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2012-06-28 16:23:26|  分类: 英语口语 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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1.Clear the air 消除误会

  To settle a dispute and restore good relations

  Example: We had a meeting with the workers, and I think we’ve cleared the air now

  2.Be in the air 将要发生的事情

  The feeling or idea that something new is about to happen or is going to change

  Example: From the arguments going on at the meeting, it seems that a change in policy is in the air

  3.A bad egg 缺乏道德的人

  Somebody who has no moral principles and should be avoided

  Example: You mustn’t lend Tim money, he’s a bad egg. You’ll never see him or your money again!

  4.Cost an arm and a leg 极其昂贵

  To be very expensive

  Example: I love that fur coat. However, I don’t think I’m going to buy it because it costs an arm and a leg

  5.In the balance 未知的,不可预测的

  Said when the outcome of a situation is unknown or unpredictable

  Example: His career as a pilot is in the balance, as his eyesight does not seem good enough

  6.In the Bag 稳操胜券

  Said of an achievement which is secure

  Example: We have the deal in the bag. The client came in this morning to sign the agreement

  7.Drive a hard bargain 极力讨价还价

  To have the negotiating strength and skills to get the most advantageous price and conditions

  Example: Amanda is negotiating the best price from the suppliers. She drives a hard bargain

  8.Ring a bell 看上去或听起来非常熟悉

  To look, sound or seem familiar

  Example: That face rings a bell, where have I seen him before?

  9.Tighten one’s belt 节衣缩食

  To cut down on spending because there is less income than before

  Example: Now you are out of work, you’ll have to tighten your belt and give up buying new clothes and going out so often

  10.Kill two birds with one stone 一石二鸟

  To complete two tasks together, with less effort than doing them separately

  Example: Since I’d gone to the store to buy some bread, I thought ofkilling two birds with one stone and invited Mr. Biggs to the party

11.Be in a black mood 情绪极差

  To be so negative about everything that it is impossible for anyone to reason with him/her

  Example: My father has been in a black mood for days, we dare not say anything to him

  12.Feeling blue 感到无精打采

  Feeling sad or depressed

  Example: She’s feeling blue, because the man she loves is far away

  13.New blood 新成员

  New people brought into an organization to introduce different and original ideas

  Example: It was decided to bring new blood into the school by employing teachers with the latest training

  14.Get to the bottom of something 弄清真相

  To find out the truth about something

  Example: I’m trying to get to the bottom of why David left without saying goodbye

  15.A piece of cake 轻松的事

  Something which is very easy to do

  Example: Here…let me put the batteries in for you. It’s a piece of cake

  16.Pay a call 拜访

  To visit somebody

  Example: As we’re in this neighborhood, we might as well pay the Jacksons a call, we haven’t seen them for ages

  17.Round the clock 夜以继日的

  To do something continuously, without a break or pause

  Example: The ambulance services worked round the clock hauling people trapped in the building to safety

  18.By chance 偶然,意外的

  Unexpectedly; with no prior planning

  Example: By chance, I bumped into my wife in the shopping mall

  19.Keep one’s cool 保持冷静

  To stay calm in a difficult situation

  Example: If the traffic is jamed, the only thing to do is keep your cool, or get out of the car and walk!

  20.In a tight corner 处于困境

  In an extremely difficult situation

  Example: Whenever I get into a tight corner, I try to rely on quick thinking to get out of it

21.Fall on deaf ears 不加理睬的,不听取

  Not to take any notice of what is said

  Example: The city council’s order that garbage should be put in thebins fell on deaf ears; the sidewalks are still littered with trash!

  22.Keep in the dark 隐瞒

  To keep something secret

  Example: We know my brother has a new girlfriend, but he's keeping her name in the dark

  23.Take things easy 放轻松

  To relax

  Example: It's better for our health to take things easy than to worry about problems all the time

  24.Catch one’s eye 吸引某人注意

  To attract somebody’s attention

  Example: A movement behind the curtain caught my eye I thought it was a burglar and rushed out of the room!

