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The best revenge(报仇)is success.

The grass is always greener on the other side. 这山望着那山高

 

 A conclusion is the place where you get  tired of thinking.

 

老师最怕学生对自己的评价是:

What little knowledge s/he possesses s/he forces upon us.

 

bring sth home to sb使(某人)深刻认识到,使(某人)深切地感到

It suddenly brought it home to her that she was alone again.

Its importance has been brought home to us very strongly.

Donna Britt's recent column has brought it home to me again that this is not necessarily so.

 

so what 那又怎样

 Second, if the war in Iraq was all about oil, so what? The entire world economy is based on oil.

So what if they occasionally tripped on holes in the ice?

So what if they didn't understand the book?

 

 hard-and-fast rule 

       

硬性规则

There's no hard-and-fast rule to how much money you're going to save.

 DURING THE TIME we dated and through the early years of our marriage, my wife had a hard-and-fast rule when it came to vacations: It's always better to end a trip a day too early than a day too late.

There is only one hard-and-fast rule on when to write: Don't wait for the " perfect " moment.

 

 

Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice, shame on me.

受骗一次,别人可耻;受骗二次,自己该死。

T (=used to say that now is a good time to do something)

'When do you want to meet?' 'Well, there's no time like the present.'

 

To teach people how to fish is more important than to give them fish.

 

in hot pursuit (of) 穷追不舍

 

Cyril was in hot pursuit, asking inane questions that the man ignored.

At the moment I'm in hot pursuit of art, beauty and truth.

That night, the police were in hot pursuit of Mary Alice's patient.

 

 

To be alone is a great treasure.

 

To stand still is to go backwards.

 

Do one thing only and do it well.

 

the sky has no limits任何奇迹都可能发生

 

 

get the better of 占上风;克服;抑制

He knows he's got the better of you.

At last, curiosity got the better of me.

 

 

fond memory美好的回忆

  His father had spanked him once and he had cried; it was almost a fond memory.

And I have a fond memory of him.

 A mutual affection for the internal combustion engine provided the foundation for many a fond memory shared by uncle and nephew.

 

give priority to 重视

It gave top priority to a network of " freeway quality " highways.

During the 198OS, two conservative coalition governments gave top priority to securing a stable exchange rate.

 He gave highest priority to liberty because liberty is instrumental in achieving the optimal mix of values.

They lived for the day, gave highest priority to small pleasures.

 In keeping with his approach, his bibliography gave first priority to studies of national folklore, especially historical events and heroes.

 even Turkey's Islamists gave lower priority to relations with the Arab world.

 

 

second to none首屈一指

Diamond carries heat away at rates second to none.

We are a news organization covering the legal system that is second to none.

 

Pigs might fly 奇迹可能会发生

 Footage of surgeons operating; various newspaper headlines:' Transplants? Pigs might fly,'' Surgeons hail era of lifesaving pigs.

 And, given enough genetic engineering, pigs might fly. Regardless of which four-letter " L " word fit the occasion.

 

become of发生...情况,怎么啦

Perhaps he was thinking about Sadie, and what had become of her when she graduated.

We never do find out what became of him except, in an epilogue, that he is now living in Mexico.

 

part and parcel 重要部分

We must be part and parcel of the rulers of this country.

It must be part and parcel of any Middle East settlement, you see.

 

daunting

花是无罪的 The flower is guiltless

臭不要脸地 disgracefully  shamelessly

哥,你就是我亲爹!  Brother,you are my real father.

谢谢大家用超强的忍耐力来观看这一帮神经病的表演 Thank you all for watching us crazy people perform  like clowns in extraordinary patience

 大姐你家那猴搁哪买的 Big Sister, where did you buy your baby monkey?

英文名 xiao shen yang 老有档次勒 My English name is Xiao Shenyang and I am a man of good taste.

他们把我名刻错了 我出来改改 They have inscribed my name wrongly and I got out of the grave to redress it.

走别人的路,让别人无路可走 Follow others' footsteps and drive them into a corner.

我到家了,你们还追啊!! Don't you want to stop chasing me? I am already back home.

为什么呢?! What is this about?

小妹儿看见我就乐了,哎呀,大哥,你长得真像大海,可惜大哥,我晕船啊,看见大海就想吐啊!
I can't help laughing whenever I see you. Whoops! You really look like a sea. But it is a shame that I tend to vomit every time I see a sea, Big Brother.

观众朋友们吖~~他们都说我长地像变态~!Dear audience, they all say I am abnormal in looks.

感谢你们的鸦雀无声Thank you for being silent!

