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英语习语:高级--LESSON 32

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文章摘要: to step in : to become involved or concerned with something; to enter a place for a brief time (also: to step into) ◆When the children started fighting on the play-ground, a teacher had to step in and stop the fight. ◆The supervisor asked one of

to step in: to become involved or concerned with something; to enter a place for a brief time (also: to step into)

◆When the children started fighting on the play-ground, a teacher had to step in and stop the fight.

◆The supervisor asked one of the employees to step in her office for a moment.

◆Would you step into the hallway so that I can show you the information posted on the bulletin board?

to step down: to retire or leave a top position, to resign

◆Next May the principal will step down after thirty-five years of service to the school.

◆The angry shareholders wanted the company president to step down because of the stock scandal.

to step on: to treat severely, to discipline; to go faster, to work more quickly

For the second definition, the idiom is followed by the pronoun it.

◆Sometimes it's necessary to step on children when they do something dangerous.

◆We're going to be late for the movies. You'd better step on it!

a steal: very inexpensive, a bargain

This idiom is often used in an exclamation using what.

◆I can't believe that I paid only $2,000 for this three year-old car. What a steal!

◆Scott considered it a steal when he bought a complete bedroom set for only $99.

to play up to: to behave so as to gain favor with someone

◆The other students in the class resent Jim because he plays up to the teacher in order to get better grades.

◆When my children asked me to go shopping for a new video game, I knew why they had been playing up to me all morning.

more or less: approximately, almost; somewhat, to a certain degree

◆Although your bedroom feels smaller, it's more or less the same size as mine.

◆Ted more or less agreed with our decision to put off the meeting until more members could show up. At least he didn't object strongly.

to screw up: to confuse, to scramble (S); to cause problems in (S)

◆Chris had trouble finding Jane's apartment because the addresses of the buildings screwed him up.

◆Instead of fixing the television set, the technician screwed it up even more.

to goof up: to perform badly, to make a mistake (also: to mess up, to slip up)

◆I really goofed up on the exam today; did you mess up, too?

◆Karen slipped up when she forgot to deposit money into her checking account.

to go off the deep end: to get very angry and do something hastily

◆Just because you had a serious argument with your supervisor, you didn't have to go off the deep end and resign, did you?

◆When Dan's wife demanded a divorce, he went off the deep end again. This time he was shouting so that the whole neighborhood could hear.

to lose one's touch: to fail at what one used to do well

◆Milton used to be the best salesman at the car dealership, but recently he seems to have lost his touch.

◆I used to play tennis very well, but today you beat me easily. I must be losing my touch.

in hand: under firm control, well managed

◆The copilot asked the pilot if he had the plane in hand or whether he needed any help navigating through the severe thunderstorm.

◆The police officer radioed to the station that she had the emergency situation in hand and didn't require any assistance.

on hand: available, nearby

This idiom is often followed by in case.

◆I always keep some extra money on hand in case I forget to get cash from the bank.

◆The concert organizers arranged to have some security guards on hand in case there were any problems during the performance.

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