《精彩英语习语连载》之二

发表于:2013-06-19 10:04 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

1、 Quibble about/at something or a quibble over something

  — argue about small unimportant points.

  — 因小事而争论

  Examples: ① Don't quibble with her about the money.

      ② She quibbled at the small price.

      ③ There was a quibble cver a few dollars.

2、 About average

    — no better or no worse than others.

    — 符合一般水平

    Example: Some staff's performance is about average. They have never proved better.

3、 About time

    — the appropriate time.

    — 差不多到时候了

    Example: You have been working for quite a while. It's about time you had a new car.

4、 About to

    — ready to

    — 即将;正要

    Example: We were about to go out when it suddenly rained.

5、 Back to back

    — with the back facing the other.

    — 背靠背

    Example: Stand back to back, boys! Let me see who is the tallest.

6、 Back to front

    — with the back placed where the front should be.

    — 前后颠倒

    Example: You got your pullover on back to front.

    — thoroughly

    — 透彻地

    Example: All the people here know the government's major policies back to front.

7、 Back up someone/something

    — support someone/something.

    — 支持某人/某事

    Example: ① No matter how, we should back up our most respected representative.

        ② Some new evidence backed up the prosecutor's argument.

8、 Call on/upon someone

    — visit someone

    — 访问某人

    Example: When are we going to call on our new neighbours?

9、 Call on/upon someone to do something

    — invite someone to speak, etc.

    — 邀请

    Example: Without further ado, let me call upon our distinguished guest to speak to us.

    — appeal to someone to act.

    — 恳求;促使

    Example: In times of difficulties, we will have to call on the public to make donations.

10、 Call out someone

    — order officially.

    — 召唤

    Example: During the riot, the chief of police had to call out the riot police to restore law and order.

11、 Damp(en) something down

    — make a fire burn less strongly.

    — 使火燃烧缓慢下来

    Example: It was a moonlit night, so the campers dampened down the fire.

    — control and reduce something; suppress something.

    — 抑制;减弱

    Example: ① Some boys were over-zealous and we had to damp down their enthusiasm.

        ② Lack of support has damped down political dissidents' activities.

12、 Dance attendance on/upon someone

    — do what someone wants without asking.

    — 侍候某人,听其差遣

    Example: The manageress sat still, expecting everyone to dance attendance on her.

13、 Halcyon days

   — times of undisturbed peace and happiness.

   — 太平幸福的日子

   Example: When people grow older, they long for halcyon days more than anything else.

14、 Hale and hearty

   — strong and healthy

   — 健壮的

   Example: In spite of old age, Mr Lin is still hale and hearty.

15、 Half a loaf is better than no bread

   — we should be thankful for what we have, even if the amount is not as much as expected.

   — 少量比完全没有好

   Example: Dr Huang applied for a week's leave, but was given three days. Half a loaf is better than no bread.

16、 I hate to mention it, but...

   — May I remind you that...

   — 让我提醒你

  Example: I hate to mention it, but you still haven't given me your annual report.

17、 I would be the first/ last person to...

   — I am very willing/ unwilling to do something.

   — 我很愿意/很不愿意做某事

   Examples: ① If you ask me for assistance, I would be the first person to volunteer.

   ② I assure you I would be the last person to commit a crime.

18、 Jealous of someone/something

   — envious of someone/something

   — 妒忌某人/某事

   Examples: ① Why is she so jealous of her successful colleagues?

   ② It is wrong to be jealous of your friends' accomplishments.

19、 Jeer at someone

   — laugh or shout disrespectfully at someone

   — 嘲笑

   Example: The spectators jeered at the team for playing dreadfully.

20、 Odds are that, the...

   — the likelihood is that...

   — 可能

   Example: Nobody knows what the pay rise will be like, but the odds are that it will be about 5%.


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