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No great shakes

2012-02-15 14:32

Warts and all

2012-02-08 16:33
Warts are the small infectious hard things that are painful and grow on the skin. By extension, warts represent small imperfections of a person.

[译题]Living in: Vancouver

2012-02-06 16:28

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2012-02-01 16:37

Catch -22 situation

2012-02-01 14:49
A catch-22 situation is a situation where you find that nothing works. Basically, it’s a catch – you’ll lose one way or the other.

Pull-up trey

2012-01-18 11:11
A pull-up is basketball-speak for a jump shot from a stationary position, i.e. you jump straight up and shoot, releasing the ball while in the air.

I'm sold

2012-01-12 16:36
This phrase “I’m sold” must have been inspired by the everyday transaction of buying and selling in the marketplace.

Stack the deck

2012-01-04 14:41
This is an idiom that originates from playing cards, the deck being a pack of cards. To stack the deck means to shuffle and arrange the cards before dealing them.

A policy of live and let live

2011-12-30 10:02
“Live and let live” is the age-old idiom in question here. Literally, it means that you should LIVE your life and LET others LIVE theirs.


2011-12-28 15:29
If you’re in the Foshan area, read that “urgent notice” now, just in case they change their mind again.


2011-12-26 16:43

Swiss cheese

2011-12-14 11:23
Hence, the long and short of it is, Swiss cheese gets to stand for, figuratively speaking, holes, or loopholes, as in laws which allow you to avoid doing what you’re supposed to do.

Sit on its hands

2011-12-07 10:35
In the above example, Germany is accused of having been sitting on its hands, i.e. of inaction, when clearly it is expected to have done something to ease the euro crisis.

Casing the joint

2011-11-30 15:41
To say that in reality, aging is “more like a savvy bank robber who’s spent months casing the joint” is to say that aging is a slow process. It doesn’t happen all of a sudden. It is a gradual process.

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