Views: 2765|Replies: 4

英语成语和谚语 [Copy link] 中文

Rank: 6Rank: 6

Post time 2006-2-24 09:58:28 |Display all floors
English idioms are more common in spoken English. They can be difficult to remember, so here's a guide to some common English idioms to do with parts of your body.

to break someone's heart = to upset someone a great deal
"She broke his heart when she left him".

to learn something by heart = to learn something until you know it perfectly
"I've learnt the Highway Code by heart - they can ask me any question they like in the exam - I'm bound to pass!"

you're all heart! = when you tell someone sarcastically how kind they are
"Thanks for giving me all this extra work - you're all heart!"

hand on heart = to promise with sincerity
"Hand on heart, it's the honest truth."

have the heart = to be able to break bad news to someone
"I didn't have the heart to tell him he'd failed his exam."

a heart of gold = to be a very kind person
"She'll do anything to help - she has a heart of gold."


hand over = pass on something
"Before I leave the company, I have to hand over all the responsibilities to my successor."

to get out of hand = to become impossible to manage
"You'll have to deal with this problem before it gets out of hand."

to know something like the back of your hand = to know something extremely well
"He knows London like the back of his hand"

have your hands full = to be very busy
"I can't do anything about it now - my hands are full."

in hand = under control
"The company report is in hand - you'll have it next week."

live hand to mouth = to only earn enough money for food
"After he lost his job, he had to live hand to mouth for a couple of months."

give someone a hand = to help someone
"Can you give me a hand with the housework, please?"

to have someone in the palm of your hand = to have a lot of influence over someone
"He's got her in the palm of his hand - he can make her do anything he wants!"

to be caught red-handed = to be caught doing something bad
"The children were caught red-handed picking the neighbor's flowers."


to have green fingers = to be good at gardening
"My father can grow anything in his garden - he's got green fingers"

to have sticky fingers = to have a tendency to steal
"Don't trust him near your money - he's got sticky fingers."

butter fingers = to be clumsy so that you always drop things
"You've dropped my vase! Butter fingers!"

keep your fingers crossed = to wish something for someone
"Keep your fingers crossed for me tomorrow - it's my job interview."

under your thumb = to control someone
"She's got him under her thumb - he won't do anything without asking her first."


twist someone's arm = to persuade someone
"I didn't really want to go out, but he twisted my arm."

cost an arm and a leg = to cost a fortune
"This car cost an arm and a leg - it'll take them ages to pay back the loan."


put your foot in it = say or do something you shouldn't.
"The party was supposed to be a surprise - you've really put your foot in it by telling her."

to have itchy feet = not able to settle down in one place
"She's going off travelling again - she's got really itchy feet."

to keep someone on their toes = to keep someone alert
"Our new teacher likes to keep people on their toes - we never know what she will ask us to do next."

stand on your own two feet = be independent
"I don't need your help - I can stand on my own two feet."

to have two left feet = be clumsy with your body
"He's a terrible dancer - he's got two left feet!"

walk on eggshells = to be careful about what you say or do
"She's in a terrible mood today - you'll have to walk on eggshells around her."

foot the bill = pay the bill
"He had to foot the bill for the whole party - no one else paid anything towards it."

all talk no trousers = someone who says what they are going to do, but never does it
"Don't listen to him - he's all talk no trousers!"


to go behind someone's back = to do something secretly
"She went behind my back and told my boss I wanted a new job."

to have your back to the wall = to be in a difficult situation
"It's difficult to see how he's going to survive this recession - he's got his back to the wall and I don't think there's any option for him now."

to back off = to stop trying to force someone to do something
"Will you just back off and let me decide what I should do!"

to back down = to accept defeat in an argument
"He finally backed down and let me buy a pet rabbit."

to back someone up = to support someone
"He backed me up in the meeting and said that my idea was good."

put your back into something = to work extremely hard at something
"To get results you must put your back into it!"

stab someone in the back = to betray someone
"Be careful of him - he likes stabbing people in the back, and he'll do anything to get what he wants."

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 4

Post time 2006-2-24 10:02:41 |Display all floors


can you translate them into chinese?

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 4

Post time 2006-2-24 10:39:01 |Display all floors

Good post!!!

Baiyueling, why do u want Chinese version? luxgum already listed every expression clearly, even gave out the example to use it.

        Push! Push! Push!!!!!!

[ Last edited by warmsmile at 2006-2-24 10:46 AM ]

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 4

Post time 2006-2-24 10:40:28 |Display all floors

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 4

Post time 2006-2-24 11:37:13 |Display all floors
another push

Use magic tools Report

You can't reply post until you log in Log in | register

Contact us:Tel: (86)010-84883548, Email:
Blog announcement:| We reserve the right, and you authorize us, to use content, including words, photos and videos, which you provide to our blog
platform, for non-profit purposes on China Daily media, comprising newspaper, website, iPad and other social media accounts.