2009년 11월 16일
English Idioms and Expressions
- a personal reason for wanting something to happen, especially because you get some advantage from it
- She thinks that lawyers have a vested interest in making the legal process move slowly.
- Vested interests (= People with a vested interest) are opposing the plan.
make one's appointment vs.
keep one's appointment
make an appointment
set up an appointment
put in for something
- to officially ask for something
- = apply
- Are you going to put in for that job.
- to get rid of somebody/something that you do not want or cannot keep
- It is very difficult to dispose of nuclear weapon.
- to deal with a problem, question or threat successfully
- That seems to have disposed of most of their arguments.
cash on delivery, collect on delivery, payment upon delivery
- payment for goods will be made when the goods are delivered.
on the wane
- becoming smaller, less important or less common
- = declining
- There are signs that support for the party is on the wane.
- on the wane of power
- on the wane of popularity
at one's earliest convenience
- as soon as possible
- Please send it to me at your earliest convenience.
to the point
- dealing only with the important subject or idea, and not including any unnecessary discussions
- Her comments were brief and to the point.
- come to the point
- keep to the point
in a timely manner, in a timely fashion
- as quickly as is reasonable in a particular situation
- We aim to settle all valid claims in a timely manner.
- to earn a lot of money without trying very hard
- Lou's been raking in the dollars since he opened his business.
- If someone opened a burger bar, they'd really rake it in.
the final/last word
- the power to decide whether or how to do something
- The final word on policy determination belongs to the committee.
- She has the final word on whether policies are put into action or not.
- the last statement or speech in a discussion or argument:
- The last word must go to Nick, who has organized the whole project.
do one's bit
- to make one's expected contribution
- Everyone should do their bit for the environment.
- the probability that an individual will keep his or her job
- A job with a high level of job security is such that a person with the job would have a small chance of becoming unemployed.
not far distant future
be shaping up to be
- Is Christmas Shaping Up to be a Disappointment for Retailers?
- 2009 shaping up to be a “normal” temperature year in the USA
- This is shaping up to be a semester where students will have to worry about the flu as well as their grades.
- It's shaping up to be a pretty big party.
- Average Joe from Wikipedia
- Average Joe isn't the only one concerned.
- average Joe, ordinary Joe, average Jane, ordinary Jane
- Monica's gonna totally freak out. (from Friends)
- I'm not falling for those tears.
- I'm not falling for Republican tactics any more.
- Behind me? I'm not falling for that one.
in tough environment
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make it a rule to
Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it it's only good for wallowing in.
consistent with expectations
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