我虽然不是名人朋友们,但是像我们周边这些国家,像马来西亚、泰国、越南、新加坡,
    
     还有俄罗斯哈----------------我都没去过~ 

Friends, I am not a celebrity and our neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Thailan, Vietnam, Singapore and

Russia have never visited by me.

别看我长得变态 其实我老有才了 Abnormal in looks as I am, I am quite talented.

我都矛盾了。I am in a dilemma.

准备好了吗? Are you ready?

我老招风了。 I have arrested a lot of attention.

--大哥,你唱滴太好了,再来一首。 Big Brother, you are a good singer and please sing us another song.

--好,我滴原则就是 自己能干的事 从来不求别人。No problem. My phlilosophy of life is that I never ask others for help unless I have to.

别紧张,我不是什么好人...... Take it easy. I am not a good person.

.作为失败的典型,你实在是太成功了!You are very successful as a model of failure.

这鞋多少钱一斤? How much are the shoes per jin?

当初真是瞎了我的狗眼... I must have been blind at that time.

这个盲人难道是个瞎子? Is the blind person blind?

好的! OK!

.没钱的时候,在家里吃野菜;有钱的时候,在酒店吃野菜……When people are poor, they eat wild vegetables at home; when they get rich   they eat wild vegetables at restaurants.

人不犯我,我不犯人;人若犯我,我就生气!I will not attack unless I am attacked; I will lose my temper if I am attacked.

人怕出名猪怕壮,男怕没钱女怕胖。
Fame is fatal to men as fatness to pigs. Poverty is unacceptable to men as stoutness to ladies.

 .如果有钱也是一种错,我情愿一错再错。I want to make more such mistakes if having money is a mistake.

  成熟的人不问过去;聪明的人不问现在;豁达的人不问未来。

The mature never ask the past, the wise never ask the present and the open-minded never ask the future.

妈妈说人生最好不要错过两样东西:最后一班回家的车和一个深爱你的人。

Mom says that there are two good things you cannot miss in life: the last bus home and a person who loves very much.

问:你喜欢我哪一点?答:喜欢你离我远一点!
Ask: What makes you love me? Answer: I love keeping my distance from you!

人生四大悲:久旱逢甘雨,一滴;他乡遇故知,债主;洞房花烛夜,隔壁;金榜题名 时,做梦。

the 4 saddest things in life: have a welcome rain after a long drought, but only a drop; meet an old friend in distant land, but the peson is my creditor; Wedding night arrives, but in my nextdoor neighbor; succeeded in a government examination, but only a dream.

成功的丈夫是钱多到妻子花不完,成功的妻子是找到这样的丈夫。
A successful husband is such that his wife has notning to spend money on whilst a successful wife is such a woman who can find such a husband.

玫瑰,你的;巧克力,你的;钻石,你的;你,我的。

rose, yours; chocolate, yours; diamond, also yours; you,  however, mine.

生,容易。活,容易。生活,不容易。

To be born is easy; to be alive is easy too, but to live is no easy job.

谁说我白、瘦、漂亮,我就跟谁做好朋友。Whoever says I am fair, slim and handsome will be my friend.

人家是纯爷们儿~~~ I am a tough guy.

对不起没有 Sorry, but we don't have this.

有还是没有 Do we have this or not ?

人这一生可短暂的了,眼睛一睁一天就过去了,哈好~~~、眼睛一闭不睁这辈子就过去了。。。 

Life is too short. A day has passed when we open and close our eyes. But that's the end of you when you can't open your eyes.

生最痛苦的事情是什么吗?人死了钱没花了 Nothing could be worse than to die with big money to spend.








 





 


 

 task艰巨的任务

Whoever wins on Sunday faces the daunting task of rebuilding Nicaragua.

 Michael Huerta has begun the daunting task of rebuilding the city's waterfront.

 

take the initiative  采取主动;首先采取行动;带头

I don't think that we ought to take the initiative in moving with ground forces into Iraq.

Iraq took the initiative, in order to move some 100,000 troops from the Iranian border towards Kuwait.

 It has never been more true than now.

 

cut and thurst 肉搏战

 This is the cut and thrust of the courtroom even in a preliminary hearing.

I miss the cut and thrust of swift debate.

 

make it 走完(一段路);能成功;做到

The more we focus on hostages, the more likely we make it.

Miraculously, this baby is expected to live. Many others don't make it.

 

hit the books 用功

 More than likely I'd hit the books harder and stay in school instead of trying to make that quick money.

Son, you have great athletic ability but use your head and hit the books.

 

 suffice it to say that只要说...就够了

There are a great number of reasons for this, but suffice it to say that we conquered the West Bank in 1967 after we were attacked.

