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习语集锦 第二十一辑

2006-07-29 10:46

  1. Acid test, an:

  a way of proving whether something is true or not.决定性考验

  Example: The joint military exercise is seen as an acid test of the cooperation among the countries concerned.

  2. Acquaint someone/oneself with something:

  inform someone of something/make someone familiar with something.使某人认识某事物

  Examples:

  (1) We have to acquaint a new worker with the conditions here.

  (2) As the company's consultant, you must acquaint yourself with its development plans.

  3. Acquiesce in something:

  agree to do something; accept something quietly.同意某事;默许

  Example: After a long time of consideration, the government has finally acquiesced in the open-door policy.

  4. Be-all and end-all of something, the:

  the whole of something.某事的全部

  Example: Learning how to take orders is not the be-all and end-all of good secretarial work. There are more important things to do.

  5. Be that as it may:

  even so. 即使如此

  Example: I know some of you don't like Anna, but be that as it may, you can at least greet her every day.

  6. Bear a grudge against someone/bear someone a/no grudge:

  have a/no feeling of anger, dislike, etc. of someone.对某人怀恶意/无恶意

  Examples:

  (1) Tony bore a grudge against Aileen because she got the job he wanted.

  (2) I don't bear anyone a grudge.

  (3) I bear him no grudge. Why is he so hostile?

  7. Can't/Couldn't go wrong:

  sure to make a success of something or not make any mistake.错不了

  Example: You know the ways and means, don't you? You just can't go wrong.

  8. Can't hear oneself think:

  one is irritated by too much surrounding noise.听不到自己在想什么(喻周遭太吵闹)

  Example: Everyone in the lobby kept talking louder and louder until I couldn't hear myself think.

  9. Can't help but do something:

  unable to choose any other course or action.不得不

  Example: Since there is no taxi in this area, we can't help but walk back home.

  10. Death is the great leveller:

  death makes us all equal.“死亡”是伟大的平等主义者

  Example: As there won't be any distinction between wealth and poverty, greatness and humbleness, etc. among the dead, death is the great leveller.

  11. Death to someone/something:

  bad for or fatal to someone/something.

  对……很不好/致命的

  Examples:

  (1) This type of detergent is death to my sensitive skin.

  (2) Living in such a city is death to hysterical people; it was too noisy there.

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