
pick up the slack = take up the slack 收拾残局
slack one's duty 逃避责任
slack up one's effort 懈怠

lead the life of Riley - 过轻松舒适的生活

Pampered from a young age after his father came into sudden wealth,Jonathan led the life of Reality compared to the hardships his older siblings faced.
父亲一夜暴富后,Jonathan自幼养尊处优。相比于他的哥哥姐姐们受过的困窘,Jonathan过着轻松舒适的生活。

lead the life of the spirit 过着崇尚精神的生活
lead a happy life 过着幸福的生活
lead a bitter life 过着痛苦的生活、
lead a dog's life 过着贫困潦倒、惨不忍睹的生活

loose cannon - 难以驾驭的危险人物

He’s seen as something of a loose cannon by other team members.
其他队员将他视为我行我素的莽夫。

serve as cannon fodder 充当炮灰
water cannon 冒失鬼
on the loose 散漫
give(a) loose 自由发挥

know the ropes - 知道内情

The moment she got to know the ropes,there was no stopping her.
一旦她懂了行,她就一往无前了。

with a rope around one's neck 破釜沉舟地,拼命地
work the ropes 暗中操纵
throw someone a rope 援助某人
the end of one's rope 山穷水尽

put a bug in one’s ear - 委婉暗示

The boss put a bug in his ear about the importance of meeting this deadline.
老板就按时完成任务的重要性给他敲了警钟。

be bitten by the travel/fishing/gardening bug 对旅游、钓鱼、园艺有强烈兴趣
catch/pick up/get a bug 生病
Don't bug me! 别烦我
cute as a bug's ear 非常可爱

up the creek - 处于困境

If you hadn’t helped us,we would have been up the creek.
如果没有你的帮助,我们就得陷入困境。

be in adversity 处于逆境
Adversity Quotient(AQ)逆境商数
companion in adversity 患难朋友
Adversity leads to prosperity 困苦通向昌盛

touch base with someone - 和某人联系

Will you please touch base with the marketing team and find out how they’re progressing?
你能不能跟营销团队联系一下,看看他们进展如何?

Bottom line:we have to turn into profit by 2022. 最重要的是:我们必须在2022年前转亏为盈
Can you just give me a ballpark figure? 能不能给我一个大概的数字?
in the middle of something? 正在忙吗?
What are you up to? 你正在做什么?

hold all the aces - 占尽上风

They hold all the aces;they are the champions and the best team in the country and have a full-time manager.
他们占尽了优势;因为他们是这个国家的冠军,是最好的球队,并且有一个全职教练。

hold all the trupms/cards= hold all the aces 占尽上风,占尽优势
play one's card right 充分利用所拥有的的资源,办事高明
an ace in the hole 杀手锏
have/keep an ace up one's sleeve 手中留有王牌->有应急的妙计

soft soap - 奉承

v.奉承某人

Don’t try to soft soap her.She’s an old battle-ax.
别想用好话说服她,她是个老悍妇。

n.好听话

Don’t waste my time with soft soap.I know you don’t mean it.
别用甜言蜜语来浪费我的时间。我知道你口是心非。

soft pedal 减弱,降低
soft touch 很好说话的人
have a soft spot for someone 对某人有好感
soft in the head 疯的

on a shoestring - 靠着极少量的资金

We were living on a shoestring for a while after our baby was born,but,luckily,I got a promotion,and our situatuon has imporved a bit.
孩子出生后,我们有段时间生活拮据,但幸运的是,我升职了,我们的生活情况也有了一点改善。

on a shoestring budget = on a shoestring 靠着极少量的资金
shoestring potatoes 油炸土豆条
shoestring trading 小额交易
shoestring gambler 赌小钱的人

run a temperature - 发烧

My head is burning up 我的头好烫
I think I'm coming down with a bad cold 我想我是得了重感冒了吧
I have a runny nose and my throat is itchy 我流鼻涕,喉咙也很痒
It feels like I'm knocking at death's door 我感觉自己要挂了

sock away - 储蓄

We‘ve been socking little bits ayaw for years in order to put down a deposit on a home.
我们这几年一直在存钱,以便缴纳房子首付。

someone get socked with something 某人因某事受到打击
blow one's socks off 把某人袜子都吓掉了;使某人万分惊愕;给某人留下深刻印象
put a sock in it 把娃子塞进嘴里;让某人安静,住嘴,别出声
pull one's socks up 撸起袜子加油干;加紧努力,奋力工作

get hitched - 结婚

Today‘s boy may face a major problem when they become tomorrow’s men- they will find it very difficlut to get hitched,simply because there won’t be enough women.
今天的这些男孩子们长大承认之后可能会面临一个普遍的问题:他们会发现很难结婚,因为女性人数太少。

make a big commitment 作出重大的承诺;结婚
walk down the aisle 走进婚姻的殿堂;结婚
make a match 使结婚
take the pluge 毅然结婚

have a chip on one’s shoulder - 动辄发火

He’s got a chip on his shoulder about not having been to university.
他因没能上大学而耿耿于怀。

have one's finger on the pulse 对某事非常了解
have a finger in the pie 插手某人,掺和某事
have a face like thunder 看上去极为愤怒
have a face like the back end of a bus 某人非常丑陋

cat and dog life - 争吵不休的生活

They have led a cat and dog life almost since the day they were married.
他们几乎从结婚那天起就一直过着争吵不休的生活。

let the cat out of the bag 露出马脚
every dog has his day 人人皆有得意时
rain cats and dogs 下倾盆大雨
a dog's life 潦倒的生活

pizza face - 长满痘痘的脸

Wow,a pizza face like you will never get a date to the dance!
哇塞,像你这种麻子脸是永远不会有舞伴约你跳舞的。

beaten by the ugly stick 像被丑杖打过
a face that only your mother would love 只有你妈妈才会喜欢你这张脸
I‘m not good with faces that I never want to see again 我不太记得不想见的人的长相
There's enough leftover skin from your surgeries to make a bed for my cat 你整容去掉的皮都够给我的猫做张床了

play it by ear - 见机行事

clutch at straws - 抓住救命稻草

She offered to take a pay cut to keep her job,but she was just clutching at straws.
她主动提出降薪来保住工作,但她不过是在抓救命稻草罢了。

a man of straw 稻草人
a straw in the wind 风中的稻草;事情发生前的预兆
the last/final straw 最后一根稻草;使人崩溃的最后一击
get the short straw 不得不做最无趣的事情

out of the blue - 出人意料地

Mike has decided to quit his job out of the blue,and go travelling for a year!
Milke 突然决定辞职,然后去旅行一年!

pink slip 解雇通知书
born in the purple 出生在皇室
green hand 新手
green with envy 嫉妒的

brown-bag - 自带午餐

People who brown-bag it each day eat healtheir foods than those who go out for lunch.
每天自带午餐的人比那些出去吃午餐的人吃得更健康。

Bring a brown-bag,and we’ll talk and eat at the same time.
拿上你的自带午餐,我们边吃边谈。

A brown-bag seminar or session is generally a training or information session during a lunch break.
午餐研讨会就是在午餐时间进行的培训或信息共享会

hot pot 火锅
spicy hotchpotch 麻辣烫
oden 关东煮
braised pork rice 卤肉饭

hit the books - 用功学习

I gotta go home and hit the books.I have finals next week.
我的回家复习工功课了。我下周有期末考试。

hit the streets 大量上市
when the shit hits the fan 做了坏事被发现
hits the sack 睡觉
hit the mark 达到目的

dressed to the nines - 衣冠楚楚

Every time she went to a dance,she would always be dressed up to the nines.
每一次参加舞会,她都打扮得特别漂亮。

dressed to the teeth = dressed to the nines 衣冠楚楚
dressed to kill 打扮得花枝招展
look like a million dollors 看上去好极了
not a hair out of place 非常整洁,精致考究

jump in at the deep end - 在未准备的情况下着手

The reson many people fail on diets is that they jump in at the deep end,making a complete change to their eating habits.
很多人节食失败的原因是他们对节食一窍不通,一下子完全改变了饮食习惯。

be jumping up and down 暴跳如雷
jump the gun 过早行动
jump the lights 闯红灯
jump the queue 插队

have stars in one’s eyes - 满怀憧憬

Thinking about their coming marriage,they both had stars in their eyes.
一想到他们即将步入婚姻的殿堂,他们俩都满怀憧憬。

get stars in one's eyes 洋洋得意
believe in one's star 相信将自己的运气
see stars 两眼直冒金星
be bron under a lucky star 生就有福

get one’s back up - 惹怒某人

Just ignore him - he’s only trying to get your back up.
别理他——他只是在成心惹你生气

be up in arms 满腔怒火
have a chip on one's shoulder 生气,耿耿于怀
have a cow 勃然大怒
in the heat of the moment 盛怒之下

red herring - 转移注意力的事

the writing on the wall - 不祥之兆

The official saw the writing on the wall and fled the country.
这个官员预感到自己将有大难,立即逃到了国外。

butterfingers - 笨手笨脚的人

All of us know you are such a butterfingers,so please don’t touch my chinaware.
我们大家都知道你是个笨手笨脚的人,所以,请你不要碰我的瓷器。

butter wouldn't melt in one's mouth 黄油都不会在他口中融化,装出一副老实相
butter someone up 奉承某人
butterfly effect 蝴蝶效应
buttermilk 脱脂牛奶

Achilles’ heel - 致命弱点

also-run - 失败者

In one generation,the place had gone from provincial also-run to economic lord of the world.
才短短一个时代,这个地方从一个落后小省一跃成为了世界上最繁荣的城市。

No matter what happens,I'll always be by your side 不管发生什么事情,我都会配在你身边
I‘m just a phone call away if you ever need me 需要我的话,随时打电话给我
Everyone will fail,failure is the beginning of success 失败是成功的开始
As long as you do your best,there is no need to blame yourself,no need to worry. 只要你尽力了,就不必自责,不必苦恼

have one over the eight - 喝高了

It seems like Jenny makes a point of having one over eight every time she goes out on the weekend.
Jenny好像每次周末出去都会喝醉

nose out of jonit - 心烦意乱

John’s nose was really put out of joint when Jane was promoted and he wasn’t.
Jane升职而Johe却没有,他为此鼻子都气歪了。

blow one's top 大发雷霆、勃然大怒
road rage 轮怒症
drive someone mad 惹恼某人
get on one's nerve 招惹某人

carry a torch for someone - 单恋某人

Terry has been carrying a torch for Liz for years,but she seems not to notice.
Terry暗恋Liz好多年了,但是他似乎没有察觉到。

puppy love 少年不成熟的恋爱
hava/get a crush on someone 暗恋/迷恋某人
one-sided love 单相思
cradle-snatcher love 老少恋

bring down the house - 博得满堂彩

The clown sang a duet with the talking horse, which brought down the house every night.
每天晚上,这个小丑都和一匹会说话的马一起表演二重奏,博得满堂喝彩。

You have a good sense of humor 你真幽默
You have a very successful business 你的事业很成功
We are so pound of you 我们真为你骄傲
Everything tastes great 每样东西都很美味

take the plunge - 冒险尝试

If you have been thinking about buying mutual funds,now could be the time to take the plunge.
如果你一直在考虑购买共同基金,现在也许是冒险一试的时候了。

We’d been living together for three years and we already had a son together,so we decided it was time to take the plunge!
我们在一起生活了三年,并且已经有了一个儿子,所以我们决定是时候结婚了!

meet one's Waterloo 受到沉重打击
risk one's health 拿健康冒险
run the hazard 冒险

in the heat of the moment - 盛怒之下

It was all done in the heat of the moment and I have certainly learned by my mistake.
所有这一切都是在我盛怒之下干的,我无疑已经从自己的过失中汲取了教训。

if you can't stand the heat,get out of the kitchen 如果再抱怨就别干了
put the heat on someone 给某人施加压力
take the heat off someone 使某人少受批评
the heat is on 开始一段忙碌又有压力的日子

in the bag - 十拿九稳

Don’t start to thinke we’ve got this game in the bag,gentlemen.I’ve seen teams make bigger comebacks than this,so we can’t let up.
别以为这场比赛我们已经胜券在握,先生们。我看到过比这更大的反击,所以我们不能松懈。

a bag of bones 皮包骨
leave someone holding the bag 突然把重担推给某人
in the bottom of the bag 作为最后一招
give someone the bag 拒绝某人

in the pipeline - 在进行中

The theatre company has serveral new productions in the pipeline for next season.
剧团正在为下一个演出季排练几个新剧目。

There’s $5 million more in the pipeline for the city schools.
还有200万美元将拨给市里的学校。

put someone in the picture 使某人了解局面
pass the hat round 募捐
forty winks 白天小睡;
stick to one's ribs 实物顶饱的
a straw in the wind 苗头,迹象
be sitting pretty 生活优越
throw in the towel 承认失败

be sitting pretty - 生活优裕

They bought their house while prices were low,so now they’re sitting poretty.
他们在房价很低的时候买下了自己的房子,所以他们下载乃生活的很舒适。

sit in the catbird seat 处于必胜无疑的地位
be in fat city 过上富裕优越的生活
live/be in clover 生活或处境优越、安逸

a straw in the wind - 预兆

She described the theatre’s closure as “a straw in the wind” as companies faced up to the realities of life after the lottery.
他认为该剧院的关闭是一个信号,昭示着各家居团终于放弃侥幸想法,开始面对现实了。

