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one slang per day
harvey66 2005-11-18 13:21

I think learning slang is a good way to understand english.
below is from peakenglisn






axe


Definition: To eliminate someone from their job; to terminate employment.
Example: 1) My old company axed me after they found out I had been sleeping on the job.
Synonyms: downsize, get fired, pink slip

Definition: An electric guitar.
Example: 1) The legendary Jimi Hendrix used to play his axe behind his back.

harvey66 2005-11-18 13:38

I cant link the picture and the audio here.
who can teach me?

if you are interested in the slang you can sign for it on www.peakenglish.com

eli8 2005-11-19 16:08

what is slang? should the topic be '1 WORD per day'?

justin_zhu 2005-11-19 16:13

You can use accessory to upload picture and audio file.
引用:

作者: harvey66
I cant link the picture and the audio here.
who can teach me?

if you are interested in the slang you can sing for it on www.peakenglish.com


harvey66 2005-11-20 20:58

引用:

作者: justin_zhu
You can use accessory to upload picture and audio file.


thanks

harvey66 2005-11-20 21:01

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作者: eli8
what is slang? should the topic be '1 WORD per day'?

I think slang is kind of idiom.

eli8 2005-11-21 13:43

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作者: harvey66
I think slang is kind of idiom.

slang is 俚语, it is different from idiom。 that is why i asked you that question, because it is not proper for the title.

wyman 2005-11-21 14:23

学习

harvey66 2005-11-21 20:02

引用:

作者: eli8
slang is 俚语, it is different from idiom。 that is why i asked you that question, because it is not proper for the title.

Axe is defenitely a word, but here it doesnt apply its original meaning . In some way, it is used as a "slang ".

harvey66 2005-11-21 22:11

add a picture today,but still cant add the pronunciation.

AndyLee 2005-11-23 10:33

good for me! thank you!!

harvey66 2005-11-23 14:45

glad to be helpful.

harvey66 2005-11-23 14:49



idiot box



Definition: A television.
Example: 1) I wasted my whole night in front of the idiot box.
Etymology: An 'idiot' is a stupid person, and most televisions look like square 'boxes' (containers). This phrase suggests that if you spend too much time looking at the 'box' (television), you'll become an 'idiot'.

Synonyms: boob tube

jiujiu 2005-11-23 16:30

useful

偏偏 2005-11-23 16:32

funny

卉樱果 2005-11-23 18:09

go on ~

harvey66 2005-11-24 12:48



in one's hair



Definition: Constantly annoying; bothering someone again and again.
Example: 1) My little brother is always getting in my hair!

2) Be careful how you fill out your tax forms -- you don't want the government in your hair.
Etymology: It can be difficult to remove something that is caught in your hair. For example, if you get chewing gum in your hair it can take hours to get it out -- and it's very annoying to do. So if a person is 'in your hair', they are annoying and hard to get rid of.

胡杨树 2005-11-25 18:16

could you present tow slangs or more per day ,

harvey66 2005-11-25 22:42

引用:

作者: 胡杨树
could you present tow slangs or more per day ,

a little hard for me.
glad that you like it.thank you.

harvey66 2005-11-25 22:48



sugar daddy


Definition: A man who gives a woman money and gifts, usually as part of a romantic relationship.
Example: 1) My sugar daddy bought me a new car!
Etymology: Literally, your 'daddy' is your father, but in this phrase 'daddy' refers to any man who takes care of you. And 'sugar' is something that makes things sweet and enjoyable. So a 'sugar daddy' is a man who gives you lots of enjoyable things, like cars and diamonds and money.

harvey66 2005-11-26 13:15



blow chunks



Definition: To vomit; to be sick.
Example: 1) I feel really sick -- I could blow chunks right here!
Synonyms: puke, spew

Definition: Something that is not good, or a major disappointment.
Example: 1) That movie blew chunks! I can't believe I paid $9 to see it.

harvey66 2005-11-27 13:03



yawner



Definition: Something that is boring or completely uninteresting.
Example: 1) The film was a real yawner -- I fell asleep after the first twenty minutes.
Etymology: A 'yawn' (when you open your mouth, take a deep breath, and stretch your muscles) is a sure sign that you are sleepy or bored.

卉樱果 2005-11-27 13:50

I like it very much. To me, one slang is enough, easy to remember. Thank you Harvey66

harvey66 2005-11-27 21:50

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
I like it very much. To me, one slang is enough, easy to remember. Thank you Harvey66

this club is really not popular, thank you so much for your message.

卉樱果 2005-11-28 11:52

English slang to Chinese, is like "highbrow art and literature"(Chenglish)阳春白雪。
It is difficult, but if you do not know, then you can not understand the movie/TV show if you are able to know EVERY word.
Thanks for your efforts.

霏霏 2005-11-28 12:03

THANKS!

harvey66 2005-11-28 12:28

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作者: 霏霏
THANKS!

thanks too.

harvey66 2005-11-28 19:57



wrong side of the tracks



Definition : The poor part of town.
Example : 1) Chris came from the wrong side of the tracks, but eventually he became a millionaire.
Etymology : In many American cities, the neighborhoods where poor people live are typically on one side of a city's railroad tracks, close to factories and sources of pollution .

Synonyms : slum

偏偏 2005-11-28 20:13

thanks!

卉樱果 2005-11-29 09:52

many new commers live along the skytrain track, is it a right side of the tracks?

高&瘦 2005-11-29 10:59

EXERCISE: Lesson one
Chris came from the wrong side of the tracks, but eventually he became a sugar daddy. someday bought a blond a idiot box in her hair,the blond yawner blew chunks at once.He was axed.

harvey66 2005-11-29 12:41

引用:

作者: 高&瘦
EXERCISE: Lesson one
Chris came from the wrong side of the tracks, but eventually he became a sugar daddy. someday bought a blond a idiot box in her hair,the blond yawner blew chunks at once.He was axed.

fantastic!!!
you are a language talent.

harvey66 2005-11-29 13:03

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作者: 卉樱果
many new commers live along the skytrain track, is it a right side of the tracks?

my sister-in-law is in burnaby ,I wonder whether that is the wrong side or right side of the tracks in Vancouver?

harvey66 2005-11-29 13:06



walking on eggshells


Definition : To be in a delicate situation; to be on the edge of danger or ruin.
Example : 1) Ever since I smashed their car, I've been walking on eggshells with my parents.

2) We're walking on eggshells with our landlord -- she told us that if we have one more loud party, she's going to kick us out of our apartment.
Etymology : An 'eggshell' is the thin, white outer coating of an egg. The shell is very thin and breaks easily. So if you are 'walking on eggshells' you are in a situation where you could break something (or get in trouble or ruin everything) very easily.

Synonyms : walking on thin ice

卉樱果 2005-11-29 15:20

I have been walked on eggshells since married

:wdb4: :wdb4:

偏偏 2005-11-29 15:34

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
I have been walked on eggshells since married

:wdb4: :wdb4:

:wdb18:。。。。。。:wdb6:

harvey66 2005-11-29 19:01

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
I have been walked on eggshells since married

:wdb4: :wdb4:

:wdb27:

卉樱果 2005-11-30 10:06

why there is no new slang today?

fafan 2005-11-30 10:29

What's the wrong????

harvey66 2005-11-30 12:40

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
why there is no new slang today?

I usually post a new slang at noon , but sometime i have to do it in evening. Because of the time difference between canada and china ,you may feel there is no new slang one day.
anyway, I'll try better.

harvey66 2005-11-30 12:44



zone out



Definition: : To lose all concentration; to slip out of normal consciousness, and have nothing on your mind.
Example: : 1) After working on a document for four hours straight, I zoned out in front of my computer screen.
Etymology: : A 'zone' is an area or place. If you 'zone out', you mentally drift away from the place you are currently, and go off into empty, dreamy space.

