《精彩英语习语连载》之三

发表于:2013-06-20 13:17 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

1、 Of great/ some/ no account

   — of great/ some/ no importance.

   — 很/有些/不重要

   Examples: ① All political leaders must be persons of great account.

   ② To the manager, the secretary is a staff member of some account.

   ③ Don't worry about that matter; it is of no account.

2、 Palm something off on someone/palm someone off with something

   — get rid of an undesirable thing by giving, selling, etc. it to someone else; get rid of someone by giving, selling him something.

   — 劝说别人接受自己不喜欢的事物;打发不喜欢的人

   Examples: ① His 10-year-old car was always breaking down, so he was forced to palm it off on his honest friend.

   ② The shopkeeper was so tired of the talkative woman that he palmed her off with something of poor quality.

3、 Raise one's eyebrows (at something)

   — lift one's eyebrows to show surprise or doubt (of something).

   — 表示惊讶或疑惑

   Examples: ① Some foreigners' bold remarks against the authorities raised everyone's eyebrows.

   ② The people raised their eyebrows at the discontinuity of some excellent staff's teaching contracts.

4、 Above all

    — most importantly

    — 最重要的;尤其

    Example: A successful person must be learned, healthy and, above all, diligent.

5、 Above average

    — above the ordinary standard

    — 在一般水平以上

    Example: Helen's school work is above average; she is better than the majority of her classmates.

6、 Above criticism/ suspicion

    — someone or something that cannot be criticised/ suspected

    — 无可批评/怀疑

   Examples: ① Most of the artist's paintings were so well painted that they were above criticism.

        ② For the sake of dignity, judges ought to be above suspicion.

7、 Back-breaking task/work, a

    — a demanding or exhausting task or work

    — 使人筋疲力尽的工作

    Example: Digging the hard soil in the garden under the hot sun is really a back-breaking task.

8、 Backfire on someone

    — have an unexpected effect opposite to the effect intended

    — 产生出乎意料以及事与愿违的结果

    Example: John's new scheme backfired on him and he lost a lot of money.

9、 Backroom boy, a/the

    — a person whose work is important but secret

    — 在幕后默默工作的人

    Example: The factory-expansion project has been a great success, but we should not forget the backroom boy who has played an important part.

10、 Call someone names

    — insult someone by applying rude names

    — 侮辱某人

    Example: They keep calling him names by shouting things like "Big head!" and "Four eyes!".

11、 Call someone to account

    — demand an explanation from someone

    — 要求某人解释某事

    Example: The officer called a soldier to account for not saluting him.

12、 Call something in(to) question

    — raise doubts about something

    — 怀疑某事物

    Examples: ① Tom's inability to do work efficiently called into question his suitability for being promoted to a higher position.

        ② The government's good intentions have sometimes been called in question.

13、 Darby and Joan

    — devoted elderly couple

    — 恩爱的老年夫妇

    Example: Eric and Irene have been so devoted to each other since their marriage 35 years ago that they are described as "Darby and Joan".

14、 Dare someone to do something (dangerous)

    — challenge someone to do something dangerous

    — 激某人做某事(危险的事);挑战

    Example: We dared our timid friend, Kelvin, to spend a night near the graveyard.

15、 Half an eye
                       — a quick look 一看就明白

  Example: The new teacher could see with half an eye that Jim was going to have trouble with some boys who disagreed with him.

16、 Half-and-half
  — as much one thing as the other
  — 不好也不坏;差强人意的

  Example: That much-publicised movie was neither good nor bad; it was just half-and-half.

17、 Half-baked idea
  — an idea that has not been properly thought out
  — 考虑不周的念头

  Example: I don't think it wise to adopt his half-baked idea unless it is further developed.

18、 I would if I could but I can't
  — I would like to do something worthwhile, but I am unable to
  — 我很想做某事但不能

  Example: X: Marry me while there is still time.
      Y: I would if I could but I can't. I have a good boy friend.

19、 I wouldn't say no
  — I would readily agree
  — 我一定同意/答应

  Example: - Have another cup of beer, OK?
  - Well, I wouldn't say no.

20、 Jib at doing something
  — be unwilling to do something
  — 不肯做某事

  Example: I don't mind mopping the floor, but I jib at cleaning the walls.

 

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