A strew shows which way the wind blows 草动知风向
the last straw = the straw that broke the camel's back 压垮骆驼的最后一根稻草
clutch/grasp at straws 不放过任何微小的机会
man of straw = straw man 稻草人;挡箭牌

stick to one’ ribs - (食物)顶饱的

I’m sick of eating nothing but fruit and vegetables—give me something that will stick to the ribs.
我厌倦了只吃水果和蔬菜——给我点饱腹感强的东西吧。

stick one's neck out 冒险一搏
stick in one's throat 令某人气氛
stick in one's mind/head/memory 铭刻在(某人)的脑海里
stick to someone like glue 缠着某人不放

forty winks - 打盹

I’m going to go grab a quick forty winks before everyone starts arriving for the dinner party.
我要在大家开始来参加晚宴之前去短暂地打个盹儿。

wink at something 睁一只眼闭一只眼
not get/have a wink of sleep = not sleep a wink 不能入睡
(as)easy as winking 易如反掌
not be able to see a wink 什么都看不见

pass the hat round - 募捐

Everyone passed the hat round to help the Jeffersons pay for the cost of their son’s treatment.
每个人都募捐来帮助Jefferson一家支付他们儿子的治疗费。

at the drop of a hat 立即
take A's hat off to B 向B脱帽致敬
pull a rabbit out of a hat 找到一个出人意料的解决难题的绝招
wear many hats 身兼数职

put someone is the picture - 告知某人内情

His lawyer put him in the picture about what had happened since his arrest.
他的律师告诉了他在他被捕之后发生的一切。

pull the wool over one’s eyes - 蒙骗某人

He tried pulling the wool over our eyes by hiding the profits in separate accounts,but we were qucik to catch onto his scheme.
他企图通过把利润藏在不同的账户里来蒙骗我们,但我们很快就发现了他的阴谋。

all cry and no wool = more cry than wool 大吵大闹
all wood and no shobby = all wool and a yard wide 诚实可靠
dye in the wool 永久的、牢固的

shake a leg - 跳舞/抓紧时间

跳舞

Whenever there was music he was eager to shake a leg.
只要一有音乐,他就迫不及待地想跳舞。

抓紧时间

I want to get there before sundown,so let’s shake a leg.
我想在日落前赶到那里,所以我们赶紧走吧。

shake down 安顿下来;调整就绪
shake out 变化,演变
a fair shake 公平的机会
in a brace of shakes 立刻,马上

talk shop - 三句话不离本行

talk some sense into sb 帮助某人理智思考
talk one's head off 对某人喋喋不休
talk someone down 劝企图自杀者从高处下来
talk something out 通过协商消除分歧或解决问题

mop the floor with someone - 把某人打的一败涂地

all mops and brooms 喝醉酒
Dame Partington and her mop 坚决反对进步或改革的人

teething troubles - 初期困难

There were the usual teething troubles at the beginning of the project,but that’s to be expected.
这项工程一开始遇到了通常会碰到的初期困难,但那是意料之中的。

fiscal difficulties/troubles 财政困难
borrow trouble 杞人忧天
buy trouble 自寻烦恼
troubled waters 波涛汹涌的水域

at sixes and sevens - 乱七八糟

We’ve been at sixes and sevens in the office this week.
我们办公室这一周忙得不可开交。

one-horse town 乡村小镇
two of a trade did never agree 同行相轻
three sheets in the wind 叮咛大醉
four-letter words 四字真言;骂人的脏话

out for the count - 失去知觉/睡得很熟

  • 失去知觉

It took medical staff several miunutes to revive O’Neil in the dressing-rooms.He was out for the count for tow to three minutes.
医护人员花了几分钟才使O’Neil 在更衣室苏醒。他昏迷了两三分钟。

  • 睡得很熟

At 10.30am he was still out for the count after another night disturbed by the baby.
在又被婴儿折腾了一晚上之后,上午十点半,他还在熟睡。

keep one’s head above water - 勉强应付过去

This lifejacket will help Slly to keep her head above water in the pool.
这件救生衣可以帮助Sally保持头部在游泳池中的水面之上。

The business is in trouble,but we are just about keeping our heads above water.
公司遇到了一些问题,但我们还得勉强应付下去。

a fish out of water 在新环境中感到不舒服、不适应的人
be in hot water 遇到麻烦,处于水深火热之中
blow out of the water 彻底击垮
carry water for(someone) 迫于压力去支持某人/某团体,但实际内心并不赞同

hand to mouth - 仅够糊口的

It’s been pretty hand to mouth these days.If I don’t find work soon,I don’t know how we’ll get by.
这些天我们都是勉强糊口,如果我再不找到工作,我不知道我们之后该如何过日子。

After she lost her job she was living from hand to mouth.
他失业后过着买勉强糊口的生活。

live paycheck by paycheck 每个月都必须等老板发工资才能维持生活
live on a tight budget 生活拮据,资金紧张
I don't have a cent to my name 我现在一分钱都没有了
as poor as a church mouse 像教堂里找不到事物的老鼠一样非常贫穷

win hands down - 赢得十分轻松

go to the dogs - 山河日下,不复往昔

Adam’s apple - 喉结

off the wall - 荒诞疯狂的

Her hypothesis is really off the wall,but the facts seem to support it.
她的假设真是荒诞离奇,但事实似乎支撑她的观点。

goose bumps had erupted up - 起鸡皮疙瘩

fine kettle of fish - 尴尬的局面

well,that’s a fine kettle of fish.I thought I paid the credit card bill,but it turns out that I missed the due date by a week.
啊,真尴尬。我以为我已经还清了信用卡,结果我比到期日晚了。

it's so cringeworthy/cringey 这可太让人尴尬了
it's adsolutely toe-curling 尴尬到抠脚趾
it's painful to watch 尴尬到看不下去

fly in the face of - 公然违抗

They want ot change the entire direction of the project,completely flyingin the face of all the hard work we’ve done so far.
他们想改变整个项目的方向,与我们到目前为止所做的一切努力完全相悖。

fall flat on your face 彻底失败
not just a pretty face 并非徒有其表
be written all over one's face 表现得十分明显

make a killing - 赚大钱

The boss of Britain’s top pizza company made a killing yesterday by selling off some of his shares.
英国最大的披萨公司的老板昨天通过出售他的一些股份发了大财。

pennies from heaven 好运,福从天至
kill a fly with an elephant gun 杀鸡用牛刀
kill or cure 孤注一掷
kill someone with kindness 宠坏某人

cut and thrust - 唇枪舌剑

She enjoys the cut and thrust of party politics.
她喜欢党派政治中的唇枪舌剑。

She has spent the past two years carving out a career as a production assistant in the cut-and-thrust world of advertisiing.
在过去的两年里,她在竞争激烈的广告行业里从事制片助理的工作。

cut and paste 复制粘贴
cut and dried 固定的;已成定局的;老生常谈的
cut across 抄近路穿过
cut lunch 盒装午餐

on the blink - 出故障

Our washer is on the blink,so I’m on my way to the laundromat.
我们的洗衣机坏了,所以我正前往自助洗衣店。

Do you remember last night at the bar at all?You were really on the blink!
你还记得昨晚在酒吧的事吗?你喝的酩酊大醉!

before(one) can blink 很快速;很突然
in the blink of an eye 眨眼之间
blink back tears 眨回眼泪
without(even) blinking an eye 眼睛都没眨一下

go belly up - 失败破产

某物破损或故障

Sorry,Mark,I’d love to give you a lift to the airport,but my car has gone belly up again.
抱歉,Mark,我很想送你去机场,但我的车又坏了。

企业失败破产

The business went belly up after only six months.
这家公司至营业了6个月就破产了。

bury one's head in the sand 像鸵鸟一样将头埋在沙子里,不敢正视现实
go in one ear and out the other 充耳不闻
right-hand man 得力助手
back on one's feet 病后痊愈,恢复健康

call of nature - 上厕所

Wait a minute,I have to go answer the call of nature.
稍等一会,我得去上个厕所。

go to the john = hit the john 上厕所
wash my hand 上厕所
take a dump 上大号
go pee 小便
I have to go. 失陪一下(去上厕所)

Sunday driver - 车开的太慢的司机

For the most part,I like the relaxed attitude down here.But I absolutely detest all the Sunday drivers on the road!
在很大程度上,我喜欢这里轻松的生活态度。但我真的讨厌路上那些开慢车的司机!

backseat driver 指手画脚的人
in the driver's seat 掌控局面
designatd driver party结束之后专门负责开车送大家回家的人

cool one’s heels - 久等

Do not make your guests cool their heels when you have appointments with them.
同客人订了约会就不该让人家久等。

as cool as a cucumber 镇定自若
Cool bananas! = Cool beans! = Awesome!Great! 哇!太棒了!
blow one's cool 失态,沉不住气,失去冷静

go places - 可能成功

Alice is definitely going to go places with that singing voice of hers.
以Alice的歌喉,他肯定会成功。

lock horns - 开始争论

When I was younger,I always locked horns with my mother about eating spinach!I heated it,and she always insisted I finish it.
我小时候总是因为吃菠菜的事和妈妈发生争执!我特别讨厌菠菜,但她总是执意让我吃完。

Nonsense! 放屁!一派胡言!
You asked for it 这是你自找的。
Enough is enough! 狗了!
You piss me off. 气死爸爸了

up to one’s neck - 忙的不可开交

irons in the fire - 同时要做的很多事情

I have many irons int he fire at work right now and it’s going to be tricky to balance all of them over the next few weeks.
我现在有很多事情要处理,在接下来几周内都很难平衡好这些。

hold one's life 停止射击
draw someone's fire 吸引火力
play with fire 玩火

go belly up - 失败破产

Sorry,Mark,I’d love to give you a lift to the airport,but my car has gone belly up on me again.
抱歉,Mark,我很想送你去机场,但我的车又坏了。

The business went belly up after only six monthes.
这家公司只营业了6个月就破产了。

bury one's head in the sand 不敢正视现实
go in one ear and out the other 充耳不闻
right-hand man 得力助手
back on one's feet 恢复健康

put on the dog - 装腔作势

During the economic boom,you had people from all walks of life putting on the dog.All that ended when the crash hit,though.
在经济繁荣的时候,你能看到来自各行各业的人装腔作势、然而,当经济滑坡的时候,所有的这一切都消失了。

go to the dogs 彻底破落
push the boat out 讲排场
Hong Kong dog 拉肚子
cats and dogs 零星的

pay through the nose - 被敲竹杠

You can get pretty good meals on airplanes,but you’re going to pay through the nose.
在飞机上你可以吃到很好的饭菜,但是你得花超多钱。

green around the gills - 脸色苍白

Some of the passengers looked kind of green around the gils after the trip!
一些乘客在旅途之后脸色发青。

as pale as a ghost 面无人色
at death's door 病入膏肓,生命危在旦夕
under the weather 心情不好
back on one's feet 痊愈

dollars to doughnuts - 十拿九稳

Well,Alex,I’ll bet you almost dollars to doughnuts that I’ll wake up at 3am,as I do every morning now.
好吧,Alex,我跟你打赌,我肯定会在凌晨3点醒来没就像我现在每天早上一样。

It’s dollars to doghnuts that Kevin will be late tonight-he’s never on time.
Kevin今晚肯定会迟到——他从来没有准时过。

a hard/tough nut to crack 难以对付的人或事
spill the beans 说漏嘴
have bigger fish to fry 有更重要的事情要做

nose of wax - 没有主见的人

He’s just a nose of wax with her,and does just what she tells him.
他对她百依百顺,她要他干啥他就干啥。

wet-nose 缺乏经验的,初出茅庐的
turn up one's nose at 鄙视
get up one's nose 惹某人发火,使某人生气
nose out of joint 不愉快,心烦意乱

wear many hats - 身兼数职

Both our editorial assistant and our copywriter left the company at the same time,so i’ve been wearing many hats ever since.
我们的编辑助理和文案同时离开了公司,所以从俺以后我一直身兼数职。

wear one's particular profession's hat 职业病
I‘ll eat my hat! 这事要是能发生,我就把我帽子吃了!

light a fire under someone - 激励某人

Whether you’re racing against the clock or competing with a co-worker,competition lights a fire under you.
无论你是与时间赛跑还是与同事竞争,竞争就像你的驱动力。

come under life 遭受批评
fire in your belly 志向,热情;雄心壮志;动力
fire someone up 使某人发怒
go through fire and water 赴汤蹈火

make the fur fly - 引发骚乱

He made the fur flying by demanding to see prood.
他要求看证据,于是引起了激烈的争吵。

make the feathers / dust fly = make the fur fly 引起争吵
all fur coat and no knickers 金玉其外败絮其中
rack one's brains 榨取脑细胞
push the boat out 把船推出去,摆阔气

by the book - 照规矩办事

This is a private deal - we don’t have to do everything by the book.
这是笔私下的交易——我们没必要办什么事都循规蹈矩

hit the books 学习,努力用功
in my book 就我的看法而言
be on the books 在名单上,属于

rain on one’s parade - 给某人泼冷水

I’m sorry to rain on your parade but you’re not allowed to have allcohol on the premises.
我很抱歉扫你们的兴,但是这个地方不能喝酒。

give someone a rain dance 设盛宴招待某人
take a rain check 改期或推迟约定的约会或邀请
right as rain = right as a trivet 非常健康的,毫无问题的,完全正确的

on cloud nine - 非常高兴

fat city - 生活优裕

He thinks he’s going to win the lottery,and be in fat city ever after.
他觉得自己彩票会中大奖,然后从此衣食无忧。

a clean bill of health 身体健康
life is just a bowl of cherries 一切都很完美
life of Riley 安逸的生活,无忧无虑的日子
riding the gravy train 轻易地赚大钱

have a sweet tooth - 爱吃零食

If you’re looking for a snack,go talk to Jenny—— she has a real sweet tooth,so she probably keeps candy bars in her desk.
如果你想吃零食,去找Jenny——他特别爱吃零食,所以她可能会在桌子里放些糖果。

sweet tooth 喜欢吃甜食的人
I have a craving for sweets 我喜欢吃甜食
Tiramisu 提拉米苏
Rum baba 朗姆酒蛋糕
Tutti Frutti 水果塔

dog and pony show - 盛大表演

To help draw attention to the company’s new line of products,the manager took their dog and pony show on the road for a nationwide promotion.
为了引起人们对新产品的注意,经历在全国范围举行盛大路演。

That's show business 世事难料,人生多舛
show somebody the door 把某人当即撵走
show a leg 起床;加快速度
show and tell 盛大宣传

curry favour - 拍马屁

They have lowered taxes in an attempt to curry favour with the voters.
他们降低税收以讨好选民。

run circles around someone - 遥遥领先于某人

Her presentation on the way molecules bind together was so polished and well researched-she absolutely ran circles around the other students.
她关于分子结合方式的演讲是如此的精彩和深入——他绝对遥遥领先于其他学生。

carrot and stick - 软硬兼施

Congress wants to use a carrot and stick approach to force both sides to negotiate an end to the war.
国会想通过恩威并重的方法迫使双方通过谈判结束战争。

carrot on a stick 棒子上的胡萝卜
dangle a carrot in front of someone = offer someone a carrot 用奖励来激励某人
use something as a carrot 用某物作为奖励来说服某人做某事

an elephant in the room - 被刻意忽视的棘手问题

We all sat sipping our tea quietly,no one wanting to bring up the elephant in the room about Joel’s expulsion from clooege.
我们都安静地坐着喝茶,没有人愿意提起Joe被大学开除的事情。

have a memory like an elephant 记忆力超群
see the elephant = get a look at the elephant 见世面
white elephant 无用且累赘的东西

flex one’s muscles - 显示实力

The parade is the first sign of the new regime flexing its military muscles.
阅兵式是新政权展示其军事实力的第一个信号。

get beer muscles 酒壮怂人胆
muscle in 强行参与
strain every nerve and muscle 竭尽全力
not move a muscle 完全不动弹

for a song - 廉价的

smoke and mirrors - 障眼法

The new budget isn’t smoke and mirrors;it’s an honest attempt to reduce the deficit.
新预算不是在搞障眼法,是真的试图消减开支。

