1. cry wolf 喊“狼来了”；发假警报
If you cry wolf too often, people will stop believing that you need
2. freak flag 独特之处，另类的一面
My high school literature teacher taught me to always be true to
myself and to wear my freak flag proudly.
3. get out of hand 失控
The party got out of hand and the guests started to throw bottles at
4. get your head around it 明白，搞清楚
I just can’t get my head around the fact that Joe is leaving us.
5. dig in your heels / stick to your guns 坚持立场
My parents wanted me to give up writing, but I dug in my heels / stuck
to my guns and went on to become a famous writer.
6. pound the pavement 徘徊于街头找工作
I’d been pounding the pavement for months before I found a job in a
fast food restaurant.
7. pull a rabbit out of a hat 使出奇招
I thought we were going bankrupt, but my partner pulled a rabbit out
of his hat and we landed a major contract.
8. leave no stone unturned 想方设法，千方百计
I’ll leave no stone unturned until I find out who did this.
9. get it out of your system 不吐不快，不做不爽
I wasn’t sure how she was going to react, but I had to get it out of
my system, so I told her I had found another woman.
10. step up your game 有更好的表现
If you want to win this competition, you’ll have to step up your game.
11. you rock 你真棒
Thanks for the tickets, Rob. You rock!
12. cut sb some slack 给（某人）方便；对（某人）网开一面
- Andrew's late again.
- Cut him some slack - his wife's just had a baby."
13. come out swinging 开始相互攻击
After a day off, Hillary and Trump this morning again launched another
hard week of campaigning, and they both came out swinging.
14. go up in flames 毁于一旦，受到重创
His career went up in flames when he was jailed for theft.
15. pull yourself together 恢复镇定；控制自己
I understand you’ve had a bad day, but pull yourself together and get
on with your job, will you?
16. crunch time 关键时刻
I’m not getting enough sleep these days. It’s crunch time at work.
17. once in a blue moon 少有地
My sister lives in Alaska, so I only see her once in a blue moon.
18. tar sb with the same brush 认为……是一丘之貉
Because they worked so closely in the same department, John was tarred
with the same brush as Tim.
19. hang in there 坚持住；挺住
Work can get tough in the middle of a term but hang on in there and
it'll be OK.
20. shoot from the hip 鲁莽行动(或讲话)
Miss Lee, I have to apologize for shooting from the hip and yelling at
you for losing the papers. I was in a big hurry and forgot I left them
right here in my drawer.
21. be a catch 值得追求的人，宜婚对象
John is taking me out tonight. He’s such a catch, I hope he’ll
22. running on fumes 非常疲惫，就快熬不住了
I’m sorry, but I’ve got to go home now. I haven’t slept for twenty
hours and I’m running on fumes.
23. sell (sb) out 背叛；出卖
French farmers feel they've been sold out by their government in the
24. sell sb (on sth) 说服某人（做某事）
OK, you’ve sold me. I’ll go with you.
25. blow sb away 使（某人）大为惊讶；令（某人）非常高兴
The ending will blow you away.
26. blow smoke 蒙人，骗人，放烟雾弹
I’m not blowing smoke. I have honestly read War and Peace by Tolstoy.
27. couldn't care less （表示强调）一点也不在乎
- That man stole a bottle of wine from the shop.
- Oh, really? I couldn’t care less.
28. chuffed to bits 高兴，兴奋
Hey, thanks for the present! I’m chuffed to bits.
29. feel under the weather 生病；觉得不舒服
I'm feeling a bit under the weather - I think I've caught a cold.
30. tickled pink 高兴极了
I was tickled pink to be invited.
31. by the skin of your teeth 侥幸成功，勉强做成
I hadn’t studied much, but passed the test by the skin of my teeth.
32. comfort food （难过或焦虑时食用的）安慰食品，开心食品
Fat and sugar – the twin pillars of the best comfort food.
33. skeleton staff （企业或机构运转需要的）最基本的工作人员
The hospital has a skeleton staff at weekends.
34. baker's dozen 十三
We had a baker's dozen of eggs for fourteen of us at the time. How
could we even them out？
35. let the chips fall where they may 随它去，不去管结果了
Kathy decided to risk her money on the investment, and let the chips
fall where they may.
36. no-brainer 不费脑筋之事；容易处理的问题
That last test question was a complete no-brainer.
37. a stone's throw 很短的距离，掷石之遥
The cottage is just a stone's throw from the sea.
38. hear (sth) on/through the grapevine 从传闻中听说；通过道听途说获悉；听小道消息知道
I heard on the grapevine that he was leaving - is it true?
39. sit on the fence 骑墙观望，犹豫不决
You can't sit on the fence any longer - you have decide whose side
40. take sth with a pinch of salt 对……半信半疑，对……有所怀疑
You have to take everything she says with a pinch of salt, she does
tend to exaggerate.
41. freak (sb) out 气疯了，乐呆了，吓坏了
He freaked out when he heard he'd got the job.
42. piece of cake 非常容易的事情
The exam was a piece of cake.
43. hit the nail on the head 说中要害，说到点子上
I think Mick hit the nail on the head when he said that what's lacking
from this company is a feeling of confidence.
44. cost an arm and a leg 花了一大笔钱
These shoes cost me an arm and a leg.
45. hit the books 学习；做功课
I can't go out tonight. I've got to hit the books.
46. bite off more than you can chew 承担力所不及的事；不自量力
Clinton conceded, "We bit off more than we could chew in our original
health care reform proposals."
47. when pigs fly 永无可能；决不可能
- Aren’t you going to buy that house?
- I will when pigs fly. It’s just so expensive, I don’t think it’ll
48. judge a book by its cover 以貌取人
- I don’t like our new neighbours very much, they’re quite strange.
- You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I think they’re just a bit
quirky but really nice!
49. miss the boat （因行动慢而）错过机会，坐失良机
There were tickets available last week, but he missed the boat by
waiting till today to try to buy some.
50. go the extra mile 付出比别人期望中还要大的努力
He's a nice guy, always ready to go the extra mile for his friends.
51. shape up or ship out 行就行，不行滚（不改进就解雇你）
This is the last time I’m telling you to arrive on time. Shape up or