English 中文网 漫画网 爱新闻iNews 翻译论坛
当前位置: Language Tips > 专家点评

the buck stops there?

[ 2013-12-12 14:57] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
免费订阅30天China Daily双语新闻手机报:移动用户编辑短信CD至106580009009

the buck stops there?Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the bucks stops with her when it comes to who is blame for a deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

My comments:

“The buck stops here” is best to be learned together with another commonplace American idiom passing the buck.

The “buck” in both phrases is short for a buckhorn knife, made from the horn of a deer. The buckhorn knife was often the object poker players in the olden days used during the game, passing it on from one another – signaling that it’s their turn to deal the next game if the buck is in front of them.

Hence, from this, passing the buck becomes a general phrase for passing one’s responsibility to others.

In our example, Hillary Clinton, by “the buck stops with her”, means to say that she is the one who is responsible here and that she’s not a person who tries to shift blame to others when things go wrong.

Politicians in America like to use this phrase, presumably following the example Harry Truman, a war-time president who is said to have had on his desk a sign with these very words written on it:

The Buck Stops Here.

Related stories:

bargain for jobs

Build the case

Sound bites

Keep out of the park

Go places

Go to Zhang Xin's column


About the author:

Zhang Xin(张欣) has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.