To sow wild oats - to have a good time as a young person before settling down to adult responsibilities

例句﹕"Like many young men, John wanted to sow some wild oats after graduating from college."

From soup to nuts - everything imaginable

例句﹕"The bridal shop has everything from soup to nuts when it comes to weddings"

To be a peach! - to be great﹗

例句﹕"My friend Susan was a peach to lend me ten dollars when I found I didn't have enough money for lunch."

Peachy keen - fantanstic

例句﹕"All the kids agreed that the movie was peachy keen."

To separate the wheat from the chaff - to separate the good from the bad, or the useable from the useless

例句﹕"The revised evaluation process was designed to separate the wheat from the chaff."

To work for peanuts - to have a low salary

例句﹕"Tired of working for peanuts, Tom applied for and obtained a better job."

Sour grapes - resentment and jealousy

例句﹕"Some people reacted negatively to Maureen's promotion, but she thought that it was just sour grapes."

A lemon - an automobile that is always breaking down because of poor workmanship

例句﹕"Convinced that his car was a lemon when it broke down for the third time in a month, Bill decided to return it to the dealer from whom he bought it."

To have your cake and eat it, too - a desire to have something both ways at once

例句﹕"Margaret, who enjoyed the convenience of living with her parents but longed for the independence of living in her own apartment, finally accepted the fact that she could not have her cake and eat it, too."

Crying over spilled milk - pointless regret over something that cannot be changed

例句﹕"Nicholas was upset that he had overslept and missed his job interview, but he decided that it was pointless to cry over spilled milk."

To spill the beans - to unwittingly reveal information

例句﹕"Tiffany had planned a surprise party for her husband's birthday, but her sister spilled the beans by mentioning it to him when she saw him at the market."

To bring home the bacon - to support one's family adequately

例句﹕"One of the reasons why Anne's parents approved of her new husband was the fact that he really brought home the bacon."

As easy as pie - very easy

例句﹕"Nicholas had expected to have great difficulty in learning the rules of American football, but he was surprised to find that it was as easy as pie."

Cream of the crop -the best

例句﹕"These puppies are the cream of the crop," said the breeder.

A finger in every pie -involved in everything, often to the annoyance of others

例句﹕"The new boss irritated some employees by seeming to want to have a finger in every pie."

Cool as a cucumber - maintaining calm in difficult circumstances

例句﹕"Debbie was nervous when the examination began, but her friend Sarah was as cool as a cucumber."

Cup of tea - something that appeals to one's personal taste

例句﹕"Peter declined the invitation to play cards, saying that it just wasn't his cup of tea."

To use your noodle -- to use your brain, i.e., think

例句﹕"It wouldn't seem so hard if you would just use your noodle," the teacher told the student.

To butter up -- to flatter

例句﹕"When Sylvia constantly praised her supervisor, some of her co-workers thought that she was just trying to butter him up."

To go bananas - to lose one's composure

例句﹕"Tony was worried that his parents would go bananas when they found out that he had put a dent in their car."

Like taking candy from a baby - an absurdly easy task

例句﹕"The dishonest salesman was so good at cheating customers that it was almost like taking candy from a baby."

To bear fruit -- to succeed

例句﹕"The Wright brothers worked diligently on their aeronautical research for years, confident that their hard work would eventually bear fruit."

Two peas in a pod -- exactly alike

例句﹕"Barry and his brother Gary looked so much alike that people often told them they were like two peas in a pod."

To eat humble pie -- to admit a mistake

例句﹕"The arrogant scientist had to eat humble pie when his efforts to invent a better rocket fuel caused an explosion."

In a nutshell - briefly summarized

例句﹕"In a nutshell, the overall position of the company has improved greatly in the past year," said the company president as he began his speech to the board of directors.

In the soup - in trouble

例句﹕"Rachel knew that if she did not finish her project on time, she would be in the soup."

In a pickle - in a difficult situation

例句﹕"Bob was in a pickle when his car broke down in a pouring rainstorm."

Big enchilada -- an important person

例句﹕"Elizabeth's election as president of her sorority confirmed the opinion of her friends that she was a big enchilada."

Cauliflower ear - an ear deformed by friction

例句﹕"The wresting coach insisted that his wrestlers always wear headgear, in order to avoid developing cauliflower ears."

Flat as a pancake -- very flat

例句﹕"The Great Plains are often described as flat as a pancake."

Nutty as a fruitcake - very eccentric or bizarre

例句﹕"The elderly man's behavior became so unusual that some of his neighbors considered him to be as nutty as a fruitcake."


製作日期: 2006.03.22 更新日期: 2006.03.22