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:take a rain check 改天吧


—— Can you come overfor dinner tonight? (今天晚上来吃饭好吗?)

—— I'm up to my earsin work,so I'll have totake a rain check.(我工作很忙,改日吧。)

: lost count 弄不清楚


—— Ever since yourgirlfriend moved to Bridgeport,youare always driving there.Howmany trips a week do you make anyway?(自从你的女友搬到Bridgeport,你老是开车去看她。一周去几次啊?)

——I have lost count,but I can do it with my eyes closed.(搞不清楚了, 但我闭着眼也能摸过去。)

: be in another world 精神恍惚;魂不守舍


—— Pete's really outof it these days.(Pete 这几天有点心不在焉。)

—— Yeah,I know.Ever since he met Ann,he's been in another world. (我同意。自从他遇见Ann,他就魂不守舍了。)

: make yourself at home 随意,随便

Model:[1999.8.(7)]—— Do youmind if I take off my jacket?(你介意我脱下夹克吗?)—— Of course not,make yourself at home.(当然不介意,随意一点!) : save your breath 省口气吧;别白费口舌了Model:[1995.10.(14)]

—— Hey? John! John!(,John! John!)

—— Save your breath.He"s out of earshot.(省口气吧。他已经听不到了。)

: make sense 有意义,理解


—— The plot of thatmovie is hard to follow.(那部电影的情节很难跟得上。)

—— It makes moresense the second time.(再看一遍就理解了。)

: cost sb.an arm and a leg 非常昂贵


——Did you see thediamond ring Bill gave to Linda?(你看到Bill 送给Linda 的钻戒了吗?)

——I sure did.It must have cost him an arm and a leg.(当然了。那一定很昂贵。)

:burn a hole in one's pocket 很快地被花光

Model:[1997.10 ]

——Have you savedenough to buy that new printer for your computer yet? (你攒足钱给你的电脑买一台新打印机了吗?)

——You know moneyseems to be burning a hole in my pocket lately . Maybe next month.(这几个月我花钱如流水。也许下个月吧。)

:fill one's shoes 很好地顶替;令人满意地替代


——Have you heardthat Professor Jones is retiring? (你听说Jones 教授要退休了吗?)

——Yes.The faculty won't find anyone to fill hershoes.(是的。学校将很难找到合适的人来代替她。)

:is ice cold 表示理所当然


——Does Prof.Ford always come to class? (Ford 教授总是来上课吗?)

——Is ice cold? (当然了。)

:like apples and oranges 用来表示无法相比的事物


——Which game do youthink is more difficult to learn,chessor bridge? (认为桥牌和象棋哪个更难学?)

——They are likeapples and oranges.(它俩没法比较。)

:look for a needle in a hay stack 大海捞针


——We are supposedto meet John here at the train station.(我们要在火车站接John)

——That's likelooking for a needle in a hay stack .(那可真是大海捞针。)

:lose one's train of 忘记


——When youinterrupted me,you made me losemy train of thought.(打断了我的思考,我忘记我在想什么了。)

:meet each other half way 相互妥协,让步


——My chemistryproject is in trouble because my partner and I had totally different ideasabout how to proceed.(我的化学课题出问题了。在进展问题上, 我与我的合作者意见完全不同。)

——You should try tomeet each other half way.(你们应该相互妥协。)

:on the dot 准时;正点

Model:[1992.8.]——Didyou and Amanda really meet exactly five minutes to two in front of

the theatre? (你和Amanda 确实在差5分两点的时候到达剧院门口了吗?) ——Yes,we were both there on the dot.(是的,我俩都准点到达。)

:once and for all 最后一次;干脆Model:[1996.1.]

——I am going totell that neighbor of mine to turn down that music once and for all.(我要最后一次告诉我那个邻居把音乐声关小。)

——I see why you areangry.But I've alwaysfound that the polite route is the most effective.(我明白你为什么恼火。但我总觉得礼貌的方式是最有效的。)

:out of earshot 不在听力所及范围

Model:[1995.10.]——Hey?John! John! (!John! John! )——Save your breath.He'sout of earshot.(省口气吧,他听不见。)

:out of this world 非常好


——Have you triedSusan's apple pie? (你试过Susan 的苹果派吗?)

——I got the lastpiece.And it was out ofthis world.(我拿到最后一块。好吃极了。)

:play by ear 随机应变,视情形而定


——Marty,are you doing anything special for yourpresentation in political science tomorrow? (Marty,你在为明天的政治学演讲准备与众不同的材料吗?)

——Not really,because the class so often turns into adiscussion,I've decided toplay it by ear.(不。那门课常常最后变成讨论。我决定视情形而定。)

: ring a bell 令人想起某件事;听起来耳熟

Model:[1992.10.]——Thatname just doesn't ring a bell with me.(那个名字我一点也不熟。)

:share a common outlook 有共同的观点

Model: [1991.1.]

——Jeff and Alanshare a common outlook on life.(Jeff Alan 对于生活有共同的观点。)

:six of one and half-a-dozen of the other 半斤八两;没什么区别

Model: [1989.1.]

——I can't decidewhether to take anthropology or geology this term.(决定不了这学期是选人类学还是地理课。)

——It's six of oneand half-a-dozen of the other.(两门无甚差别。)

:stick around 在附近逗留或等待

Model: [1995.5.]

——Leaving the partyso soon? We're just getting ready to cut the cake.(么早就要走?我们刚准备要切蛋糕。)

——Sorry,I can't stick around.(对不起,我不能继续待在这儿了。)

:stick with 继续做,坚持

Model: [1996.8.]

——I wonder whatthis new flavor of ice cream tastes like? (我想知道这种新的冰激凌是什么味道?)

——I tried it lastweek.If I were you,I would stick with an old favorite. (上周我吃过,若我是你,我会继续吃以前爱吃的那种。)

:straighten out 扯平;结清

Model: [1996.1.]

——I almost forgot.I still owe you ten dollars from the othernight.Do you havechange for a twenty? (我差点忘了。不久前的一个晚上我借了你10块钱, 到现在还没还呢,你现在能找开20元的吗?)

——Oh,not at the moment.Let's just straighten it out some other time. (,现在不能。以后再结清吧。)

:toss and turn (身体)翻来覆去(通常表示难以入睡)

Model: [1993.1.]

——Last night Itossed and turned in bed,tooexhausted to sleep.(昨晚我辗转反侧,怎么也睡不着)

:turn one's back (在别人遇到困难时)不愿帮助

Model: [1990.10.]

——He'll turn hisback on me if I ask for money.(我若向他借钱,他就会不理我。)

:under the weather 身体不适,生病

Model: [1996.10.(26)]

——It's good to seeyou,Mary.How have you been? (看见你真高兴,Mary你好吗?)

——Actually I havebeen feeling under the weather recently.(其实这两天我身子不大舒服。)