Synonyms: space out

卉樱果 2005-11-30 22:17

Jimmy is looking for a girl friend at a web site called "friend finder", when viewing so many profiles and photos of all girls from different countries, Jimmy soon got zone out.

harvey66 2005-12-01 12:31



yellow





Definition: A person who is scared easily; a cowardly individual.
Example: 1) Chris didn't surprise me when he ran away from the war zone--I always knew he was yellow.
Synonyms: chicken

harvey66 2005-12-01 12:34

as we all know , Chris was yellow. Everytime when he came into the war zone, he got zone out.

肥猫 2005-12-01 16:51

I love here so much! Thank you,harvey66 and all other 好筒子!

肥猫 2005-12-01 17:06

BTW, what's the meaning of wussy on the above picture?

harvey66 2005-12-01 19:51

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作者: belief98
BTW, what's the meaning of wussy on the above picture?

I dont know either.
anybody can tell us?

harvey66 2005-12-01 20:11

I guess it is similar with coward, yellow...

wyman 2005-12-02 01:40

follow you~~~thanks

harvey66 2005-12-02 07:25



hooked



Definition: Addicted; to like something so much that you need it every day.
Example: 1) I'm really hooked on the hamburgers at Junior's.

2) I really like Holly, my new girlfriend. After just two dates, I'm hooked!
Etymology: A 'hook' is a curved piece of metal used to catch something, like a fish hook. If you are 'hooked' on something, it has caught you and won't let go. This term was originally used by drug addicts to describe the feeling of needing drugs, and now it used to describe anything that is so good that you want it every day.

harvey66 2005-12-02 07:28

I am hooked on the forum on canadameet recently.

卉樱果 2005-12-02 11:00

a good copy , haha
引用:

作者: harvey66
I am hooked on the forum on canadameet recently.


卉樱果 2005-12-02 11:05

yellow,

The meaning of slang on the word "yellow" is not nice on both Chinese and English.

My English colleague Mike was interested in Chinese girls's beauty. We laughed at him as "a yellow man" , then he said:" I am yellow, because I am Chinese."

harvey66 2005-12-02 12:20

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作者: 卉樱果
yellow,

The meaning of slang on the word "yellow" is not nice on both Chinese and English.

My English colleague Mike was interested in Chinese girls's beauty. We laughed at him as "a yellow man" , then he said:" I am yellow, because I am Chinese."

Sometimes I really admire you guys who are overseas, you can easily feel the meaning in the word, while I can only learn it on the word.

卉樱果 2005-12-02 12:54

哪里哪里,见笑见笑
:wdb6: :wdb6:
引用:

作者: harvey66
Sometimes I really admire you guys who are overseas, you can easily feel the meaning in the word, while I can only learn it on the word.


肥猫 2005-12-02 13:37

haha, I am hooked on this topic.

harvey66 2005-12-03 07:46



love handles


Definition: Unsightly fat that shows from the sides at the waist, usually on men.
Example: 1) I need to exercise more -- my love handles are growing!
Etymology: Fat at the waist sometimes forms 'handles' or grips that a lover could grab and hold onto.

harvey66 2005-12-03 07:50

when aging, i helplessly found love handles at my waist that my lover didnt love.

harvey66 2005-12-03 08:25

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
哪里哪里,见笑见笑
:wdb6: :wdb6:

a joke

this is a dialogue between a english native speaker and a woman chinese learner.

NS(native speaker): you are beautiful.
CW(chinese woman): where, where (哪里, 哪里)

NS : everywhere
CW: you cant see. (不见得)

卉樱果 2005-12-03 11:24

My husband and I went to Stanley Park Resturant today, and I dressed quite nice and smart. :wdb19: :wdb19: :wdb19:

He looked at me with love in his eyes::wdb17: :wdb17: :wdb17:

"Why are you always complianing that you are too fat? :wdb6: You really have a good figure~~~~ :wdb12: at your age....:wdb7: :wdb14: :wdb21: :wdb8: "

I said:"but people here can not know I am fat, only my beloved husband sees my love handles.":wdb13: :wdb31: :wdb31: :wdb31:

Is not it right?

sunyu 2005-12-03 11:44

果子JJ,You are really guy!

Thank you Havey66, i'm hooked on here now. Follow you every day!

harvey66 2005-12-03 16:01

引用:

作者: sunyu
果子JJ,You are really guy!

Thank you Havey66, i'm hooked on here now. Follow you every day!

you are welcom.
learn together.

肥猫 2005-12-03 22:42

I think that love handles do not appear consequently with age. Some young person would also have them if he could not keep himself in shape. :)

harvey66 2005-12-04 12:48



catch on


Definition: To understand something new.
Example: 1) Sabah is a good student. She catches on quickly. 2) Until someone catches on, they will keep cheating their customers forever.
Synonyms: figure out, get

harvey66 2005-12-04 12:49

It is not too difficult to catch on the meaning of the phase "catch on".

卉樱果 2005-12-04 13:26

Catch on - It is good for me to stay here to catch on English slang every day, then in near future I may be able to understand the humor of English TV show

肥猫 2005-12-04 14:51

catch on

Sorry teacher, I couldn't catch on what you said.

sunyu 2005-12-04 23:17

My mother can always catches on the new things from young people,such as computer games, funs and so on.

肥猫 2005-12-05 00:01

Good night, everybody!
Harvey66's post help me to catch on some English slang easily. Great!
Add SW to all on this page.

卉樱果 2005-12-05 03:58

axe
The company I worked for axed me, since then I have had a better posistion and payment

Idiot Box
Dislike to sit with TV as a idiot box

Sugar Daddy
It would be nice if you have a sugar daddy, but it is easier to be a sugar mommy yourself.

高&瘦 2005-12-05 11:36

EXERCISE: UNIT TWO

Sometimes,I was yellow especially in front of pretty woman.
Nowadays ,I was hooked on a sugar mommy with love handles.
I catched on that I would zong out of my family.
just like wakling on eggshells......
God!Help me......

harvey66 2005-12-05 12:23



head above water


Definition: Out of difficulty or trouble.
Example: 1) After a disastrous last quarter, I think the company is finally above water.

harvey66 2005-12-05 12:28

高&瘦
so funny
always give us surprise

harvey66 2005-12-05 12:35

head above water

this is a business idiom that i found on www.peakenglish.com. I dont know why there isnt the "head" in the example sentence. and it seems that it is better without it than with it.

harvey66 2005-12-05 12:39

I dove into the Pacific since I submitted my application to the CIC, and hope someday I can be above the water at the other side of the ocean.

肥猫 2005-12-05 14:32

During the economic depression, most small business are forced to lay off some employees to keep head above water.

高&瘦 2005-12-05 14:33

引用:

作者: harvey66
高&瘦
so funny
always give us surprise

thanks for your unselfish sharing!!!
up!

卉樱果 2005-12-05 15:42

above the water

Nothing is permanent except changing. Never give up your hope when you are down, you will be head above the water soon.

harvey66 2005-12-06 12:43



dry run


Definition: A practice session. A trial exercise; a rehearsal.
Example: 1) Let's go through a dry run of our presentation before we give it to the board of directors.

harvey66 2005-12-06 12:51

Attending a crash course for IELTS is helpful, you can go through a dry run before you take it, especially in the section of speaking test.

卉樱果 2005-12-06 12:51

Dry run

These days, my LG is following the instructions from DVD and going through a dry run of dancing at home himself, before he has enough gut to show up at Christmas Party.

sunyu 2005-12-06 13:07

English seems too busy for me today, hope I'll above water someday.

The company always asks the students just from school to dry run for somedays to know the background about what they will do in the company.

harvey66 2005-12-06 13:15

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
Dry run

These days, my LG is following the instructions from DVD and going through a dry run of dancing at home himself, before he has enough gut to show up at Christmas Party.

I am green with envy about your enjoyable life in Canada.

harvey66 2005-12-06 13:16

引用:

作者: sunyu
English seems too busy for me today, hope I'll above water someday.

The company always asks the students just from school to dry run for somedays to know the background about what they will do in the company.

After you are above water, you will be above your fellows if you keep learning English so "busy".

