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a couple [sth] nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. US, informal (two of [sth])两个,一对,一双
liǎng gè ,yí duì,yì shuāng
 I was hungry so I made myself a couple sandwiches
a couple of [sth] nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. US, informal (two or three)几个,两三个,一些
jǐ gè ,yì xiē
 A couple of days ago, I saw your brother at the supermarket.
a couple nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. US, informal (two or three)几个,两三个,一些
jǐ gè ,yì xiē
 Hand me a couple of potato chips, please.
crack a smile v informal (manage to smile) (非正式用语)展颜微笑,莞尔一笑
 The tennis player managed to crack a smile even though she lost the match.
a cracker nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. slang ([sth] excellent)极好的东西,很棒的东西
jí hǎo de dōng xī,
 I always enjoy that show, but the last episode was a cracker!
a crock nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. US, slang (nonsense) (俚语)胡说八道
hú shuō bā dào
 I think your story is a crock!
a delight nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (cause of pleasure, joy)令人高兴的人或事物
 Your children are so well behaved; they're a delight!
deliver a lecture v (speak to an audience on a given subject)发表演讲
 The speaker chose to deliver a lecture on the evils of war.
a devil nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative, informal ([sth] difficult, resistant)难办的事,棘手的事
 This job is a devil, but it's interesting.
a devil of a nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative, informal ([sth] bad)非常严重的,极其糟糕的
fēi cháng yán zhòng de ,
 That's a devil of a bruise you've got there; what happened?
a devil of a nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative, informal ([sth] difficult, unpleasant)极其糟糕的,非常麻烦的
 My family has had a devil of a time this past year.
devour a book v figurative (read a book eagerly) (比喻)如饥似渴地读一本书
 Cynthia is an avid reader and she often sets aside an hour or two each weekend to devour a book.
die a natural death v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (die of natural causes)自然死去,尽其天年
zì rán sǐ qù,jìn qí tiān nián
 According to the coroner's report, Brown died a natural death.
do [sb] a favor,
do a favor for [sb] (US),
do [sb] a favour,
do a favour for [sb] (UK)
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
US (do [sth] kind)帮…一个忙
 Will you do me a favor and post this letter for me?
do a good deed v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (perform a charitable act)做好事,行善事
zuò hǎo shì,xíng shàn shì
 When someone joins the Boy Scouts, one of the requirements is to do a good deed every day.
do yourself a disservice viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (say [sth] disparaging about yourself)没有提供翻译
 Really, Shakespeare! To describe yourself as 'a mere hack' is to do yourself a great disservice.
do yourself a disservice viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (do [sth] that harms or hinders you)伤害自己
 You do yourself a disservice with your rude and aggressive comments, in that your readers will be repelled by your attitude.
DOA,
D.O.A
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
initialism (patient: dead on arrival) (缩写,指病人)在到达时死亡的,送到时已死的
 Unfortunately, the victim in the accident was DOA.
Don't judge a book by the cover!,
don't judge a book by its cover
interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!"
proverb (appearances can be deceptive)别以貌取人
bié yǐ mào qǔ rén
 She definitely looks trustworthy, but don't judge a book by its cover.
a dose of [sth] nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (amount, quantity of [sth])一剂,一些,一点
yí jì,yì xiē,yì diǎn
a dose nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. slang (venereal disease)性病
 You remember that guy I went out with last year? It turns out he gave me a dose.
draw a check,
UK: draw a cheque
viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
US (make out a cheque, pay by cheque) (美国用法)开支票
 Your invoice was approved so I will draw a cheque for you by the end of the day.
draw a conclusion v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (deduce, conclude [sth])下结论,得出结论
xià jié lùn ,dé chū jié lùn
 The sample was too small for the researchers to draw a conclusion with any certainty.
draw a crowd v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (attract people's attention)招来人群(围观,注意)
zhāo lái rén qún ( wéi guān ),zhù yì
 That band always draws a crowd.
draw a diagram viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (represent [sth] schematically)画图表
 He drew a diagram of the kitchen layout, showing the exact position of cabinets and appliances - yet still the builders managed to get it wrong.
draw a gun on [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (aim a firearm at)拔枪相向,举枪相对
bá qiāng xiāng xiàng,jǔ qiāng xiāng duì
 To stop the robber, the policewoman drew a gun on him and ordered him to lie on the ground.
draw a parallel between vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (identify as being similar)在...之间作比较,在…之间找到相似之处
 We can draw a parallel between restrictions on law making powers of the earliest British Parliaments, and that of the modern European Parliament.
draw a pay check vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (from [sb]: work for)(从…处)领薪水,(从…处)领工资
draw a pay check viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be employed)领工资,领薪水,有工资可拿
lǐng gōng zī,
 Since I was old enough to draw a pay check, I enjoyed a sense of autonomy that my own children don't seem interested in achieving.
draw a picture viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (represent [sth] visually)画图
 I couldn't describe the crash in words so I drew a picture of it for the nice policeman.
draw a picture viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." figurative (describe in detail) (比喻)详细说明
xiáng xì shuō míng
draw to a close v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (come to an end)结束
jié shù
 As the evening drew to a close, the orchestra played a final waltz.
draw up a formal document viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (write out an official paper)起草正式文件
 My lawyers must draw up the deed of transfer for the sale of my house.
draw up a plan viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (devise a way to proceed)草拟计划
drink like a fish viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." expr (be an alcoholic) (习惯表达)狂饮,酩酊大醉
kuáng yǐn ,
 He says he's not an alcoholic but he drinks like a fish.
drive a bargain v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (negotiate a deal)讲价
 I got a good price on my new car because I drove a hard bargain with the salesman.
drive a hard bargain v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be tough negotiator)进行一场艰苦的谈判
jìn xíng yì chǎng jiān kǔ de tán pàn
 The shopkeeper drove a hard bargain, but we eventually agreed on a price for the vase.
a drizzle of [sth] nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (cookery: trickle of liquid)小股,细流
 Add a drizzle of oil.
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.
EFL nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. initialism (English as a Foreign Language) (English as a Foreign Language的缩写形式)作为外国语言的英语
 Laurie taught EFL in South Korea for two years.
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
eta,
ETA,
E.T.A.,
e.t.a.
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(estimated time of arrival)预计到达时间
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
a fiddle nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. UK, informal (fraud)诈骗,欺诈
zhà piàn,qī zhà
 The boss fired three of his employees when he discovered they were involved in a fiddle.
a figment of the imagination,
a figment of your imagination
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
([sth] imagined)想象的事物,虚构的事物
 The monster isn't real; it's a figment of the imagination.
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.
a fortune nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (large amount of money)一大笔财富,一大笔钱
 Laura inherited a fortune. Have you seen this phone bill? I can't afford that; it's a fortune!
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
(as) fresh as a daisy adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (vibrant, full of energy)朝气勃勃,神采奕奕
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 v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (establish yourself) (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 v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative, slang (regain self-control)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.
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