1 a change of pace 节奏变换
You can't do these chemistry 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 early manuscript.
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(随时愿意过来帮忙)
If you need my help,do let me know. Just remember 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-rays and your teeth look just fine，
B: I see. Then there is nothing to worry about after all.
11 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 you are.
12 be stuck 卡住了
I can't get this window open. It's stuck.
13 Bite off more than one can chew. 贪多嚼不烂。
A: I hear you're taking an advanced physics course this semester.
B: I think I've bitten off more than I can chew.
14 break new ground 有了新的突破
His architectural design broke new ground in the field.
15 benefit concert 慈善音乐会
We need to let everyone know about the benefit concert, but we don’t have much money for advertising.
16 busy signal 占线
I’ve been calling David for the past half hour, but I keep getting a busy signal.
17 between you and me 保密
18 call for
Tom just called for you.
The forecast calls for heavy rain again tonight. Aren’t you glad we’ll be getting away from this for a week?
It’s probably in the new part of town. We’ll have to call for directions.
19 call it a day 就此结束
A: I’m really glad our club decides to raise money for the children’s hospital, and most of the people we’ve phoned seemed happy to contribute.
B: Yeah， I agree. Now we’ve gone through all the numbers on our list now, so I guess we can call it a day.
20 cash the check 兑现支票
Have your sister cashed her paycheck?
21 clear off 收拾，整理
It’s about time we clear off the desk.
22 come down (雨、雪)下起来
The heavy rain is coming down now.
23 come in first in the race 比赛第一名
Not only did Jill come in first in the race but she also had her best running time of the season.
24 come what may 不管怎样
We’ll pick you up tomorrow at eight， come what may.
25 cost somebody an arm and a leg 破费
A: Did you see the diamond ring Bill gave to Linda?
B: I sure did. It must have cost him an arm and a leg.