卉樱果 2005-12-06 13:33

I am green with envy about young people's promissing future.

引用:

作者: harvey66
I am green with envy about your enjoyable life in Canada.


肥猫 2005-12-06 13:45

haha , there are quite some people green with envy here, for different reasons.:)

肥猫 2005-12-06 13:50

Dry run

He went through a dry run of the proposal to his girl friend several times in heart before he eventually did it.

sunyu 2005-12-06 18:51

引用:

作者: harvey66
After you are above water, you will be above your fellows if you keep learning English so "busy".

口误口误:wdb4:

harvey66 2005-12-06 20:42

引用:

作者: sunyu
口误口误:wdb4:

sorry for misleading.
nothing is wrong with you.
I just quote your word.

卉樱果 2005-12-07 04:19

one more "dry run"

I chatted on MSN last night with my English friend whom I have known for 10 years , he told he was to have an interview on Tuesday by company A, and another on on Thursday. But he was not interested in the offer from company A, just for a practice.

I then said:" it is good for you to have a dry run."

He was surprised that I knew this words.

卉樱果 2005-12-07 04:22

one more "love handle"

at the ELSA class, we are learning the names of food these days. Teacher said she did not like pock/meat so much. I then said:"That is why you have a good figure." She was very happy and replied:" you too~"

I said:" not really, I know I have love handles"

Teacher surprised:" where do you learn this slang?" then she explianed this slang to the class. hahahaha~

harvey66 2005-12-07 12:51

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
one more "dry run"

I chatted on MSN last night with my English friend whom I have known for 10 years , he told he was to have an interview on Tuesday by company A, and another on on Thursday. But he was not interested in the offer from company A, just for a practice.

I then said:" it is good for you to have a dry run."

He was surprised that I knew this words.

I am so happy to hear that.

harvey66 2005-12-07 12:52

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
one more "love handle"

at the ELSA class, we are learning the names of food these days. Teacher said she did not like pock/meat so much. I then said:"That is why you have a good figure." She was very happy and replied:" you too~"

I said:" not really, I know I have love handles"

Teacher surprised:" where do you learn this slang?" then she explianed this slang to the class. hahahaha~

encouragement for me.

harvey66 2005-12-07 12:54

to 卉樱果:
your capacity of catching on new things is amazing.

while my memory is getting worse and worse.

harvey66 2005-12-07 12:59



hired gun


Definition: A temporary employee hired to do a difficult task.
Example: 1) Greedie Corp. is using some hired guns to handle the latest round of layoffs. 2) The defense attorneys brought in a hired gun to help question the key witness.
Etymology: In the 1800s, a 'hired gun' was an armed man paid to protect a town from thieves and bandits in the American West. In the 1920s, 'hired gun' came to mean 'hit man' or 'assassin' among American gangsters. Now the term is used in corporations to describe specialists who are typically very aggressive or responsible for unpleasant, high-level tasks.

harvey66 2005-12-07 13:06

I did have once an experience of being a hire gun for my colleague in an english examination, but soon was discovered by the superviser and was axed.

肥猫 2005-12-07 14:07

He acts as a hired gun in the software company from time to time.

卉樱果 2005-12-07 15:01

I have not found any chance of being a hired gun here in Canada.

sunyu 2005-12-07 16:15

To be a hired gun, people must have more special talent than others.

harvey66 2005-12-08 07:12




creep


Definition: A weird or disturbing person; an annoying person.
Example: 1) Some creep was bothering me last night at the party.

2) I hate it when my little brother follows us around. He's such a creep!
Etymology: Small creatures such as spiders and rats 'creep around', which means that they move with their bodies close to the ground. Many people are afraid of such creatures and avoid them. As slang, a 'creep' is someone who reminds you of a spider or rat and makes you want to avoid him.

Synonyms: jerk

harvey66 2005-12-08 07:20

Recently, words of abuse are popular here.
I also present a "bad" word to cater for the "evil" nature of human.

harvey66 2005-12-08 07:31

This word(creep) reminds me of another one, reptile,which seems that I have met in some movies. Could it be a synonym of creep?

卉樱果 2005-12-08 12:59

creep?
I have not met such creep yet.

肥猫 2005-12-08 19:19

Wuwu, I do not understand this word exactly. Does it mean rogue? In my eyes, the man on the picture looks like a rogue.:)

harvey66 2005-12-08 20:29

not a good word.

sunyu 2005-12-09 11:31

There are few creeps in the bus on my way work, and some times I hurt him with my 高跟鞋.

WHO CAN TELL ME?:wdb4:

harvey66 2005-12-09 12:47



big wig


Definition/: An important, powerful or famous person.
Example: 1) My brother was a big wig at Enron before he went to jail for tax evasion. 2) Of course it's a good idea, but the big wigs will never agree to do it.
Etymology: Hundreds of years ago, judges, bishops and assorted nobles wore wigs while in the royal court. (In England, some still do!) The wig was a symbol of power and prestige, and the phrase refers to this strange, old practice.

Synonyms: big shot

harvey66 2005-12-09 12:49

引用:

作者: sunyu
There are few creeps in the bus on my way work, and some times I hurt him with my 高跟鞋.

WHO CAN TELL ME?:wdb4:

maybe "high-heel shoes"

harvey66 2005-12-09 12:59

A creep became a big wig by tax evasion(a sugar dady meantime), then came into the top-drawer in China, when shall he be axed?!

sunyu 2005-12-09 14:20

引用:

作者: harvey66
maybe "high-heel shoes"

Thanks a lot! FF

Talk about the big wig,some people maybe green with envy, but I am not because I think they will have less time with their family and even less time to enjoy the life.

卉樱果 2005-12-09 14:40

big wig

A very wise gentleman around 80 years old in our ELSA class is from Rwanda. He was a big wig when he worked as a government officer in his first country.

肥猫 2005-12-09 15:26

Some young man may have a dream to becaome a big wig someday. But this really needs lots of effort and a good chance. In fact, life is colorful. Enjoy everyday is the right way.

偏偏 2005-12-09 15:29

引用:

作者: belief98
Some young man may have a dream to becaome a big wig someday. But this really needs lots of effort and a good chance. In fact, life is colorful. Enjoy everyday is the right way.

I agree with your point.

Actually, until now I have not met a real big wig. :wdb22:

harvey66 2005-12-09 19:47

引用:

作者: belief98
Some young man may have a dream to becaome a big wig someday. But this really needs lots of effort and a good chance. In fact, life is colorful. Enjoy everyday is the right way.

I couldnt agree with you more about it.
effort and chance, equally important.
and enjoy everyday!

harvey66 2005-12-10 08:24



barking up the wrong tree


Definition: Looking for something in the wrong place; to be mistaken.
Example: 1) Tanya tried to get some money from her uncle, but she was barking up the wrong tree -- he doesn't have a dime! 2) If you're looking for a new job, Ted, you're barking up the wrong tree. We aren't hiring right now.
Etymology: A dog will chase its prey (such as a cat) until it runs up a tree. The dog then barks to tell its owner where the prey is. Sometimes, the dog might get confused, and bark at the 'wrong tree' where there is no prey.

harvey66 2005-12-10 08:40

I dont think you are barking up the wrong tree when you ask a agency to be your representative to apply for Canadian permanent resident, but is the game worth the candle?

It's an exception that you have enough money but insufficient time.

sunjack 2005-12-10 10:39


整理一个文件 一起发出来

卉樱果 2005-12-11 12:11

barking up the wrong tree

Is it barking up the wrong tree to seek financial help from friends?

harvey66 2005-12-11 12:39

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
barking up the wrong tree

Is it barking up the wrong tree to seek financial help from friends?

that depends.

harvey66 2005-12-11 12:45



pack heat



Definition: To carry a gun.
Example: 1) Be careful when you're out late at night -- you never know who might be packing heat.