(all) done by/with mirrors 通过欺骗或误导来实现
a friend's eye is a good mirror 朋友可以提供诚实的意见
able to fog a mirror 活着(勉强证明某人还活着)

grease one’s palm - 向某人行贿

palm grease 小费,贿赂的钱
melt one's grease 精疲力竭
fry/stew in one's own grease 自作自受
Elbow grease gives the best polish 只要功夫深,铁杵磨成针

green-dyed - 嫉妒的

I thought I’d got over my ex,but when I saw him with his new girlfriend,the green-eyed monster gto me!
我以为我已经不在乎我前男友了,但当我看到他和新女友在一起时

turn the tables - 转败为胜

She turned the tables on her rival with allegations of corruption.
他指控对手腐败,从而扭转了对自己不利的局面。

under the table 秘密地
come to the table 开会以谈判或讨论如何解决特定问题
put fodd on the table 挣钱以维持生技
wait on tables 在餐馆当服务员

in a pickle - 处于困境中

be up in arms - 满腔怒火

They’re up in arms about/over the new management structure.
对于新的管理体制,他们感到非常愤怒。

under the arm 不好的
twist someone's arm 迫使他做你要他做的事
a shot in the arm 使人振奋的事情
an arm and a leg 价格昂贵

fly-by-night - 不可靠的

He struck me as a fly-by-night worker,so I was shocked when he came back the next day to finish the job.
他给我的印象是一个不可靠的工人,所有当他第二天回来把工作完成时,我大吃一惊。

fly a kite 只是说说而已
make the feathers/dust/fur fly 引起争吵
go fly your kite = leave me alone 别烦我
fly off the handle 情绪失控

give somebody the hook - 炒某人鱿鱼

He has published a number of papers that are considered very valuable.I’m not going to give him the hook just because he made a minor mistake.
他发表了好几分被认为非常有价值的论文。我不会因为他犯了一个小错误就解雇他。

someone gets off the hook 脱身
take a phone off the hool (电话听筒)未挂上
phone is ringing off the hook (电话)响个不停
be hooked into something = hook into something = get involved with something 涉足
hook into the Internet 上网

spill the beans - 泄露秘密

There is a surprise party for Heidi on Wednesday.Please don’t spill the beans.
星期三有一个给Heidi的惊喜派对。请别说漏了嘴。

a bean head 笨拙的人,傻瓜,呆子
old bean = old top 老朋友,老兄
full of beans 胡说八道;精力充沛
not have a bean 一文不名,囊中羞涩

hat in hand - 毕恭毕敬的

It’s amusing seeing the governor have to grove hat in hand bofore the state senate in order to get his budget requests approved.
看到州长在州参议院前卑躬屈膝地请求批准他的预算,真是好笑。

go against the grain - 违反常理

These days it goes against the grain to show too much respect for authority.
如今尊重权威反而不正常了。

a grain of mustard seed 打有前途的微小事物
take something with a grain of salt 半信半疑
separate the grain from the chaff 区分善恶

go pear-shaped - 事情搞砸

We’d planned to go away for the weekend,but it all went pear-shaped.
我们本来打算周末外出度假,但是一切都化为幻影了。

the apple of one's eye 掌上明珠
a lemon 没用的人
top banana 主要人物,上司
Your're peach. 你是一个好人

get in one’s hair - 惹怒某人

The kids are totally getting in my hair today,so I need you to watch them for a little bit.
孩子们今天真是烦死我了,所以我需要你们帮忙照看他们一会。

let one's hair down 卸下包袱,彻底放松
tear one's hair 勃然大怒
Absalom's hair 美貌招来灾祸i,特长反带来致命伤

inside track - 有利形势

I hope I have the inside track on the competition,thanks to my extensive student teaching experience.
凭借我丰富的学生教学经验,我希望我能在比赛中占据优势。

the inside dope 内部消息
inside job 监守自盗
on the inside 知内情的
inside baseball 有关棒球的专业知识

make no bones about - 对某事直言不讳

When training a new employee,I make no bones about my expectations,so that they’re not surprised by anything down the road.
在培训新员工时,我会毫不犹豫地提出自己的期望,这样他们就不会对未来发生的任何事情感到惊讶。

troll / Internet troll 黑粉,喷子
hater / Internet hater 杠精,喜欢唱反调的人
You're nothing to me 你算老几
It's none of your business 管你屁事
So much spice,so much pain 嘴巴这么毒,心里一定很苦吧

go to the dogs - 变糟糕

If you read the English media or watch the television,you would think that the country is going to the dogs.
如果你看一看英语媒体或电视,你就会觉得这个国家正在走下坡路。

a gay dog 快乐的人
a dog's breakfast 乱七八糟
a dog's life 悲惨的生活
a lucky dog 幸运儿

in the black - 盈利

I’m pleased to announce that our company is in the black for the fifth consecutive year.
我很高兴地宣布,我们公司已连续第五年盈利。

peter out - 逐渐减少

The fighting which started in the night had petered out by morning.
夜间开始的战斗到早晨逐渐平息了。

rob Peter to pay Paul 抢Peter的东西交给Paul,拆东墙补西墙,借债还债
hoist the blue peter 离开或准备离开
Peter Pan syndrome 彼得综合征(不愿意长大,渴望回到儿童世界,依赖他人,畏惧承担责任)

lovey-dovey - 情意绵绵的

We had gone for lunch with our boss and his wife,but it was pretty awkward with a couple getting lovely-dovery a couple of tables away from us.
我们和老板夫妇一起吃午饭,但另一对夫妇在离我们几张桌子远的地方唧唧我我,这让我们很尴尬。

love affair 风流韵事;强烈爱好
love token 爱情纪念品
love apple 番茄
love seat 双人沙发

go up in smoke - 化为乌有

I can’t believe you left the oven on!Do you want the house to go up in smoke?
我简直不敢相信你居然没关烤箱!你想让房子被烧成灰吗?

When the business went bankrupt,twenty years of hard work went up in smoke,
当这家企业破产时,二十年的辛勤工作化为乌有。

the big smoke 大城市
smoke screen 障眼法
smoke and mirrors 骗人的手段或方法

win by nose - 险胜

I ran the fastest race I could,but I only won by nose.
我尽我所能跑的最快,但我依然只是险胜

win by a hair/neck/whisker = win by a nose 险胜
win hands down 轻松取胜
win one's spurs 立功成名
win one's way 奋力前进

toe the line - 循规蹈矩

From now on, I plan to toe the line and do exactly what Gram tells me,to avoid getting in any more trouble.
从现在起,我打算循规蹈矩按Gram说的做,以免惹上更多麻烦。

from top to toe 完完全全
step on one's toes 激怒某人
turn up one's toes 失败,破产
keep somebody on their toes 让某人时刻保持警觉

water under the bridge - 陈年往事

Yes,we did have our disagreements but that’s water under the bridge now.
是的,我们确实曾经不和,但那已经是陈年往事了。

spend money like water 挥金如土
in hot/deep water 出于水深火热之中
pour/throw cold water on sth 劝阻或阻止某人的行为
like a duck to water 能够自然做某事,没有任何困难

under a cloud - 不被信任

The cabinet minister left office under a cloud after a fraud scandal.
这位内阁大臣因涉嫌诈骗丑闻而离职。

rub one’s nose in it - 揭某人伤疤

Sue failed her exam,so just to rub her nose in it,I put my certificate up on the wall.
Sue考试没有及格,所以我把自己的证书贴在墙上,就是为了揭她伤疤。

poke/stick one's nose into = nose into 刺探;管闲事
win by nose 以毫厘只差取胜
follow one's nose 凭直觉或本能行事

a flash in the pan - 昙花一现

With only one hit song,it was obvious that the young pop star was going to be just another flash in the pan.
那个年轻的流行歌星只唱了一首热门歌曲,显然他只是昙花一现。

flash through one's mind (想法等)在脑海中闪现
flash a look/smile at someone 向某人投去一撇/一笑
in/like a flash 瞬间,片刻,一霎那
flash with anger 眼中冒着怒火,怒火中烧

salt of the earth - 社会中坚/诚实善良的人

You all the salt of the earth.Our hope is placed on you.
你们都是社会中坚。我们的希望寄托在你们身上。

Mrs.Jones is the salt of the earth.She is the first to help anyone in trouble.
琼斯太太是个没有坏心眼的人。她总是第一个帮助任何遇到困难的人。

Please sit above the salt 请上座
worth one's salt 称职的
salt away 存钱
rub salt in/into the wound 雪上加霜

a pig in a poke - 盲目购买东西

at the drop of a hat - 毫不犹豫的

I can always depend on my dad.Any time I need help,he’s there at the drop of a hat.
我总是可以依靠我爸爸。任何时候我需要帮助,他都会立刻出现。

a drop in the ocean 大海里的一滴水
the penny drops 恍然大悟
drop into place 放对位置
have the drop on someone/something 先发制人;占上风

twiddle your thumbs - 闲着无聊

I arrived early for the meetiing so I was twiddling my thumbs for half an hour.
我开回来早了,百无聊赖等了半小时。

rule of thumb 经验法则;粗略估算;经验之谈
be all fingers and thumbs 笨手笨脚
have a green thumb 有高超的园艺技能
under one's thumb 在某人支配下,听命于某人

a green old age - 老当益壮

From the appearance,we can see that the old man is still in a green old ege.
从外表看,我们能看得出这位老师仍然精神抖擞。

in the green(wood) 在青春旺盛的时代
keep the memory green 永远不忘
a green hand 生手
the green-eyed monster 妒忌

be tickled pink - 开心极了

My family loves my boyfriends as much as I do,so they were just tickled pink to hear that we’re getting married.
我的家人和我一样中意我的男朋友,所以听说我们要结婚,他们都特别开心。

in the pink 身体极好的
turn/go pink 因为害羞或者尴尬而脸红
pink slip 解雇通知书
pinke tea 午后茶会

keep one’s fingers crossed - 祈求好运

I hope you pass the exam.I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you.
我希望你通过考试。我会为你祈祷。

keep cards close to chest 守口如瓶
knock on wood 祈求好运,甩到厄运
burn one's fingers 由于鲁莽或管闲事而吃苦头
have a/one's finger in every pie 参与很多事情,事事都要掺和一脚

red-letter day - 值得纪念的日子

My college graduation was a real red-letter day for my whole family.
我大学毕业那天对我们全家来说是个值得庆祝的日子。

Christmas Eve 平安夜(12月24日)
Christmas Day 圣诞节(12月25日)
Boxing Day 节礼日(12月26日)
New Year's Eve 新年前夕(12月31日)
Chinese New Year's Eve 中国农历除夕

have an axe to grind - 另有企图

I don’t have an axe to grind here —— I just want to know the truth.
我并非别有用心——我只是想知道真相。

get axed = get the axe 被解雇
take an axe to something 企图破坏某物
old battle-axe 专横的老女人

nest egg - 储蓄金

Regular investment of small amounts of money is an excellent way of buliding a nest egg.
小额固定投资是储蓄的好方法。

pull all your eggs in one basket 将所有资源投入单一目标中
have egg on one's face 丢脸
egg someone on 鼓动
butter-and-egg man 边远地区的财主;资助人

a square meal - 一顿饱饭

high horse - 傲慢的态度

My sister was a troublemaker as a teenager,yet she’s always on her high horse lecturing me about my life choices.
我姐姐在年轻的时候是个捣蛋鬼,然而她却总是傲慢地对我的人生选择指指点点。

long in the tooth - 年纪大

You’d better buy some new pants——those ones are getting a bit long in the tooth.
你最好买几条新裤子,那几条都已经太旧了。

in the prime of life 年富力强;时值盛年
past one's prime 迟暮
look one's age 容貌和年龄相称
come of age 成熟

carry the ball - 承担责任

After I implemented that important initiative,the boss asked me to carry the ball on our next big project.
在我实施了那项重要的倡议之后,老板让我负责下一个大项目。

call someone on the carpet - 训斥某人

When our team lost that big client,the boss called us on the carpet.
我们组弄丢了那位大客户,老板把我们叫去训了一顿。

be on the carpet 被考虑
blood on the carpet 形容组织内部有严重分歧或冲突
roll out the red carpet 对(某人)表示盛大欢迎
laugh at the carpet 呕吐

brown study - 沉思

Meredith sat at her desk in a brown study,carefully planning how to word her thesis personal.
Meredith坐在她的桌前陷入了沉思,仔细构思着她的开题报告。

He didn’t hear me at all.He was in a brown study.
他根本没听到我叫他。他在出神。

brown-bag 自带午饭,自带酒食
be/get browned of 对…厌烦,对…恼怒
brown-nose 拍马屁

sink or swim - 自己去闯

My employer gave me no help when I started my new job - I was just left to sink or swim.
开始新工作时,我的老板没有为我提供任何帮助——全凭我自己打拼。

swim before (one's) eye 视力模糊,眼睛出现飞蚊
swim for it 游泳逃生
in the swim of things 卷入某事,参与某事
swim with sharks 和鲨鱼一起游泳;与危险的人打交道

white elephant - 昂贵而无用的东西

The stadium is likely to become a white elephant after the champisonships are over.
在锦标赛结束后,这个体育馆很可能变成华而不实的摆设。

white lie 善意的谎言,无恶意的谎言
black and white 黑白分明的,容易判明的
white hope 被寄予厚望的人
big white chief 大人物

bring home the bacon - 养家糊口

  • 养家糊口,挣钱谋生

My wife brings home the bacon,while I watch the klds.
我老婆养家糊口,我来照顾孩子。

  • 成功做某事,完成预定目标或任务

George went to Washington and brought home the bacon — he got the funding we needed.
George去了华盛顿,完成了预定目标——他拿到了我们所需要的资金。

hava a bun in the oven - 怀孕

You’re having a baby shower for Carla toaday?Wow,I didn’t even know she had a bun in the oven.
你今天要为Carla举办准妈妈派对吗?哇,我都不知道她怀孕了!

baby shower 准妈妈派对
start a family 准备生孩子,成为真正的家庭
in the family way 怀孕了

be out of the woods - 脱离险境

The project has been given funding for another year,but it’s not out of the woods yet.
这个项目又获得了一年的资金,但仍未摆脱困境。

keep cards close to chest - 保守秘密

You nevet quite know what Barry’s going to do next — he keeps his cards very close to his chest.
你永远不太会知道Barry接下来会有什么举动——她总是守口如瓶。

play/hold cards close to chest = keep cards close to chest 保守秘密
poker-faced 扑克脸,面无表情
play one's trump card 利用优势,尤其是别人不知道的优势
hold all the cards 掌握整体局势,占上风

speak with a forked tongue - 说谎

People tend to believe Fred because he seeems plausible,but we know he always speaks with a forked tongue.
人们倾向于相信Fred,因为他似乎言之有理,但我们知道她总是心口不一。

(one's)tongue hangs out 及其渴望
give someone the rough side of your tongue 严厉谴责某人
I could have bitten my tongue off 希望自己没有说过
hold (one's) tongue 闭嘴,保持沉默

If you only shine light on your flaws,all your perfects will dim.

