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英语讲义【166】与日、夜相关的惯用语

2007-07-05 16:09陈清霖

  每天都要经历的“日”和“夜”与惯用语的关系也很密切,下列例句足以为证:

  (1)All night long: 整夜
  Some stores stay open all night long.

  (2)Call it a day: 一天工作完毕
  Every day, we have class from 9am and will call it a day at 4.30pm.

  (3)Day after day: 每天
  Schooling could be very boring, as the students do the same things day after day.

  (4)Day in day out: 一天又一天
  Henry wears the same old jeans day in day out. Isn't he going to buy some new clothes ?

  (5)For a rainy day: 为困难的日子作准备
  When a person gets older, he will realise the importance of saving for a rainy day.

  (6)In this day and age: 在现在这时代
  In this day and age, no one can expect to get something out of nothing.

  (7)Have an off day: 不大成功或顺利的一天
  Tom did not do well in yesterday's test.He considered him unlucky euough to have an off day.

  (8)The order of the day: 一般的惯例
  In a petroleum station here, payment by credit card is the order of the day.

  (9)The other day: 几天前
  I bumped into an old friend the other day.

  (10)To this day: (指日期)准确地
  It is 40 years to this day that I left university.

  (11)Have seen better days: 曾经历过好日子
  Palmer was departmental head in that university before he came here. He has seen better days.

  (12)Some day: 将来
  Everyone hopes to be great some day.

  (13)One's days are numbered: 末日将临:
  Under computerisation, unskilled workers become redundant. Their days in a company are numbered.

  (14)Carry the day: 胜利的一天
  Our team lost at first, but later, it carried the day with two goals to one.

  (15)Someone's day: 幸运的一天
  Jim was promoted. Furthermore, he was given a performance bonus yesterday. It was his day.

  (16)Take a day off: 休息一天
  Janet was unwell and took a day off.

  (17)Have a night out: 夜间出去消遣
  It's time to have a change. We must have a night out at the weekend.

  (18)A night owl: 迟迟不睡者
  The moment Jack entered the university, he was a night owl.

  (19)At the dead of night: 深夜
  Our managerial officers attended the emergency meeting at the dead of night.

  (20) Save the day: 使情况变佳.
  Frank saved the day by kicking in a goal during the last five minutes of the match.

  (21)Every dog has its day: 凡人都有得意日
  I have seen ordinary people suddenly become important. This is a case of every dog has its day.

  (22)What is done by night appears by day: 若要人不知,除非己莫为
  Crime does not pay. Criminals will be found out. That's why we say : What is done by night appears by day.

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