1 a change of pace 节奏变换 You can’t do thesechemistry experiments all day long. You certainly need a change of pace.
2 a far cry from 相距甚远 The published book is far cry from the earlymanuscript.
3 and how 的确 A: She’s a good dancer. B: and how.
4 a matter of time 时间问题 It is only a matter of time.
5 a phone call away 一个电话之远，愿意过来帮忙。 If you need my help, do let me know. Justremember I am a phone call away.
6 a while back 不久以前
7 all along 一直 I knew it all along.
8 anything but 绝对不 I was anything but happy about going.
9 account for 解释 How do you account for it?
10 after all 到底
A: I’ve just seen the X-raysand your teeth look just fine,
B: I see. Then there is nothing to worry about afterall.
11 allergic to 对|……过敏 Oh man! Something in this room ismaking my eyes itch. I must be allergic to something.
12 at sb’s service 愿为某人服务 I am at your service at anytime.
13 around the clock 24小时不停 Martha studied around the clock for managementexam.
14 as far as I know 就我所知
15 at home with 对…..很熟悉 She is at home with problems likethis.
16 back out
A: Wasn’t Bert supposed tosing tonight?
B: Yes, but he backed out at last minute
2)不履行 She finally backed outof her promise.
17 be cut out for 天生适合 I’m not cut out to be ahero.
18 be absorbed in She has been absorbed in a horror fiction. I can’t tear heraway.
19 be addicted to 对……上瘾 She has been addicted to drugs for years.
20 be attached to 对……有感情
A: I’m amazed that you arestill driving that old car of yours. I thought you would have gotten rid of ityears ago.
B: It runs well and I’veactually been quite attached to it.
21 back up
1)累积 The subway is runningbehind schedule, and traffic is backed up for blocks. I don’t know if we’ll make the 6:30 show.
2)支持 I’ll back it up.
22 be bound for 到……地方 The bus is bound for New England.
23 be (feel) myself 找到自我 I’m feeling myself again.
24 be burned up 生气 She was really burned up at the news.
25 be hard up for I’m hard up for clothes, but I have a lot of books.
26 be head and shoulders above 好许多 In calculus, Joe is head and shoulders above hisclassmates.
27 be in the dark 蒙在鼓里
A: Do you have any idea what his notice is about?
B: I’m as in the dark as youare.
28 be stuck 卡住了 I can’t get this window open. It’s stuck.
29 bite off more than one can chew. 贪多嚼不烂
A: I hear you’re taking anadvanced physics course this semester.
B: I think I’ve bitten offmore than I can chew.
30 break new ground 有了新的突破 His architectural design broke new ground in thefield.
31 benefit concert 慈善音乐会 We need to let everyone know about the benefitconcert, but we don’t have much money for advertising.
32 busy signal 占线 I’ve been calling David for the past halfhour, but I keep getting a busy signal.
33 between you and me 你我之间，保密
34 call for
A 打电话找 Tom just called foryou.
B 预报 The forecast calls forheavy rain again tonight. Aren’t you glad we’ll be getting away from this for a week?
C 问 It’s probably in the new part of town. We’llhave to call for directions.
35 call it a day 就此结束
A: I’m really glad our clubdecides to raise money for the children’s hospital, andmost of the people we’ve phoned seemed happy tocontribute.
B: Yeah, I agree. Now we’vegone through all the numbers on our list now, so I guess we can call it a day.
36 cash the check 兑现支票 Have your sister cashed her paycheck?
37 clear off 收拾，整理 It’s about time we clear off the desk.
38 come down (雨，雪)下起来 The heavy rain is coming down, now.
39 come in first in the race 比赛第一名 Not only did Jill come in first in the race butshe also had her best running time of the season.
40 come what may 不管怎样 We’ll pick you up tomorrowat eight, come what may.
41 cost somebody an arm and a leg A: Did you see the diamond ring Billgave to Linda? B: I sure did. It must have cost him an arm and a leg.
42 cut it out 闭嘴 I told you to cut it out.
43 be cut out for 生来时做……的 Dr. Hamilton doesn’tfeel Larry is cut out for the medical profession.
44 department chair 系主任 I didn’t write that memo tothe department chair.
45 dirt cheap 非常便宜 A: You’ve already furnished your apartment?B: I’ve found some used furniture that was dirt cheap.
46 do with 用…..凑合; do without 没有……也行 You can do with your girlfriend. You can do without your girlfriend
47 dog tired 特别累，同义：run down; worn out; out of steam I’m dogtired these days. I’m working on seven articles.
48 down jacket 羽绒服
49 drive somebody up the wall 让某人发疯;同义：drive somebody out ofone’s mind The sound of all that raffic is driving meout of my mind.
50 fall back on 依赖
A: Were you able to understand that French novelwithout any help from the teacher?
B: I did pretty well, but I had to fall back on mydictionary occasionally.