Suffice it to say that the theater could not have been more crowded

 

Without you, the office wouldn't be the same.

 

call it a day 就此结束,到此结束

At that point, I was ready to call it a day, but Jim wasn't.

Delia told Vanessa she thought she would call it a day.

 

bring the house down 博得满堂喝彩

In some productions the appearance of Mother Ginger alone will bring the house down.

Xiao Shenyang brought the house down at the Spring Festival TV Gala.

 

 small(no, little) wonder  难怪

 And no wonder the effort to save them has become a movement worldwide.

Small wonder that the U.S. unemployment rate is rising.

Little wonder that taxpayers across the country show signs of exasperation at the mess in Washington.

big mouth 多嘴者

Come on, big mouth, if you can pack this stuff, you can carry it too.

Trump's a big mouth who tries to impress everybody with all the deals he's done.

 

by the same token 出于同样原因

By the same token, it probably reduces the number of mouths they have to feed internally.

By the same token, it could also prove that Einstein is wrong.

 

rest assured 放心

You may rest assured before the night is finished, it will be taken care of.

You can rest assured that you're doing a thorough job if you give yourself a five-minute minimum requirement.

 

how come 怎么回事

How come there are no blacks running ball clubs?

All right. Sam, how come I don't hear from you? Sam? Where are you?

 

Silver lining 坏消息中的好消息

But Wall Street found a silver lining, as it usually does, investing in troubled companies.

I might suggest a kind of silver lining that may come from these negotiations.

 

compare notes商量,交换意见

 Then the two leaders will compare notes as to what they think should be the next step.

The corporate public relations staffs who write these things must compare notes, because the speeches are virtually identical.

 

rule of thumb单凭经验来做的方法 常规

It's a good rule of thumb to use the small ones only when absolutely necessary.

The first rule of thumb is to be certain that the pet you choose is healthy.

 

a touch of少许,一点

She feared a touch of sudden madness;

Maybe she is suffering from a touch of sunstroke;

 

pop the question 求婚

Now I'll get her drunk and then I'll pop the question.

If I think he's the right man for me, I'll pop the question myself.

 

take exception to 反对

Mary didn't take exception to being left behind.

Veteran deputies might take exception to his becoming the county's top lawman.

But, I take exception to having to give up your individuality.

 

clumsy of me我太笨手笨脚了

 I am so sorry! That was very clumsy of me! Are you all right?

So clumsy of whoever bumped into you.

 

cloud nine 极乐心境

It was the end of the world, and we were going out on cloud nine.

If he's not meditating on cloud nine, Yehudi Menuhin can often be found standing on his head.

 

in all probability 很可能,十有八九

And you're going to have a further decline in all probability in wage levels.

In all probability, " Sir Spider " was a nickname he'd picked up at school.

 

eyes glued to两眼盯在

Slim kept his eyes glued to the screen.

I disappeared down the trail, keeping my eyes glued to my feet.

 

foot the bill 付帐

I think it's the gentlemen who generally foot the bill for these clothes, right?

What will it cost to restore it, and who's going to foot the bill?

 

expose to 使暴露,受到;使曝光

he exposed himself to charges of racism

 By contrast, Mr. Gorbachev has never exposed himself to a popular vote.

 

All Ears 洗耳恭听

he knew perfectly well they were in the room and all ears.

If Charlie has a better idea, we're all ears

 

far from 远远不,完全不

The pain in his voice was oddly far from making her feel sorry

The McCaugheys are still far from becoming a traveling circus.

 

take...with a grain of salt 有保留地; 须打折扣地; 持保留[怀疑]态度

she advised me to take Old Johnny with a grain of salt.

The word normally has to be taken with a grain of salt

 

come to nothing 失败

that came to nothing, because Israel refused to accept any kind of compromise.

But that plan came to nothing.

 

you can say that again: 当然是这样的,没错

Boy, you can say that again. He is in big trouble.

 " You can say that again, " chorused several voices.

 

under the impression that: 有……的印象,认为(通常是错的)

 They are under the impression that the questions were too leading.

I was under the impression that you knew of her.

 

make sense 讲得通,有意义,言之有理

Wouldn't it make sense to have drug treatment available to all of them?

Does that make sense to you? Well, I don't feel that way.

 

Don't stand on ceremony: 别太拘束!

Let's not stand on ceremony.

when the family returned from church, and the hungry diners did not stand on ceremony.

 

Enough Is Enough 够了,够了 没法再忍受了

Don't have to face any more. Enough is enough.

Everybody knows when enough is enough.

