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    【156】有动物的惯用语(二) - 英语讲义



    作者:欢乐鱼 阅读次数:1085


     
     
    有动物的惯用语(二)

      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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