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drop a line viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." informal (send a message, make contact) (非正式用语)写信给某人
 I should drop a line to my brother because I haven't written him in a long time.
eke out a living,
eke out an existence
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(struggle to earn money)竭力维持生计,设法谋生
jié lì wéi chí shēng jì,shè fǎ móu shēng
 She ekes out an existence working two part-time jobs.
establish a connection viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (phone line: get through to [sb])接通电话
establish a connection viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (make personal contact with [sb])(与某人)建立联系
establish a connection vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (prove relationship with [sth])没有提供翻译
exact a toll v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (have a negative effect)造成负面影响
zào chéng fù miàn yǐng xiǎng
 Three years of working long hours, seven days a week, with no holidays have exacted a toll; John's health has really suffered.
feel like a million bucks viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." slang (feel good) (俚语)心情极好,感觉好
find a way viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (devise the means or solution to [sth])想出办法,找到(解决问题的)办法
 I don't know how I'll do it, but I'll find a way.
fit like a glove viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." idiom (fit perfectly) (惯用语,习语)非常合适,刚好,恰好,完全相合
,qià hǎo
 I had to buy a replacement bumper for my car from a junk yard, but it fits like a glove.
for a lifetime advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (for the rest of one's life)下半辈子,终身,一辈子
,zhōng shēn
 The young lovers were sure their love would last for a lifetime.
for a little while advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (for a short time)一会儿,不久
yí huì er ,bù jiǔ
 I'll stay for a little while.
for a long time advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (at length)很长一段时间,很久
 After a hard day's work I'm always ready to sleep for a long time.
for a moment advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (for a very short time)一下子,一会儿,片刻
yí xià zi ,yí huì er ,piàn kè
 I almost believed you for a moment then!
for a short time advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (briefly)不久,短期地
bù jiǔ,duǎn qī de
 He'd only lived in the apartment for a short time - about two weeks.
for a song advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (at a bargain price, cheaply)极便宜地,很便宜
 The seller was very motivated so I managed to buy it for a song.
for a while advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (for some time)一会,一阵子,一段时间,一时
,yí zhèn zi ,yí duàn shí jiān ,yì shí
 I'm going down to the pub for a while.
forever and a day advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." poetic (for all eternity)永远地,永久地,极其长久地
,yǒng jiǔ de
 I shall love thee forever and a day!
form a part of vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be a component of, comprise)组成…的一部分
 Our solar system forms part of a galaxy we call the Milky Way.
four of a kind nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (card games: four cards of same number) (扑克游戏)四张点数相同的牌
 Four of a kind beats any hand in poker except a straight flush.
four of a kind nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (four similar things)四个类似的物体,四个同类的东西
 These antique chairs are four of a kind that form a set.
free as a bird adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." informal (really free)自由自在,无拘无束
zì yóu zì zài,wú jū wú shù
 When this school year is over, I'll be free as a bird.
free yourself from a promise viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (avoid having to do [sth] you promised)摆脱诺言的约束,不受诺言的约束
from a distance advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (from far away)从远方来,来自遥远的地方
 I appreciate my mother-in-law more from a distance.
from A to Z advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (covering a whole topic)全面地,彻底地,从头到尾
quán miàn de ,chè dǐ de ,cóng tóu dào wěi
 This book will tell you all about plumbing, from A to Z.
get a fix v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." slang (take drug)注射毒品
zhù shè dú pǐn
 People addicted to street drugs will do just about anything to get a fix.
get a fix on [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." slang (ascertain)搞清楚,查清楚
gǎo qīng chǔ,
 I talked to several people to get a fix on what actually happened.
get a foothold viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." literal (find secure place for feet when climbing) (本义)(爬山时)找到稳当的落脚点
 After falling halfway down he was able to get a foothold and begin climbing again.
get a foothold viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." figurative (establish oneself) (比喻)站稳脚跟
 She got a foothold in the theatrical world when, as an understudy, the leading lady fell ill.
get a glimpse of [sth/sb] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (catch sight of briefly)瞥见,瞅见
piē jiàn ,chǒu jiàn
 The fans crowded around the door to get a glimpse of the athletes leaving the stadium.
get a grip viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." slang (regain self-control) (俚语)控制自己的情绪,自我控制
 It's time to stop panicking and get a grip. He's too nervous; he needs to get a grip.
get a grip! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" slang (you are overreacting! control yourself) (俚语)控制一下你自己!