 

moonlighting 兼职

How many Moonlighting's were done?

 He was sharing a bachelor pad, clerking for a railroad, moonlighting as a furniture mover.

 

You're not the only one 并非你独自一人

You are not the only one to remark on his eccentricity

 You are not the only one to be sceptical

 

make a difference: 有影响,起(重要)作用

   IT DOES MAKE DIFFERENCE FOR YOU TO GO TODAY OR TOMORROW.

你今天去还是明天去,这是不一样的.

The first lady daid she has come to realize that her role as the wife of the President of the United States gives her a platform to speak out when she thinks she can make difference.

第一夫人表示,她已渐渐认识到正是作为美国总统的妻子这一角色为她提供了一个平台,让她说出她的想法,使事情有所改善。

come as no surprise: 不足为奇

That is likely to come as a surprise to many pregnant women.

对许多怀孕妇女来说,无疑是一项突如其来的惊奇。

This limitation of static analysis should not come as a surprise.

不要对静态分析的这个局限性感到惊讶。

 

they were nowhere to be found: 无论在什么地方都找不到他们

The missing wallet is nowhere to be found.

丢失的钱包任何地方都找不着。

 

 let bygones be bygones既往不咎

 We'll just let bygones be bygones

We decided to let bygones be bygones

 

leave no stone unturned 千方百计

we think it's important that we leave no stone unturned in the search for peace.

President Bush said he would leave no stone unturned to promote economic growth.

 

leave nothing to be desired 完美无缺

these posh toilets leave nothing to be desired.

 

cost an arm and a leg 价格昂贵

you can do that's not going to cost an arm and a leg

I couldn't resist them, even though they cost an arm and a leg.

 

pull sb's leg: 开玩笑

Somehow, she pull his leg and she said,' What I will do without you?'

Come on. Don't pull my leg

 

Business before pleasure工作先于玩乐

My philosophy is to put business before pleasure.

 " Business before pleasure, " is one of his mottos.

 

keep up with the Joneses  和邻居比阔气;和别人比时髦

But for sheer longevity, it is hard to keep up with the Joneses.

Often, we try to keep up with the Joneses and what the media says is hot.

 

on the track 未离题

We don't hear his angry complaints, no dialogue is on the track.

 

have the upper hand 取得优势,占上风

Democrats have the upper hand in the defining game

Melanie says her boyfriends blame her and always have the upper hand.

 

dawn upon —渐被感知(理解)

the realization begins to dawn upon him

It began to dawn upon Jack that Lonnie was looking different these days.

 

What do you say to doing sth 你认为做某事怎么样

so what do you say to grabbing a quick bite?

What would you say to riding at the fair?

 

cost someone a sleepless night: 使...澈夜未眠

a bright idea that had cost me a sleepless night

 

The chances are that…… 很可能

The chances are that our team will finish at the top of the league table. As our remaining matches aren't too difficult.

由于我们队余下的比赛不太艰难,我们队在结束时有可能在联赛表上名列前茅。

Chances are that the flight will be late.

航班很可能要晚点。

 

last straw 忍耐的极限

That was the last straw for Darman

 I will be frank, yesterday's statements were the last straw.

 

last-resort 最后的手段

In the last resort we can always walk home.

大不了我们走回家就是了。

Shout only as a last resort.

呼喊只是最后选择使用的手段。

 

at the first opportunity 尽快

The President should seek Congressional support at the first opportunity

Meg and I will slip out at the first opportunity.

 

stand a chance of doing 有可能做

You can forget that! You don't stand a chance of getting the job.

算了吧!你没有机会得到那份工作的。

Even though he plays well, I still think he doesn't stand a chance of winning.

虽然他打的不错,我仍认为他没有希望赢。

 

come what may 不管发生什么事

We're going to stand with Gorbachev come what may.

there is going to be a Jewish state with a majority of Jews, come what may

 

hit on 忽然想到……,想出……

he'd hit on the spring festival

They'd hit on something big.

 

Why all the rush?为什么这样匆忙?

     

be no stranger to sth. 习惯于某种感情,经历状况等

My guest tonight is no stranger to Washington or to Wall Street.

McCain is no stranger to goings-on.

 

last but not least 虽居后但不失其重要性

And last but not least, the President is not going to be shut out of threshold delegates

And, last but not least, take a break from sex, as we mentioned before

 

 Come on! It's not the end of the world. It could happen to anybody.

(好啦!又不是世界末日,这种事任何人都可能会遇到。)

 

in the wake of 在…之后

 he became President Reagan's national security adviser in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal

But in the wake of that mess, young Petey Rose has discovered something good.

