Common English Idioms

1.  24/7: Twenty-four hours a day; seven days a week; all the time; constantly. 

     24/7: 每时每刻

24/7

eg. My little sister irritates me 24/7!

我的小妹妹每时每刻激怒我。

2. A short fuse: A quick temper. 

    短保险丝:脾气暴躁

eg. Jamie is known for his short fuse; just a few days ago he screamed at his coach for not letting him play.

杰米(Jamie)以他的脾气暴躁而闻名。就在几天前,他因为不允许他参加比赛而对教练大喊大叫。

 

3.  A taste of your own medicine: Bad treatment deservedly received for treating other people badly. 

    尝一尝自己的药:由于对他人的不良对待而应受到的不良对待.

 

 

eg. After constantly being prank-called, Julian decided to give Juan a taste of his own medicine and ordered twenty-seven pizzas to be delivered to Juan’s house.

经过不断的恶作剧之后,Julian 决定让 Juan 感受一下自己的所作所为,并下令将27个比萨饼运到 Juan 的家中。

 

4. Butterflies in my stomach: To be nervous. Liam had butterflies in his stomach before he went on stage to play the violin.

    肚子里的蝴蝶:会紧张

 

 

eg. Liam had butterflies in his stomach before he went on stage to play the violin.

利亚姆在舞台上拉小提琴之前,就紧张了。

 

5.  By the skin of your teeth: To just barely get by or make it. Lester made the dance team by the skin of his teeth; you can tell he hasn't been dancing jazz for very long. 

    靠牙齿的皮肤:勉强做到

eg.Jack 勉强从燃烧的建筑中逃生。

 

6.  Cat got your tongue?: Can’t you speak? (Usually said to embarrass the other person). I just saw you kissing my boyfriend. What’s the matter? Cat got your tongue?

    猫抓住了你的舌头了?你不会说话了吗?

 

eg. What’s the matter? Cat got your tongue?

怎么啦?你不会说话了吗?


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