2) You never had to tell Dirty Harry to pack heat - he was always carrying a .44 Magnum.
Etymology: "Heater" is slang for a gun, and "pack" means 'a container' or 'to fold up' or 'to put away'. So when you "pack heat" you become a container for a gun - or put a gun on your body, in your clothes.

harvey66 2005-12-11 12:46

is packing heat legal in Canada?

sunyu 2005-12-12 00:49

A Begger was barking up the wrong tree to ask money from me because I have not find a job yet.


You must pack heat when you go to IRAQ now.

harvey66 2005-12-12 12:40



boozehound


Definition: Someone who drinks a lot of whiskey; a drunk.
Example: 1) Tom is quite a boozehound -- he has half a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red for lunch!
Etymology: A 'hound' is a hunting dog, and 'booze' is liquor. So a 'boozehound' is someone who pursues liquor like a dog hunting prey.

Synonyms: lush

harvey66 2005-12-12 12:44

A drunk is a boozehound.
Is a sugardaddy a beautyhound ?
What does a big wig hound ?

harvey66 2005-12-13 12:42



burned out


Definition: Extremely tired; lacking energy; worn out from working too much.
Example: 1) I was completely burned out after working on a big project for three weeks straight. 2) After staring at a computer for 80 hours per week for the last two years, Michael was finally burned out and quit his job.
Etymology: When you are 'burned out' you have no more fuel to burn. You are without energy, like a candle that has consumed all of its wax.

Synonyms: wiped out, worn out, pooped

harvey66 2005-12-13 12:43

I hope I can get my visa before my enthusiasm is burned out.

sunyu 2005-12-13 21:33

The teachers are like a candle, burned out themselves but light the students.

sunyu 2005-12-13 21:35

If a driver is a boozehound it always means a hurt to others.

卉樱果 2005-12-14 09:55

The first time went to swim here in Vancouver, after 15 minutes, I was burned out like a dry fish, because I did not know how to breath in the water. Now I have changed a way of swiming, so my head is always out of water, and my swimming skill is out of water as well.

Please correct me, teachers

harvey66 2005-12-14 13:02

dry fish, love birds
I learn many idioms from you, thanks.

harvey66 2005-12-14 13:24



nailed


Definition: To find or catch someone doing something wrong.
Example: 1) Jimmy's father nailed him smoking cigarettes.

2) After three years of counterfeiting treasury bonds, the FBI nailed the crime ring.
Etymology: A 'nail' is a small piece of metal that holds two pieces of wood together. When you get nailed, you and the thing you did wrong are attached together, for everyone to see.

harvey66 2005-12-14 13:29

When I was young, I once was nailed playing cards in the office and was fine some money .

肥猫 2005-12-14 23:27

barking up the wrong tree

If you want to develop a serious relation with a man and get married in the end, you are barking up the wrong tree. He is obviously not that kind of person

pack heat

It is legal to pack heat in US while it is not in China.

肥猫 2005-12-14 23:37

burt out

I was burnt out and felt asleep as soon as I went to bed last night.

Irene1201 2005-12-15 03:43

I hope oneday that I would be a big wig.

I haven't met heat packer yet. (can I say it as heat packer?)

I think that I have barked up the wrong tree to be my husband.

Irene1201 2005-12-15 03:48

He can't be satisfied , even though I tried hard to make the best of a bad job.

harvey66 2005-12-15 12:36

引用:

作者: Irene1201
He can't be satisfied , even though I tried hard to make the best of a bad job.

I learned a good idiom from you: make the best of a bad job.
thank you.

harvey66 2005-12-15 12:38

引用:

作者: Irene1201
He can't be satisfied , even though I tried hard to make the best of a bad job.

What with you have tried hard to make the best of a bad job, you could shoot him if he is still unsatisfied.

just for fun.

harvey66 2005-12-15 12:43

引用:

作者: belief98
burt out

I was burnt out and felt asleep as soon as I went to bed last night.

I noticed you used "burnt", which is the correct past participle of "burn". "burned out" is an idiom from www.peakenglish. I wonder if it is an American English? thanks.

harvey66 2005-12-15 12:48



loan shark


Definition: A person who lends out money, at a very high rate of interest and with the threat of violence if the loan is not repaid quickly.
Example: 1) I had to see a loan shark to cover my $100,000 gambling debt.
Etymology: When you borrow money, it is called a 'loan'. A 'shark' is a big fish that is very dangerous. So a 'loan shark' is someone who lends money and is dangerous, because he will 'bite' (or attack) you if you don't repay the loan.

harvey66 2005-12-15 12:48

I dont dare to have anything to do with a loan shark.

Irene1201 2005-12-15 12:51

thank you too, Harvey66. I have learned more from you :)

Can anyone tell me if I can call a person whom carrys a gun as "heat packer" or it is called " pack heater" in a correct way?? I would be very apperiative of your help.

harvey66 2005-12-15 12:59

引用:

作者: Irene1201
thank you too, Harvey66. I have learned more from you :)

Can anyone tell me if I can call a person whom carrys a gun as "heat packer" or it is called " pack heater" in a correct way?? I would be very apperiative of your help.

I think heat packer is better.
heat is a noun that means a gun and pack is a verb. Maybe you cant say "pack heater".
am I right?

Irene1201 2005-12-15 13:17

thanks again.

I am not sure about the correct answer , that's why I am seeking for help. :D
Personally, I would go with "heat packer", it makes sense to me more.

肥猫 2005-12-15 20:20

引用:

作者: harvey66
I noticed you used "burnt", which is the correct past participle of "burn". "burned out" is an idiom from www.peakenglish. I wonder if it is an American English? thanks.

Hi, harvey66, I didn't notice that what you posted is "burned out". Maybe both is correct. I can't open the webpage you offered. sorry.

Irene1201 2005-12-16 03:18

It should be www.peakenglish.com or .ca or .co.uk or .com.cn ....etc. Harvey66 probably missed out the following part by chance. :)

harvey66 2005-12-16 13:06

引用:

作者: Irene1201
It should be www.peakenglish.com or .ca or .co.uk or .com.cn ....etc. Harvey66 probably missed out the following part by chance. :)

sorry. I missed the ".com"

harvey66 2005-12-16 13:15



repo man


Definition: One who seizes property and returns it to its owners; usually, the term refers to someone who takes cars back to the car dealer, when the driver of the car has failed to pay for it in full.
Example: 1) Maya was having trouble paying her bills, so it was no surprise to hear the repo man knocking on her door.
Etymology: 'Repo' is short for 'repossess', meaning 'to take back property'. A film called "Repo Man," about a man who repossesses cars in southern California, was popular in the 1980's.

harvey66 2005-12-16 13:20

I have not met a repo man yet here in China, what is the situation in Canada?

harvey66 2005-12-17 14:34




Jane Doe



Definition: An unidentified woman.
Example: 1) The police found Jane Doe number 1 buried under a blanket in the back yard.
Definition: The average American woman.
Example: 1) Jane Doe spends most of her time shopping for the latest fashions.
Etymology: This is the female version of 'John Doe', which has been used for hundreds of years to refer to a typical, average man, particularly in legal cases or in reference to unidentified dead bodies. Both 'Jane' and 'John' are very common names.

harvey66 2005-12-17 14:37

why does Jane Doe like latest fashions? Is it women's nature?

sunyu 2005-12-18 00:51

nailed
I was nailed by my husband when I was eating chocolate ,as I was cutting fat.

loan shark
It is touch and go if you borrow money from a loan shark.


repo man

The man was very afraid when the repo man from the loan shark knocked on his door.


Jane Doe
Not only the American Jane Doe but also the Chinese woman like go shopping for latest fashions.

harvey66 2005-12-18 12:25

引用:

作者: sunyu
nailed
I was nailed by my husband when I was eating chocolate ,as I was cutting fat.

loan shark
It is touch and go if you borrow money from a loan shark.


repo man

The man was very afraid when the repo man from the loan shark knocked on his door.


Jane Doe
Not only the American Jane Doe but also the Chinese woman like go shopping for latest fashions.

excellent

harvey66 2005-12-18 12:32

引用:

作者: sunyu
nailed
I was nailed by my husband when I was eating chocolate ,as I was cutting fat.

loan shark
It is touch and go if you borrow money from a loan shark.


repo man

The man was very afraid when the repo man from the loan shark knocked on his door.


