· 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.
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.
· 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.
· 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.