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习语集锦 第二辑

2006-07-29 10:53

  1. I beg to differ

  — I don't agree with you.

  — 恕我不能赞同

  Example: You may think that John should be offered the job, but I beg to differ. John has no practical experience and is not highly motivated.

  2. I/You bet

  — I am/ you are sure.

  — 我敢肯定;你可确信

  Examples: 1.The weather is fine. I bet it won't rain.

  2. You bet I'll arrive at the airport before everyone else.

  3. Jack-in-the-box, a

  — a person who fidgets or does not sit still.

  — 盒中的玩偶;比喻一个人静不下来

  Example: “Boy! Sit properly! Don't jump up and down like a jack-in-the-box.”

  4. Jack of all trades is master of none, a

  — person who can do many different kinds of work may not be good at any of them.

  — 博而不精的人

  Example: This chap repaired the television and installed the air-conditioner all in one day, but none of the work he did seemed reliable. Isn't he a jack of all trades master of none?

  5. Oblivious of/to something

  — unaware of something; not noticing something.

  — 未觉察某事;不注意某事

  Example: What is wrong with James? He seems completely oblivious of what has happened here.

  6. Odd man/one out, an

  — a person or thing different from a group or left out of it.

  — 与众不同的人或物

  Examples: 1. You had better learn to use a computer if you don't want to be an odd man out.       2. Look at the watch on the dining table! It is an odd one out.

  7. Pack of lies, a

  — something that is completely untrue.

  — 一派胡言

  Example: Don't listen to him! His story is a pack of lies.

  8. Pack someone off (to some place)

  — send someone away, usually quickly and without wasting time.

  — 迅速打发某人

  Example: The mother could not allow the children to sleep late, so she packed them off to bed at about 10p.m.

  9. Qualify as someone/for something

  — show that one is suitable for a profession, reaches a a standard, etc.

  — 具……的资格;合格于……

  Examples: 1. After years of hard work, Judie has qualified as a dentist.

  2. Our school is sure to qualify for the regional English debating competition.

  10. Quarrel with one's bread and butter

  — dislike the work by which one earns one's living.

  — 和自己的生计过不去

  Example: If you are against the authorities, you are quarrelling with your bread and butter and your family will be in trouble.

  11. Race against time/a race against time

  — hurry to do something before a certain time.

  — 尽快工作,按时完成

  Examples: 1. Being late, you have to race against time to finish the work by 5 p.m.

  2. I try to get this assignment done by Monday, but it will be a race against time.

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