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习语集锦 第二十二辑

2006-07-29 10:46

  1. Earn an honest penny:

  make money honestly.以正当手段赚钱

  Example: Though once a prisoner, Tom is now earning an honest penny by being a regular truck-driver.

  2. Earn one's living:

  gain money by working.赚钱过生活

  Example: Some uneducated and unskilled people earn their living by doing manual work.

  3. Ears burn:

  feel embarrassed at hearing people talk about you.耳朵发烧(指遭人说坏话而难堪)

  Example: Jessie overheard people commenting badly on her and this made her ears burn.

  4. Ease off/up

  (on someone/something):

  become less strong, less severe.减轻、缓和

  Examples:

  (1)。 The toothache has eased off .

  (2)。 It looks as if the rain is beginning to ease off.

  (3)。 Tell them to ease up and not to work so hard.

  (4)。 Please ease off on the workers; they are getting tired.

  5. Facts and figures:

  precise information.精确的资料

  Example: In the report, please include all the facts and figures as long as they are true and reliable.

  6. Fade away/out:

  (i) become fainter.散开

  Example: The music in the hall faded away after a while.

  (ii)leave quietly.慢慢消失

  Example: She was so nasty that the interviewers faded her out and sent for someone else.

  7. Faint heart never won fair lady:

  a timid or discouraged person won't get the best of anything in life.怯懦的人永远博不到美人欢心

  Example: Try again! Faint heart never won fair lady, or anything worth having.

  8. Gain access to a place:

  enter a place.进入某处

  Example: You can gain access to the house through this gate.

  9. Gain/obtain currency:

  become widely known or very common; be believed or accepted.传开

  Example: Reports concerning bad government affairs often gain currency in foreign press.

  10. Handsome is as handsome does:

  a good heart is more important than good looks.行为美才是真美

  Example: He looks ugly, but he treats all very well. Handsome is as handsome does.

  11. Handy for something:

  near something; something is easily reached.离……很近(非常方便)

  Example: My apartment is in a convenient location handy for shops and other amenities.

  12. In a daze:

  in a confused condition.处于茫然状态

  Example: After the natural calamity, those who survived were in a daze.

  13. In a dream:

  in a state of mind in which one doesn't pay attention to the real world.生活在梦幻中

  Example: Some people are alert, but some are not and they seem to have lived in a dream.

  14. Jump for joy:

  show great pleasure.高兴得直跳

  Example: The moment she heard the good news getting the much-coveted job, she jumped for joy.

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