Jane Doe
Not only the American Jane Doe but also the Chinese woman like go shopping for latest fashions.

can we use "cutting fat"?
it seems "on a diet" and "losing weight" ... are more often.
any one can tell me?

harvey66 2005-12-18 13:07



hole in the wall


Definition: A small, simple place, particularly a shop or restaurant.
Example: 1) Let's go to the Italian restaurant on Smith Street. It's just a hole in the wall, but the food is excellent.
Etymology: This phrase has been used since the early 1800s. A 'hole' is an empty space, and a 'wall' is part of a building. So a 'hole in the wall' is a simple, undecorated space in a building.

harvey66 2005-12-18 13:10

that greasy spoon is just a hole in the wall, but the food is terrific.

sunyu 2005-12-19 12:39

引用:

作者: harvey66
can we use "cutting fat"?
it seems "on a diet" and "losing weight" ... are more often.
any one can tell me?

"cutting fat" is only useing by me. :wdb4:
"losing weight" is right.

Thanks!

sunyu 2005-12-19 12:46

Compared with other countries,Vatican is just hole in wall, but it is more famous for its religion.

harvey66 2005-12-19 13:30



basket case


Definition: Crazy; hopelessly broken down.
Example: 1) After his wife left him, Paul was a real basket case.

2) The corporation was such a basket case that the owners had to shut it down.
Etymology: From World War I lingo, used to describe a soldier so badly wounded that he had to be carried in a basket.

sunyu 2005-12-19 21:39

He is such a basket case has been arrested for times because of stolen.

harvey66 2005-12-19 22:40

He was once a time a basket case since he failed in the entrance examination, but soon recovered from it.

harvey66 2005-12-20 13:14



on cloud nine


Definition: To be extremely happy, elated.
Example: 1) I was on cloud nine after I got the promotion.
Etymology: Derived from the idea that clouds are part of heavenly paradise, and that the higher you go, the closer you are to ultimate bliss.

harvey66 2005-12-20 13:16

I wonder if I will feel being on the cloud nine when I get my visa at last.

sunyu 2005-12-21 10:25

I was on cloud nine when my husband told me that we would go to Egypt this summer hoiliday.

harvey66 2005-12-21 12:48

引用:

作者: sunyu
I was on cloud nine when my husband told me that we would go to Egypt this summer hoiliday.

I am green with envy about that!

harvey66 2005-12-21 13:22



bite the hand that feeds you


Definition: To be ungrateful; to turn against your family or employer or other supporters.
Example: 1) Always try to get along with your boss, and be careful not to bite the hand that feeds you. 2) Don't bite the hand that feeds you - your parents may not be perfect, but without them you never would have gotten this far in life.
Etymology: 'The hand that feeds you' refers to the person who takes care of you, and to 'bite' or attack that person shows that you are ungrateful.

肥猫 2005-12-21 17:25

on cloud nine

I wish a big surprise that could make me on cloud nine on my coming birthday.

肥猫 2005-12-21 17:31

bite the hand that feeds you

One should have a grateful heart and at least should not bite the hand that feeds you.

sunyu 2005-12-22 14:12

Instead of bite the hand that feeds you I will kiss the hand that feed me.:wdb23:

harvey66 2005-12-22 21:53

Why did anybody bite the hand that fed him? because of ignorance or immorality?

harvey66 2005-12-22 21:57




da bomb

Definition: Excellent, the best.
Example: 1) Michael Jordan was da bomb -- he was the greatest basketball player ever!

2) The new Hudson Jazz CD is da bomb. I listen to it every day!
Etymology: 'Da bomb' is African-American slang that became popular in the 1990s. 'Da' is an informal way to say 'the', and 'bomb' refers to something very powerful and explosive.

Synonyms: phat

harvey66 2005-12-22 21:59

I think Aim is da bomb in this forum.

harvey66 2005-12-23 20:25



tag along


Definition: To follow someone around; or, the person who follows someone around.
Example: 1) You're going to the new coffee shop? Do you mind if I tag along?

2) My little brother is such a tag along - he follows me everywhere I go!
Etymology: A 'tag' is a piece of paper that hangs from something - for example, there is a 'tag' on a new pair of pants to tell you how much they cost. 'Along' means 'with' or 'beside'. So to 'tag along' means to go with somebody but to follow their lead, to 'hang' on them as they go about their business.

harvey66 2005-12-23 20:30

My wife and I are going to the Christmas Eve Party tomorrow evening, and my son will tag along.

harvey66 2005-12-24 19:38



rookie


Definition: A beginner; one who is new to a profession or field.
Example: 1) The older players taught the rookie how to play the game.

2) It's not easy being a rookie police officer.
Etymology: This word is derived from 'recruit', a new member of an army.

Synonyms: newbie, greenhorn

harvey66 2005-12-24 19:40

I am a rookie immigrating applicant.

sunyu 2005-12-24 21:31

Though it is Chirstmas day but I still must stay with my dear tag along ----my boy,god,when is my 二人世界?

I think I am a rookie of computer.

harvey66 2005-12-25 13:06



click and mortar


Definition: A business that combines traditional retail sales and on-line marketing.
Example: 1) Barnes and Noble is a major click and mortar book seller.
Etymology: Synthesis of traditional business buildings (made of brick and mortar) with on-line shopping (which rely on mouse clicking).

harvey66 2005-12-25 13:12

I bought a digital camera in a click and mortar company on taobao.com.

harvey66 2005-12-26 13:59



jump ship


Definition: To leave your job; to move from one situation to another.
Example: 1) When the company announced that it was losing money, many of its employees jumped ship.
Etymology: A 'ship' is a boat - so when you 'jump ship' you flee (or leave) the boat by leaping over the side.

harvey66 2005-12-26 14:02

Jumping ship is not rarely these days.

sunyu 2005-12-26 16:14

You are thinking about jumping ship while I am thinking about finding a job!

When the war is coming ,more and more people have to jump ship!(am I right?)

harvey66 2005-12-27 13:13



ID


Definition: An identification card, such as a driver's license or passport. (Pronounced as separate letters - 'eye dee'.)
Example: 1) The security guard asked us for ID.

2) The store clerk wouldn't sell me any beer because I didn't have an ID.
Etymology: From the first two letters of 'identification card'.

harvey66 2005-12-27 13:14

The ID is important for every citizen.

harvey66 2005-12-28 13:09



all of your eggs in one basket


Definition: Having all of your resources in one place; putting your money or hopes or future into one thing.
Example: 1) You don't want to keep all of your eggs in one basket. You might lose everything! 2) Tom had all of his eggs in one basket -- Yoyodyne.com stock -- and when the stock market crashed he was bankrupt.
Etymology: 'Eggs' are delicate, and if all of your eggs were in one container, and that container was damaged, you might lose all of your eggs in one quick and painful moment.

harvey66 2005-12-28 13:28

To be on the safe side, dont put all of your eggs in one basket.

sunyu 2005-12-28 14:33

It's amusing, people all over the world now all know the word: do not put all of your eggs in one basket.

肥猫 2005-12-28 15:19

too much to catch up. :(

kid126 2005-12-28 17:49

USEFUL!
HARVEY66, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

卉樱果 2005-12-28 18:55

all of your eggs in one basket

Every one said it was not wise idea that I put all of my eggs in one basket - to buy an apartment in 1999. But after 5 years, these eggs all became hens, I sold this apatment with double price.

harvey66 2005-12-28 20:58

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
all of your eggs in one basket

Every one said it was not wise idea that I put all of my eggs in one basket - to buy an apartment in 1999. But after 5 years, these eggs all became hens, I sold this apatment with double price.

nice to see u again. you must have had a wonderful vacation.

