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    【160】和颜色有关的惯用语 - 英语讲义



    作者:欢乐鱼 阅读次数:5148


     
     
    和颜色有关的惯用语

      中文里的颜色词不少,与颜色有关的惯用语也很特出。英语也如此,下面便是些例子:


      (1) In the black 盈利:

    Having paid off all the debts, the company is now in the black.


      (2) In the red 亏损;负债

    On account of mismanagement and some unexpected bad debts, some financial companies are in the red.


      (3) Black and blue 青一块紫一块:

    The shop-keeper quarrelled with a rascal and was beaten black and blue.


      (4)The black sheep of the family败家子:

    Among Mr Brown's Children, Alex did not behave himself and eventually became a social outcast. He was the black sheep of the family.


      (5) In black and white 写出或印出:

    I don't want a verbal promise but an agreement in black and white.


      (6) Not so/ as black as one is painted 不如所形容的坏:

    Many people complained about Daniel's behaviour, but he was not as black as he was painted.


      (7) A bolt from the blue 睛天霹雳:

    The woman was shocked at the bad news, which came like a bolt from the blue.


      (8) In a blue funk 惊恐万状:

    Jenny has been in a blue funk since she failed in her first job interview.


      (9) Once in a blue moon 偶尔为之:

    For lack of leisure, some working people went shopping once in a blue moon.


      (10) Disappear/Vanish into the blue 突然消失:

    A bird was standing on a window sill. All at once, if flew away and disappeared into the blue.


      (11) Give ... greenlight to ... 批准……做……:

    The authorities have given our department the greenlight to purchase the equipment required.


      (12) Green with envy 非常妒忌:

    On hearing about Cathy's promotion, Jane is green with envy.


      (13) Catch ... red-handed 当场被捕:

    The shop-lifter stole something valuable and was caught red-handed.


      (14) Roll out the red carpet 隆重欢迎:

    When a foreign dignitary comes to visit the country, the government often rolls out the red carpet for him.


      (15) Cut the red tape 取消繁文缛节:

    If the authorities concerned can cut the red tape, a lot of work can be more quickly done.


      (16) See red 突然发怒:

    When Mrs Lin entered the guest room, it was in a mess; she saw red and scolded the maid for not tidying it up


      (17) Turn as white as a sheet 脸色变得很苍白:

    When the car driver received a traffic police's summons, he turned as white as a sheet.


      (18) A white lie 善意的谎言:

    As Jenny did not want to go to Tom's party, she told him that she was busy. Such a white lie is better than hurting his feelings in other ways.


      (19) A white-collar worker 白领工人:

    A secretary is a white-collar worker, while road repairing is a blue-collar job.


      (20) A grey area 含糊不清之处:

    The motorists backed their cars and knocked against each other. Who was in the wrong? It's a grey area, isn't it?





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