 

hands are tied被限制、很忙,走不开

their hands are tied because they don't have basic equipment

you can see my hands are tied

 

God helps those who help themselvesz: 天助自助者

 

green with envy 非常嫉妒

the pensions these guys have will make you green with envy

I knew they were green with envy

 

Once in a blue moon 难得一次,千载难逢

Listen, once in a blue moon they're allowed to be good

I had this very powerful reaction that happens once in a blue moon

 

Out of blue 出乎意料地,意外地

he called me out of blue to counsel me

he  gave me big, happy hug, and, straight out of blue

 

on the point of 正要...(的时候);正打算

he was on the point of starvation

I think he was on the point of breaking down

 

there is no doing不可能做

There is no denying that RU 486 is an eerie drug.

There is no stopping it.

 

at a loss 茫然,不知所措

I'm at a loss for words.

In fact, the cancellation of the ceremony seemed to leave everyone at a loss。

 

at sb's mercy:in the power of sb or dependent on sb

while your baby is awake, you're at his mercy

 I am at your mercy, Master

 

at sb's disposal 任…处理,供…使用

Saddam Hussein will have nuclear weapons at his disposal in a few years

We used some of the funds placed at my disposal to support his research at the hospital

 

under way 正在进行之中

And so a brand new phenomenon is under way in the United States.

 Those negotiations are under way

 

to my knowledge 据我所知

To my knowledge, there is no such idiom in English.

 To my knowledge, some computers have gone missing.

 

It goes without saying that不言而喻,理所当然

It goes without saying that this plan will not be enacted.

It goes without saying that a patient search would be preferable.

 

I can't agree with you more.

我完全同意你的看法。

 

cross one's mind 偶然想到

It would never cross my mind a person could be that violent

Did the thought cross my mind that it would be best for Vince to go?

 

Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you: 勿庸人自扰

 

It is not you but who you know that matters.你是谁不重要,重要的是你认识谁.

 

when it comes to 当提到

What's been the hardest part of this, when it comes to your family?

But of all those risk factors, when it comes to strokes, blood pressure is clearly the most important.

 

alive and kicking 活蹦乱跳

You'll be glad to hear that Bill is alive and kicking.

比尔现在精神饱满, 你听了一定很高兴.

 I am still alive and kicking!

我还是活跳跳的啊!

 

keep hope alive留点盼头

Relatives of the missing sailors are struggling to keep hope alive.

失踪船员的亲属们努力地使他们的希望不破灭。

 We must keep that hope alive.

我们必须达到目的。

 

to the effect that 大意是说

I remember other words, something to the effect that you would never meddle in my business.

the doctor must say something to the effect that that is not an avenue that ought to be considered.

 

drive home把钉入(使人理解)

I guess I'm supposed to drive this home.

 that's where the president's got to drive this home

 

To err is human. 人非圣贤,孰能无过。

 

an old head on young shoulders 少年老成

He has an old head on young shoulders.

他年轻时又有见识。

 Young Mark seems very knowledgeable and experienced for his age-definitely an old head on young shoulders.

年轻的马克似乎比同龄的人更有知识和经验-确切地说,他是一个年轻而有见识的人。

 

thought provoking 发人深思的

The story is thought provoking.

故事令人难以平静。

This is a timely, thought-provoking, and hopeful book about creating and maintaining peace.

 

 awareness raising 唤起意识

The Resolution will ensure even greater reach for awareness-raising activities throughout the diabetes world.

该决议更确保了在整个糖尿病世界中,受到更大的关注。

 

  The web site will be used as an awareness-raising tool and a clearing house to announce activities taking place at the national, regional and international levels.

该网站将作为提高认识的工具和宣布在区域和国际两级开展的活动的“信息中心”。

 

publish or perish不发表就完蛋

 

be reduced to 沦为

they've been reduced to fighting for bread and water in those camps

the fishermen are reduced to casting their nets in the shallow waters of the river delta

 

set people thinking: 发人深省

  The findings set off many people thinking.

这些发现引起许多人思索。

 

wishful thinking 如意算盘  痴心妄想

Let's not waste a precious second on wishful thinking or useless regrets. Life really is too short.

我们不要将宝贵的时间浪费在痴心妄想或作无谓的惋惜上,生命实在是太短暂了。

This might be just wishful thinking.

这可能只是一厢情愿罢了。

 

 

make it 走完(一段路);能成功;做到

The more we focus on hostages, the more likely we make it.

Miraculously, this baby is expected to live. Many others don't make it.