卉樱果 2005-12-29 10:17

Nice to have you here to help English study.
引用:

作者: harvey66
nice to see u again. you must have had a wonderful vacation.


harvey66 2005-12-29 14:06



outta here



Definition: A phrase indicating that someone is leaving.
Example: 1) I'm outta here! See you next week!

2) It looks like Stephan is finally outta here -- we will miss him as the chicken misses flight.
Etymology: This slang comes from the phrase 'out of here', which is also used used to indicate that you are leaving (or going out of) this place (or here).

harvey66 2005-12-29 14:07

I have finished my job, I'm outta here.

卉樱果 2005-12-30 12:25

Wish that no one is outta here

harvey66 2005-12-30 13:39



red tape


Definition: Excessive rules and regulations; bureaucratic details and delays.
Example: 1) With all the red tape, it took me weeks to get a license for my new business. 2) The red tape at my job is driving me crazy! I can't do anything without filling out a ton of paperwork.
Etymology: In 18th century England, the official documents of the royal government were tied together with red ribbon or tape.

harvey66 2005-12-30 13:41

Chinese government is famous for its red taps and red stamps.

kid126 2005-12-30 13:54

I hooked on this topic, won't outta here.

sunyu 2005-12-30 16:24

Want to set my baby free from the red tape of school, I'll take him to Canada.

卉樱果 2005-12-31 12:06

GE has a learning center, the bosses visited China community Party School in Beijing said: we are the same
引用:

作者: harvey66
Chinese government is famous for its red taps and red stamps.


harvey66 2005-12-31 12:40



one foot in the grave


Definition: Close to death; a person who is or appears to be nearly dead.
Example: 1) Ma says Pa has one foot in the grave, so we probably should start planning his funeral.

2) Benron Corp. has had one foot in the grave ever since the accounting scandal came to light.
Etymology: This phrase dates back to the 1600s, and its meaning is fairly straightforward. Your 'grave' is where you are buried when you die, and if you have 'one foot' already in the grave, then you must be very close to the end of your life.

harvey66 2005-12-31 12:46

There is a political party that has one leg in the grave, but it still struggle for the power.

sunyu 2005-12-31 13:08

Sometimes I feel that my age is younger, but my heart is one foot in the grave.

卉樱果 2005-12-31 13:55

is still childish.
引用:

作者: sunyu
Sometimes I feel that my age is younger, but my heart is one foot in the grave.


肥猫 2005-12-31 18:05

Nobody is one foot in the grave. Let's speak loudly tomorrow will always be better. cheers!

肥猫 2005-12-31 18:20

Happy new year to everybody!

harvey66 2006-01-01 02:48

happy new year to everybody.

harvey66 2006-01-01 09:04



in the hot seat


Definition: In trouble; in a very uncomfortable situation.
Example: 1) The analysts who promoted the dot-bomb stocks are now in the hot seat with the SEC. 2) Andrew was really in the hot seat after his girlfriend caught him lying to her.
Etymology: 'Hot seat' is American prison slang for the electric chair (a method of execution). The phrase 'in the hot seat' has come to refer to any kind of bad situation.

Synonyms: in hot hot water

harvey66 2006-01-01 09:07

Sometimes I feel the long period or waiting for my visa is like being in the hot seat.

卉樱果 2006-01-01 11:03

If you tried to avoid tax which was not avoidable, then you would be in the hot seat

卉樱果 2006-01-01 17:33

high pay new year to every body

harvey66 2006-01-02 01:02

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
high pay new year to every body

I want a high pay in the new year.

harvey66 2006-01-02 11:38



use your head


Definition: To think something through; to be rational and calm.
Example: 1) Use your head, Jim. You have to pass physics if you want to get your degree. 2) Tim never uses his head -- it's no wonder that he keeps getting into so much trouble.
Etymology: Your 'head' is where your brain is, so when you 'use your head', you use your brain to think.

harvey66 2006-01-02 12:12

Use your head when you have a interview with a visa officer.

sunyu 2006-01-02 21:30

Happy new year everybody and good luck everyday!

Hunging up the call from the loan shark,the man was feelinh in the hot seat.

Every day, I must use my head here to complete my homework like a kid.

卉樱果 2006-01-03 13:09

After facing with PC for 10 hours, I lost the ability to use my head on reporting draft

qiqi 2006-01-03 13:54

thanks!
Are these pictures and slangs come from <slang man>?

harvey66 2006-01-03 21:47

引用:

作者: qiqi
thanks!
Are these pictures and slangs come from <slang man>?

thanks.
they are from www.peakenglish.com

harvey66 2006-01-03 21:57



keep an eye on


Definition: To watch very carefully; to guard; to place under surveillance.
Example: 1) You have to keep an eye on those workers. One of them has been stealing french fries. 2) I'm going outside for a minute -- would you keep an eye on my books?
Etymology: Through your 'eyes' you see and understand the world, and when you 'keep an eye' on something, you constantly watch or monitor it to get a full understanding of what is happening.

harvey66 2006-01-03 22:18

Every applicant should keep an eye on the news of the immigration.

肥猫 2006-01-04 00:13

I kept an eye on the pot on the kitchen stove when I was surfing on the internet this afternoon.

肥猫 2006-01-04 00:15

Use your head and you will get the answer by yourself.

卉樱果 2006-01-04 11:08

These days my mind is like in the hot seat, what shall I do after the ELSA is finished in March? High school? Finding a job? Go to senior club? So many ideas...

I have to use my head to make my future plan which fits myself. Now I am keeping an eye on all of the information.

harvey66 2006-01-04 13:23



icky


Definition: Displeasing, disgusting, unappealing.
Example: 1) Your kitchen is so icky! Why don't you bother to clean it up?
Etymology: The word may be dervied from 'sticky', which describes something that attaches itself to you in an unwanted and unpleasant way.

Synonyms: gross

harvey66 2006-01-04 13:26

The chewed gums are icky, some people spite them everywhere.

harvey66 2006-01-05 13:21



crunch numbers


Definition: To analyze financial statements or financial reports in order to make business decisions.
Example: 1) We decided to go ahead with the deal after we crunched the numbers and met with the management team. 2) I spent all night crunching numbers and realized that we were spending way too much money building our new factory in Tennessee. We won't be able to make a return on our investment in the next two years as planned.
Etymology: Companies produce enormous amounts of financial information, and investors and analysts need to turn those piles of information into simple and clear measurements. To do this, they grind through or crunch this information, like a machine tearing through a mountain.

harvey66 2006-01-05 13:27

I am well-off in China, but when I come to Canada, I have to crunch numbers for a living.

harvey66 2006-01-06 14:10



butts


Definition: Cigarettes, or the remains of cigarettes.
Example: 1) Hey, do you have any butts?

2) Look at this mess! There are broken dishes, newspapers and butts all over the floor.
Etymology: A 'butt' is the end or rear of something. In this slang word, the end of the cigarette refers both to the end of the cigarette and to the whole cigarette.

卉樱果 2006-01-06 16:40

In Kingway (Vancouver), you can find lots of butts on the raods, or under trees, Really look icky.

kid126 2006-01-07 17:33

I forgot to keep an eye on my stove, until read belief98's sentence. My congee is icky,when I broke into the kitchen.

It's really, a whole boiler of congee burnt! Today is 腊八. Have a good day!

harvey66 2006-01-07 18:13

引用:

作者: 卉樱果
In Kingway (Vancouver), you can find lots of butts on the raods, or under trees, Really look icky.

I can't imagine that there is such an icky place in Canada.

harvey66 2006-01-07 18:17

引用:

作者: kid126
I forgot to keep an eye on my stove, until read belief98's sentence. My congee is icky,when I broke into the kitchen.

It's really, a whole boiler of congee burnt! Today is 腊八. Have a good day!

