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

Strike too close to home

[ 2013-02-20 09:49] 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

Strike too close to homeThe scene had struck too close to home, to his own philandering and to his young women.

My comments:

“Home” is where we live. Anything happens to our home affects us at heart, i.e. very deeply. If, therefore, something strikes too close to home, it becomes personal, something we cannot shake off easily emotionally, something we can no longer be objective about. Usually it’s about some unpleasant truth that’s too much for someone to take.

In the example above, the “scene” reveals too much – so much about his own philandering that his young women will probably find it hard to view.

To them, the “scene” looks too (unpleasantly) real.

Related stories:

Off the hook

Buy their way to influence

True to his root

Rise above the twittering crowd

As common as shelf paper in a cabinet

Out of the picture

Tampering with evidence

A single roll of the dice


From strength to strength

Town Hall format

An Irish goodbye

In the wind


kicking up a fuss about

The coin of the realm

Toy with the idea of


Go with the moment

One throat to choke

Miss the boat


Spotting and eliminating "pork"

All Greek to me

Have sth on the fire

Hard sell

Sold-out house

All bark and no bite

Leave money on the table

Boots on the ground


Boots on the ground

Common thread

A fact of life

Leave no stone unturned

Train wreck

Keep up with Joneses

Finishing touch

No great shakes

Warts and all

Catch -22 situation

Pull-up trey

I'm sold


Sit on its hands

Casing the joint

Free rein

Bear the brunt of

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.