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英语讲义【159】和数目字有关的惯用语

2007-07-05 15:41陈清霖

  英语的数目字惯用语,不多也不少。下面是些和“One, two, three”等有关的惯用语:

  (1) A back number(过期书刊,过时的人):
  (i) Mr Lim has left the cabinet and is now a back number.
  (ii) Sometimes, a back number costs more than a current number.

  (2) Look after number one(照顾私利):
  Max is very selfish, often looking after number one.

  (3) One's number two(坐第二把交椅的人):
  When David could not attend a meeting, he sent his number two to deputise for him.

  (4) At one time(从前有个时期):
  At one time, a few of us often had lunch together.

  (5) Back to square one(打回原形):
  Mr Su is not successful in business, so he is almost back to square one.

  (6) At one with…… (和……看法一样):
  Henry and Christine have never been at one with each other, no matter what the subject of discussion is.

  (7) One up on…… (比……有利):
  As your child has a better head start, he is one up on his peers.

  (8) It's all one to……(对……都没什么差别):
  To the seaside or to the park? It is all one to me as long as we go out today.

  (9) One of these days(最近):
  If Harry goes on littering, he will get into trouble one of these days.

  (10) In two minds about(对……三心两意):
  Irene is still in two minds about going to her former boy friend's wedding party.

  (11) It cuts both ways(有利也有弊):
  Jim asked Mary not to go to the party. But it cuts both ways. Mary now expects Jim to stay at home with her.

  (12) Put two and two together(根据事实推断):
  Since Susan is neither at home nor at work, Bob puts two and two together and guesses that she should be in the shopping centre.

  (13) On all fours(爬着):
  Infants are on all fours prior to learning to walk.

  (14) At sixes and sevens(乱七八糟):
  Tony moved to a new office where everything is still at sixes and sevens.

  (15) A nine days' wonder(轰动一时但很快被遗忘的事):
  Helen became a popular singer, but suddenly she disappeared. Her singing career was only a nine days' wonder.

  (16) Nine times out of ten(多数情况下):
  Judith thought that students liked her very much, but nine times out of ten she was wrong.

  (17)Ten to one(很可能):
  It is about 9 am. Ten to one, Christine will be late again for this morning's meeting.

  (18) A nine-to-five job(朝九晚五的工作):
  It is hard work to be a salesman but his work is freer than a nine-to-five job.

  (19) One of those things(不可避免的不幸事):
  During a recession, the inability to get a good job is just one of those things in life

  (20) One in a thousand(少有的人才):
  He relies a lot on his capable assistant, who is one in a thousand.

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