 It's nothing to get so worked up about – just get a grip!
get a hold of vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." informal (grasp) (非正式用语)抓住…,把握…,掌控…
 Get a firm hold of the load and make sure it's not too heavy before you lift.
get a job v informal (find employment) (非正式用语)找到工作
 I need to get a job that pays well.
get a kick out of [sth/sb] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." slang (enjoy, take pleasure in)因…激动,刺激,痛快
yīn … jī dòng,cì jī,tòng kuài
 She gets a kick out of watching talking animal videos.
get a life interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" slang (expressing contempt) (俚语,表示轻蔑、蔑视)找点别的事情做吧,别那么无聊,找点正经事情来做吧
 When I told them I was translating the Bible into Vulcan they all said “Get a life!”
get a loan viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (enter a contract to borrow money)得到贷款
 If we can't pay rent come August we may have to get a loan.
get a response viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (receive a reply)得到回复,得到答复
 I sent several emails but never did get a response.
get a response viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be acknowledged by words, gesture)获得肯定,获得首肯
get a rise out of [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (provoke: [sb])有意惹…生气
 He's just making faces to get a rise out of you.
get a thrashing,
take a thrashing
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
informal (be beaten physically)遭到报应,收到惩罚
zāo dào bào yìng ,shōu dào chéng fá
 Petros regularly took a thrashing from his violent father.
get a whiff of [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (smell)闻到
wén dào
 Did you get a whiff of that new perfume she is wearing?
get a whiff of [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative, slang (detect)察觉到,觉察到
chá jué dào,jué chá dào
 Did you get a whiff of the hostility in that meeting?
get in a sweat v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative, informal (worry)没有提供翻译
 Zoe is a very calm person who seldom gets in a sweat.
get off to a good start viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (begin well)顺利开始
 Our new employee has gotten off to a good start.
give a boost to [sth] viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (assist or encourage [sth])促进…,鼓动…
 The advertisement gave a boost to the company's sales.
give a damn v slang (care) (俚语)在乎,在意
zài hu ,zài yì
 I don't give a damn that my ex has a new girlfriend!
give a fuck v slang, vulgar (care) (俚语,粗俗用语)在乎,关心,在意
zài hu ,guān xīn,zài yì
 I don't give a fuck what you think.
give [sb] a hand v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (help [sb])对...伸出援手,帮助
,bāng zhù
  (非正式)给...搭把手
 I needed help carrying the wardrobe and the neighbour gave me a hand.
give [sb] a hand,
give a hand to [sb]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
informal (applaud)给...献上掌声,为...鼓掌
 Let's give a big hand to our next act.
give a handout viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (give financial aid)提供资金援助
 The homeless man who lives down by the river is always looking for a handout.
give a helping hand viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (assist, help)帮助,援助,协助
bāng zhù,yuán zhù,xié zhù
 You should give a helping hand to the needy.
give [sb] a kicking v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (attack physically, beat)踢(某人)一脚,踢打
give [sb] a kicking v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative, informal (defeat [sb])打败,击败
dǎ bài,jī bài
give [sb] a kicking v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative, informal (criticize [sb] heavily)猛烈抨击
give a piggyback,
give a piggyback to [sb],
give [sb] a piggyback
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
informal (carry [sb] on your back)背着,背在肩上
 My ankle hurts - please give me a piggyback.
give [sb] a rocket v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." UK, informal (reprimand [sb] severely)严厉斥责,痛骂
,tòng mà
 Jim's boss gave him a rocket for losing the data.
give a second thought to [sth/sb],
give [sth/sb] a second thought
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
informal (consideration)再次考虑
zài cì kǎo lǜ
备注: Often used in the negative.
 Most people don't give a second thought to the problems of the homeless.
give a talk viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (conduct a speech or lecture)作报告,作演讲
,zuò yǎn jiǎng
 On Monday I have to give a talk about the work I did over the summer.
give [sth] a try v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (attempt)试试
 If you've never gone skiing, you should give it a try.
give [sth] a try v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (sample)尝试,尝尝
cháng shì,
 You shouldn't say you hate sushi without giving it a try first.
give as a pretext vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (make an excuse of)以…为借口,以…为托词
 She gave being tired as a pretext for escaping from the boring party.
give it a second thought v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (rethink)三思,再思
sān sī ,zài sī
 He dropped what he was doing and went to her without giving it a second thought.
give [sb] a bad name viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (damage [sb]'s reputation)损坏某人名声
 You give love a bad name (Bon Jovi, 1986!).
give [sb] a complex viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (make [sb] extremely self-conscious)没有提供翻译
 If you keep mentioning her weight, you'll give her a complex.
give [sb] a good telling-off viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." informal (reprimand [sb] severely) (非正式用语)将某人狠骂一通
 When the boss found out what had happened, Sally was taken into the office and given a good telling-off.
give [sb] a shout out expres US, informal (acknowledge [sb] by name) (美国用法,非正式用语)提名表扬某人,对某人表示感谢
 During his speech, the student gave a shout out to the teachers who had encouraged him.
given half a chance,
given half the chance
exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
figurative, informal (if allowed, able)但凡有机会,只要有点儿机会
 I would take that job, given half a chance.