如果你只看到自己的缺点,你所有的美好都会黯然失色。

give a wide berth to - 避开某事

That dog is very mean.Better give it a wide berth.
那只狗很凶狠,最好离他远一点。

We’ve been giving a wide berth to John ever since he dumped our good friend.
自从John抛弃了我们的好朋友,我们就对他敬而远之。

fly off the handle - 大发雷霆

Sometimes she’ll just fly off the handle for no reason.
有时候她会无端地大发雷霆。

get a handle on something 完全理解某物
a handle to(one's) name 昵称
too hot to handle 棘手之事
handle with gloves 仔细小心对待

paint the town red - 尽情狂欢

Because of graduation from college. Mary is going to paint the town red with her friends next week.
为了庆祝大学毕业,Mary打算和她的朋友于下周末大肆狂欢。

be in the red 财政赤字
be in red 穿着红色衣服
red in tooth and claw 绝不宽容
a red rag to a bull 领人及其恼怒的事物

eat crow - 被迫做丢脸的事

When it bcrame clear that they had arrested the wrong person,the police had to eat crow.
当事实证明他们抓错了人时,警察不得不认错。

eat dirt 忍气吞声
eat one's hat 十分坚定
eat one's salt 在某人家里做客

keep body and soul together - 勉强维生

His wages are barely enough to keep body and soul togeher.
他的工资仅狗勉强糊口。

make wages are barely enough to keep body and soul togehter 他的工作仅够勉强糊口
from hand ends meet 量入为出
keep the wolf from the door 免于饥饿,勉强度日

a cleann slate - 无污点的记录

You were very lazy last trem,but we’ll start again with a clean sheet this term.
你上学期很懒,屙屎这学期我们会既往不咎,重新开始。

a clean sheet = a clean slate 重新开始
a clean break 一刀两断
clean (one's) clock 彻底击败某人
clean sweep 大获全胜

the acid test - 真正的考验

It looks good,but will people buy it?That’s the acid test.
看上去不错,但人们会买它吗?这才是真正的考验。

baby sitter test 信任度测试
duck test 通过常识来判断
test of time 时间的考验

full of beans - 精力充沛

I’ve never known anyone be so full of beans before breakfast.
我从没见过还未吃早饭就如此生龙火虎的人。

born to the purple - 出身皇室

You were born to the purple,so you are destined to live in the public eye.
你出身皇室,所以你的一言一行注定要收到公众的注意。

hava a purple patch 过着顺风水水称心如意的日子
purple prose 辞藻华丽的文章
purple state 摇摆州

a big cheese - 大人物

Jacob thinks he’s a big cheese now that he’s been promoted to assistant manager.
Jacob自从被提升为助理经理后,就认为自己是个了不得的大人物。

be like chalk and cheese 截然不同,迥然不同
Say cheese! 说茄子
more holes than Swiss cheese 论点、理论,计划、规章制度等处处都是漏洞

donkey’s years - 许多年

I haven’t been here in donkey’s years —— I can’t believe how much the town has changed.
我好多年没有来这里了——我简直不敢相信这个城镇发生了这么大的变化。

dog's years/age 很多年
one's autumn years 某人的暮年
golden/sunset years 退休时期(通常是65岁之后)
salad days/years 少不更事的时期

by the skin of one’s teeth - 侥幸成功

Lloyd eascoed from the burning building by the skin of his teeth.
Lloyd从燃烧的大楼中侥幸逃脱。

I got through calculus class by the skin of my teeth.
我勉强通过了微积分课。

(as)rare as hens' teeth 极为罕见
arm to the teeth 全副武装
cast in (one's) teeth 强烈谴责

clear the air - 消除隔阂

Some groups in our community seem to suffer from discrimination.An indeoendent inquiry could clear the air and sort out the problem.
我们社区的一些群体似乎颇受其实。独立调查可以消除隔阂,解决问题。

up in the air 悬而未决
dear air 尴尬的沉默
with(one's) nose in the air 趾高气昂
dance on air 非常开心

call a spade a spade - 实话实说

I know you like Jason,but he’s a jerk! I’m sorry,but I have to call a spade a spade.
我知道你喜欢Jason,但他就是个大混蛋!很抱歉,但我必须实话实说。

tell it like it is 实话实说
don't beat around the bush 不要拐弯抹角

have a card up one’s sleeve - 留一手

She has a card up her sleeve if they try to fire her,since she knows about the boss’s unscrupulous business practices.
如果他们想解雇她,她自由后手,因为她握有老板不良商业行为的把柄。

a tough cookie - 很有主见的人

Self-confident,ambitious and positive,Paula is a tough cookie who is bound to be a success.
Paula充满自信,野心勃勃,积极向上,意志坚定,她一定会成功。

a smart cookie 聪明人,总是能够提出好主意的人
a sharp cookie 超级聪明的人,超有智慧的人
cookie-cutter 千篇一律的,批量生产的
cookie pusher 马屁精

bite the dust - (人)死亡;(物)失败

A shot rang out,and the cowboy bit the dust.
一声枪响,牛仔被击毙。

His career bit the dust when he lost his job.
失业后,他的事业也完蛋了。

bite the bullet 咬紧牙关,忍受困难做某事
bite one's tongue 忍住不说,保持沉默
bite one's nails 紧张,焦虑

burn the midnight oil - 开夜车

I’ll need to burn the midnight oil to have any chance of finsihing this paper before class tomorrow morning.
为了尽可能在明天早上上课前完成这篇论文,我得开夜车了。

sit up 迟睡,熬夜
stay up late 熬夜
work/study deep into the night 工作/学习到深夜
stay up all night 通宵未睡

beat about the bush - 说话兜圈子

Stop beating around the bush and answer my questiion.
别再拐弯抹角,回答我的问题。

a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush 已拥有的胜过未得到的
take the rag off the bush 超越任何人或任何事
good wine needs no bush 质量高的物品不需要打广告

be in each other’s pockets - 形影不离

When I was in college,my best friend and I went everywhere together.We were basically in each other’s pockets for four years.
当我在大学的时候,我和我最好的朋友总是一起去任何地方。大学四年几乎形影不离。

be in one's pocket 受某人控制或影响
dip into one's pocket 偷走某人的钱或其他贵重物品

dig one’s heels in - 一意孤行

Please let me tell my side of the story before you dig your heels in on this,OK?
在你固执己见之前,请让我先说说我的看法,可以吗?

Achilles' heel 致命弱点
fall head over heels 完全迷恋于某人
drag one's heels 消极怠工
cool one's heels 空等,久等

Speak of the devil - 说曹操,曹操到

turn the tables - 转败为胜

President will want to turn the tables on his competitor in the Democratic Party.
总统想要扭转局势,击败他在民主党的竞争对手。

make a clean sweep 完胜,大胜
sweep the board 大获全胜
win by a nose 险胜
a narrow victory 险胜
nose out 比…略胜一筹

stick to one’s guns - 固执己见

I really admire Jess for sticking to her guns during college,and not submitting to the peer pressure fo those around her to drink or do drugs.
我真的很佩服Jess在大学期间坚持自己的立场,没有屈服于身边的同辈压力而去喝酒或吸毒。

follow one's bigoted course 自行其是,只按照自己的想法行事。
sit tight 坚持主张;静待时态的发展
cling to / stick to / adhere to one's view / opinion 固执己见,坚守立场

make waves - 捣蛋

The maerger is almost complete,so we’re all just holding our collective breath that someone doesn’t make waves at the last minute.
合并已经差不多完成了。所以我们都屏住了呼吸。生怕有人会在最后一刻制造事端。

The startup make waves throughout the industry by releasing a device that never needs to be charged.
这家初创公司发布了一款无需充电的设备,在整个行业引起了轰动。

wave a red flag 做使某人生气的事情
wave sth/sb away 挥手示意某物/某物离开
wave of the future 未来的潮流
wave the bloody shirt 挑唆冲突

French leave - 不辞而别

The official story is that he’s sick,but I think he’s just taking French leave.
官方说法是他病了,但我想他只是不辞而别。

French novels 低俗的小说
pardon/excuse my french 原谅我说脏话
English disease 英国式疾病(佝偻病,支气管炎等)
the best of British(luck) 祝某人成功

an arm and a leg - 价格昂贵

I’m sick of paying rent in this town.It’s costing me an arm and a leg!
在这个小镇租房真是让我烦透了。这花了我一大笔钱!

a lie has no legs 谎言是容易被识破的
break a leg 祝你好运,祝你成功
babe in arms 缺乏经验的人
give one's right arm 付出极大代价

cupboard love - 有所企图的爱

Ever since I won the lottery,I worry that any woman who expresses a romantic interest in me will just be a case of cupboard love.
自从我中了彩票以来,我就担心任何对我示爱的女人都是别有用心。

everybbody loves a lord 有权势的人会吸引爱慕和钦佩
first love 初恋
for love or money = under any circumstances 在任何情况下
God love a duck! 表示惊讶、沮丧、愤怒、警告或烦恼等感叹词

throw the book at someone - 惩罚某人

He was formally charged with breaking ranks while in formation,felonious assault,indiscriminate behavior,mopery,high treason,provoking…In short,they threw the book at him.
他被正式指控扰乱队形,重罪袭击,滥杀无辜,渎职,叛国,煽动….简而言之,他们将尽可能多的罪行加之于他。

I made the police officer angry,so he took me to the station and threw the book at me.
我惹怒了警察,所以他将我带到警察局,严厉惩罚我。

carrot and stick - 软硬兼施

Congress also wants to use a carrot and stick approach to force both sides to negotiate an end to the war.
国会想通过恩威并重的方法迫使双方通过谈判结束战争。

carrot on a stick 为激励某人完成某项任务的奖励
dangle a carrot in front of someone = offer someone a carrot 用奖励来激励某人
use something as a carror 用某物作为奖励来说服某人做某事

chew the fat - 闲聊

Come into my office and chew the fat with me a little bit,David. I want to know how things are going with you.
David,来我办公室,跟我闲聊一会儿。我想知道你近况如何。

havaing a chinwag 闲聊(好友之间愉快而轻松的谈话)
have a natter 瞎聊;东拉西扯
make small talk 做简单交谈,闲聊

steal one’s thunder - 抢某人风头

  • 窃取某人的创意或想法

We had the idea for “digital paper” years ago,but I see they’ve stolen our thunder and have their own version of it on the market.
几年前我们就有了“电子纸张”的想法,但我发现他们窃取了我们的创意并在市场上投入了他们自己的版本。

  • 抢某人风头

My brother is the star athlete of our high school,so no matter waht I succeed in,he’s constantly stealing my thunder.
我哥哥是我们高中的体育明星,所以不管我在什么方面取得了成功,他总是抢我的风头。

stael the show/spotlight = steal the thunder 抢风头
cut a dash 通过炫耀摆阔大出风头
cut a swath 炫耀,出风头
hold the limelight 抢风头

blow smoke - 蒙骗人

I think they’re blowing smoke about giving regular raises to their employees —— I couldn’t find any evidence to support that claim.
我认为他们定期给员工加薪是在胡说八道——我找不到任何证据来支持这种说法。

Holy smokes/cow! 我的老天啊!表示惊讶
smoke and mirrors 欺骗行为,骗局
there's no smoke without fire 谣言背后必有真相
smoke eater 善于在浓烟和高热中工作的消防员

let the cat out of the bag - 泄密

How did Mom find out were planning a surprise party for her?Who let the cat out fo the bag?
妈妈是怎么发现我们在为她准备惊喜派对的?是谁泄露的秘密?

buy a pig in a poke 未见实物二瞎买东西
Cat in gloves catches no mice 不远吃苦的人成不了大事业
put/set the cat among the pigeons 造成轩然大波,招惹是非
A cat can look at a king 小人物也有权利

bite one’s tongue - 缄口不言

I had to bite my tongue as my elder sisiter gushed about her new boyfriend yet again.
我姐姐又在滔滔不惧地谈论她新的男朋友,我只好闭口不言。

mother tongue 母语;本国语言
have a bitter tongue 嘴毒,说话刻薄
lose one's tongue (因害臊)说不出话来
hold one's tongue 保持沉默

rob the cradle - 老牛吃嫩草

Are you sure it doesn’t bother you how much older I am?I feel like people are judging me for robbing the cradle.
你确定不关我比你大几岁都没有关系吗?我觉得别人都在批评我老牛吃嫩草。

church mouse - 赤贫的人

She’s poor as a church mouse,so you can’t expect her to donate anything.
她一贫如洗,随意你别指望她能够捐点什么。

live from hand to mouth 生活勉强可以糊口,上顿不接下顿
on one's uppers 出境艰难,一贫如洗
(as) poor as a Job's turkey 一贫如洗

sit on the fence - 保持中立

When Jane and Tom argue,it is best to sit on the fence and not make either of them angry.
当Jane和Tom争吵时,最好保持中立,不要惹毛其中任何一方。

be/stay on the fence = sit on the fence
adhere to / keep / maintain neutralityneutrality是名词,指中立
sit on the rail rail指围栏
take a wait-and-see attitude 持观望态度

kiss ass - 拍马屁

It’s no wonder you’re the teacher’s favorite from the way you kiss her ass!
从你拍老师马屁的驾驶来看,无怪乎你是老师最喜欢的学生!

bell the cat-挺身而出

Someone has to bell the cat and tell the boss wa aren’t going to come in to work on Saturday anymore.
必须有人挺身而出,并告诉老板我们周六不会再来上班。

a cat nap 短暂但放松的睡眠,一个小盹
well,dog my cats 啊,见鬼(表示非常惊讶)
lead a cat-and-dog life 过着不和睦的、敌对的生活
cool cat 精明能干的人,有能力有才华的人(一般指男子)

New York minute - 很短的时间

Everything can change in a New York minute.
瞬息万变。

meet one's Waterloo 遭到惨败,惨遇失败
set the Thames on fire 做出惊人之举,取得非凡成就
carry coals to New castle 做徒劳多余的事情
go to Reno 去离婚

a monkey on one’s back - 大难题

  • 难以摆脱的问题、烦恼、负担等

This project is such a monkey on my back right now —— I can’t wait for it to be over.
这个项目现在真是个难摆脱的累赘——我迫不及待的想结束它。

  • 毒瘾

Did you hear? Pete checked himself into rehab to deal with the monkey on his back.
你听说了吗?Peter自愿进戒毒所去克服毒瘾。

get the monkey off one's back 摆脱难题,走出困境
Monkey see,monkey do. 有样学样
monkey business 胡闹,骗人的把戏;欺骗;恶作剧
monkey around/about(with sb) 调皮捣蛋,胡闹

be all ears - 洗耳恭听

Go on,tell me what happened —— I’m all ears.
继续,告诉我发生了什么事——我洗耳恭听。

an elephant in the room - 不愿提及的棘手问题

We all sat sipping our tea quietly,no one wanting to bring up the elephant in the room about Joel’s expulsion from college.
我们都安静地坐着喝茶,没有人愿意提起Joel被大学开除的事。

bad apple- 害群之马

It’s an opportunity for them to make clear that they are not going to tolerate a bad apple in the United States Senate.
对他们来说,这是个清楚表明立场的机会——他们不会容忍美国参议院里的害群之马。

apples and oranges 风牛马不相及的事物,天差地别的事物
The Big Aplle 美国纽约的别称
polish the apple 拍马屁。讨好

talk turkey - 坦率地讲

We don’t have much time,so let’s dispense with the formalities and talking turkey.
我们时间不多了,大家不必拘礼,直接开诚布公吧。

be stuffed like a turkey 吃的很多,肚子都塞满了
go/quit cold turkey 一下子戒掉原来上瘾的习惯
like turkeys voting for an early christmas 做出了不符合自身利益的选择

salad days - 少不更事的日子

Back in my salad days my friends and I used to go dancing every Satyrday night.
在我年少无知的时候,我和朋友们每个星期六晚上都去跳舞。

egg someone on 怂恿某人去做某事,通常是不智的事
in a nutshell 长话短说,简而言之
spill the beans 泄露秘密
chicken out 临阵退缩,因害怕而停止做某事

hold all the cards - 掌控全局

Management holds all the cards when it comes to the negotiations over job cuts.
当开始协商裁员问题时候,管理层就处于绝对的优势。

wild card 纸牌中的万能牌,未知因素,无法预测的人
hold card 深藏不漏的优势
face card 重要有权势的人

cut to the chase - 开门见山

All right,let’s stop the idle chatter and cut to the chase.
好了,我们别闲聊了,直入主题吧。

a cut above average 稍高于平均水平
cut(one's) eyeteeth 变得懂事;获得经验
Cut it out! 住手!住嘴!

