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容易被误解的英语俚语:千万别“望文生义”

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发表于 2018-11-17 13:01:12 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
  俚语篇已经写过多次了,今天依然延续“望文生义”风格,看看这些容易被误解的表达。
          前两天看到一篇文章里出现了for a song,但是上看下看都觉得这主题跟音乐没有一毛钱关系。“为了一首歌”?完全对不上意思,查询之后才发现for a
song表示“廉价的”。
          这大概就是语言学习的乐趣之一,熟悉的词在一起组成全新的意思,了解它们不仅有助于日常交际,还更显地道。
          1
          CHANGE YOUR TUNE / SING A DIFFERENT TUNE
          改变了看法或主意。
          You've definitely changed your tune since the last time I saw you! You used
to hate this town!
          自从上次见面以后,你的态度就变了!原来你很讨厌这个城市的!
          2
          FACE THE MUSIC
          不得不接受负面后果
          I'm not ready to face the music. I need to figure it out for myself before
I speak to them.
          我还没准备好面对这一切。和他们说话之前,我自己要弄清楚。
          3
          PLAY BY EAR
          随机应变,在没有指南或规定的情况下,即兴处理某事。
          I don't know what I'm going to say when she gets here, I'll just play it by
ear.
          待她来时,我不知道自己要说些什么,随机应变吧。
          4
          SEE YOU ON THE BIG DRUM
          用来对孩子说晚安。
          Okay, get some sleep now. See you on the big drum.
          好啦,该休息啦。晚安。
          5
          AS CLEAN AS A WHISTLE
          指某物非常干净。
          He may come across as someone who could’ve been involved in that robbery,
but I have checked his records and they’re as clean as a whistle.
          他让人觉得极像上次参与劫案的劫匪,可我查了他的档案,并没有什么不良记录。
          6
          CALL THE TUNE
          发号施令,用于描述做重大决定之人。
          I'm afraid I can't help you sir. Barbara calls the tune around here, so
you'd have to speak to her.
          恐怕我帮不上什么忙,先生。这里芭芭拉说了算,你可以跟她谈谈。
          7
          WHISTLE FOR IT
          痴心妄想:如果有人对你说这句话,那么这意味着他们认为你一定得不到自己想要的东西。
          You can whistle for it as much as you like, this is an heirloom of our
family and will stay with us!
          随便你怎么想,这是我们的传家宝,你休想得到!
          8
          CLEAR AS A BELL
          形容某事十分清楚、便于理解。
          His instructions were as clear as a bell, everyone knew exactly what they
were supposed to do.
          他的指示十分清楚,每个人都知道自己应该做什么。
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