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习语集锦 第七辑

2006-07-29 10:51

  (1) Above all

  — most importantly

  — 最重要的;尤其

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

  (2) 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.

  (3) 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.

  (4) 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.

  (5) 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.

  (6) 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.

  (7) 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!”。

  (8) 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.

  (9) 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.

  (10) 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”。

  (11) 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.

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