a big fish in a small pond 小地方的大人物
例句：In her hometown, she was a big fish in a small pond，but after she moved to New York, she was just only one among many millions.
a stone's throw 一箭之遥
例句： He lives only a stone's throw from here.
all gone 希望等的"消逝"， 物品等的"丢失"。
例句：My goodness! My bag is all gone.
Our hopes were all gone.
all for it 对别人的看法或意见"完全同意"，"完全赞成"
例句： Go ahead with your plan. I'm all for it.
all in all 常用的片语，表示"总的来说"，"总而言之"，
例句： He has his faults, but all in all, he is a good guy.
as clear as mud 不清晰，混乱
例句：Your explanation is as clear as mud.
as soft as down 柔软如绒毛
例句：I lay fast asleep on the couch, which was as soft as down, and did not wake until late in the morning.
at full blast 全速地；大规模地
例句：When we visited the place, work on the construction site was at full blast and all the workers seemed to be working very hard.
be above board 光明正大的
be crazy about 爱的发狂
例句： I am really crazy about Michael Jackson's rock'n'roll.
be for the birds 荒唐可笑的；毫无价值的
例句：Their opinions on art are simply for the birds.
beat it 叫人"走开"的口语，和"Be off!差不多，不过比后者更流行。
例句：He kept on bothering me, so I told him to beat it.
beat ones brains (out) 指做事困难，"伤透了脑筋"
例句：I beat my brains (out) to get a job.
beat sb to the draw 抢先某人行动
例句： Mary wanted to buy that painting by Picasso, but another millionaire beat her to the draw.
beat someone by miles 远强于某人
例句：When it comes to fishing, I beat him by miles.
例句：Tell me what's your beef?
before you know it 口语为"很快"。
例句：I come back before you know it.
behave yourself 劝人要有礼貌和行为检点，意思相同的口语还有"Watch you manner.""Watch your P's and Q's".和"Don't get fresh."
例句：Please behave yourself before the guests.
behind bars 坐牢
例句：The judge will put him behind bars for at least two years. 法官最低限度也会判他坐两年牢。
behind the scenes（behind the curtain） 幕后
例句：He is the man behind the scenes.
between ourselves 秘密地说
例句： Between ourselves, there are no secrets.
beyond the seas 在国外，在海外
例句： He had a good time when he was beyond the seas.
butt in 插手，介入
例句： Pardon me for butting in on your conversation, but this is important.
by and large 大体上，总的看来
例句： I cannot totally take your point，but by and large I think yours is reasonable.
call the shots 做决断
例句： To be a leader, you should know how to call the shots.
card up one's sleeve 锦囊妙计
例句：Bill always has a card up one's sleeve, so whenever faced up with a puzzle, he could find a way.
clown around 胡闹
例句： That boy is seldom serious about anything. He's always clowning around.
cook up 虚构
例句：I have to cook up an excuse for being late for class.
crocodile tears 鳄鱼的眼泪，假慈悲
例句： Don't shed crocodile tears over his misfortune, I know you hate him.
cry over spilled milk 为打翻的牛奶流泪, 做无益的后悔
例句： I know that you have lost your purse, but since it had happened, let it go, please don't cry over spilled milk.
down and out 穷困潦倒，孤苦无助
例句： People should lend him a helpful hand；he's really down and out.
eat like a bird 胃口小，吃的少
例句： Lily is very slim bacause she eats like a bird.
far and away 毋庸置疑
例句： Tom is far and away the best lecturer in our department.
for good 永远
例句： smoke less everyday, then you might be able to quit smoking for good.
get fired 炒鱿鱼
例句： The anchorman of the BBC network's evening news got fired.
get it (all) together 不慌不忙；沉着冷静
例句：I hope he gets it all together soon. His life is a mess.
get one's goat 使人发怒或厌恶
例句： It really got Mr. Brown's goat when he had to wait two hours to get his plane tickets.
get out of the bed on the wrong side 指平时脾气好的人突然变得很暴躁，难以相处
例句：What's the matter with you today? Have you got out of the bed on the wrong side.
give an ear to 听一听
例句： The owner of the factory gave an ear to the complaints
of the workers.
grasp at a straw 抓救命稻草
例句： The criminal tried to grasp at a straw by feigning mental disorder.
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