a bed of roses - 顺遂的情况

Life is not a bed of roses.
生活并不总是一帆风顺的。

bowl of cherries 美食,乐事
be all roses 十全十美,境况顺遂

closed book - 一无所知的学科

I’m a scientist through and through,so art has always been a closed book to me.
我是个彻头彻尾的科学家,所以我对艺术一窍不通。

a rough diamond - 表面粗鲁但心地善良的人

a diamond in the rough = a rough diamond 外粗内秀的人;有潜力的人
diamond cut diamond 用钻石切钻石,引申为棋逢对手
have the makings of something 某人具备成就某件事的素质或潜力

have a cow - 勃然大怒

My mother will have a cow if we get a stain on the new sofa.
如果我们把新沙发弄脏了,我妈妈会大发雷霆的。

Holy cow! 表示震惊
cash cow 摇钱树;能为公司带来巨大收益的产品或部门
(as)awkward as a cow on a crutch 就像拄着拐杖的牛一样。形容非常笨拙

call it a day - 结束工作

When we still couldn’t find the source of the discrepancy,we decided to call it a day and revisit it tomorrow.
当我们仍然找不到差异的根源时,我决定就此打住,明天再来看看。

call it a night 结束今晚一直在做的工作,今晚先到这里
call it quits 结束一段关系
call it square 恩怨两清,两人扯平

let your hair down -放松一下

It is only with friends that most people feel they can let their hair down and be themselves.
只有和朋友在一起,大多数人才会觉得他们可以卸下包袱做自己。

bad hair day 诸事不顺的一天(头发坏掉的一天)
keep your hair on 保持镇定,别激动,冷静点(保持发型)
not turn a hair 面不改色,不动声色(不改变你的头发)
hair of the dog 解醉酒;醒酒液(狗的毛)

have a ball - 尽情狂欢

The kids really had a ball at the birthday party — they won’t stop talking about it!
看来孩子们在生日派对上确实玩的很开心—他们聊起来根本停不下来!

a ball of fire 精力充沛的人,有抱负有热情的人
on the ball 全神贯注的;反应快的
drop the ball 失球;犯错,尤指因失察导致犯错

bread and butter - 生活来源

I’m an artisit on the weedends,but being a tutor is my bread and butter.
我在周末是一名艺术家,但做家教才是我的主要收入来源。

The moblie phone bussiness is actually our company’s bread and buteer.
手机业务事实上是我们公司的主要业务。

fish or cut bait - 做出抉择

Are you going to go back to medical school or not?It’s time to fish or cut bait.
你到底要不要会医学院去?是时候做出抉择了。

beef up - 增强

We need to beef up our services in order to rival our competitors’ more comprehensive offerings.
我们需要加强我们的服务,以便与竞争对手提供的更全面对的服务相抗衡。

beef about 抱怨
have a beef with someone 与某人有未解决的分歧或争论
beef to the hoof 肥胖的,尤其是腿部(hoof指动物的蹄子或者是人的jio)
be/get beefed out 肌肉发达的;以强有力的方式进行加强或改进

big talk - 大话;吹牛

Lucy is always full of big talk,but she rarely follows through on it.
Lucy总是吹牛,但很少实干。

She likes to talk big about how great a tennis player she is,but I don’t think she’s even won a tournament.
她喜欢吹嘘自己是一个多么了不起的网球运动员,但是我认为她甚至没有赢得过锦标赛。

pep talk 鼓舞士气的讲话
be all talk(and no action) 光说不做
double talk 含糊其词地说;故弄玄虚地说

break a leg - 祝你好运

You‘d better leave now if you want to arrive early for the eamx.Break a leg!
如果你想早点到考场,你最好现在就出发。祝你考试顺利!

Here's mud in your eye! 是一句祝酒辞,指”祝你健康”或”干杯”
keep one's fingers crossed 祈求好运,祈求成功,祈求平安
knock on wood 祈求好运,甩掉霉运
hit the jackpot 中大奖;交好运(‘jackpot’指”头彩,大奖”)

eat one’s words - 收回说过的话

take back one's words 收回说过的话

break one's word 说话不算数,不守信,不履行诺言

You think I cant’s get an A in this class,but I’ll make you eat your words when we get our report cards!
你觉得我这门课拿不到A,等我们拿到成绩单时,我会让你收回自己说过的话!

Tom said he’d help us move,but he broke his word and failed to show.
Tom说他会帮我们半价,但他食言了,没有露面。

be as good as(one's) word 某人信守承诺,一诺千金
have a word(with someone) 与某人说话,与某人交谈
have words(with someone) 与某人吵架,与某人争吵

an apple of love - 西红柿

He guarded an apple of love sent by his girlfriend like the apple of his eye.
他把他女朋友送的西红柿保护得跟自己眼珠子似的。

apple pie order 井然有序(在做苹果派时,将苹果切成均匀的小块,然后整整齐齐排好)
apple of discord 引起不和的整顿、祸根(来自于希腊神话中金苹果的故事)
a bad apple 害群之马,对整个群体产生负面影响的人(来自于’a bad apple spoils the bunch’(一个换苹果,坏一堆苹果))

a dog’s dinner - 一团糟

I really need to clean out my closet — it’s starting to look like a dog’s dinner in there.
我真的需要清理一下我的衣橱了——里边已经开始变得乱七八糟了。

a dog's breakfast = a dog's dinner 一团糟
be done like a (dog's) dinner 做的一团糟,指失败
dressed (up) like a dog's dinner 打扮得花枝招展,打扮得太显眼

black sheep - 害群之马

The studio is proving to be quite the black sheep of the movie industry,making big-budget films that fly in the face of Hollywood’s conventions.
事实证明,这家电影公司是电影业的害群之马,制作的大成本电影公然违反了好莱坞的惯例。

go bananas - 情绪失控

I’ll end up going bananas if I have to work in this cubicle for one more day!
如果让我在这个工位上再工作一天,我会疯掉的!

Cool bananas! 太棒了!太酷了!
drive someone bananas = drive someone crazy 使某人发狂,使某人癫狂
That is bananas! 那真是太疯狂了!

an open book - 极坦率的人

Jane’s an open book.I always know what she is going to do next.
Jane是一个极其坦率的人。我总是知道她下一步要做什么。

closed book 一无所知的东西,难以理解的东西;sth is a closed book to sb 某人对某物一窍不通
in my book 据我所知,在我看来,我认为
have nose in a book 埋头苦读

go Dutch - AA制

You don’t have to treat me to dinner — let’s go Dutch
你不必请我吃饭—我们各付各的吧。

dead meat - 倒大霉

某人陷入了极大的困境,或者是犯了严重的错误并可能造成严重后果,通常是用于威胁或恐吓他人

If you or anyone else touches me,Bas,you’re dead meat.I mean it.Stay out of my life.
Bas,如果让我碰到你或者其他任何人,那你就死定了。我的意思是,远离我的生活。

某人绝无可能取得成功

If she can’t get the votes,she’s dead meat.
如果她得不到选票,那她就完蛋了。

fatty/lean meat 肥猪肉/瘦猪肉
lamb/mutton chop 羊排
leg beef 牛腱肉
fresh grade breast 鸡胸肉
scallop 扇贝

in clover - 养尊处优

If only I could win the lottery,then I would be in clover,instead of working three jobs to pay my bills.
要是我能中个彩票,那我就可以过上养尊处优的生活,而不是每天做三份工作来付清账单。

rolling in clover 像猪猪在三叶草中打滚一样,形容非常快乐或满足,通常是因为没有经济压力。
like a pig in clover = (as) happy as a pig in clover 像三叶草中的猪猪一样,形容对现状非常开心或满足
four-leaf clover 四叶草,幸运草;引申指可以带来好运的人或物

pull up one’s socks - 加油干

We expect our writers to contribute about 15 articles per week,so you’re going to have to pull your socks up if you want to stay a part of this team.
我们希望我们的撰稿人每周大约投稿15篇文章,所以如果你想留在这个团队中,你就必须加油干。

pull oneself together 振作起来,聚集力量应对要做的事情
work(one's) socks off 工作到袜子都掉了,形容工作非常努力
pull(one's) fingers out 开始努力工作,赶紧行动起来

best man - 伴郎

Henry Joe,you are already the best bro,and my very best friend,so will you please say yes and be my best man?
Henry Joe,你已经是我最好的兄弟,也是我最好的朋友,所以请你答应做我的伴郎可以吗?

bridesmaid 伴娘
maid of honor 未婚的主伴娘
matron of honor 已婚的主伴娘

mall rat - 喜欢逛商场的年轻人

Sure,I am a typical mall rat hanging around watching the crowds,especially the handsome boys.
当然了,我是个典型逛购物中心狂,喜欢在哪里观看来来往往的人,特别是帅哥。

I'm just browsing. 我只是随便看看。(用于委婉谢绝导购)
Is this the latest fashion? 找合适最新款吗?
Does this color suit my complexion? 这个颜色适合我的肤色吗?
It looks custom-made for you.看起来像是专门给你做的一样。
How do you think this top goes with a miniskirt? 你觉得这搭配一件迷你裙怎么样?

face the music - 承担后果

I told you not to try to sneak in,and now that you’ve been caught,you’re just going to have to face the music.
我早就告诉过你,不要偷偷溜进去,既然你被抓住了,就必须承担后果。

take the consequence 承担后果
pay the fiddler 付钱给小提琴手,指承担后果
stand the racket 经受住考验,堪负责任;承担后果

penci in - 临时安排

I need to have a date in the system,so I’ll just pencil you in for the middle of July — just change it online once you’ve picked a date you’re happy with.
我需要在系统中输入日期,所以我们暂时给您安排在七月中旬—如果您想选择其他日期,直接在网上修改即可。

pen(someone/something) in 把… …关进围栏
pencil/pen pusher 在办公室工作的人(尤指乏味无聊重复工作)
in pencil/pen 用铅笔/钢笔写… …

child’s play - 简单的事

The test was child’s play to those who took good notes.
对那些认真做笔记的人来说,这次考试轻而易举。

a piece of cake 易如反掌的事情,小菜一碟
as easy as ABC 像字母表中ABC一样简单,形容某事非常简答
duck soup 容易处理的问题;容易打败的对手
as easy as rolling off a log 就像滚动原木一样简单,形容某事非常简单

no dice - 不行

Would you help me wash the dishes?
你能帮我洗碗吗?
Sorry,no dice.I’ve got somewhere I need to be.
不好意思,不行,我得出门。

no go = no soap = no dice 不行
dice with death 以性命做赌注,引申指冒巨大风险
roll the dice 掷骰子,引申指孤注一掷
load the dice 在骰子中灌铅,引申指使用不正当的手段

Greek gift - 害人的礼物

典故来自特洛伊战争,希腊人将20名士兵藏入木马进入特洛伊城。

He is always buying you expensive clothes.I’m afraid they are greek gifts for you.
他总是给你买昂贵的衣服,我怕他别有用心。

It's all Greek to me 我对此一窍不通
When Greek meets Greek then comes the tug of war 两雄相遇,必有一争。

busybody - 爱管闲事的人

This government is full of interfering busybodies.
本届政府全是些爱管闲事的人。

lover 情人
bus boy 餐厅工
confidence man 骗子

Where is the john - 厕所在哪

Could you please tell me where is the john?I need to answer the call of nature!
请问厕所在哪?我要去解决下内急?

go to WC 上厕所
got to the john = hit the john 上厕所
answer the call of nature 上厕所
wash my hands 上厕所
take a dump 上大号
go pee 小便

Sunday best - 最好的衣服

Instead of some big party,let’s all get dressed up in our Sunday best and go for lunch at a fancy restaurant for my birthday!
与其举办大型派对,不如我们大家都盛装打扮去一家高级餐厅去吃午饭来庆祝我的生日!

Sunday punch 对付敌人最厉害的一击;杀手锏
When two Sundays meet 当两个星期天相遇,指绝无可能。
Sunday driver 新手司机;开慢车的司机

quicksilver - 水银

  • quicksilver

n.水银,汞;变化莫测的事物
adj.瞬息万变的
v.用水银处理

  • hydrargyrum

n.汞;水银(元素周期表)

  • mercury

n.汞,水银;水星;温度表;精神,元气

  • azoth

n.(炼金术用语)水银

  • cinnabar

n.朱砂,赤水硫化银(制造汞的主要原料)

Dutch courage - 酒后之勇

It was Dutch courage that made the football fan attack the policeman.
这个足球迷借着酒后之勇袭击了警察。

Dutch gold 假黄金
Dutch comfort 苟且偷安,贪图安逸
Dutchman's land 海市蜃楼、虚幻的景色
in Dutch 失宠
Dutch treat 要自己掏钱的聚餐

a bag lady - 无家可归的女人

When the young boy noticed a bag lady rifling through the garbage can looking for something to eat,he immediately offered to give her his sandwich.
挡着小男孩注意到一个无家可归的女人在垃圾桶里翻找食物时,他理科将自己的三明治送给了她。

an old bag 脾气不好的女人,每天不停抱怨的女人
mixed bag 杂集;混合体;各种人或物的杂烩
be one's bag 某人特别喜欢的、渴望拥有的、在意的东西

Dear John letter - 分手信

Mike was clearly upset when he received a Dear John letter from his girlfriend,Caroline.He thought their relationship was going well and didn’t expect it to end so suddenly.
显然,Mike在收到女友Caroline的分手信时非常难过。他认为他们的关系很稳定,没想到竟然结束得如此突然。

John Doe 某人;普通人;无名氏(女性则为Jane Doe)
John Hancock 亲笔签名(源自美国政治家John Hancock在《独立宣言》上潇洒有力、引人注目的签名)
John Bull 代指英国或英国人,表现典型的英国人的形象或特征,如顽强刚毅,固执冷峻,气势汹汹,精力旺盛等。源自于英国作家John Arbuthnot的讽刺作品The History of John Bull。
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bite the bullet - 咬紧牙关应付

I don’t actually enjoy cleaning,but I bite the bullet and do it so that everything in my house isn’t covered in a thick layer of dust.
我其实并不喜欢打扫卫生,但是我还是硬着头皮打扫了,以免房子里的每样东西都被厚厚的灰尘覆盖。

eleventh hour - 最后时刻

I was shocked that they reached an agreement at the eleventh hour after weeks of squabbling.
令我震惊的是,经过数周的争吵,他们终于在最后一刻达成了协议。

go back to square one 退回起点;从头再来
two heads are better than one 三个臭皮匠顶个诸葛亮,人多智广
three sheets to the wind 喝醉
on all fours 四肢着地,爬行
give me five 击掌,表示庆祝胜利,加油
at sixes and sevens 乱七八糟的、凌乱的
in seventh heaven 处于狂喜之中
one over the eight 七歪八倒;酩酊大醉
on cloud nine 非常高兴
ten to one 十之八九,很可能

browned off - 厌烦的

By now the passengers were getting browned off with the delay.
此时乘客们对延误已开始感到不满。

(as)brown as a berry 晒得黝黑的(‘verry’是”浆果”,比如葡萄树、树莓等)
in a brown study 沉思,沉默,出神
brown sugar 红糖
brown bag v.自带午饭 n自带的午饭

top brass - 高层

The top brass also received benefits not given to the average employee.
高管们还获得了普通员工得不到的福利。

Chairman of the Board(Chairman) 董事长
pesident 总裁
Vice President(VP) 副总裁
Chief Executive Officer(CEO) 首席执行官
Chief Operations Officer(COO) 首席运营官
Chief Financial Officer(CFO) 首席财务官
Human Resource Director(HRD) 人力资源总监
Operations Director(DM) 运营总监
Product Manager(PM) 产品经理

knock on wood - 祈求好运

I’ve been driving for 36 years and have never been in an accident.Knock on wood!
我已经开了36年车了,从来没有出过事故。祈求好运!

cross one's fingers 祈求好运;说谎时祈求原谅(中指叠在食指上方,交叉形成类似十字架的形状)
break a leg 祝好运,祝演员演出成功,祝考试/面试顺利(演出成功结束,演员接受消费后,弯腿行“屈膝礼”)
hit the jackpot 中了头彩,中大奖;走运

gravy train - 美差

Financial services produce very high earning,and a lot of people are trying to get onto the gravy train.
金融服务业的收入非常高,许多人都视图跻身与于份美差。

dining car (火车上的)餐车
fast track 快速通道;捷径
sleeper (火车上的)卧铺(soft/hard sleeper是指”软卧/硬卧”)

walk down the aisle - 结婚

I never thought you’d be the first one to walk down the aisle - you used to say you’d never marry!
我真不敢相信你是第一个结婚的——你以前说你一辈子不结婚的!

