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英语讲义【169】涉及时间的惯用语

2007-07-05 16:13陈清霖

  “时间”是生命中很受重视的东西;人人都爱惜时间,因此人人要把涉及“时间”的惯用语记起来,用出去。

  (1)In time for……及时到……/做……“If you go now, you will be in time for the meeting.

  (2)On time:准时的“Don't go to the examination late. Make sure you are on time.”

  (3)Pressed for time:时间不足“I must hurry up, I am pressed for time at the moment.”

  (4)Buy time:争取时间“There are ten seconds left, but Jordan carried the ball steadily to buy time instead of passing it out.”

  (5)For the time being:暂时地“The company has just been formed. For the time being, it is run by the company partners.”

  (6)From time to time:偶尔“They visited us from time to time, but we have never been to their house.”

  (7)In the nick of time:及时“All the passengers got on board in the nick of time.”

  (8)In no time:很快地“The police caught a thief and sent him to prison in no time.

  (9)Kill time:消磨时间“While waiting for my turn to do something, I often read something to kill time.”

  (10)Time and again:屡次“Motorists were warned time and again not to throw rubbish from their cars.”

  (11)Time alone will tell:时间可以证明一切“No one is certain if it is wise to emigrate to the West; time alone will tell.”

  (12)Time's up:时间到了“Time's up. Stop writing and hand in your answer books now.”

  (13)At the best of times:当情况最佳时“Samuel's Mandarin is not good at the best of times, not to mention when he has to speak if impromptu.”

  (14)At times:有时“life as a spinster or bachelor is care-free, but the problem is that he or she may feel lonely at times.”

  (15)Behind the times:过时的“Maggie's dressing style is a bit behind the times. She should try to keep up with the times by wearing fashionable dresses.”

  (16)Move / keep up with the times:赶上时代“Some people's mode of thinking is outdated.They should try to move with the times so as to better fit in the present society.”

  (17)The time is ripe for……的时机成熟了“The political leaders of the two countries have communicated with each other. Time is therefore ripe for closer cooperation.”

  (18)With time to spare:比预期时间早“As there was no traffic congestion, we reached the destination with time to spare.”

  (19)With time/Given time:假以时间“Don't feel depressed ! Things will improve with time.

  (20)For any length of time:短暂而已“Tom likes to work in different companies. Evidence shows that he has not held on to the same job for any length of time.”

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