beat the drum

大肆宣传,极力鼓吹

Some people are beating the drum online for the legislation.


wrap someone around one's little finger

玩弄于股掌之上


take a back seat

处于次要地位;退居二线


a fine kettle of fish

乱七八糟、很令人不愉快的事或局面

You made such a mess, and mum and dad could be back any minute! This is a fine kettle of fish.


take the wind out of someone's sails

使某人泄气;使某人不坚定


meat and potatoes

最重要的部分;最基本的部分

Successful negotiation is the meat and potatoes of arbitration.


be caught with one's hand in the cookie jar

当场被抓了现行


irons in the fire

同时要做的很多事情


better late than never

迟到总比不到好;亡羊补牢

He finally bought a house when he was over fifty, but it was better late than never.


on a shoestring

靠着极少量的资金


answer a call of nature

上厕所


pull the wool over one's eyes

蒙骗


put someone in the picture

告知某人有关情况


pass the hat round

凑钱;募捐

Everyone passed the hat round to help her pay for the cost of herson's treatment.


He who pays the piper calls the tune.

谁出钱谁做主


beat a path to someone's door

急切地想从某人处购买(或获得)某物

He was a successful lawyer and had clients beating a path to his door.


a straw in the wind

苗头;迹象

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