a fifth wheel


Since my girlfriend didn't come, I was a fifth wheel at the party.

spin one's wheels


After realizing we were just spinning our wheels, we quitted the project.

the die is cast

这里的 die 不是“死亡”,而是作名词意为“骰子”,相当于 dice。短语意思是“大局已定,木已成舟”。

From the moment she closed the door behind her, the die was cast and a divorce was inevitable.

a shot in the arm


The reform will provide a shot in the arm for thousands of small businesses.

whistle in the dark


To claim this as such a glorious record is whistling in the dark.

put on the dog


He borrowed a new suit to put on the dog for his girlfriend.

out of the window


When people start drinking, sense goes out of the window.

two left feet


When they danced together, she discovered he had two left feet.

Hobson's choice


It's a case of Hobson's choice, because if Idon't accept this salary, I'll lose this job.

hem and haw


We hemmed and hawed for months before actually deciding to buy the car.

out of the frying pan into the fire


He thought his old job was stressful, but his new one is 10 times worse. It's like going out of the frying pan and into the fire.

right as rain


He just needs a goodnight's sleep, and then he'll be right as rain again.

in a nutshell


He had put the whole situation in a nutshell.

full steam ahead


The government was determined to go full steam ahead with its economic reform.

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