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" some people get the gold and some get the shaft " 是什么意思呢? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2005-9-18 20:38:12 |Display all floors
" some people get the gold and some get the shaft " 是什么意思呢?many thanks!

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Post time 2005-9-18 22:28:30 |Display all floors

我瞎猜的一下试试。

How has James behaved himself?
He`s been as good as gold!
James人为怎么样?他一向信用如金。
So I give my assumption.
some people get the gold and some get the shaft
有些人信用如金,有些人老奸巨猾。

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Post time 2005-9-18 22:39:10 |Display all floors

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Get the shaft means " to be cheated or deceived".
But maybe context or more details are needed.

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Post time 2005-9-18 23:23:03 |Display all floors

shaft

Shaft has an vulgar origin.

Perhaps, a thousand kicks in the ass is the equivalent to a shaft, or less!

some people get the gold and some get the shaft =

Some people receive praises and rewards while others receive a kick in their asses.

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Post time 2005-9-19 05:08:09 |Display all floors

get the shaft = get unfair treatment

shaft = arrow
to shaft v.  =>  to shoot an arrow

- Based on Longman Dictionary

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Post time 2005-9-20 04:39:30 |Display all floors

those meanings are correct...

"Some people get the goldmine, some poeple get the shaft"

"shaft" can also mean 探井,  巷道

A "shaft" describes many long things. It can also be a long empty space for something to go through. In a mine (digging underground for gold, silver, iron, etc) workers go up & down a "mineshaft".

So here it means that some people get the gold (or goldmine), while others worked hard but got nothing but the dirty empty shaft.

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Post time 2005-9-20 07:50:35 |Display all floors

有人走运,有人倒霉

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