I take you to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, from this day forward until death do us part.
我愿意娶你/嫁你为妻,从今以后,无论顺境还是逆境,无论富贵还是贫贱,无论健康还是疾病,都彼此相爱、彼此珍惜,直到死亡将我们分开。

mad money - 应急钱

Whenever we travel,my wife and I keep a samll purse of mad money whih us just in case we find ourselves in a difficult situation.
每当我们旅行时,我和妻子都会随身带一袋备用现金,以防万一我们陷入困境。

dog days - 热成狗的日子,三伏天

In winter,keep exercising during the coldest days.In summer,do the same thing during the dog days.
冬练三九,夏练三伏。

It's blazing hot! 简直热到着火!
It's like a furnace outside! 外面就像火炉一样!
It's stifling! I can hardly breathe! 天气太闷热了!我都没法呼吸了!
I'm sweating like a pig. 热得我汗流浃背。
It's hot enough to melt hell! 现在热得足以吧地狱融化了!
Today is a thermometer breaker! 今天热得温度计都要爆了!
It is like being put into a hot oven. 就像是被扔进了火炉。

cash cow - 摇钱树

When Bob purchased stock in that software company 10 years ago,he never expected it to become such a cash cow.Now that is has quadrupled in value,he’ll be able to retire early.

当Bob十年前购买那家软件公司的股票时,他从来没有想到他会成为摇钱树。现在股票价值翻了两番,他可以提前退休了。

波士顿矩阵法(Matrix: Boston Consulting Group)根据销售增长率与市场占有率将企业的产品划分为四种:
①明星产品(stars):高销售增长率,高市场占有率的产品,极有可能会成为企业的现金牛产品,需要加大投资以支持其迅速发展;
②瘦狗产品(dogs):低销售增长率,低市场占有率的产品,也称衰退类产品,企业应对这类产品采用撤退战略;
③问题产品(question marks):高销售增长率,低市场占有率的产品。增长率高说明产品的市场前景好,市场占有率低则说明在市场营销上存在问题;
④现金牛产品(cash cow):低销售增长率,高市场占有率的产品。低增长率是因为它已经进入了成熟期,企业不需要扩大投资就可以产生大量利润。

green hand - 新手

A leader full of experience would be calmer and more objective than the green hand in dealing with problems.
与缺乏经验的新手相比,富有经验的老手在处理问题时更沉着,客观。

old hand 老手,经验丰富的人
green girl 新手,黄毛丫头
green with envy = green eyed 嫉妒,眼红
have a green thumb/finger 擅长园艺
green back 美钞

the coast is clear - 已无危险

She looked left and right to make sure the coast was clear,then ran as fast as she could down the corridor.
她左右看了看,确定已无危险,然后以最快的速度沿着走廊跑下去。

Watch Your Step 小心台阶
Caution! 小心!
Wet Paint 油漆未干
Wet Floor 小心地滑
No Throughfare 禁止通行
Under Construction 正在施工
Adult Only 未成年禁止入内

catch some Z’s - 小睡一会

We’ve got a pretty long layover before our next flight,so I’m going to try to catch some Z’s at the gate.
在下个航班来之前,我们会有个非常长的中途停留时间,所以我打算在登机门口睡一会儿。

get/bag/cop/cut some Z's = catch some Z's 打盹,小睡一会
doze off 不知不觉地打起盹来
take a nap 打盹
take/have forty winks 打盹

hava the last word - 最后说了算

Everyone started shouting,trying to have the last word,and the whole meeting just descended into chaos.
每个人都开始大喊大叫,试图做出最终结论,整个会议陷入了混乱。

be the last word in(something) 最好的、最时尚的(事物)
one final word 要对某人或某事说的最后一条建议/批评/评论
have words 拌嘴,争论,吵架

a fly in the ointment - 美中不足

It was a very good party.The only fly in the ointment was that the host got drunk and started abusing everybody!
那是一个非常美好的聚会,美中不足的是,主人喝醉了,并开始辱骂每一个人!

take of the town - 街谈巷议

My brother was the talk of the town after leading the high school team to a state championship.
自从我哥哥率领高中队夺得周冠军后,他就成为了热门话题。

用“热议”来写作文开头

One of the hottest topics many people talk about now is…
人们热烈讨论的话题之一就是…

Recently the issue/problem of…has been brought into focus/brought to public attention/in the limelight/posed among the public.
近来,…的问题已经成为人们关注的焦点。

Nowdays,it it commonly/eidely/generally believed/thought/held that…,but I wonder/doubt that…
如今,人们普遍认为…,但是我怀疑…

silly season - 新闻淡季

It’s the political silly season,and this policy is a very silly idea which seems more about public relations than solutions.
现在是政治无聊时节,这一政策很无聊,与其说是寻求解决方案,不如说是为了取得公关效应。

bread-and-butter letter -感谢信

When i got back from the sales meeting,i took two days to write bread-and-butter letter to the people i met.
我开完销售会议回来后,花了两天时间给我遇到的人写感谢信。

bread and butter 生计,主要收入来源
have(one's) bread buttered on both sides 面包两侧都涂上黄油,指左右逢源。
bread always falls on the buttered side 面包掉了,而且还是涂了黄油的一面朝下,指”倒霉的事都到一块了,屋漏偏逢连夜雨”
know what/which side of the bread is butered(on) 知道面包的那一面有黄油,指”知道那种情况对自己有利”

drop someone a line - 给某人写信

I konw you’ll be busy enjoying yourself,but please,drop me a line on your trip.
我知道你会忙着游玩,但是请在旅途中给我捎个信。

faint of heart - 胆小鬼

This game can get rough sometime.It is definitely not for the faint of heart.
这个游戏有的时候比较残酷。压根不适合胆小鬼。

big girl's blouse 男生腼腆害羞得像大姑娘似的,缺乏自信和勇气。
a chicken guy 胆小鬼,懦弱的人
a scaredy cat 胆小鬼(容易被吓到的猫)

a nod is as good as a wink - 心照不宣

No need to tell me what you were up to last night — a nod is as good as a wink(to a blind horse).
不用告诉我你做完都干啥去了——咱俩心照不宣

rob the cradle - 老牛吃嫩草

Are you sure it doesn’t bother you how much older I am? I feel like people are judging me for robbing the cradle.
你确定不管我比你大几岁都没关系吗?我觉得别人都在批评我老牛吃嫩草。
区别一下:

January and May也是“老牛吃嫩草”,但是专指“老夫少妻”
rob the cradle既可以指“老夫少妻”,也可以指“老妻少夫”

carry coals to Newcastle - 多此一举

Newcastle是英国最大的煤炭出口港口。

We definitely don’t need to bring any toys when we go over their house — they have so many that bringing more would be like carrying coals to Newcastle.
我们去他们家玩的时候根本不需要带玩具——他们家有如此多的玩具,以至于再带玩具过去是多此一举。

take owls to Athens 雅典(Athens)的居民被认为已经有足够的智慧,将象征智慧的猫头鹰(owl)带去雅典是“多此一举”
Sell snow to Eskimos 将雪卖给住在北极的爱斯基摩人(Eskimos),指“多此一举”
sell sand to Arabs 将沙子卖给阿拉伯人(Arabs),指“多此一举”

rule of thumb - 经验法则

字面意思是“拇指法则”,最早指的是人们使用大拇指对长度进行粗略的测量估计,通常将大拇指第一个指关节的长度作为一个测量单位,这种测量方法比用尺子更加方便快捷,且比较精确。比如木工工人常常使用大拇指代替尺子来测量木材的长度或宽度;农业播种时,常使用拇指来快速地测量种子掩埋的深浅。
所以后来,人们用’rule of thumb’代指“经验法则”,指的是基于经验而非理论、在大多数情况下都正确的通用规则。

As a rule of thumb,I move my houseplants outside in May.
根据经验,我会在五月份吧室内植物搬到室外。

lay an egg - 完全失败

Long before they had finished making it,Stamp knew that the movie would lay an egg.
早在这部电影完成制作之前,Stamp就知道这部电影完全会失败。

Go lay an egg! 滚一边去!别来烦我!
Never cackle before your egg is laid 在事情完成前别急着炫耀。
kill the goose that lays golden eggs 杀鸡取卵,涸泽而渔

rock the boat - 惹是生非

He is easy-going and won’t rock the boat unless absolutely necessary.
他为人随和,如非绝对必要,他是不会惹事的。

rain check - 改日再约

get/have/take a rain check
give someone a rain check

  • (体育比赛因雨改期再赛时)可延期使用的票:

The game was canceled because of the storm, but we all got a rain check on it.
比赛因为暴风雨而取消,到我们都拿到了延期入场券。

  • (商店因促销商品无库存而发给顾客、允许日后以相同优惠价购买的)购物优惠券:

The store was all out of the shampoo they advertised, but I got a rain check.
商店推销的洗发水已经卖光了,但我拿到了延期优惠券。

  • 改日再约,延期招待:

We would love to come to your house, but we are busy next Saturday. Could we take a rain check on your kind invitation?
我们很想去你家,但我们下周六很忙。我们能延期接受你的盛情邀请吗?

see the light of day - 诞生问世

These top-secret documents will probably never see the light of day.
这些绝密文件大约永远也不会见得天日了。

This book might never have seen the light of day without the enthusiasm and support of my editor.
如果没有我的编辑的热情和支持,这本书也许永远无法面世。

see the light (在长时间思考后)明白过来,领悟过来
see the light at the end of the tunnel 看到希望的曙光,苦尽甘来

close the home - 戳到痛处

His comments struck unpleasantly close to home.
他的评论戳到我的痛处。

make yourself at home 请自便,别客气
see you home 送你回家
bring home the bacon 养家糊口
home free 稳操胜券

blank cheque - 自由处理权

空额支票,这笔钱是无限的

We are not prepared to write a blank cheque for companies that have run into trouble through poor management.
我们不打算为那些因管理不善而陷入困境的公司开空额签字支票。

某人全权负责某事,有自由处理某事的权力
give someone a blank cheque to do something-给予某人对某事的自由处理权
someone have a blank cheque to do something-某人拥有对某事的自由处理权

De Klerk had,in a sense,been given a blank cheque to negotiate the new South Africa.
从某种意义上说,De Klerk已被允许全权洽谈新南非问题。

climb the wall - 焦躁不安

If she makes another foolish blunder like that,I’ll be ready to climb the wall.
如果她再犯像那样愚蠢的错误,那我会被气死。

The doctor hasn’t called me with the test results yet,so I’ve been climbing the wall.
一生还没有打电话告诉我检查结果,因此我十分焦虑不安。

up the wall 愤怒的,焦虑的
drive sb up the wall = drive sb bananas 使某人愤怒,使某人发狂
up against the wall 走投无路,逼到绝境
go to the wall 破产,失败,竭尽全力

beat the drum for - 极力鼓吹

Some people are beating the drum online for the legislation.
一些人在网上极力鼓吹这项立法。

I spent a lot of time beating the drum for our plans for the future.
我花了大量时间大肆宣传我们未来的计划。

bang the drum for = beat the drum for 极力鼓吹
beat a retreat 迅速撤退,匆忙溜掉
alarmism 危言耸听;大惊小怪

turn tail - 逃之夭夭

As soon as they saw we had guns,they turned tail and ran away.
他们一看见我们有枪就转身逃走了。

pull one’s leg - 开某人玩笑

Don’t believe him.He’s just pulling your leg.
不要相信他。他只是在跟你开玩笑。

ride ones' coattails 借东风,抱某人大腿
be a drag on someone 拖某人后退,拖累某人
shake a leg 赶快(用于催促别人);跳舞
break a leg 祝好运;祝愿演员演出成功

TV dinner - 冷冻快餐

Having too many TV dinners is bad for your health.
吃太多冷冻快餐对身体不好。

1952年感恩节之后,美国最大的罐装食物品牌之一Swanson遇到了一个十分棘手的问题——260吨冰冻火鸡滞销,而Swanson冷藏库空间完全用完了,如果把260吨火鸡全部倒掉将会是一笔不小的损失。某天,一个机智的工人在看到铝制托盘时突发奇想:为什么不在一个大盘子上面加上几个隔间然后卖做好的速冻食物呢?病急乱投医的Swanson高层同意了这一想法。在50年代,最火爆的商品是电视机,为了提高销量,Swanson将餐盒隔间形状设计成当时电视机面板的形式——一边是一个大盘(类似于电视机屏幕),用于盛放切片火鸡和玉米面包调料;另一边是两个小隔间(类似于电视机右边的控制面板),盛放冷冻豌豆和红薯,并将此冷冻快餐命名为’TV dinner’,最初的主要目标客户是电视观众。TV dinner在没有时间或精力做饭的人群中迅速走红,后来人们就用’TV dinner’来代指“冷冻快餐”

to have January chicks - 老来得子

This couple had January chicks when they were fifty-five,so this naughty boy is really the apple of their eye.
这对夫妇在55岁时老来得子,所以这个熊孩子是他们的心肝宝贝。

