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英语习语集锦(二)

英语习语集锦(二)
hang in the balance  未见分晓
例句: After the surgery, the patient became very sick and her life hung in the balance for nearly a week.
手术后,那个病人非常虚弱,将近一个星期他的生命在垂危中。

hang-up  (情感上的)障碍, 大难题
例句: Mary has a real hang-up about cats and doesn't like to be in the same room with them.
玛丽对猫有一种摆脱不掉的厌烦,因此不愿意和猫在同一个房间。

high and dry  被抛弃的,处于痛苦之中的
例句: George took all the money away and left his companions high and dry,with nothing to buy the tickets.
乔治带走了所有的钱,把他的同事抛弃了,连买车票的钱也没有。

high and low  到处
例句: I looked high and low for my pen,but I couldn't find it anywhere.
我到处找我的钢笔,但我怎么也找不到它。

hit upon  偶然想出
例句: He crouched there for a long time before he hit upon a plan to defeat his antagonist.
他蹲在那里很长一段时间后,突然想出了一个挫败他对手的计划。


in a bind  窘迫
例句: when he asked me to marry him, I felt in a bind.
当他向我求婚时, 我感到很窘迫。

in the dog house  窘迫,陷入困境
例句: The whole team was in the doghouse because they lost the game.
由于输掉了比赛,整队都陷入困境。

in luck  幸运
例句: Mary dropped her glasses and they did not break, so she was in luck.
玛丽的眼镜掉在地上而没有摔坏,所以她是幸运的。

ins and outs  错综复杂事物的因果
例句: After careful investigation, he got to know the ins and outs of the accident.
经过仔细的调查,他终于弄清了事件的前因后果。

It's in God's hands  听天由命
例句: It's in God's hands and we have prepared for the worst.
听天由命吧, 我们已经做最坏的准备了。


Lay stress on / upon  着重,重视
例句: In his speech Mr. Brown laid stress on the sagacity of cats.
布朗先生在他的讲座里强调了猫的灵性。

let sleeping dogs lie  莫惹是非
例句: Don't tell the teacher what you have done. Let sleeping dogs lie.
不要告诉老师你做了什么。莫惹是非。

lose one's temper  发脾气
例句: he lost his temper when he broke the key in the lock.
他把钥匙弄断在锁里了,就发起了脾气。


make ends meet  使收支平衡
例句: I have to take two part-time jobs at the same time to make ends meet.
为了收支平衡, 我不得不同时作两份兼职。

make use of  使用,利用
例句: He will make use of all the odds and ends.
他会利用所有这一切零碎东西。

monkey business  胡闹
例句: he told the boys to quit their monkey business, or he would call a teacher.
他告诉那些男孩子不要再胡闹,不然他就叫老师。