can't hold a candle to

远远不如……;对……望尘莫及


have a tiger by the tail

骑虎难下

Now that I have to work closely with the boss on this project, I feel like I have a tiger by the tail.


pay lip service to

光说不做;口头敷衍

He claims to be in favour of training, but so far he's only paid lip service to the idea.


a baptism by fire

初次的痛苦经历或考验

She felt like she was undergoing a baptism by fire when she was given a big project to manage in her first month.


loaded for bear

作好充分准备,以对付最棘手的问题

He went into the examination room loaded for bear.


hit between the eyes

使(某人)大为震惊;使(某人)大受影响

News of their breaking up hit me right between the eyes.


the writing on the wall

不祥之兆;凶兆

The increase in oil price is the writing on the wall for some small businesses.

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