1 Drive a hard bargain 极力讨价还价
To have the negotiating strength and skills to get the most advantageous price and conditions
Example: Amanda is negotiating the best price from the suppliers. She drives a hard bargain.
2 Tighten one’s belt 节衣缩食
To cut down on spending because there is less income than before
Example: Now you are out of work, you’ll have to tighten your belt and give up buying new clothes and going out so often.
3 Cost an arm and a leg 极其昂贵 To be very expensive
Example: I love that fur coat. However, I don’t think I’m going to buy it because it costs an arm and a leg. 4 A bad egg 缺乏道德的人
Somebody who has no moral principles and should be avoided
Example: You mustn’t lend Tim money, he’s a bad egg. You’ll never see him or your money again!
5 In the Bag 稳锻炼身体胜券 Said of an achievement which is secure
Example: We have the deal in the bag. The client came in this morning to sign the agreement.
6 In the balance 未知的,不可预测的
Said when the outcome of a situation is unknown or unpredictable
Example: His career as a pilot is in the balance, as his eyesight does not seem good enough.
7 Be in the air 将要发生的事情
The feeling or idea that something new is about to happen or is going to change. Example: From the arguments going on at the meeting, it seems that a change in policy is in the air.
8 Ring a bell 看上去或听起来非常熟悉 To look, sound or seem familiar
Example: That face rings a bell, where have I seen him before?
9 Clear the air 消除误会
To settle a dispute and restore good relations
Example: We had a meeting with the workers, and I think we’ve cleared the air now.
10 Kill two birds with one stone 一石二鸟
To complete two tasks together, with less effort than doing them separately
Example: Since I’d gone to the store to buy some bread, I thought of killing two birds with one stone and invited Mr. Biggs to the party.
11 Be in a black mood 情绪极差
To be so negative about everything that it is impossible for anyone to reason with him/her
Example: My father has been in a black mood for days, we dare not say anything to him.
12 New blood 新成员
New people brought into an organization to introduce different and original ideas Example: It was decided to bring new blood into the school by employing teachers with the latest training.
13 Feeling blue 感到无精打采 Feeling sad or depressed
Example: She’s feeling blue, because the man she loves is far away. 14 Get to the bottom of something 弄清真相 To find out the truth about something
Example: I’m trying to get to the bottom of why David left without saying goodbye.
15 A piece of cake 轻松的事 Something which is very easy to do
Example: Here…let me put the batteries in for you. It’s a piece of cake. 16 Pay a call 拜访 To visit somebody
Example: As we’re in this neighborhood, we might as well pay the Jacksons a call, we haven’t seen them for ages.
17 By chance 偶然, 意外的 Unexpectedly; with no prior planning
Example: By chance, I bumped into my wife in the shopping mall 18 Round the clock 夜以继日的
To do something continuously, without a break or pause
Example: The ambulance services worked round the clock hauling people trapped in the building to safety.
19 Keep one’s cool 保持冷静 To stay calm in a difficult situation
Example: If the traffic is jamed, the only thing to do is keep your cool, or get out of the car and walk!
20 In a tight corner 处于困境 In an extremely difficult situation
Example: Whenever I get into a tight corner, I try to rely on quick thinking to get out of it.