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，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
We had a good rain a while back,but we need more now.
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.
1. allergic to 对……过敏
Oh man! Something in this room is making my eyes itch, I must be allergic to something.
2. at sb’s service 愿为某人服务
I am at your service at any time.
3. around the clock 24小时不停
Martha studied around the clock for management exam.
4. as far as I know 就我所知
As far as I know, we will have a test next Monday.
5. at home with 对…..很熟悉
She is at home with problems like this.
6. back out
A: Wasn’t Bert supposed to sing tonight?
B: Yes. but he backed out at last minute
She finally backed out of her promise.
7. be cut out for 天生适合
I’m not cut out to be a hero.
8. be absorbed in 沉浸在……
She has been absorbed in a horror fiction. I can’t tear her away.
9. be addicted to 对……上瘾
She has been addicted to drugs for years.
10. be attached to 对……有感情
A: I’m amazed that you are still driving that old car of yours. I thought you would have gotten rid of it years ago.
B: It runs well and I’ve actually been quite attached to it.
1. back up
The subway is running behind schedule. and traffic is backed up for blocks. I don’t know if we’ll make the 6:30 show.
I’ll back it up.
2. be bound for 到……地方
The bus is bound for New England.
3. be (feel) myself 找到自我
I’m feeling myself again.
4. be burned up 生气
She was really burned up at the news.
5. be hard up for 缺少
I’m hard up for clothes, but I have a lot of books.
6. be head and shoulders above 好许多
In calculus. Joe is head and shoulders above his classmates.
7. 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.
8. be stuck 卡住了
I can’t get this window open. It’s stuck.
9. 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.
10. break new ground 有了新的突破
His architectural design broke new ground in the field.
1. 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.
2. busy signal 占线
I’ve been calling David for the past half hour, but I keep getting a busy signal.
3.between you and me 你我之间，保密
Between you and me, I think he’s rather disloyal.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. cash the check 兑现支票
Have your sister cashed her paycheck?
7. clear off 收拾，整理
It’s about time we clear off the desk.
8. come down (雨，雪)下起来
The heavy rain is coming down. now.
9. come in first 比赛第一名
He came in first in the 100-metre dash.
1. get on one’s nerve 招惹某人神经了
A: Why did you come to the meeting late? I left a message with your roommate about the time change.
B: She has a very short memory and it really gets on my nerve sometimes.
2. get started on 开始做
We should get started on the project.
3. get time off from work 从工作中抽时间
Oh. so she was able to get time off from the work.
4. give credibility to 相信
A: did you hear about Jim?
B: I wouldn’t give that rumor any credibility.
5. go easy on 温和对待
Well. since it’s your first and only ticket. the judge will probably go easy on you.
6. go in one ear and out the other 一耳朵进，一耳朵出
Well. you know Mike. everything’s in one ear and out the other.
7. go jogging 去跑步
Are you ready to go jogging?
8. go to one’s head 某人自负
A: Have you noticed how John’s changed since he became student government president?
B: I think the whole thing has gone to his head. and he used to be so sociable and open.
9. got the time 几点了
A: Got the time?
B: It’s a little after ten.
1. graduation announcements 毕业典礼请柬
Have you ordered your graduation announcements?
2. graon about 抱怨
How come Michael’s always groaning about something?
3. guest lecturer 客座教授
The only person who understood the guest lecturer was the professor.
4. hand-me-down 送的东西
A: What a gorgeous jacket. It must have cost a fortune.
B: Not at all. It’s a hand-me-down.
5. hand down 易如反掌
Lee won the chess match hands down.
6. have a way with 擅长
Bonnie really has a way with words.
7. have had it with 处于
I’ve had it with being sick in bed. I’ve read most of these magazines twice.
8. head and shoulders above 高出许多
In computer programming. Susan is head and shoulders above the rest of us.
9. hit the spots 特别好
This lemonade sure hits the spots.
10. hold the grudge 记仇
A: I wish I hadn’t hurt Mary’s feelings like that. You know I never meant to.
B: The great thing about Mary is that she doesn’t hold the grudge.
1. I have seen worse 我见过更糟的
I have never seen a worse case of mouth disease.
2. in advance 提前
It’s a really nice apartment. But the owners want two-month rent in advance and I just don ’t have it.
3. in case 万一
Let’s take our suits along in case the sun comes out.
4. in next to no time 马上
A: Are you going to be using the copying machine long?
B: I’ll be through in next to no time.
5. in the red 赤字
Jack often runs his father’s company in the red.
6. in the works 正在准备阶段
An advanced course in theoretical chemistry is the works.
7. keep to oneself 只有自己知道
But one tried to put a good face on it and keep them to oneself.
8. kill time 浪费时间
Gosh. what can we do to kill the next 10 hours?
9. leave…up to somebody 把……留给某人
We’ll have to leave the decision up to him.
1. letter of recommendation 推荐信
I think I deserve a letter of recommendation.
2. look on the bright sides of things 看事物的光明面
Don’t be worried, you should always look on the bright side of things.
3. no kidding 不是开玩笑吧
No kidding! He was only getting at you.
4. on the tip of one’s tongue 就在舌尖
A: Are you sure you can’t remember the name of that record?
B: It’s just on the tip of my tongue!
5. quitting time 下课时间
I’m glad it’s almost quitting time.
6. take it over 重修
Don failed physics and had to take it over.
7. than necessary 比应该的要冷
The lab was cooler than necessary.
8. That’s easer said than done. 说来容易做来难
We talk about reducing our costs, but it’s easier said than done.
9. There is nothing to it. 没什么，很容易
I can run this projector. There’s really nothing to it.
10. with flying colors 成功
A: How did Ellen do on her American History exam?
B: She passed with flying colors.
11. You can bet your life 当然
A: Will Prof. Smith come to class on time?
B: You can bet your life.