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英语讲义【156】有动物的惯用语(下)

2007-07-05 15:38陈清霖

  我们之前曾举出了17个有动物的惯用语。这个星期再继续举出些例子,供大家参考。

  (1) Top dog:处支配地位者
  In the present world, why should a country, often a super power, sometimes act as top dog over other countries?

  (2) Go to the dogs:堕落;(经济)衰退
  No matter a business or a country, if it is not properly managed, it is sure to go to the dogs one day.

  (3) Do the donkey work:呆板的例常工作
  Jack is not a person to work with. He will just sit back and let you do the donkey work.

  (4) A sitting duck:容易被打击的对象
  Out in the open, the hunter is a sitting duck for unseen wild animals.

  (5) A cold fish:冷漠无情的人
  Among the guests at the same table was Dr Wee's wife, who looked unfeeling and was a real cold fish to me .

  (6) A fish out of water:如鱼离水;不适应
  Qi never likes to go to a party, without friends, as he will feel like a fish out of water there.

  (7) Have other fish to fry:另有更重要的事要干
  As I had other fish to fry yesterday, I was forced to decline David's invitation to a dinner.

  (8) There are plenty more fish in the sea:可供选择的人或事还很多
  Since Andrew had gone off with another girl friend, Laura couldn't care less, knowing that there were plenty more fish in the sea.

  (9) Cannot say boo to goose:羞怯
  When foreign students first came here, they could not say boo to a goose, but there is now no shortage of eloquent speakers and outspoken thinkers.

  (10) A wild-goose chase:徒劳的搜索
  To look for a pin in the sea? Isn't it tantamount to a wild-goose chase?

  (11) A guinea pig:被当实验的人或物
  Whenever there is a research or something innovative, someone or something will be used as a guinea pig.

  (12) Back the wrong horse:支持失败的一方
  Many spectators backed the wrong horse by favouring the British team, which lost to the German team.

  (13) A dark horse:实力难测的竞争者
  No one expected Jimmy to win, but he did win. He was a dark horse.

  (14) Change horses in mid-stream:半途改变主张,或支持另一方
  If you support a person, do so from the beginning to the end; don't change horses in mid-stream.

  (15) The lion's share of……:最大最好的部分
  When the old man died, the eldest son took the lion's share of the inheritance.

  (16) The rat race:激烈的竞争
  In the rat race of today's world, only the fittest survives.

  (17) A snake in the grass:潜伏的敌人
  There has often been something suspicious about William's behaviour and he has really turned out to be a snake in the grass.

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