What a pity. We should always keep an eye on when playing with a fire.

harvey66 2006-01-07 19:56



payoff


Definition: A final payment or reward.
Example: 1) What's the payoff for finishing school? There are no good jobs even if you have your degree.
Definition: A bribe or illegal contribution of money to another; to bribe someone.
Example: 1) I wonder how much of a payoff the policeman got for not writing him a speeding ticket. 2) You can't trust anyone these days--everyone has been paid off in one way or another.
Synonyms: kick back

harvey66 2006-01-07 20:04

Can a govenment officer gets a huge number of fortune by his salary? It is more likely by the payoff.

kid126 2006-01-08 12:00

Why didn't any one payoff me?

harvey66 2006-01-08 17:44

引用:

作者: kid126
Why didn't any one payoff me?

:wdb27:

harvey66 2006-01-08 17:46



head doctor


Definition: A psychiatrist; a doctor who helps people with mental problems.
Example: 1) I've been seeing a head doctor for several years.

2) You seem emotionally disturbed. Maybe you ought to see a head doctor?
Etymology: Psychiatrists are medical doctors who treat the mind, which is related to the brain, which is in the head.

Synonyms: shrink

harvey66 2006-01-08 17:52

China is lack of head doctors. Many Chinese ought to see a head doctors.

sunyu 2006-01-09 01:34

My LG always keeps an eye on me in dinner because I 'm just begining my diet.

My kitchen is always icky after I make a cake or pizza

After crunching the numbers,both my husband and I decided we could not buy a house at present.

My husband hid the butts before my son came back from school, or he would be very angry with him.

I can not believe that the customs officer in BD can ask for their payoff directly.

Some times I think a good friend is like a head doctor.

harvey66 2006-01-09 14:16

引用:

作者: sunyu
My LG always keeps an eye on me in dinner because I 'm just begining my diet.

My kitchen is always icky after I make a cake or pizza

After crunching the numbers,both my husband and I decided we could not buy a house at present.

My husband hid the butts before my son came back from school, or he would be very angry with him.

I can not believe that the customs officer in BD can ask for their payoff directly.

Some times I think a good friend is like a head doctor.

exellent!

harvey66 2006-01-09 14:21



veg out


Definition: To spend time relaxing, doing nothing at all.
Example: 1) After a long day at work, I usually just veg out in front of the TV.

2) I'm going to the mountains to veg out for a few days.
Etymology: 'Veg' is short for 'vegetable' (corn, potato, peas, etc.). When you 'veg out' you become like a vegetable - without thought or motion.

harvey66 2006-01-09 14:23

where can I veg out besides in front of the TV?

叶子66600 2006-01-09 17:43

I like to veg out at the weekend!

harvey66 2006-01-10 13:25



techie


Definition: Someone who knows a lot about technology and computers; a computer programmer or enthusiast. Pronounced 'tek-ee'.
Example: 1) My pal Aizaz is a techie at Distance Learning, Inc. 2) Our computer firm is looking for a few techies to finish a big programming project.
Etymology: 'Tech' is a common short form of 'technology', and the '-ie' at the end signifies that the word applies to a person. This term emerged in the early 1980s, as computers became increasingly popular.

harvey66 2006-01-10 13:27

You are easily to survive in Canada,maybe in other countries too,if you are a techie.

sunyu 2006-01-11 00:39

I like to veg out by picnic.

Maybe the tenyears old children like my son all will be techies.

harvey66 2006-01-11 13:28



win-win situation


Definition: A situation where everyone involved benefits or wins.
Example: 1) The merger between the two food companies was a win-win situation all around. 2) Our new partnership with France Telecom is really a win-win situation.
Etymology: This phrase comes from business slang, and is frequently used by sales and public relations people to convince others that a new course of action will benefit everyone.

肥猫 2006-01-12 00:39

The win-win situation is the most successful mode in business.

叶子66600 2006-01-12 11:51

We should cooperate with that company based on win-win situation .

( "based on ", is it right in here ?

叶子66600 2006-01-12 11:55

Techies in Software China must be some people from famous universities.

harvey66 2006-01-12 13:20



buck


Definition: An American dollar.
Example: 1) The new U2 CD costs about fifteen bucks. 2) A cup of coffee used to cost a nickel. Now it's a buck.
Etymology: On the American frontier, animal skins were sometimes used as money. A male deer is called a 'buck', and buck skins were a particularly valuable commodity. By the 1850's, 'buck' was used to refer to both the animals and the money they produced.

Synonyms: moola

肥猫 2006-01-12 17:39

Give me one buck for the coffee please. I run out of cash.

kid126 2006-01-12 20:19

I am too busy, shall I see a head doctor to relax my nerve?

kid126 2006-01-12 20:21

I hope I can veg out home this Spring Festival.

kid126 2006-01-12 20:23

My husband want to be a techie still when we live in Canada.

kid126 2006-01-12 20:28

Geat! I can add SW now!
I contribute my fiftyth 帖子(what do you say 帖子 in English?)here.

Thank harvey66 for this wonderful topic you post!
:wdb23: :wdb23: :wdb23: :wdb23: :wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6:

kid126 2006-01-12 21:04

我的签名呢~~是否要发新贴才有??!

harvey66 2006-01-13 13:58

引用:

作者: kid126
Geat! I can add SW now!
I contribute my fiftyth 帖子(what do you say 帖子 in English?)here.

Thank harvey66 for this wonderful topic you post!
:wdb23: :wdb23: :wdb23: :wdb23: :wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6:

congratulations

harvey66 2006-01-13 14:01



welch


Definition: To fail to pay a debt; to fail to do something you promise to do.
Example: 1) I won the pool game, but the guy I was playing welched on the bet.
Etymology: Although the origins of this word are unknown, it might be an old slur againt people from Wales in Great Britain, implying that people from that region (the Welsh) don't pay their debts.

harvey66 2006-01-13 14:07

The NBA player (Barkerley?) didnt welch on his bet and kissed an ass.

harvey66 2006-01-14 20:22



mug


Definition: The face.
Example: 1) He's got a mug that only a mother could love.

2) Have you ever seen such an adorable mug?
Etymology: In the old days, beer glasses would sometimes have human faces on them, and 'mug' can refer to a face or a drinking cup. A related term is 'mug shot', which is a photo of the face made when one is arrested by the police.

Definition: To rob.
Example: 1) The city is so safe these days -- you don't hear about anybody getting mugged.
Etymology: From a 19th century British term, 'mug-hunter' which refers to a thief who seeks out victims with innocent looking faces.

harvey66 2006-01-14 20:25

An adorable mug is a gift from god.

卉樱果 2006-01-15 17:46

He looks mug, but he thinks wiser.

harvey66 2006-01-15 22:52



click and mortar


Definition: A business that combines traditional retail sales and on-line marketing.
Example: 1) Barnes and Noble is a major click and mortar book seller.
Etymology: Synthesis of traditional business buildings (made of brick and mortar) with on-line shopping (which rely on mouse clicking).

sunyu 2006-01-16 13:57

The trade agreement between the two click and mortar is a win-win situation.

It cost me 50 bucks to buy this birthday present.

I'm so busy because of the coming Spring Festival and I weltched in this forums for few days.

Many people have been mugged these days because the thiefs want money for their Spring Festival too.

I like the mug of my boy sleeping, just like an angel.

harvey66 2006-01-16 20:13



behind bars


Definition: In prison or jail; incarcerated.
Example: 1) My brother Charlie tried to rob a bank, but the cops caught him and now he's behind bars.

2) I can't wait until they catch the killer and put him behind bars.
Etymology: Prison inmates are locked behind metal bars which prevent their escape.

Synonyms: up the river, in the slammer, under glass

harvey66 2006-01-16 20:17

Have we got enough prisons to put all those crimers behind the bars?

肥猫 2006-01-17 14:41

Those who want to play the fire of violating the law will be put behind bars in the end.

harvey66 2006-01-17 19:19



log on


Definition: To connect to a computer or computer network.
Example: 1) I log on to check my email several times a day. 2) I couldn't log on last night. There must be something wrong with my phone line.
Etymology: When you enter or 'sign on to' a computer, your activity is recorded in an electronic 'log file'. A 'log' is a record of events, like a diary, and 'on' refers to entering the file. Since computers became popular in the 1970s, 'log on', 'log in', and 'login' have become very common terms.

harvey66 2006-01-17 19:21

I log on canadameet almost everyday.

sunyu 2006-01-18 14:32

The girl married another man after her boyfriend has been behinded bars.