 

hit the books 用功

 More than likely I'd hit the books harder and stay in school instead of trying to make that quick money.

Son, you have great athletic ability but use your head and hit the books.

 

 suffice it to say that只要说...就够了

There are a great number of reasons for this, but suffice it to say that we conquered the West Bank in 1967 after we were attacked.

Suffice it to say that the theater could not have been more crowded

 

Without you, the office wouldn't be the same.

 

call it a day 就此结束,到此结束

At that point, I was ready to call it a day, but Jim wasn't.

Delia told Vanessa she thought she would call it a day.

 

bring the house down 博得满堂喝彩

In some productions the appearance of Mother Ginger alone will bring the house down.

Xiao Shenyang brought the house down at the Spring Festival TV Gala.

 

 small(no, little) wonder  难怪

 And no wonder the effort to save them has become a movement worldwide.

Small wonder that the U.S. unemployment rate is rising.

Little wonder that taxpayers across the country show signs of exasperation at the mess in Washington.

big mouth 多嘴者

Come on, big mouth, if you can pack this stuff, you can carry it too.

Trump's a big mouth who tries to impress everybody with all the deals he's done.

 

by the same token 出于同样原因

By the same token, it probably reduces the number of mouths they have to feed internally.

By the same token, it could also prove that Einstein is wrong.

 

rest assured 放心

You may rest assured before the night is finished, it will be taken care of.

You can rest assured that you're doing a thorough job if you give yourself a five-minute minimum requirement.

 

how come 怎么回事

How come there are no blacks running ball clubs?

All right. Sam, how come I don't hear from you? Sam? Where are you?

 

Silver lining 坏消息中的好消息

But Wall Street found a silver lining, as it usually does, investing in troubled companies.

I might suggest a kind of silver lining that may come from these negotiations.

 

compare notes商量,交换意见

 Then the two leaders will compare notes as to what they think should be the next step.

The corporate public relations staffs who write these things must compare notes, because the speeches are virtually identical.

 

rule of thumb单凭经验来做的方法 常规

It's a good rule of thumb to use the small ones only when absolutely necessary.

The first rule of thumb is to be certain that the pet you choose is healthy.

 

a touch of少许,一点

She feared a touch of sudden madness;

Maybe she is suffering from a touch of sunstroke;

 

pop the question 求婚

Now I'll get her drunk and then I'll pop the question.

If I think he's the right man for me, I'll pop the question myself.

 

take exception to 反对

Mary didn't take exception to being left behind.

Veteran deputies might take exception to his becoming the county's top lawman.

But, I take exception to having to give up your individuality.

 

clumsy of me我太笨手笨脚了

 I am so sorry! That was very clumsy of me! Are you all right?

So clumsy of whoever bumped into you.

 

cloud nine 极乐心境

It was the end of the world, and we were going out on cloud nine.

If he's not meditating on cloud nine, Yehudi Menuhin can often be found standing on his head.

 

in all probability 很可能,十有八九

And you're going to have a further decline in all probability in wage levels.

In all probability, " Sir Spider " was a nickname he'd picked up at school.

 

eyes glued to两眼盯在

Slim kept his eyes glued to the screen.

I disappeared down the trail, keeping my eyes glued to my feet.

 

foot the bill 付帐

I think it's the gentlemen who generally foot the bill for these clothes, right?

What will it cost to restore it, and who's going to foot the bill?

 

expose to 使暴露,受到;使曝光

he exposed himself to charges of racism

 By contrast, Mr. Gorbachev has never exposed himself to a popular vote.

 

All Ears 洗耳恭听

he knew perfectly well they were in the room and all ears.

If Charlie has a better idea, we're all ears

 

far from 远远不,完全不

The pain in his voice was oddly far from making her feel sorry

The McCaugheys are still far from becoming a traveling circus.

 

take...with a grain of salt 有保留地; 须打折扣地; 持保留[怀疑]态度

she advised me to take Old Johnny with a grain of salt.

The word normally has to be taken with a grain of salt

 

come to nothing 失败

that came to nothing, because Israel refused to accept any kind of compromise.

But that plan came to nothing.

 

you can say that again: 当然是这样的,没错

Boy, you can say that again. He is in big trouble.

 " You can say that again, " chorused several voices.

 

under the impression that: 有……的印象,认为(通常是错的)

 They are under the impression that the questions were too leading.

I was under the impression that you knew of her.

 

make sense 讲得通,有意义,言之有理

Wouldn't it make sense to have drug treatment available to all of them?

Does that make sense to you? Well, I don't feel that way.

 

Don't stand on ceremony: 别太拘束!

