Session IV: People Do the Strangest Things(人会做很奇怪的事）
1. Shoot the Breeze = chat informally
A: What are you going to be doing this afternoon?
B: Oh, I don't have anything in particular in mind.
A: Why don't you come over to my place? We can listen to some records and shoot the breeze.
B: That sounds OK to me. I'd like to relax listening to music and visit and chat informally until my folks get back from shopping.
2. Bite the Dust = go down in defeat
Andy did exceptionally well in all of the track events, but bit the dust in the high jump competition. Much to the disappointment of his fans, he went down in defeat, losing to a competitor from the visiting team.
3. Bend Over Backward = try very hard
美国人认为向后倾是要花很大力气才能做到的事。Bend over backward 表示非常努力去做某事。
When Joan first started teaching she was afraid that she would have a lot of trouble getting used to the kids and to the faculty. Her fears turned out to be unfounded. Since everybody bent over backwards to help her. Everyone tried very hard to help her feel comfortable and adjust to the school.
4. Scratch Someone's Back = return a favor
A: Hey, Bea. I need some help stacking these boxes. Would you please give me a hand?
B: OK. And I need some help tidying up the house. How about your helping me out after that?
A: OK. If you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.
B: I know you don't like doing housework, but I'll help you with the boxes if you promise to return the favor.
A: No problem. I'll even do the windows.
5. Turn Someone Off = disgust someone
turn off 表示把电源断掉。Turn someone off 表示让别人一下子没了兴趣。
A: How was your date with Marty last night?
B: Well, it started off OK, but he really turned me off when we went for a snack after the movies.
A: Did he say or do something to annoy you?
B: Frankly, he disgusted me when he tried to talk with his mouth full.
A: I don't blame you. That would have really bothered me too.
6. Kick the Bucket = die
It's been said that the old man knew of a buried treasure, but he kicked the bucketbefore telling anyone where it was. If the treasure exists, the old man unfortunately took the secret of its location with him when he died.