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English in the News--Get a Kick Out of 覺得好笑,有趣

English in the News–Get a Kick Out of 覺得好笑,有趣

Get a kick out of: 覺得好笑,有趣 To get a sense of enjoyment, amusement or excitement from something. (If you get a kick out of something, you enjoy it very much.)  Examples: Even as an adult, I still get a kick out of building sand castles at the beach. She really gets a kick out of...Continue reading
English in the News--All Hands on Deck 全體出動,總動員

English in the News–All Hands on Deck 全體出動,總動員

All hands on deck: 全體出動,總動員(特別是指緊急情況) it’s used to say that everyone is needed in a particular situation (A call for all members of a ship’s crew to come to the deck, usually in a time of crisis. By extension, everyone available to help with a problem, or a call for those people to help) Examples:...Continue reading
English in the News--the Pot Calling the Kettle Black 五十步笑百步

English in the News–the Pot Calling the Kettle Black 五十步笑百步

The pot calling the kettle black: 五十步笑百步,鱉笑龜無尾 (鍋子說茶壺黑) It refers to the fact that both cast-iron pots’ and kettles’ bottoms turn equally black when hung over a fire, and thus the pot is accusing the kettle of a fault it shares. Example: You are judging me for wearing revealing clothing to a party? That’s the pot calling the kettle black,...Continue reading
English in the News—Hold One’s Feet to the Fire 施壓,逼迫

English in the News—Hold One’s Feet to the Fire 施壓,逼迫

Hold one’s feet to the fire—施壓,逼迫,究責 to pressure someone to consent to or undertake something (to maintain pressure on someone in order to induce him/her to comply with one’s desires, to make someone feet pressure or stress, to cause pain) (Or, to hold someone accountable for his/her actions) Examples: The only way you’ll get him...Continue reading
English in the News--Preach to the Choir 不必多費唇舌

English in the News–Preach to the Choir 不必多費唇舌

Preach to the choir: To convince people that are already convinced; to make one’s case primarily to one’s supporters (preach 傳道,傳教, choir 唱詩班) 白費唇舌 Examples: 1) Honestly, you’re preaching to the choir, but I just don’t have enough money now to donate. 2) Don’t waste your time telling us about the problem. That’s preaching to...Continue reading
English in the News--Tit for Tat 以牙還牙,一報還一報

English in the News–Tit for Tat 以牙還牙,一報還一報

  Tit for tat: (n.) an equivalent given in return (as for an injury); retaliation in kind; something bad that you do to someone because they have done something bad to you 以牙還牙;同等報復 A tit-for-tat action (Adj.用法) is one where someone takes revenge on another person for what they have done by doing something similar to them. 以相似手法回敬別人,一報還一報 Examples: 1) He...Continue reading
English in the News--Go Bananas 瘋了,興奮到抓狂

English in the News–Go Bananas 瘋了,興奮到抓狂

Go bananas (Go nuts): to become irrational or crazy, angry or excited, to lose control 抓狂,氣瘋,高興瘋了 Examples: 1) If I’m home late again my dad will go bananas. 2) She went bananas when I told her the news—she just couldn’t stop jumping up and down. (CNN, 2016/09/01) This Chinese Fruit Juice Stock is Going Bananas!...Continue reading
English in the News--Move the Goalposts 朝令夕改,改變規則

English in the News–Move the Goalposts 朝令夕改,改變規則

To move the goalposts: to unfairly change the rules or conditions of a procedure during its course 朝令夕改,改變規則 Examples: 1) A: I can’t believe the sales target has been changed again! B: Neither can I. It’s totally unfair! They keep moving the goalposts. 2) Many companies have, in recent years, moved the goalposts so that those...Continue reading
World Music Day 法國音樂節

World Music Day 法國音樂節

If you’re looking for a little exotic taste in food and music over the weekend, the Fete De La Musique, also known as the World Music Day, would be a great choice. Held at Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, the festival features live band performances and DJ, a French market and vendors offering French food...Continue reading
English in the News--Razzle Dazzle 炫目花招

English in the News–Razzle Dazzle 炫目花招

razzle dazzle:  1) noisy and noticeable activity or very colorful appearance, intended to attract attention 熱鬧鋪張,華麗誇耀的活動 Amid all the razzle-dazzle of the political party convention, it’s easy to forget what the real issues are. 2) elaborate action or maneuvers designed to deceive or confuse an opponent, as in a sports contest 炫技花招 It’s a team...Continue reading
English in the News-- Dodge a Bullet 躲過一劫,逃過一劫

English in the News– Dodge a Bullet 躲過一劫,逃過一劫

Dodge a bullet: To narrowly avoid something or some situation that turns out to be disastrous, dangerous or harmful; To have a narrow escape 躲過一劫,逃過一劫 Example: A: I heard John has become a drug addict and is living out of his car now. B: Gee, I broke up with him years ago. Looks like I...Continue reading
English in the News--  Kick the Can Down the Road 拖延決定

English in the News– Kick the Can Down the Road 拖延決定

Kick the can down the road: to postpone or defer a definitive action, decision, or solution, usually by effecting a short-term one instead, especially in politics  拖延決策,延緩決定 Example: It looks as though Congress is going to kick the can down the road again on the gun control issue, but they’ll have to find a solution...Continue reading