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英语习语:高级--LESSON 38

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文章摘要: to land on ones feet : to recover safely form an unpleasant or dangerous situation ◆After a series of personal and professional difficulties, its amazing that George has landed on his feet so quickly. ◆Some young adults get into so much trouble a

to land on one's feet: to recover safely form an unpleasant or dangerous situation

◆After a series of personal and professional difficulties, it's amazing that George has landed on his feet so quickly.

◆Some young adults get into so much trouble at school that they are never able to land on their feet again. They drop out before graduating.

to dish out: to distribute in large quantity (S); to speak of others in a critical manner (S)

◆Mary's mom dished out two or three scoops of ice cream for each child at the birthday party.

◆Larry can't seem to take any criticism of his actions but he certainly likes to dish it out.

to get through to: to communicate with, to make someone understand (also: to break through to)

This idiom has the meaning of to make someone "catch on" (Lesson 29, eighth idiom, the first definition)

◆Some of the students in my reading class understand English so poorly that it is difficult to get through to them.

◆The doctors have never succeeded in breaking though to Mr. Ames, who is a silent and secretive patient.

to keep one's word: to fulfill a promise, to be responsible

An idiom with the opposite meaning is to break one's word.

◆Suzanne kept her word to me not to let on to others that I intend to step down next month.

◆Thomas always intends to keep his word, but invariably the end result is that he breaks his word. He just isn't capable of being a responsible person.

to be over one's head: to be very busy, to have too much to do (also: to be up to one's ears); to be beyond one's ability to understand

◆I'd love to take a week off for a hiking trip, but at the moment I am over my head in work. Maybe next week when I'm only up to my ears!

◆It was impossible for the tutor to get through to Bill about the physics problem because the subject matter was over Bill's head.

to ask for: to deserve, to receive a just punishment (also: to bring upon)

◆If you drink alcohol and then drive a car, you're only asking for trouble.

◆Don't complain about your cut in salary. You asked for it by refusing to heed our repeated warnings not to be late and inefficient.

to be a far cry from: to be very different from

◆I enjoyed visiting Seattle, but it was a far cry from the ideal vacation spot I expected.

◆Ned is enjoying his new job, but his responsibilities are a far cry from what he was told they would be.

by all means: certainly, definitely, naturally (also: of course); using any possible way or method

◆If the Johnsons invite us for dinner, then by all means we have to return the invitation. Of cause, we don't have to invite their children, too.

◆In order to ensure its survival, the ailing company has to obtain an infusion of cash by all means.

to get out from under: to restore one's financial security, to resolve a difficult financial obligation

◆After years of struggling to get ahead, the young couple finally got out from under their debts.

◆The ailing company, succeeding in obtaining the necessary cash, was able to get out from under its financial burdens.

to take the bull by the horns: to handle a difficult situation with determination

This idiom is usually used when someone has been postponing an action for some time and finally wants or needs to resolve it.

◆After three years of faithful service, Jake decided to take the bull by the horns and ask his boss for a raise.

◆Vic has been engaged to Laura for a long time now, and I know that he loves her. He should take the bull by the horns and ask her to marry him.

to give (someone) a hand: to assist, to aid, to help (also: to lend someone a hand) (S)

◆Would you give me a hand lifting this heavy box?

◆When Terry's car broke down at night on the highway, no one would stop to lend her a hand.

to give (someone) a big hand: to clap one's hands in applause, to applaud (S)

◆After the talented new vocalist had sung her number, the audience gave her a big hand.

◆Should we give a big hand to each beauty contestant is as she is introduced, or should we wait until all the introductions are finished?

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