Be in the air将要发生的事情
The feeling or idea that something new is about to happen or is going to change.
Example: From the arguments going on at the meeting, it seems that a change in policy is in the air.
Clear the air消除误会
To settle a dispute and restore good relations
Example: We had a meeting with the workers, and I think we’ve cleared the air now.
Cost an arm and a leg极其昂贵
To be very expensive
Example: I love that fur coat. However, I don’t think I’m going to buy it because it costs an arm and a leg.
A bad egg缺乏道德的人
Somebody who has no moral principles and should be avoided
Example: You mustn’t lend Tim money, he’s a bad egg. You’ll never see him or your money again!
In the Bag稳操胜券
Said of an achievement which is secure
Example: We have the deal in the bag. The client came in this morning to sign the agreement.
In the balance未知的，不可预测的
Said when the outcome of a situation is unknown or unpredictable
Example: His career as a pilot is in the balance, as his eyesight does not seem good enough.
Drive a hard bargain极力讨价还价
To have the negotiating strength and skills to get the most advantageous price and conditions
Example: Amanda is negotiating the best price from the suppliers. She drives a hard bargain.
Ring a bell看上去或听起来非常熟悉
To look, sound or seem familiar
Example: That face rings a bell, where have I seen him before?
To cut down on spending because there is less income than before
Example: Now you are out of work, you’ll have to tighten your belt and give up buying new clothes and going out so often.
Kill two birds with one stone一石二鸟
To complete two tasks together, with less effort than doing them separately
Example:Since I’d gone to the store to buy some bread, I thought of killing twobirds with one stone and invited Mr. Biggs to the party.
Be in a black mood情绪极差
To be so negative abo
ut everything that it is impossible for anyone to reason with him/her
Example: My father has been in a black mood for days, we dare not say anything to him.
New people brought into an organization to introduce different and original ideas
Example: It was decided to bring new blood into the school by employing teachers with the latest training.
Feeling sad or depressed
Example: She’s feeling blue, because the man she loves is far away.
Get to the bottom of something弄清真相
To find out the truth about something
Example: I’m trying to get to the bottom of why David left without saying goodbye.
A piece of cake轻松的事
Something which is very easy to do
Example: Here…let me put the batteries in for you. It’s a piece of cake.
Pay a call拜访
To visit somebody
Example: As we’re in this neighborhood, we might as well pay the Jacksons a call, we haven’t seen them for ages.
Unexpectedly; with no prior planning
Example: By chance, I bumped into my wife in the shopping mall
Round the clock夜以继日的
To do something continuously, without a break or pause
Example: The ambulance services worked round the clock hauling people trapped in the building to safety.
To stay calm in a difficult situation
Example: If the traffic is jamed, the only thing to do is keep your cool, or get out of the car and walk!
In a tight corner处于困境
In an extremely difficult situation
Example: Whenever I get into a tight corner, I try to rely on quick thinking to get out of it.
Keep in the dark隐瞒
To keep something secret
Example: We know my brother has a new girlfriend, but he’s keeping her name in the dark.
Fall on deaf ears不加理睬的
Not to take any notice of what is said
Example: The city council’s order that garbage should be put in the bins fell ondeaf ears; the sidewalks are still littered with trash!
Take things easy放轻松
Example: It’s better for our health to take things easy than to worry about problems all the time.
Eat like a horse吃得很多
To eat a lot; to have a very big appetite
Example: Fred eats like a horse. When I was a growing lad like him, I used to eat a lot, too.
To attract somebody’s attention
Example: A movement behind the curtain caught my eye – I thought it was a burglar and rushed out of the room!
Have an eye for something对某事（某物体）了解得非常清楚
To be very good at doing something, or have a great understanding of something.
Example: As a botanist, he has to describe and draw plants accurately, so he must have an eye for detail.
Turn a blind eye熟视无睹
To ignore an action, even though one should do something about it
Example: Parents will spoil their children if they constantly turn a blind eye to their bad behavior.
Keep an eye on照看，密切注视
To watch carefully; to look after
Example: Keep an eye on my purse – I’m just going to the bathroom.
To have one’s reputation spoiled; to be embarrassed
Example: The large drug houses have lost face, because smaller companies are selling similar products at a cheaper price!
Lead the field处于领头地位
To be the most successful person or group in an activity
Example: For decades, the House of Dior led the field in elegant fashion design.
Get out of hand失去控制
To be out of control
Example: The problem of suicide bombings is getting out of hand; there seems to be no way to stop them.
Give a hand提供帮助
To help somebody with something
Example: Please give me a hand and hold this board while I paint it.
Learn by heart牢记
To memorize something; to have learned something word for word or very precisely.
Example: At school we often learned Shakespeare’s sonnets by heart and recited them in front of the class.
Something set aside and waiting to be dealt with
Example: Our vacation plans are on hold right now; because my Dad’s just been admitted to hospital with a stomach ulcer.
A dark horse出乎意料的嬴家
An unexpected winner.
Example: A dark horse in this year’s basketball cup was Japan!
The bottom line本质内容
The most essential part of something
Example: We’ve talked a lot about taxation and immigration, but the bottom line is that we have to create more jobs.
Live it up狂欢一场
To enjoy a high standard of living and lead a carefree life
Example: The neighbors having been living it up ever since they won the sweepstakes.
Look forward to期待着
To relish some future prospect; to eagerly await meeting somebody.
Example: You can tell Jake is looking forward to his vacation – he keeps tellingus how many days there are left until he finishes college.
Bear in mind记住
To remember something which can be of help in the future.
Example: Before you start your perspective drawing, bear in mind you should first establish a vanishing point.
Have a mind to想做某事，计划做某事
To be decided on; to intend to
Example: The service in our hotel was terrible. I have a mind to write a letter of complaint.