  25.Eat like a horse 吃得很多

  To eat a lot; to have a very big appetite

  Example: Fred eats like a horse. When I was a growing lad like him, I used to eat a lot, too

  26.Turn a blind eye 。熟视无睹

  To ignore an action, even though one should do something about it

  Example: Parents will spoil their children if they constantly turn a blind eye to their bad behavior

  27.Have an eye for something 对某事(某物体)了解得非常清楚

  To be very good at doing something, or have a great understanding of something

  Example: As a botanist, he has to describe and draw plants accurately, so he must have an eye for detail

  28.Keep an eye on 照看, 密切注视

  To watch carefully; to look after

  Example: Keep an eye on my purse I'm just going to the bathroom

  29.Lose face 丢脸

  To have one's reputation spoiled; to be embarrassed

  Example: The large drug houses have lost face, because smaller companies are selling similar products at a cheaper price!

  30.Lead the field 处于领头地位

  To be the most successful person or group in an activity

  Example: For decades, the House of Dior led the field in elegant fashion design

31.Get out of hand 失去控制

  To be out of control

  Example: The problem of suicide bombings is getting out of hand; there seems to be no way to stop them

  32.Give a hand 提供帮助

  To help somebody with something

  Example: Please give me a hand and hold this board while I paint it

  33.Learn by heart 牢记

  To memorize something; to have learned something word for word or very precisely

  Example: At school we often learned Shakespeare’s sonnets by heart and recited them in front of the class

  34.On hold 尚未办理的事情

  Something set aside and waiting to be dealt with

  Example: Our vacation plans are on hold right now; because my Dad’s just been admitted to hospital with a stomach ulcer

  35.A dark horse 出乎意料的嬴家

  An unexpected winner

  Example: A dark horse in this year’s basketball cup was Japan!

  36.The bottom line 本质内容

  The most essential part of something

  Example: We’ve talked a lot about taxation and immigration, but the bottom line is that we have to create more jobs

  37.Live it up 狂欢一场

  To enjoy a high standard of living and lead a carefree life

  Example: The neighbors having been living it up ever since they won the sweepstakes

  38.Bear in mind 记住

  To remember something which can be of help in the future

  Example: Before you start your perspective drawing, bear in mind you should first establish a vanishing point

  39.Look forward to 期待着

  To relish some future prospect; to eagerly await meeting somebody

  Example: You can tell Jake is looking forward to his vacation hekeeps telling us how many days there are left until he finishescollege

  40.Have a mind to 想做某事, 计划做某事

  To be decided on ; to intend to

Example: The service in our hotel was terrible. I have a mind to write a letter of complaint

41.Be in the mood 想要做某事

  To feel like doing something

  Example: She is not in the mood for playing cards and says she should really be preparing her lecture notes

  42.Over the moon 欣喜若狂

  Extremely happy

  Example: She’s over the moon about her promotion she really wasn’t expecting it

  43.Over and above 这外, 额外的

  In addition to

  Example: Over and above our salary, we are getting a large bonus, because business has been very profitable this year

  44.Get a move on 赶快

  To hurry up

  Example: Get a move on! The train is about to leave

  45.Get the picture 了解某事

  To understand something, to grasp some meaning

  Example: When they started cutting back and laying people off at work, I got the picture and starting looking for another job

  46.Keep somebody posted 传达消息

  To regularly give somebody up-to-date information or details of the progress being made

  Example: I phoned in at the end of each working day to keep my boss posted about developments at the trade conference

  47.Be out of pocket 花光了钱的

  To be without money

  Example: He’s complaining because he spent all of his money on slot machines and now he’s out of pocket

  48.Lose track of 失去消息,失去线索

  To lose contact with somebody to not know where something is

  Example: I lost track of Fran when she moved to Boston. I’ve even tried to locate her on the Internet

  49.On a shoestring 生活拮据

  In a thrifty manner; with costs or spending down to a bare minimum

  Example: She lives on a shoestring she gets a tiny pension and has to budget very tightly

  50.In the long run 最终,最后

  Over a long period of time, once a process has matured

  Example: The grocery store is making a loss right now. In the long run,however, we hope to achieve a situation of stable profit

 

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