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Like turkeys voting for Christmas 像火鸡支持过圣诞一样

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Like turkeys voting for Christmas 像火鸡支持过圣诞一样

It is estimated that 10 million turkeys were consumed at Christmas 2013 in the UK

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Rob: Hello, I am Rob. And welcome to Authentic Real English. In this programme, we teach you English words and phrases which you might not find in your dictionary.

Feifei: … and Hello, I'm Feifei.

Rob: Hello, Feifei. I am getting very excited, it’s nearly Christmas.

Feifei: 我也是!我特别喜欢圣诞节的气氛,还有那么多好吃的,礼物,还有……

Rob: Oh, Feifei, did you hear the boss wants us to agree to work on Christmas Day?

Feifei: 什么?圣诞节要上班?我可不能答应!为什么呀?

Rob: I don’t know, but he wanted us to agree to it. So I told him agreeing to work on Christmas Day would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.

Feifei: ‘Like turkeys voting for Christmas’? 像火鸡支持过圣诞节一样?我说 Rob,你喜欢吃火鸡肉这个没错,但是咱们圣诞节来上班和火鸡有什么关系呢?

Rob: Let me explain, Feifei. As you know, lots of people eat turkeys at Christmas. So, do you think if the turkeys had a choice, they would vote for Christmas?

Feifei: 如果火鸡有权利选择要不要过圣诞节,那肯定是不要过啦!它们怎么会选择被送入烤箱供人们享用的命运呢,肯定是疯了!

Rob: That’s right. So in English, we use this idiom ‘like turkeys voting for Christmas’ as a metaphor when someone accepts a situation which will have a negative outcome for them.

Feifei: 我明白了,所以说如果我们同意圣诞节来上班,就不能吃喝了,当然更重要的是不能和家人团聚了。

Rob: Exactly! It will be ‘like turkeys voting for Christmas’. Let’s hear some people using this phrase.

Examples

  • Workers agreeing to pay cuts would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.
  • It would be like turkeys voting for Christmas if people ask for a tax rise.

Rob: Remember this is an informal saying, so do take note of the context it’s used in.

Feifei: Thank you Rob for teaching us this humorous idiom. 话说这火鸡肉可是很美味呢,我突然特别饿。

Rob: Me too. Maybe we should just skip work today and go find some turkeys to eat?

Feifei: Now Rob, if I said yes to that, it would really be like turkeys voting for Christmas.

Rob: Ha ha…

Feifei: 感谢收听本期《地道英语》节目,欢迎下次继续收听。在此,我们也祝大家圣诞节快了!We wish you a very happy Christmas!

Rob: Merry Christmas!