go back on a promise v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (break your word)不遵守诺言,打破承诺
bù zūn shǒu nuò yán,dǎ pò chéng nuò
  背信弃义
bèi xìn qì yì
 I can't believe that you, my own brother, would go back on your promise to loan me the money.
go for a drive v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (take: car trip)开车兜风,闲逛
kāi chē dōu fēng,xián guàng
 Let's go for a drive to the beach with our children.
go for a ride v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (take: car, bike trip)骑车出游
qí chē chū yóu
 I'm bored; let's go for a ride by the coast.
go for a walk v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (take a stroll)没有提供翻译
 Imogen went for a walk to get some fresh air.
go for a walk v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative, informal (go missing)丢了,丢失
,diū shī
 My wallet seems to have gone for a walk; have you seen it?
go into a decline viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (deteriorate)开始衰落,开始衰退
 The economy is forecast to go into a decline.
go on a date viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (go out with [sb] romantically)去约会
 Want to go on a date this Friday night? I'll pick you up at eight.
go on a fishing expedition v (general search for evidence of guilt, crime unspecified)盘问,摸底
pán wèn,
 In the US, police are not allowed to go on a fishing expedition in your house without a search warrant.
go on a journey viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (travel somewhere)去旅行,去旅游
 The fortune teller said that I would be going on a journey soon - not difficult to predict since I was wearing my airline pilot's uniform.
go on a trip viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." UK (take a short journey) (英国用法)去短途旅行,去短距离旅游
 This weekend we are going on a trip to the countryside.
go on a trip US (travel) (美国用法)去旅行,去旅游
 Last summer I went on a trip to Rome to see the Coliseum.
go out on a limb viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." idiom (say [sth] potentially controversial) (习语)(观点、做法等)孤立无缘,无人支持
 He went out on a limb when he asked his boss for a raise.
great scale,
on a
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
(far reaching, extensively)大范围地
 Operations are being conducted on a great scale in order to track down the flight recorder in the aftermath of last week's plane crash.
hail a taxi viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (flag down a taxi cab by waving)挥手叫出租车,打车
 She went out onto the street to hail a taxi.
half a dozen,
half-a-dozen
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(six)半打,六个
bàn dǎ ,liù gè
 The price for half a dozen buns is three dollars; it is five dollars for a dozen.
half a second nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (a very brief time) (比喻)一眨眼的工夫,没到一秒钟
 Hold on, I'll be with you in half a second!
hang by a thread v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (dangle)摇摇欲坠
备注: Often used in continuous tenses
 The Emergency Room doctor told me that my fingertip was hanging by a thread.
hang by a thread v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (be precarious)命悬一线
  千钧一发
qiān jūn yí fà
  岌岌可危
备注: Often used in continuous tenses
 Sam's life hung by a thread as he struggled to come out of a coma.
hatch a plan v (plot, devise a plot)密谋,酝酿一个计划
mì móu,
 We will have to hatch a plan to sort this out.
have a baby v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (give birth)生孩子
shēng hái zi
 The Apollo Hospital is the safest and best place to have a baby.
have a baby v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (become parents)要孩子
 My good friend told me that he and his wife plan to have a baby soon.
have a ball viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." informal (enjoy oneself immensely) (非正式用语)玩得很开心,玩得特别高兴
 Thank you for a wonderful party; we all had a ball!
have a bias against vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be prejudiced against)对…有偏见
 They have a bias against assertive women.
have a case v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (legal: have evidence) (司法)起诉某人,提起诉讼
qǐ sù mǒu rén,tí qǐ sù sòng
 The judge has to decide if the prosecution have a case.
have a case of [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be ill)患…病
huàn … bìng
 Sue has a case of mild pneumonia.
have a chance viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be able to succeed at [sth])有成功的机会
 We have a chance of winning if we can carry on at this rate.
have a chance viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be given the opportunity to do [sth])有机会
yǒu jī huì
 If I have a chance I will try and win.
have a chance at [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (have opportunity)得到…的机会
dé dào … de jī huì
 Johnson has a chance at another world title.
have a chance at doing [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (have opportunity to do)有机会
yǒu jī huì
 Wozniacki has a chance at winning the US Open.
have a change of heart viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (go against one's previous decision)改变心意,改变主意
,gǎi biàn zhǔ yì
 She's had a change of heart and is inviting her sister after all.
have a cold viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be suffering from the cold virus)感冒,伤风,受凉
gǎn mào ,shāng fēng
 I don't feel like going out today because I have a cold.
have a corner on vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." idiom (own enough of to control market) (习语)独占某一行业,垄断某种商品
 I tried to have a corner on the silver market by buying low priced contracts, but I failed miserably.
have a crush on [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be attracted to: [sb])迷恋…
mí liàn …
 Wendy had a crush on a boy in her class.
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