Let's not stand on ceremony.

when the family returned from church, and the hungry diners did not stand on ceremony.

 

Enough Is Enough 够了,够了 没法再忍受了

Don't have to face any more. Enough is enough.

Everybody knows when enough is enough.

 

moonlighting 兼职

How many Moonlighting's were done?

 He was sharing a bachelor pad, clerking for a railroad, moonlighting as a furniture mover.

 

You're not the only one 并非你独自一人

You are not the only one to remark on his eccentricity

 You are not the only one to be sceptical

 

make a difference: 有影响,起(重要)作用

   IT DOES MAKE DIFFERENCE FOR YOU TO GO TODAY OR TOMORROW.

你今天去还是明天去,这是不一样的.

The first lady daid she has come to realize that her role as the wife of the President of the United States gives her a platform to speak out when she thinks she can make difference.

第一夫人表示,她已渐渐认识到正是作为美国总统的妻子这一角色为她提供了一个平台,让她说出她的想法,使事情有所改善。

come as no surprise: 不足为奇

That is likely to come as a surprise to many pregnant women.

对许多怀孕妇女来说,无疑是一项突如其来的惊奇。

This limitation of static analysis should not come as a surprise.

不要对静态分析的这个局限性感到惊讶。

 

they were nowhere to be found: 无论在什么地方都找不到他们

The missing wallet is nowhere to be found.

丢失的钱包任何地方都找不着。

 

 let bygones be bygones既往不咎

 We'll just let bygones be bygones

We decided to let bygones be bygones

 

leave no stone unturned 千方百计

we think it's important that we leave no stone unturned in the search for peace.

President Bush said he would leave no stone unturned to promote economic growth.

 

leave nothing to be desired 完美无缺

these posh toilets leave nothing to be desired.

 

cost an arm and a leg 价格昂贵

you can do that's not going to cost an arm and a leg

I couldn't resist them, even though they cost an arm and a leg.

 

pull sb's leg: 开玩笑

Somehow, she pull his leg and she said,' What I will do without you?'

Come on. Don't pull my leg

 

Business before pleasure工作先于玩乐

My philosophy is to put business before pleasure.

 " Business before pleasure, " is one of his mottos.

 

keep up with the Joneses  和邻居比阔气;和别人比时髦

But for sheer longevity, it is hard to keep up with the Joneses.

Often, we try to keep up with the Joneses and what the media says is hot.

 

on the track 未离题

We don't hear his angry complaints, no dialogue is on the track.

 

have the upper hand 取得优势,占上风

Democrats have the upper hand in the defining game

Melanie says her boyfriends blame her and always have the upper hand.

 

dawn upon —渐被感知(理解)

the realization begins to dawn upon him

It began to dawn upon Jack that Lonnie was looking different these days.

 

What do you say to doing sth 你认为做某事怎么样

so what do you say to grabbing a quick bite?

What would you say to riding at the fair?

 

cost someone a sleepless night: 使...澈夜未眠

a bright idea that had cost me a sleepless night

 

The chances are that…… 很可能

The chances are that our team will finish at the top of the league table. As our remaining matches aren't too difficult.

由于我们队余下的比赛不太艰难,我们队在结束时有可能在联赛表上名列前茅。

Chances are that the flight will be late.

航班很可能要晚点。

 

last straw 忍耐的极限

That was the last straw for Darman

 I will be frank, yesterday's statements were the last straw.

 

last-resort 最后的手段

In the last resort we can always walk home.

大不了我们走回家就是了。

Shout only as a last resort.

呼喊只是最后选择使用的手段。

 

at the first opportunity 尽快

The President should seek Congressional support at the first opportunity

Meg and I will slip out at the first opportunity.

 

stand a chance of doing 有可能做

You can forget that! You don't stand a chance of getting the job.

算了吧!你没有机会得到那份工作的。

Even though he plays well, I still think he doesn't stand a chance of winning.

虽然他打的不错,我仍认为他没有希望赢。

 

come what may 不管发生什么事

We're going to stand with Gorbachev come what may.

there is going to be a Jewish state with a majority of Jews, come what may

 

hit on 忽然想到……,想出……

he'd hit on the spring festival

They'd hit on something big.

 

Why all the rush?为什么这样匆忙?

     

be no stranger to sth. 习惯于某种感情,经历状况等

My guest tonight is no stranger to Washington or to Wall Street.

McCain is no stranger to goings-on.

 

last but not least 虽居后但不失其重要性

And last but not least, the President is not going to be shut out of threshold delegates

And, last but not least, take a break from sex, as we mentioned before

 

 Come on! It's not the end of the world. It could happen to anybody.

