1 Be in the air 将要发生的事情 【英英解释】The feeling or idea that something new is about to happen or is going to change. Example: From the arguments going on at the meeting, it seems that a change in policy is in the air.
2 Clear the air 消除误会 【英英解释】To settle a dispute and restore good relations Example: We had a meeting with the workers, and I think we've cleared the air now.
3 Cost an arm and a leg 极其昂贵 【英英解释】To be very expensive Example: I love that fur coat. However, I don't think I'm going to buy it because it costs an arm and a leg.
4 A bad egg 缺乏道德的人 【英英解释】Somebody who has no moral principles and should be avoided Example: You mustn't lend Tim money, he's a bad egg. You'll never see him or your money again!
5 In the Bag 稳操胜券 【英英解释】Said of an achievement which is secure Example: We have the deal in the bag. The client came in this morning to sign the agreement.
6 In the balance 未知的,不可预测的 【英英解释】Said when the outcome of a situation is unknown or unpredictable Example: His career as a pilot is in the balance, as his eyesight does not seem good enough.
7 Drive a hard bargain 极力讨价还价 【英英解释】To have the negotiating strength and skills to get the most advantageous price and conditions Example: Amanda is negotiating the best price from the suppliers. She drives a hard bargain.
8 Ring a bell 看上去或听起来非常熟悉 【英英解释】To look, sound or seem familiar Example: That face rings a bell, where have I seen him before?
9 Tighten one's belt 节衣缩食 【英英解释】To cut down on spending because there is less income than before Example: Now you are out of work, you'll have to tighten your belt and give up buying new clothes and going out so often.
10 Kill two birds with one stone 一石二鸟 【英英解释】To complete two tasks together, with less effort than doing them separately Example: Since I'd gone to the store to buy some bread, I thought of killing two birds with one stone and invited Mr. Biggs to the party.
11 Be in a black mood 情绪极差 【英英解释】To be so negative about everything that it is impossible for anyone to reason with him/her Example: My father has been in a black mood for days, we dare not say anything to him.
12 New blood 新成员 【英英解释】New people brought into an organization to introduce different and original ideas Example: It was decided to bring new blood into the school by employing teachers with the latest training.
13 Feeling blue 感到无精打采 【英英解释】Feeling sad or depressed Example: She's feeling blue, because the man she loves is far away.
14 Get to the bottom of something 弄清真相 【英英解释】To find out the truth about something Example: I'm trying to get to the bottom of why David left without saying goodbye.
15 A piece of cake 轻松的事 【英英解释】Something which is very easy to do Example: Here...let me put the batteries in for you. It's a piece of cake.
16 Pay a call 拜访 【英英解释】To visit somebody Example: As we're in this neighborhood, we might as well pay the Jacksons a call, we haven't seen them for ages.
17 By chance 偶然, 意外的 【英英解释】Unexpectedly; with no prior planning Example: By chance, I bumped into my wife in the shopping mall
18 Round the clock 夜以继日的 【英英解释】To do something continuously, without a break or pause Example: The ambulance services worked round the clock hauling people trapped in the building to safety.
19 Keep one's cool 保持冷静 【英英解释】To stay calm in a difficult situation Example: If the traffic is jamed, the only thing to do is keep your cool, or get out of the car and walk!
20 In a tight corner 处于困境 【英英解释】In an extremely difficult situation Example: Whenever I get into a tight corner, I try to rely on quick thinking to get out of it.
21 Keep in the dark 隐瞒 【英英解释】To keep something secret Example: We know my brother has a new girlfriend, but he's keeping her name in the dark.
22 Fall on deaf ears 不加理睬的, 不听取 【英英解释】Not to take any notice of what is said Example: The city council's order that garbage should be put in the bins fell on deaf ears; the sidewalks are still littered with trash!
23 Take things easy 放轻松 【英英解释】To relax Example: It's better for our health to take things easy than to worry about problems all the time.
24 Eat like a horse 吃得很多 【英英解释】To eat a lot; to have a very big appetite Example: Fred eats like a horse. When I was a growing lad like him, I used to eat a lot, too.
25 Catch one's eye 吸引某人注意 【英英解释】To attract somebody's attention Example: A movement behind the curtain caught my eye - I thought it was a burglar and rushed out of the room!