短语来自英国作家乔叟的《坎特伯雷故事集》中”商人的故事”。故事中的男爵January在60岁时娶了年轻的过娘May,结婚后不就,May就有了孩子,所以”to have January chicks”就表示”老来得子”啦。

May and December 老夫少妻
a cold day in July 小概率事件
mad as a March hare 疯狂,暴躁
April weather 喜怒无常

Hobson’s choice - 别无选择

It’s a case of Hobson’s choice,because if I don’t accept this salary,I’ll lose this job.
别无他选,因为如果我不接受这份薪水,我就会失去这份工作。

在16世纪的英国,有一位名叫Tobias Hobson的商人,他的工作是驾着载人四轮大马车在伦敦和剑桥之间往返,并且把闲置的马匹出租出去,主要客户是剑桥大学的学生。Hobson将跑路最多最劳累的马拴在马厩最里头,而将最近没怎么“出工”的马儿拴在门口。Hobson总是对前来租马的顾客们说:“你们可以选择任何自己看中的马,只要它是离马厩门最近的那一匹”。Hobson的这一规定使得顾客没任何其他选择的余地。

pull the strings - 幕后操纵

I want to know exactly who is pulling the strings here.
我想知道到底是谁在幕后操纵这一切。

pull strings:to secretly use the influence that you have over important people to get something or to help someone(暗中利用自己的权势来获得某物或帮助某人)
pull the strings:to be in control of an organization, often secretly;to have real or ultimate control of something(秘密地对某组织进行控制;对某物具有真正或最终的控制权)

out to lunch - 外出吃午饭/心不在焉/神志不清

Did I just say that two plus two equals five?Wow,I’m really out to lunch today.
我刚才是说2+2=5吗?啊,我今天确实有点魂不守舍

Don’t listen wo a word he says,he’s out to lunch.
他的话一个字都别信,他疯了

be in the doghouse - 受冷落

someone be in the doghouse (某人因做错了事)收到冷落,失宠。

He’s been in the doghouse ever since he forget his grilfriends’s brithday.
他自从忘了女朋友的生日,就倍受冷落。

dog days 三伏天,大热天
a dog's breakfast 乱七八糟,一团混乱
a dog's life 悲惨的生活,艰难困苦的生活
a dog's age 很长的实践,很久
every dog has its day 凡人都有得意时,风水轮流转

a stone’s throw - 一步之遥

Success lies a stone’s throw from failure.Why not advance a bit?
成功和失败只有一步之遥,为什么不再前进一步?

be carved/set/written in stone 一成不变
have a heart of stone 铁石心肠
hit two birds with one stone 一石二鸟

separate the sheep from the goats - 明辨好坏

It is getting harder and harder to separate the sheep from the goats among the 4000 or so titles for children that are published every year.
要辨明每年出版的大约4000本儿童读物的好坏,真是越来越难了。

play/act the goat 做蠢事
get one's goat 激怒某人,惹某人发火
skin a goat 呕吐

a shot in the arm - 刺激因素

The reform will provide a shot in the arm fro whousands of small businesses.
这项改革将为数千家小企业注入一剂强心针。

The chief’s unexpected praise really gave my floundering project a shot in the arm.
主任出乎预料的表扬,确实给了我那悬而未决的计划一针强心剂。

射门;扣篮 a dunk shot 一记扣篮
射击;射手 a good shot 高明的射手
尝试;努力 that's a long shot 成功的希望不大 give it my best shot 竭尽所能

push the boat out - 摆阔庆祝

buy a round of drinks 为所有人买酒,形容慷慨大方。

They really pushed the boat out for their daughter’s wedding.
他们大肆操办女儿的婚礼。

push the boat out 狂欢庆祝,大肆狂欢

wait on hand and foot - 照顾得无微不至

I don’t want anyone to wait on me hand and foot.I can take care of myself.
我不想让人和人无微不至地伺候我。我能照顾我自己。

I don’t know if Tom’s relationship with Jeremy is healthy.It seems like Tom’s always waiting on Jeremy hand and foot.
我不知道Tom和Jeremy的关系是否正常。但看起来Tom总是将Jeremy照顾得无微不至。

spin one’s wheels - 白费力气

After realizing we were just spinning our wheels,we quitted the project.
意识到我们只是在白费功夫后,我们放弃了这个项目。

That kept me on to manage what’s left of this division,but to be honest,I’ve just been spinning my wheels here for last couple of years.
他们让我继续管理整个部门剩下的工作,但说实话,过去几年我一直在做无用功。

at the wheel 开车,掌舵;领导,控制,掌权
thrid wheel 电灯泡;累赘
a big wheel/cheese 一个有影响力的大人物

pinhead - 蠢蛋

大头针的平头;微小或微不足道的东西;笨蛋,蠢蛋。

Only that pinhead Pets has remained his loyal lackey.
只有那个笨蛋皮特还在当他忠实的走狗。

That pinhead couldn’t manage his own sock drawer,let alone a huge project like this!
那个笨蛋连自己放袜子的抽屉都管理不好,更别提这么大的工程了!

airhead,blockhead,bonehead,bubblehead,chucklehead,deadhead,fathead,flahead,hammerhead,jughead,knucklehead,lunkhead,meathead,muddlehead,pinhead,saphead,sheepshead,thickhead

be bananas for - 痴迷于某物

She is bananas for watching soap opera.
她痴迷于看肥皂剧。

go bananas 激动、疯狂、神魂颠倒
to drive someone bananas 使用某人疯狂,惹怒某人
That is bananas! 真是太疯狂了!

ring a bell - 听起来耳熟

The name rang a bell but I couldn’t remember where and when I had heard of it.
这个名字听着很熟,但是我记不起来什么时候在哪儿听到过。

Your description rings a bell,but I don’t think I’ve ever been there myself.
你的描述听起来耳熟,但我觉得我自己没有去过那里。

alarm/warning bells start ringing 警钟开始响起,需要引起警觉
get(one's) bell rung (尤其指头部)收到猛烈的打击或伤害
set alarm bells ringing 敲响警钟,提起警惕

rise and shine - 快起床

Five more minutes! 再睡五分钟!
I don't wanna get up 我不想起床
I'm still drowsy 我还困着呢

touch a raw nerve - 触到痛处

She touched a raw nerve when she mentioned his wife.
她提到他妻子时,触到了他的痛处。
I could tell he was touching a raw nerve when he brought up Jane’s former employer and Jane went slient for a moment.
我就知道他触及到了Jane的痛处——当他提起Jane之前的雇主时,Jane沉默了一会。

on the wrong foot - 出师不利

Their relationship started off on the wrong foot,but they got along better afterwards.
他们一开始关系并不好,但后来相处得好一些了。

Make sure you’re on time and dressed professionally.You don’t want to start your first day of work on the wrong foot.
确保你准时到达且穿着得体。不应该不想上班第一天就出师不利吧。

a black look - 恶狠狠地瞪一眼

He gave me a black look when I suggested he should clean his room.

I tried to apologize for what I said,but she gave me such a black look that I knew it wasn’t the right time to talk to her yet.
我试图为我说过的话向她道歉,但她恶狠狠地瞪了我一眼,让我觉得现在还不是和她沟通的好时机。

Black Friday 黑色星期五(耶稣在复活节前受难的日子)
black day 倒霉的一天
black future 暗淡的前途

backseat driver - 爱多管闲事的人

I cannot stand my relatives being backseat drivers to me.
我受不了亲戚多管闲事。

Although Mary was capable of completing the project on her own,John couldn’t stop himself from being a backseat driver and telling her what to do.
虽然Mary有能力独立完成这个项目,但John总忍不住指手画脚,告诉她该做什么。

Sunday driver 开车很慢的司机
in the driver's/driving seat 处于掌控地位,掌握领导权利

salt away - 储蓄

No one kenw that he salted away a fortune over the years.
没有人知道他多年来积蓄了一大笔财产。

I salted away money from my summer job to pay for college.
我把暑假打工的钱存起来供我上大学。

take ... with a grain of salt 对…半信半疑,对…有所怀疑
eat(one's) salt 在某人家里做客
worth one's salt = worth one's salary 称职的,有能力的

go to seed - 不修边幅

植物处于花谢之后结籽的状态,这时的植物要么像花菜一样吃起来很苦,要么像郁金香一样第二年无法再开花,总而言之就是不再像开花时期一样引人注目、讨人喜欢。

He used to carry a lot of muscle but now he was gping to seed.
他曾经肌肉满满,如今却变得不修边幅了。

Wow,Tim’s really started going to seed ever since he had kids.
哇,Tim在有了娃之后,委实开始变得不修边幅。

I went back to visit my old elementary school,and sadly,it has really gone to seed.
我回去参观我的小学,遗憾的是,它已经杂草丛生、满目荆棘了。

run to seed = go to seed
seed money 启动资金,本金
good seed makes a good crop 善因结善果

whistle in the dark - 虚张声势

whistle 吹口哨

To claim this as such a glorious record is whistling in the dark.
他们将这次的成功宣称为如此辉煌的记录,不过是在虚张声势罢了。

He seems confident we’ll get the money we need,but I think he’s just whistling in the dark.
他对于我们能够搞到应有的钱似乎颇为自信,但我觉得他只是在强装镇定。

as clean as a whistle (某物)非常干净;(某人)没有任何前科或污点
whistle in the wind 白费力气,徒劳无功
bells and whistles 花里胡哨的装饰,不必要的附件或附加功能

be up in the air - 悬而未决

My vacation plan is up in the air.
我的度假计划能否实现还悬而未决呢。

Because the whole town protested plans to build a new shopping center,that proposal is now up in the air.
由于全镇的人都反对建造一个新的购物中心的计划,所以那个提议现在悬而未决。

take something with a grain of salt - 半信半疑

The man tends to exaggerate,so you have to take what he says with a grain of salt.
那个人总是喜欢夸大其词,所以他所说的你不能全信。
Horoscope is fun,but it’s not necessarily accurate.I always take it with a grain of salt.
星座这东西很有趣,但未必准确。我对它一向半信半疑。

on the back burner - 搁置一旁

This task is on the back burner because I want to focus on preparing for the finals.
我想搁置这个任务,因为我希望集中精力准备期末考试。

I’m going to be putting work stuff on the back burner for a while after my son is born.
在我儿子出生后,我要把工作暂时搁置一段时间。

put something on the back burner 将某事搁置一旁
on the front burner 处于重要地位,受到重视
put something on the frint burner 重视某事
cook on the front burner = cook with gas 干的漂亮,做的很棒

be wet behind the ears - 乳臭未干

She has just graduated from school and is still wet behind the ears.
她刚从学校毕业,还没什么社会经验呢。

You’ll never win the case with him as your lawyer —— he’s just out of law school and still wet behind the ears!
你若选他当你的律师,那你就永远赢不了这个案子——他刚从法学院毕业,初出茅庐毫无经验!

put the cart before the horse 本末倒置(车在马前面)
the die is cast 大局已定,木已成舟(骰子已经掷出)
six of one and half a dozen of the other 半斤八两(六个和半打)

mum’s the word - 保守秘密

Nobody must mention this project outside the office.I hope that’s clear.We understand!Mum’s the word!
任何人不得在办公室外提起此项目,我希望我说清楚了。明白!保守秘密!

Keep mum about it. 别声张
seal one's lips 保密
be tight-mouthed 守口如瓶

below the belt - 暗中伤人

belt 腰带

His remarks about her paper were a bit below the belt.
他对她文章的评论有些伤人。

I know she really wants the promotion,but she hit below the belt when she told the boss about my personal problems.
我知道她真的很想升职,但是她竟背后使坏——把我的私人问题告诉老板。

belt up 住口、闭嘴
have sth under one's belt 吃掉/喝掉某物;获得某成就或名誉;掌握某技能
tighten(one's) belt 勒紧裤带,节衣缩食,省吃俭用

carry the can - 背黑锅

He broke the vase,but his brother was left to carry the can.
是他打碎了花瓶,但却是他弟弟被留下背了黑锅。

The teachers who were criticized said that they would not carry the can for the faults in the school system.
收到批评的老师们说,他们不会为学校制度的错误背黑锅。

go to Reno - 离婚

Reno是美国著名的“离婚城市”。

We cant’t tolerate each other anymore,so we decide to go to Reno.
我们再也无法忍受对方,于是决定去离婚。

tie the knot 结婚
end the marriage 离婚
ex-husband/ex-wife 前夫/前妻

gild the lily - 画蛇添足

You’re beautiful the way you are,and makeup would be gilding the lily.
你现在的样子就很美,再化妆就画蛇添足了。

To gild refined gold,to paint the lily,to throw a perfume on the violet,to smoooth the ice,or add another hue unto the rainbow… …is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
给金子镀上金箔,给百合涂上颜色,给紫罗兰洒香水,把冰磨光滑,给彩虹添颜色,是多次一举的。

Oh,sally.You’re beautiful the way you are.You don’t need makeup.You would be gilding the lily.
哦,Sally,你本来就很美。你不需要化妆、这简直是画蛇添足。

lily-livered 胆怯的,懦弱的
lily-white 颜色纯白的;为人非常诚实的

jump ship - 跳槽

Many workers decide to jump ship because their employer tries to dock their bonuses.
雇主克扣员工的粉红,很多人都选择了跳槽。

None of the editors liked the new policies, so they all jumped ship as soon as other jobs opened up.
编辑们都不喜欢这些新政策,所以一有新的工作机会,他们就跳槽了。

in the same boat (as someone) 与某人处境相同
don't give up the ship 不要放弃,不要屈服
like rats leaving as sinking ship 船沉鼠先窜;不能共患难的人

climb on the bandwagon - 见风使舵

She climbed on the bandwagon when the team seemed to prevail.
在这支队伍似乎快要赢的时候,她赶紧转而支持他们。

I can’t stand these people who just climb on the bandwagon after a win.Where were they last year when the team terrible?
我见不得那些见着成功就赶来巴结的人。去年球队情况不好的时候,他们人在哪?

fence sitter/rider 骑在篱笆上的人;见风使舵的人,立场不坚定的人,墙头草。

pedal to the metal - 全速前进

Let’s put pedal to the metal and finish the work as fast as we can,
我们全速前进,尽快完成工作吧。

(Put the) Pedal to the metal,boys — we need to get these packages shipped by the end of the day.
小伙子,全力以赴吧——我们要在今天把这些包裹全部运送出去。

  • 用尽全力做某事

try one's best to do sth
make great efforts to do sth
spare no effort to do sth
do one's utmost to do sth

off the cuff - 即兴地

I didn’t have time to organize my thoughts,so I just spoke off the cuff.
我没有时间整理思路,所以我只能即兴演讲。

on the rocks - 岌岌可危/(在酒中)加冰块

Their marriage is on the rock because of domestic violence.
他们的婚姻因家暴而濒临破裂。

The company is on the rocks these days following the disastrous release of their latest product.
在发布了一款糟糕的最新产品后,这家公司最近步履维难。

shoot the breeze - 闲聊

The girls sat out on the porch,just shooting the breeze.
女孩们坐在门廊里闲聊。

Customers always want to shoot the breeze with me in the store before they buy something.
客户在我们店买东西之前,总是乐意与我闲聊两句。

