The task is long.

The task is boring and not really worth it.


a busman's holiday

a holiday you do the same or similar thing you do at work instead of having a rest


a cock-and-bull story

无稽之谈


a feather in one's cap

值得骄傲的事


a flight of fancy

想入非非,异想天开

not even in the wildest flight of fancy could she imagine


a lump in one's throat

哽咽

Her song brought me a lump to the throat.


a mare's nest

幻想的、不存在的、骗局


as cool as a cucumber

泰然自若,处变不惊


as dead as a doornail

死透了


at close quarters

近距离


be taken aback

吃了一惊


beat about the bush

旁敲侧击


By Jove.

天啊


close as an oyster

守口如瓶

oyster: 牡蛎


come to a head

时机成熟或到了紧要关头


confound fiction with reality

混淆了想象和现实


cut no ice

无关紧要


dart a sharp glance

迅速瞥一眼


drive someone to distraction

使人心烦意乱


Early impressions die hard.

早期印象难改


Faugh! (/fo:/)

呸!


flog a dead horse

徒劳


fly off at a tangent

突然改变行径,突然离题


fullfill one's promise

履行承诺


get down to brass tacks

言归正传


get something up one's sleeves

有锦囊妙计


haul somebody over the coals

批评、责备


have a bee in one's bonnet

冥思苦想

get this bee out of your bonnet


hit the nail on the head

一针见血


in black and white

白纸黑字

He gave me assurance in black and white.


in the offing

即将发生


In the space of one short night I am converted from the creditor's despair to the tradesman's hope.

-- Lord Edgware Dies, by Agatha Christie


It's a great pleasure to make your acquaintance.


It's as plain as the nose on your face.

显而易见


join the great majority

随大流,指死了


Lao Tse

老子


lick one's lips over something

垂涎


like a dying duck in a thunderstorm

惊慌失措


like an ostrich that buries its head in the sand

自欺欺人


like wax in one's hand

唯命是从

He's like a piece of wax in her hand.


lump it

勉强忍受,将就忍受


make mincemeat of somebody

秋风扫落叶,实力碾压

She could make mincemeat of her husband on the golf course.


make one's adieux to someone

告辞


Mine is not to reason why, mine is but to do and die.

别问原因,尽管去做


More sinned against than sinning.

指受到过于严厉的惩罚


My felicitations.

祝贺


near the bone

下流,露骨


nip something in the bud

扼杀在摇篮中


no great shakes

not very good, not very impressive


No offence meant

无意冒犯


not a sausage

nothing at all


not half

very much


not in the least

毫无


on a par with

与 ... 同等;和 ... 一样

I don't think his ability is on a par with yours.


on one's hands and knees

全身伏地


on the right track

在正确的道路上


on the spur of the moment

一时冲动


on the tip of my tongue

话到嘴边、呼之欲出


over head and ears in love/debt/...

深陷


pour oil on troubled waters

息事宁人


put a flea in one's ear

对人说讽刺、斥责或不中听的话


put one's heads together

集思广益

Let's put our heads together and see how to do it.


put that in your pipe and smoke it

你好好考虑一下


queer one's pitch

打乱某人计划


red in tooth and claw

野蛮、残忍

Nature is red in tooth and claw.


rise to the bait

上钩


shock to the core

极为震惊


smell a rat

感到不妙


so done with something

受够了


spill the beans

走漏消息、露陷儿


ten to one

大概率


the cat's whiskers

优秀人物、上等货

He thinks his new pocket television set is the cat's whiskers and is always talking about it.


The fat is in the fire.

酿成大祸


the ins and outs

来龙去脉

I don't know the ins and outs of the matter.


the pros and cons

利弊

They sat for hours debating the pros and cons of setting up their own firm. weigh the pros and cons


through thick and thin

赴汤蹈火


throw one's weight about/around

倚势凌人


to and fro

来回往复

The boat was rocking gently to and fro in the water.


under the thumb of someone

在某人的控制下


up to the hilt

彻底、完全、最大限度地


when all is said and done

说到底

He is a pretty good comrade, when all is said and done.


without rhyme or reason

没来由

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