(好啦!又不是世界末日,这种事任何人都可能会遇到。)

 

in the wake of 在…之后

 he became President Reagan's national security adviser in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal

But in the wake of that mess, young Petey Rose has discovered something good.

 

hands are tied被限制、很忙,走不开

their hands are tied because they don't have basic equipment

you can see my hands are tied

 

God helps those who help themselvesz: 天助自助者

 

green with envy 非常嫉妒

the pensions these guys have will make you green with envy

I knew they were green with envy

 

Once in a blue moon 难得一次,千载难逢

Listen, once in a blue moon they're allowed to be good

I had this very powerful reaction that happens once in a blue moon

 

Out of blue 出乎意料地,意外地

he called me out of blue to counsel me

he  gave me big, happy hug, and, straight out of blue

 

on the point of 正要...(的时候);正打算

he was on the point of starvation

I think he was on the point of breaking down

 

there is no doing不可能做

There is no denying that RU 486 is an eerie drug.

There is no stopping it.

 

at a loss 茫然,不知所措

I'm at a loss for words.

In fact, the cancellation of the ceremony seemed to leave everyone at a loss。

 

at sb's mercy:in the power of sb or dependent on sb

while your baby is awake, you're at his mercy

 I am at your mercy, Master

 

at sb's disposal 任…处理,供…使用

Saddam Hussein will have nuclear weapons at his disposal in a few years

We used some of the funds placed at my disposal to support his research at the hospital

 

under way 正在进行之中

And so a brand new phenomenon is under way in the United States.

 Those negotiations are under way

 

to my knowledge 据我所知

To my knowledge, there is no such idiom in English.

 To my knowledge, some computers have gone missing.

 

It goes without saying that不言而喻,理所当然

It goes without saying that this plan will not be enacted.

It goes without saying that a patient search would be preferable.

 

I can't agree with you more.

我完全同意你的看法。

 

cross one's mind 偶然想到

It would never cross my mind a person could be that violent

Did the thought cross my mind that it would be best for Vince to go?

 

Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you: 勿庸人自扰

 

It is not you but who you know that matters.你是谁不重要,重要的是你认识谁.

 

when it comes to 当提到

What's been the hardest part of this, when it comes to your family?

But of all those risk factors, when it comes to strokes, blood pressure is clearly the most important.

 

alive and kicking 活蹦乱跳

You'll be glad to hear that Bill is alive and kicking.

比尔现在精神饱满, 你听了一定很高兴.

 I am still alive and kicking!

我还是活跳跳的啊!

 

keep hope alive留点盼头

Relatives of the missing sailors are struggling to keep hope alive.

失踪船员的亲属们努力地使他们的希望不破灭。

 We must keep that hope alive.

我们必须达到目的。

 

to the effect that 大意是说

I remember other words, something to the effect that you would never meddle in my business.

the doctor must say something to the effect that that is not an avenue that ought to be considered.

 

drive home把钉入(使人理解)

I guess I'm supposed to drive this home.

 that's where the president's got to drive this home

 

To err is human. 人非圣贤,孰能无过。

 

an old head on young shoulders 少年老成

He has an old head on young shoulders.

他年轻时又有见识。

 Young Mark seems very knowledgeable and experienced for his age-definitely an old head on young shoulders.

年轻的马克似乎比同龄的人更有知识和经验-确切地说,他是一个年轻而有见识的人。

 

thought provoking 发人深思的

The story is thought provoking.

故事令人难以平静。

This is a timely, thought-provoking, and hopeful book about creating and maintaining peace.

 

 awareness raising 唤起意识

The Resolution will ensure even greater reach for awareness-raising activities throughout the diabetes world.

该决议更确保了在整个糖尿病世界中,受到更大的关注。

 

  The web site will be used as an awareness-raising tool and a clearing house to announce activities taking place at the national, regional and international levels.

该网站将作为提高认识的工具和宣布在区域和国际两级开展的活动的“信息中心”。

 

publish or perish不发表就完蛋

 

be reduced to 沦为

they've been reduced to fighting for bread and water in those camps

the fishermen are reduced to casting their nets in the shallow waters of the river delta

 

set people thinking: 发人深省

  The findings set off many people thinking.

这些发现引起许多人思索。

 

wishful thinking 如意算盘  痴心妄想

Let's not waste a precious second on wishful thinking or useless regrets. Life really is too short.

我们不要将宝贵的时间浪费在痴心妄想或作无谓的惋惜上,生命实在是太短暂了。

This might be just wishful thinking.

这可能只是一厢情愿罢了。

 

 

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