26 Have an eye for something 对某事(某物体)了解得非常清楚 【英英解释】To be very good at doing something, or have a great understanding of something. Example: As a botanist, he has to describe and draw plants accurately, so he must have an eye for detail.
27 Turn a blind eye .熟视无睹 【英英解释】To ignore an action, even though one should do something about it Example: Parents will spoil their children if they constantly turn a blind eye to their bad behavior.
28 Keep an eye on 照看, 密切注视 【英英解释】To watch carefully; to look after Example: Keep an eye on my purse - I'm just going to the bathroom.
29 Lose face 丢脸 【英英解释】To have one's reputation spoiled; to be embarrassed Example: The large drug houses have lost face, because smaller companies are selling similar products at a cheaper price!
30 Lead the field 处于领头地位 【英英解释】To be the most successful person or group in an activity Example: For decades, the House of Dior led the field in elegant fashion design.
31 Get out of hand 失去控制 【英英解释】To be out of control Example: The problem of suicide bombings is getting out of hand; there seems to be no way to stop them.
32 Give a hand 提供帮助 【英英解释】To help somebody with something Example: Please give me a hand and hold this board while I paint it.
33 Learn by heart 牢记 【英英解释】To memorize something; to have learned something word for word or very precisely. Example: At school we often learned Shakespeare's sonnets by heart and recited them in front of the class.
34 On hold 尚未办理的事情 【英英解释】Something set aside and waiting to be dealt with Example: Our vacation plans are on hold right now; because my Dad's just been admitted to hospital with a stomach ulcer.
35 A dark horse 出乎意料的嬴家 【英英解释】An unexpected winner. Example: A dark horse in this year's basketball cup was Japan!
36 The bottom line 本质内容 【英英解释】The most essential part of something Example: We've talked a lot about taxation and immigration, but the bottom line is that we have to create more jobs.
37 Live it up 狂欢一场 【英英解释】To enjoy a high standard of living and lead a carefree life Example: The neighbors having been living it up ever since they won the sweepstakes.
38 Look forward to 期待着 【英英解释】To relish some future prospect; to eagerly await meeting somebody. Example: You can tell Jake is looking forward to his vacation - he keeps telling us how many days there are left until he finishes college.
39 Bear in mind 记住 【英英解释】To remember something which can be of help in the future. Example: Before you start your perspective drawing, bear in mind you should first establish a vanishing point.
40 Have a mind to 想做某事, 计划做某事 【英英解释】To be decided on ; to intend to Example: The service in our hotel was terrible. I have a mind to write a letter of complaint.
41 Be in the mood 想要做某事 【英英解释】To feel like doing something Example: She is not in the mood for playing cards and says she should really be preparing her lecture notes.
42 Over the moon 欣喜若狂 【英英解释】Extremely happy Example: She's over the moon about her promotion - she really wasn't expecting it.
43 Get a move on 赶快 【英英解释】To hurry up Example: Get a move on! The train is about to leave.
44 Over and above 除...这外, 额外的 【英英解释】In addition to Example: Over and above our salary, we are getting a large bonus, because business has been very profitable this year.
45 Get the picture 了解某事 【英英解释】To understand something, to grasp some meaning Example: When they started cutting back and laying people off at work, I got the picture and starting looking for another job.
46 Be out of pocket 花光了钱的 【英英解释】To be without money Example: He's complaining because he spent all of his money on slot machines and now he's out of pocket.
47 Keep somebody posted 传达消息 【英英解释】To regularly give somebody up-to-date information or details of the progress being made. Example: I phoned in at the end of each working day to keep my boss posted about developments at the trade conference.
48 In the long run 最终, 最后 【英英解释】Over a long period of time, once a process has matured Example: The grocery store is making a loss right now. In the long run, however, we hope to achieve a situation of stable profit.
49 On a shoestring 生活拮据 【英英解释】In a thrifty manner; with costs or spending down to a bare minimum Example: She lives on a shoestring - she gets a tiny pension and has to budget very tightly.
50 Lose track of 失去消息, 失去线索 【英英解释】To lose contact with somebody to not know where something is Example: I lost track of Fran when she moved to Boston. I've even tried to locate her on the Internet.