A bowl of noodles. [Photo/VCG]
1 SPICE THINGS UP
You’ve probably guessed by now that to spice things up means to make them more interesting or exciting.
你可能已经猜到spice things up意为使事情变得更加有趣。
Instead of just buying Sam a birthday gift, let’s spice things up by taking him out for dinner.
2 A PIECE OF CAKE
A piece of cake refers to a task or job that’s easy to complete or accomplish.
A piece of cake指一件很容易完成的任务或者是工作。
I expected the English test to be difficult but it was a piece of cake.
3 COOL AS A CUCUMBER
Cucumbers have a refreshing taste and leave you with a cool, calm feeling. So if you’re cool as a cucumber, you’re someone who’s very calm and relaxed.
My friend is nervous about taking his driving test but I’m cool as a cucumber.
4 COUCH POTATO
A couch potato refers to someone who spends a lot of time sitting on the couch watching TV.
A couch potato指整天坐在沙发上看电视的人。
After my uncle retired from his job, he became a couch potato.
5 BRING HOME THE BACON
To bring home the bacon means to make an income or earn a living to support your family.
Bring home the bacon意为赚钱养家。
Ever since her father was injured, she’s been working two jobs to bring home the bacon.
Chicken soup with lots of ginger to soothe the postnatal flatulence. [Photo provided to China Daily]
6 IN HOT WATER
When someone is in hot water, they’re in a bad situation or serious trouble.
My brother is in hot water for failing all his college classes.
7 COMPARE APPLES AND ORANGES
Apples are very different from oranges both in looks and taste. It’s hard to compare two things that are so unlike each other. So then, to compare apples and oranges is to compare two very different things.
I’m not sure which I enjoy more—pottery or dancing. It’s like comparing apples and oranges.
我不确定自己更加喜欢哪一个 — 陶艺还是舞蹈。这两者无法相提并论。
8 NOT ONE'S CUP OF TEA
If something is not your cup of tea, it’s an activity you have no interest in, don’t enjoy or don’t do well in.
如果用not your cup of tea来形容某事，这就说明你对某件事并不感兴趣，不喜欢也不擅长。
Camping is really not my cup of tea so I’m going to visit my friend in New York instead.
9 EAT LIKE A BIRD
How much does a bird eat? Not very much, right? So to eat like a bird is to eat very little.
一只鸟能吃多少东西？吃不了多少，对吧？所以eat like a bird意为吃的非常少。
Don’t trouble yourself cooking such a big meal. I eat like a bird.
10 EAT LIKE A HORSE
Now, a horse is much bigger than a bird. So how much do you think a horse eats? That’s right, to eat like a horse is to eat a large amount of food.
马比鸟大得多了。那么一匹马能吃多少东西呢？就是这样，eat like a horse说明吃的东西很多。
My mother has to cook a lot of food when my brother comes to visit. He eats like a horse.