bell the cat

冒險;做危險的事。

例句:

  • No one was ready to bell the cat. (誰都不願意冒險)
  • All the employees wanted a pay raise, but nobody offered to bell the cat and talked to their boss. (所有員工都想要加薪,但卻沒人自告奮勇去跟老板談)

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be the cat's whiskers

了不起的人物、東西或主意。

例句:

  • Our school principal thinks she's the cat's whiskers. (我們校長自以為是個了不起的人物)
  • My new manager thinks he is the cat's whiskers though he is no better than the last one. (我新來的經理並不比上任經理來得強,但他卻自以為了不得)

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run (a)round like a scalded cat; run (a)round like a blue-arsed fly

忙得團團轉。

例句:

  • Mary's been running around like a scalded cat making preparations for her visitors. (瑪麗為準備迎接客人一直忙得團團轉)
  • Fiona is always running round like a blue-arsed fly yet she seems to get very little work done! (菲歐娜老是忙得團團轉,但她似乎做得很少!)

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separate/sort out the sheep from the goats

辨別好人與壞人;區分良莠。

例句:

  • What the company needed was a new CEO who would separate the sheep from the goats and show to the employees that dishonesty would no longer be tolerated. (這家公司所需的是 一位新的執行長,此人要能辨別好人與壞人,並且要向員工表明,再也不會容忍詐欺行為)
  • I'll look through the application forms and sort out the sheep from the goats. (我會仔細看這些申請表並區分良莠)

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back the wrong horse

支持錯了對象。

例句:

  • I don't want to back the wrong horse, but it seems to me that Jed is the better candidate. (我不想支持錯對象,但我看傑德似乎是比較好的候選人)
  • Bill backed the wrong horse in the budget hearings. (比爾在預算聽證會上支持錯了對象)

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put/set the cat among the pigeons

引起麻煩;惹出亂子;捅出摟子。

例句:

  • The mayor did not realize that he put the cat among the pigeons with his last speech. (市長沒意識到他上次的演說引起了軒然大波)
  • The girl set the cat among the pigeons at home when she said she was pregnant. (這少女說她懷孕了,此話一出,全家人都不知所措)

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a lone wolf

獨立自主的人;獨來獨往的人 (尤指喜歡獨居或自己一個人做事的人)。

例句:

  • Although she is a lone wolf, we all like her very much. (雖然她是個獨來獨往的人,但我們都非常喜歡她)
  • Nobody knows for certain what sort of person he is - he's rather a lone wolf. (沒有人確切知道他是個怎麼樣的人 -- 他不大跟周遭的人來往)

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