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现代英语口语表示法500例(六)

  286——330

  · Take it out on someone拿别人出气

  The boy was reprimanded by his father. He took it out onhisball.

  · An old wives’ tale无稽之谈

  Do you think the existence of life on Mars is anoldwives’tale?

  · Be the talk of the town满城风雨

  The death of the Princess Diana has been the talk of thetown.

  · Leave a bad taste in someone’s mouth给人留下坏印象

  Once I went to a famous university. But the untidy campus centerabad taste in my mouth.

  · Crocodile tears假惺惺的眼泪

  Some of my business partners came to comfort me when I lostalmosteverything in one bad deal.

  · Lose one’s temper发脾气

  You don’t have to lose your temper about trifle things.

  · Through thick and thin有甘也有苦

  The couple have gone through thick and thin for many years.

  · Have another think coming大错特错

  If you think I’m easily taken in, you are having anotherthinkcoming.

  · Thin-skinned神经过敏

  She is so thin-skinned that, whenever we talk about something inalow voice, she will think we are referring to her.

  · Jump down someone’s throat严厉训斥某人

  The boy saved a girl from the river and went back home. Seeinghimall through, his mother jumped down his throat.

  · Stick out like a sore thumb特别扎眼

  I hate my big nose. It sticks out like a sore thumb.

  · Be all thumbs笨手笨脚

  I just learned to type. I was all thumbs.

  · Turn thumbs down on…不赞成……,反对……

  The boss turned thumbs down on the new on promotion scheme.

  · Twiddle one’s thumbs无所事事

  Why do we have to work overtime while people in PR departmentaretwiddling their thumbs?

  · Beat someone’s time with someone勾引别人的女朋友

  He is strange. He doesnt go steady with any girl, butenjoysbeating others’ time with their girlfriend.

  301——315

  · On the tip of someone’s tongue就早嘴边上

  A man in black came to ask about my son’s whereabouts. Mywordswere on the tip of someone’s tongue when I found the man had aguninside his pocket.

  · Hold one’s tongue保持沉默

  I can no longer hold my tongue when I see so many wildanimalshave become extinct.

  · Keep a civil tongue in one’s head说话有礼貌

  A child is taught to keep a civil tongue in his head when heissmall.

  · Blow one’s top勃然大怒

  My neighbor blew his top when he saw his hedges were cutbysomeone.

  · Carry a torch for someone单方想念某人

  Though Jane has been engaged with Mr. Hall, Jimmy still carriesatorch for her.

  · Have the Midas touch有生财的运气,手气好

  You’d better find Rogers as you stock broker. He has theMidastouch.

  · Be touch and go万分危险

  The patient is out of danger now, but it was touch and go forawhile.

  · Throw in the towel认输

  She tried to save their marriage by talking her husband outoftaking drugs. But she finally threw in the towel.

  · Have the inside track for something处于有利的地位

  I’m an Art student. I don’t have the inside track for applyingforthat job.

  · Keep track of someone/something掌握……的情况

  He is keeping track of all my old friends.

  · Be on a gravy train走运,有赚钱的机会

  You will be on a gravy train if you can get that antique. Itisworth more money than it is offered.

  · Have a mind like a steel trap头脑特别快

  He has a mind like a steel trap. He can remr a new word even ifhemeets it once.

  · Bark up the wrong tree弄错目标

  The detective has been following the man for a week. But itturnsout that he has barked up the wrong tree.

  · Be too quick on the trigger操之过急,行动过于仓促

  You are always too quick on the trigger. You jump into histhroatbefore he can explain.

  · Ask for trouble自找麻烦

  Are you asking for trouble by challenging the emphasisonqualities education. You are asking for trouble if you cheat intheexam.

  316——330

  · blow one’s own trumpet自吹自擂

  If you want to sell more, you should learn to blow yourowntrumpet.

  · Not give someone a tumble不理睬某人

  Though Jackson has asked May to marry him for many times, shejustwon’t give him a tumble.

  · Talk turkey打开天窗说亮话

  Let’s talk turkey, see if you agree. I’ll get 55%of the share,andyou’ll get the rest.

  · Not say uncle拒不认错,不服输

  I don’t know when he has ever said uncle to anyone.

  · Take a dim view of…对……抱悲观态度;不赞同

  Teachers in middle schools usually take a dim view ofstudents’talking up too many after-class activities.

  · Walk all over someone任意欺负某人

  My neighbor walked all over me. He center rubbish in mydoor,stamped on my grass and wax my windows. I decided tofightback.

  · Drive someone to the wall把某人逼得走投无路

  He hates learning foreign languages. But the challengingsituationdrives him to the wall. He decides to go to an eveningclass.

  · Drive someone up the wall把某人搞得心烦意乱

  Would you please turn down that Rap music? It has driven me upthewall.

  · Be in hot water陷入困境

  I’m sorry I can’t lend you money. I myself am in hot water.

  · Like water off a duck’s back满不在乎,不起作用

  I can do nothing about him. Criticism rolls off like water offaduck’s back. It goes into his one ear and comes out oftheother.

  · Meet one’s Waterloo惨败

  The famous lawyer met his Waterloo at the hands of afledglinglawyer.

  · Fish in troubled waters浑水摸鱼

  Don’t tell him that we need that material badly, He is goodatfishing in troubled waters and will take advantage of it.

  · Make waves兴风作浪

  Everything went smoothly in her wedding ceremony, when herformalboyfriend came to make waves by drinking the bridegroom underthetable.

  · Have a way with something/someone有应付……的办法

  She will make a good teacher. She seems to have a way witheventhe most disobedient boy.

  · Pave the way for…为……铺平道路

  Donation from every walks of life has paved the way for theHopeProject to proceed.

  (实习编辑:顾萍)

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