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3. Get off on the wrong foot

想要了解这个片语,我们首先要来看一下get off on the right foot,这个片语的意思是"建立一个良好的开端/良好的关系",例如:It's important to get off on the right foot in this new job. 那么作为它的反义词,get off on the wrong foot的意思就是"关系不好,糟糕的开端",例如:I'm afraid we got off on the wrong foot with our daughter's in-laws.

这两个片语中的get off 也常作start off。

4. Tie up some loose ends

意思是"finish the remaining business 处理余下的事情",例如:You can go now. Let me tie up some loose ends.

文化面面观

Conjugal Visitation in the United States 配偶探视

In the United States, a conjugal visit is a scheduled visit during which an inmate of a penal institution is permitted to have sexual intercourse with a visitor in a closely controlled setting. It is generally stipulated that this visitor be a spouse. The generally recognized basis for permitting such a visit is that, even though the inmate has lost their rights with incarceration, their spouse still has the right to enjoy sexual intimacy, and should not be required to divorce or commit adultery in order to enjoy conjugal rights.

Inmates must meet certain requirements to qualify for this privilege, e.g. no violation of the rules in the last six months, history of good behavior, etc. Also the visitor may be required to undergo a background check before a conjugal visit. The inmate must also be free of any sexually transmitted diseases. The practice is usually restricted to minimum security facilities. During the visit, the inmate and visitor are usually led to a special private location, often a trailer or dedicated room, and often provided with certain supplies, such as soap, condoms, tissues, sheets, pillows, and towels. As a matter of procedure, both visitor and inmate are searched before and after the visit, to ensure that the visitor has not attempted to sneak any items in or out of the facility.

Over the last 40 years, most new prisons included special buildings specifically designed for "Sunday visits." Today, conjugal visitation programs, also known as the Extended Family Visit, only survive in six states: California, Connecticut, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York and Washington.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons does not allow conjugal visits.

The concept of the conjugal visit, like many other features of prison culture, has achieved mythic status in popular culture. An example of this mythic status is found in movies like Office Space.

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