  • 同义短语

shoot/throw the bull
chew the fat

cut the mustard - 符合条件

can't cut the mustard 不如人意 = can't cut it
cut the muster - pass muster 达到标准,符合要求

If you can’t cut the mustard,then we’ll get someone else to do the job.
要是你干不了这活儿,那我们就领请高明。

What I really need is a phone that’s much more dependable.This one just does nto cut the mustard.
我需要一部随时可以靠得住的手机。这部手机不符合我的要求。

meet/reach the standard 达到标准
meet a criterion 符合标准
up to specification 符合规格

in a nutshell - 一言以蔽之

He had put the whole situation in a nutshell.
他把整个情况概况了一下。

Let me put it in a nutshell for you —— if you show up late again,you’re fired!
那我简单地给你说——如果你再迟到,你就会被炒鱿鱼!

the lliad in a nutshell 荷马长史诗the lliad 可以放在坚果壳里

all in all 简单来说,总而言之
to sum up ~
in a word ~
in a short ~
in conclusion ~

tie the knot - 结婚

They are tying the knot this summer in Greece.
他们打算今年夏天在希腊结婚。

We tied the knot in a little chapel on the Arkansas border.
我们在阿肯萨斯州边界地区一个小教堂里举行了婚礼。

tie someone/oneself (up) in a knot (使)大惑不解,糊涂
tie something in a knot 把东西打个结

the Midas touch - 点石成金

He can make a lot of money no matter which profession he chooses.He must have the Midas touch.
他无论做什么都能赚很多钱。他一定有点石成金的本领。

Stephanie has the Midas touch —— she makes lots of money whateber she does.
Setphanie有点石成金的本领 —— 她不管做什么,都能挣到很多钱。

be joined at the hip - 关系紧密

hip 臀部

Those two guys are always joined at the hip.They are always together.
那两位真是死党啊,成天在一起。

The couple who are almost joined at the hip in their 20s may have become quite distant in their 40s
这对在20多岁时形影不离的夫妻,可能在40多岁时就会变得疏远。

a pipe dream - 白日梦

pipe 烟斗

His dream of becoming a billionaire is just a pipe dream.
成为亿万富翁只不过是他百日做梦。

three sheets to the wind - 喝醉酒

By the end of the night he was three sheets to the wind and we had to take him home in a cab.
那晚最后他喝得酩酊大醉,我们只好用出租车把他送回家。

cut someone some slack 对某人网开一面
loose cannon 难以驾驭的危险人物
with flying colors 出色地

bury the hatchet - 重归于好

They finally decided to bury the hatchet after all these years.
这么多年之后他们终于决定言归于好了。

Could you please bury the hatchet and make up with your sister already I can’t take the constant fighting.
你能和你妹妹言归于好吗?我真是受够了这种没完没了的争吵。

take someone back 与某人重归于好(通常是情侣或配偶)
make up with someone 与某人和好
get back together 破镜重圆,重归与好(通常指分手后的符合)

cut someone some slack - 对某人网开一面

When you’re new at a job,colleagues and bosses cut you some slack.They forgive minor mistakes because you’re new.
当你刚开始做一份工作时,同事和老板会对你网开一面。他们会原谅你的小错误,因为你是新来的。

He’s a kid.Cut him some slack and let him learn from this.
他还是个孩子,从轻发落吧,让他吸取教训就好了。

cut someone some slack 对某人网开一面
pick/take up the slack 接手某人做没做了的工作;为某人收拾烂摊子,收拾残局

lead the life of Riley - 过着轻松舒适的生活

It’s my dream to lead the life of Riley.
我的梦想是过上轻松舒适的生活

lead the life of the spirit 过着崇尚精神的生活
lead a happy/bitter life 过着幸福/痛苦的生活

loose cannon - 难以驾驭的危险人物

He’s seen as something of a loose cannon by other team members.
其他队员将他是为我行我素的莽夫。

cannon fodder 炮灰
serve as cannon fodder 充当炮灰
water cannon 高压水枪;防爆水枪

know the ropes - 知道内情

learn the ropes 找到门路、学到窍门

She is new here and still doesn’t know the ropes,but she will soon get to learn the ropes.
她是新手,还不懂得诀窍,但是她会很快学会该怎么做的。

He’s been working here for over 40 years.So he knows the ropes to get anything done here.
他已经在这里工作了四十多年了,对这里的工作了如指掌。

put a bug in one’s ear - 委婉暗示

The boss put a bug in his ear about the importance of meeting this deadline.
老板就按时完任务的重要性给他敲了警钟。

I know you want tio transferred to the sales department.I’ll put a bug in the boss’ear for you.
我知道你想调到销售部去,我会往老板耳朵里吹吹风。

be bitten by the travel/fishing/garding bug 对旅游/钓鱼/园艺有强烈兴趣
catch/pick up/get a bug 生病
Don't bug me 别烦我
cute as a bug's ear 非常可爱,通常用来形容小玩意、小孩子等

up the creek - 处于困境

If the check doesn’t come today, I’ll be up a creek.
如果汇款今天还不到,那我就麻烦了。

I’ll be up the creek if I don’t pass thsi math test.
如果我没有通过这次数学考试,我的处境就惨了。

adversity n. 逆境,不幸
be in adversity处于逆境,深处逆境
overcome adversity克服逆境
Adversity Quotient(AQ)逆境商数;逆境智商;逆商

touch base with someone - 和某人联系

Will you please touch base with the marketing team and find out how they’re progressing?
你能不能跟行销团队联系一下,看看他们进展如何?

check with someone让某人帮忙把关,做出决定前请某人确认
check in with someone与某人进行快速的沟通,以获取最新的状态
check in to something关于某事进行快速沟通

hold all the aces - 占尽上风

In the battle between factory owners and environmentalists,the environmentalists seem to hold all the aces.
在工厂老板与环保者的斗争中,环保者似乎占尽上风。

hold all the trumps/cards 占尽上风
play one's cards right 充分利用所拥有的资源,办事高明
the ace in (one's) hand 某人拥有的主要优势

soft soap - 奉承

His letter was full of soft soap.
他的信满是阿谀奉承。

soft pedal 低调处理
soft touch 很容易被被人说服的人

on a shoestring - 靠着极少量的资金

We were living on a shoestring for a while after our baby was born,but,luckily,I got a promotion,and our situation has improved a bit.
孩子出生后,我们有段时间生活拮据,但幸运的是,我升职了,我们的生活情况也有了一点改善。

The film was made on a shoestring.
这部电影的制作成本十分有限。

run a temperature - 发烧

Next moning she ran a temperature but insisted on getting up.
第二天早上她发烧了,但她坚持要起床。

  • 同义词

have a fever
run a fever
have a temperature

sock away - 储蓄

She’s socked away hundreds of dollars in a saving account.
她在储蓄账户中存了好几百美元。

We’ve been socking little bits away for years in order to put down a deposit on a home.
我们这几年一直在存钱,以便缴纳房子首付。

  • sock v. 重击

sock sb/sth 重击,猛击
sb be/get socked with sth 某人因某事受到打击

get hitched - 结婚

When do you plan to get hitched?
你打算什么时候结婚?

make a big commitment 做出重大的承诺;结婚
walk down the aisle 走进婚姻的殿堂;结婚
make a match 使订婚,使结婚

have a chip on one’s shoulder - 动辄发火

He’s got a chip on his shoulder about not having been invited to the party.
他因为没被邀请参加派对而耿耿于怀。

He is not popular among his peers.He always seems to have a chip on his shoulder.
他在同学中人缘不好,看起来总是准备要和被人叫板的样子。

have a finger in the pie 插手某人,掺和某事
have one's finger on the pulse 对某事非常了解

cat and dog life - 争吵不休的生活

This couple lived a cat and dog life.
这对夫妻老是吵架。

They have led a cat and dog life almost since the day they were married.
他们几乎从结婚那天起就过着争吵不休的生活。

let the cat out of the bag 无意中泄露秘密,露出马脚
every dog has his day 人人皆有得意时
rain cats and dogs 下倾盆大雨
a dog's life 潦倒的生活

pizza face - 长满痘痘的脸

How should I deal with my pizza face?
该拿痘痘脸怎么办呢

butterface 身材好,脸很丑;背影杀手
a face that only a mother could love 只有你妈才会喜欢你这张脸
I'm not good with faces that I never want to see again 我不太想记得不想见的人的长相

play it by ear - 见机行事

I can’t promise I can make it tonight.Let’s play it by ear.
我不确定有时间,让我们见机行事吧。

clutch at straws - 抓住救命稻草

a man of straw 受人摆布或软弱不可靠的小人物
a straw in the wind 事情发生前的预兆
the last/final straw 最后一根稻草,使人崩溃的最后一击

Although there was little possibility that he would succeed,he didn’t give up.A downing man will even clutch at straws.
虽然成功的可能性很小,但他没有放弃。只要能救命,稻草也要抓。

out of the blue - 出人意料的

He phoned me out of the blue yesterday and said he was feeling blue.
昨天,他突然打电话给我,说他心情不太好。

Mike has decided to quit his job out of the blue,and go traveling for a year!
Mike突然决定此致,然后去旅行一年。

green-eyed 嫉妒的
pink slip 解雇通知书
born in the purple 生在帝王之家/皇室;出生显贵
green hand 新手

brown-bag - 自带午餐

brown-bag v. 自带午餐上班或者上学
brown bag session 无参研讨会

hit the books - 用功学习

cram for (为考试)临时抱佛脚
pull an all-night 通宵学习,熬夜完成任务
burn the midnight oil 开夜车,挑灯夜战
bite off more than one can chew 贪多嚼不烂,好高骛远,力不从心

dressed to the nines - 衣冠楚楚

Yesterday at her party,everyone was dressed to the nines.
昨天在她的聚会上,每个人都打扮得很是亮眼。

I have to be dressed to the nines at this gala tonight —— a lot of important people will be there.
我必须盛装出席今晚的宴会——很多重要的任务将会到场。

  • 同义短语
    dressed(up) to the nines
    dressed to the teeth
    done up to the nines

jump in at the deep end - 在未准备的情况下着手

start doing something new and difficult without help or preparation.
在没有帮助或者毫无准备的情况下,着手做一件全新而且困难的事情。

  • 同义短语
    be thrown in at the deep end

The reason you didn’t get the offer is that you jumped in at the deep end.
你没有被录取的原因是你实现没有做好准备。

I‘m a little nervous about starting my graduate degree program,but I’m determined to jump in at the deep end and give it a go.
我对即将开始的研究生学习有点紧张,但我决定立即着手,勇敢一试。

have stars in one’s eyes - 满怀憧憬

get/with stars in one's eyes 自鸣得意,洋洋得意

Many young people,all having stars in their eyes,come to Bejing.
很多年轻人,个个满怀希望,来到北京。

Thinking about their coming marriage,they both had stars in their eyes.
一想到他们即将步入婚姻的殿堂,他们俩都满怀憧憬。

get one’s back up - 惹恼某人

One thing really gets my back up —— the way my husband leaves his clothes on the bed or on the floor so I have to pick them up all the time.
我的丈夫总是吧衣服忘床上、地上乱扔,我老得吧他们捡起来,真叫我生气。

Her boyfriends always says something silly regardless of occasions,getting her back up.
她男朋友老是不分场合说些蠢话,让她很恼火。

get back 回来;恢复;取回;报复;重新上台
get back up重新爬起来,重新站起来;重新振作起来

red herring - 转移注意力的事

herring 鲱鱼

The author is good at introducing a red herring into the plot to keep readers guessing.
这位作家很擅长在故事情节中引入迷惑人的线索,让读者猜来猜去。

The candidate used the minor issue as a red herring to distract voters from the corruption accusations against him.
这位候选人利用这个小问题来转移选民对他被指控腐败一事的注意力。

dead as a herring 彻底死亡,完全死翘翘

the writing on the wall - 不祥之兆;凶兆

The increase in oil price is the writing on the wall for some small businesses.
油价上涨对一些小企业来说更可谓不祥之兆。

The offficial saw the writing on the wall and fled the country.
这几个官员预感到自己将有答案,立即逃到了国外。

  • 同义表达

the handwriting on the wall
a finger on the wall

butterfingers - 笨手笨脚的人

I dropped another plate!I’m such a butterfingers today.
我又摔了一个盘子!我今天真是笨手笨脚的。

butter(one's) bread on both sides 面包两面都涂上黄油,两头兼顾,两面讨好。

Achilles’ heel - 致命弱点

When exposed to a green rock from his home planet,Superman becomes powerless.That’s his Achilles’ heel.
当面对来自自己家乡星球的绿色陨石时,超人的超能力就一点都使不出来了。这是他的致命弱点。

also - ran - 失败者,落选者

Don’t ask me who the also-rans were.I can’t remember.
别问我那些失败者的名字,我可记不住。

  • 冠军

championgold medalisttitlefirstkempfirst place

  • 亚军

runner-upsilver medal winnersilver medalistsecond place

  • 季军

third winner in contestbronze medalistthird place

have one over the eight - 喝高了

He stumbled so it was obvious he had one over the eight.
他走路很颠簸,显然是喝高了。

From the way he was walking it was obvious he’d had one over the eight.
从他走路的姿势来看,很明显他喝醉了。

at the eleventh hour 在最后时刻;在紧要关头
kill two birds with one stone 一石二鸟,一箭双雕
at sixes and sevens 乱七八糟
on cloud nine 欣喜若狂,喜出望外

nose out of joint - 心烦意乱

out of joint 脱臼

His nose is out of joint because we forgot to invite him to the party.
我们忘记邀请他参加聚会,他鼻子都快气歪了。

put/have one's nose out of joint 使某人嫉妒,使某人眼红

carry a torch for someone - 单恋某人

I‘ve carried the torch for het since high school,but I’ve never been able to tell her how I feel.
我从高中时就暗恋她,但一直没能表白。

carry the/a torch for something 对某物非常支持,还想说服别人一起支持

bring down the house - 博得满堂彩

A clown with a monkey can bring down the house.
一个小丑加上一只猴子可以博得满堂喝彩。

Don’t laugh so hard! You’ll bring the house down - it’s an old building,you know.
别笑得太厉害了!你知道的,这是栋老房子,笑声太大会把它震坍的。

like a house on fire 引起轰动,迅速成名;爱情迅速发展(火力的房子)

take the plunge - 冒险尝试

They’re finally taking the plunge and getting married.
他们终于打定主意要结婚了。

in the heat of the moment - 盛怒之下

I often do things in the heat of the moment and regret it later.
我做事往往冲动,事后又后悔。
He didn’t mean it —— he said it in the heat of the moment.
他们本意并非如此——他只是在盛怒之下脱口而出的。

in the heat of the action 处于风口浪尖
in the heat of the argument 在激烈辩论中
in the heat of anger 在气头上
in the heat of excitement 处于极度兴奋

in the bag - 十拿九稳

Even though the game is in the bag,the team still plays hard.
虽然这支队伍已经稳赢这场比赛了,但他们仍然奋力拼搏。

bags of 很多,大量
a bag of bones 骨瘦如柴的人
a bag of wind 夸夸其谈的人

文章作者: HibisciDai
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