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11、no point 没理由

A:There’s no point in losing temper on me. It’s unfair!
B:What did you do to him?
A:If I did something bad, I wouldn’t blame him for getting angry with me. The point is that I did nothing wrong.
B:Maybe he thought you reported him to the manager.
甲:没理由向我发火。这太不公平了!
乙:你对他怎么了!
甲:如果我做了坏事,我不会怪他生我的气。可事实是,我没做什么错事呀。
乙:说不定他以为是你向经理打了小报告。

12、fat change(反语)微小的机会;极少的可能

A:I think it was Jason who stole my document.
B:Fat chance!
A:He’s the only one who left here late.
B:I know him. He’ll never do that sort of thing.
甲:我觉得是詹森偷了我的文件。
乙:不会的。
甲:他是唯一一个走得晚的人。
乙:我了解他,他决不会干这种事儿。

13、mark time 原地踏步;停顿

A:Why did we stop?
B:No, we didn’t really stop. We just marked time.
A:Marked time?
B:Yeah, we have to pause until we get approval.
甲:我们为什么停下来?
乙:不,我们并没有真的停下来。我们只是原地踏步。
甲:原地踏步?
乙:是的。我们不得不暂时停下待命。

14、have seen better days 有过好日子

A:Look, Mrs. Thomas is such a beauty in her early eyes.
B:But Mr. Thomas is short, skinny and ugly.
A:Why do you think Mrs. Thomas married him?
B:He’s certainly very poor now, but I think he’s seen better days.
甲:看,托马斯夫人年轻时这么漂亮。
乙:可托马斯先生又矮、又瘦、又丑。
甲:你猜他为什么要嫁给他?
乙:他现在固然很穷,可我想他有过好日子。

15、a storm in a teacup 风波;小事引起的轩然大波;小题大做

A:The husband can’t understand why his wife got angry so easily.
B:He’s too careless maybe.
A:No, it’s not that. Actually it’s a storm in a teacup. I also thought it’s the women who is to blame.
B:Anyway the man has to consider his wife’s feelings.
甲:丈夫不明白他妻子为什么那么容易生气。
乙:可能他太粗心了。
甲:不是,不是因为这个。实际上她是小题大做,我也觉得是他妻子不对。
乙:不管怎么说男人应该考虑作妻子的情绪。

16、the last straw 忍无可忍

A:That was the last straw!
B:Why did you say that? Did your girlfriend do anything wrong?
A:She refused to see me. She must have fallen in love with another guy.
B:I don’t believe it. Talk with her, will you? There must be some misunderstanding between you.
甲:真是让人忍无可忍!
乙:你为什么这么说?你女朋友做什么错事了吗?
甲:她拒绝见我,她一定是爱上别人了。
乙:我不相信。和她谈谈,好吗?你们之间一定是发生什么误会了。

17、make a clean breast of….忏悔

A:You’re restless. Are you in trouble?
B:I’ve done something I shouldn't
A:Then make a clean breast of it, you will feel released.
B:I’ve not decided yet.
甲:你老是不安?有麻烦吗?
乙:我做了件不该做的事。
甲:那就彻底忏悔一下吧。你会感觉轻松一些的。
乙:我还没决定呢。

18、to my way of thinking 依我看来…..

A:To my way of thinking, I think you behaved rudely before your dad.
B:I couldn’t keep my temper then, poor dad, he must be very sad.
A:How about apologizing now?
B:I hope he can forgive me.
甲:依我看来,你在你父亲面前表现得太无礼了。
乙:当时我控制不住。可怜的爸爸,他一定很难过。
甲:现在去向他道歉怎么样?
乙:我希望他能原谅我。

19、the same… as 同….一样

A:Jim, is this the bike you lost?
B:Let me see. No, mine has a special symbol on it.
A:This is the same bike as yours, I think. I can’t tell the difference.
B:If you were the owner, you could.
甲:吉姆,这是你丢的那辆自行车吗?
乙:让我看看。不是,我的车上面有个特别的标记。
甲:我想这辆车和你的很像。我看不出有什么区别。
乙:如果你是车主,你就能看出区别了。

20、the benefit of doubt (在证据不足情况下)假定某人无辜

A:Who did it?
B:Don’t be so angry, Henry?
A:It must be Robert.
B:Maybe Robert did it, maybe he didn’t. If I were you, I would give him the benefit of the doubt. It’s not so important anyway.
甲:这是谁干的?
乙:亨利,别发那么大的火好不好?
甲:准是罗伯特干的。
乙:也许是罗伯特干的,也许不是。如果我是你,我就先假定不是他干的。不管怎么说这件事也没什么大不了的。

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