Because I am hooked on this forums so deep I had to log on my computer everyday.

kid126 2006-01-18 18:19

If you log on the following site, you can find a UK student how to make his one million bucks in several monthes by selling pixels. It's really interesting.

http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/blog.php
Suggestion: READ IT FROM THE BOTTOM.

harvey66 2006-01-18 19:20

引用:

作者: kid126
If you log on the following site, you can find a UK student how to make his one million bucks in several monthes by selling pixels. It's really interesting.

http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/blog.php
Suggestion: READ IT FROM THE BOTTOM.

really?

harvey66 2006-01-18 19:23



repo man


Definition: One who seizes property and returns it to its owners; usually, the term refers to someone who takes cars back to the car dealer, when the driver of the car has failed to pay for it in full.
Example: 1) Maya was having trouble paying her bills, so it was no surprise to hear the repo man knocking on her door.
Etymology: 'Repo' is short for 'repossess', meaning 'to take back property'. A film called "Repo Man," about a man who repossesses cars in southern California, was popular in the 1980's.

harvey66 2006-01-18 19:28

one day, I browsed the website of buysell.com to see how the used car is in Canada, and found that some cars were marked with "repo". is that meant that those cars were repossessed?

kid126 2006-01-18 19:47

引用:

作者: harvey66
really?

SURE! One of my friends sent it me today. A whole afternoon I hung on it. Now the half I finished. This guy's idea was imitated by many siten now, includ some chinese web site. And many famous media have reported the story, such as CNN etc.
The URL I posed is the blog written by that boy, from when the idea came to today.

harvey66 2006-01-19 21:06



walkout


Definition: A strike; a unified employee protest against an employer.
Example: 1) The steel plant has been shut down by a walkout.
Etymology: This term came into use in the late 1880s, when labor unions began to organize mass protests against low wages and inhuman working conditions.

harvey66 2006-01-19 21:12

Beijing football team once have a walkout.

肥猫 2006-01-21 14:10

I have never seen a walkout till now.

harvey66 2006-01-21 17:46



back burner


Definition: Not an urgent priority. To put something on the 'back burner' is to put something off until later.
Example: 1) We worked hard on the project at first, but when a new project came along, we put it on the back burner.
Etymology: The 'back burner' of a stove is where you put things that are slowly cooking, and that you can leave alone for a while.

harvey66 2006-01-21 17:49

should we put the immigraiton stuff on the back burner or the front one?

harvey66 2006-01-22 22:46



surf the Web


Definition: To look at Web sites sites on a computer.
Example: 1) I need to know some facts about Bolivia; maybe I'll surf the Web and see what I can find out. 2) Every night, my brother spends at least three hours surfing the Web.
Etymology: The 'Web' is the World Wide Web. As a verb, 'surf' means 'to ride a board on the waves of the ocean'. So this phrase suggests that the World Wide Web is like the ocean, and looking at different Web sites is like riding across the ocean's waves.

harvey66 2006-01-22 22:48

Nowadays almost everybody surf the web.

harvey66 2006-01-23 22:38



eat lead


Definition: One who is shot at with a gun is said to 'eat lead'; as an exclamation, the phrase is directed toward the intended target.
Example: 1) "Eat lead!" yelled the bank robber as he fired his gun at the police outside.
Etymology: A bullet is made of lead so when a gun is fired at someone, the intended target might be 'eating lead' - that is, bringing the bullet inside their body.

kid126 2006-01-24 16:16

Close to the lunar New Year everyone's mind is in a walkout, though his/her body in the office.
I'm writing some sentences here and my job is put on the back burner for a moment.

kid126 2006-01-24 16:28

When I could not do some courses,I will surf the web to find the directions.

harvey66 2006-01-25 22:42

引用:

作者: kid126
Close to the lunar New Year everyone's mind is in a walkout, though his/her body in the office.
I'm writing some sentences here and my job is put on the back burner for a moment.

great!

harvey66 2006-01-25 22:44



]bang for the buck


Definition: Value for money being spent; high relative worth.
Example: 1) The new Mars exploration rocket gives researchers good bang for the buck. 2) I really like those new Toyota sports cars -- they give you a lot of bang for the buck.
Etymology: This phrase dates back to World War II, when it referred to weapons that were cheap but destructive.

harvey66 2006-01-26 23:18



in hot water


Definition: To be in trouble; to be the object of a someone's anger.
Example: 1) Jim's friendly relationship with his secretary landed him in hot water with his wife. 2) Because she arrives late for work so frequently, Kim is in hot water with her boss.
Etymology: This phrase has been used since the 1700's. 'Hot water' is used for cooking, and if you are 'in hot water', you are in a bad situation.

kid126 2006-01-28 10:40

Losing weight through the acupuncture gave me a lot of bang for the buck.
I am in hot water with sore throat several days.

kid126 2006-01-28 10:44

Hi Havey66.Where are those slangs in latest two days?
This topic is in the Chinese New Year holiday? : )

harvey66 2006-01-30 23:38

引用:

作者: kid126
Hi Havey66.Where are those slangs in latest two days?
This topic is in the Chinese New Year holiday? : )

Here comes the slang. : )

harvey66 2006-01-30 23:42



under the table


Definition: Hidden or secret, with the implication that the law is being broken.
Example: 1) My boss pays me under the table, so I don't have to pay income taxes.
Etymology: Something that is 'under the table' is hidden from sight - and usually illegal.

Synonyms: shady

harvey66 2006-01-30 23:45

I wonder how many people are paid under the tables in china?

harvey66 2006-02-04 19:25



downsize


Definition: To reduce the number of workers in a company; to fire large numbers of employees.
Example: 1) The new corporate president said he would downsize relentlessly in order to save money and raise the stock price of the firm. 2) I was downsized in April, and I've been looking for work ever since.
Etymology: This term emerged in the 1980s, when many large companies eliminated employees in order to increase their stock prices.

harvey66 2006-02-04 19:27

I hope CIC wont downsize the applicants who are eager to go to Canada.

叶子66600 2006-02-06 15:10

If CIC downsized the quota of immigration , we would be in hot water !

叶子66600 2006-02-06 15:12

Bureaurats like to do the things under the table!

harvey66 2006-02-06 23:04

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
If CIC downsized the quota of immigration , we would be in hot water !

great!

harvey66 2006-02-06 23:07



on the same wavelength


Definition: Sharing a common understanding; thinking the same thing as another person.
Example: 1) Peter and Sabah have really been on the same wavelength lately -- they agree about almost everything.
Etymology: 'Wavelength' refers to an electronic signal, like an audio or television signal. If two people are sharing a single wavelength, they are sending and receiving the same messages.

harvey66 2006-02-06 23:11

It is lucky for a couple to be on the same wavelength.

harvey66 2006-02-07 18:27



in a funk


Definition: Depressed or upset.
Example: 1) This winter weather really has me in a funk.

2) Holly is in a funk about her new haircut. She thinks it's much too short.
Etymology: Derived from the Flemish word 'fonck', meaning 'disturbed' or 'agitated'.

Synonyms: got the blues

harvey66 2006-02-07 18:28

sometimes the long period of time of waiting made me in a funk.

harvey66 2006-02-08 21:24



corporate raider


Definition: A capitalist who takes over other companies, usually with great aggression and conflict.
Example: 1) I lost my job when the company I worked for was bought out by corporate raiders.
Etymology: This term emerged in the 1980s, when financiers on Wall Street used very aggressive tactics to buy and sell companies for quick profit.

kid126 2006-02-09 15:16

Most of sales representatives know how to drive a case by some under the table ways.
In the overpassed 2005, many well-known companies downsized.

kid126 2006-02-09 15:21

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
If CIC downsized the quota of immigration , we would be in hot water !

叶子66600 and I are on the same wavelength.:wdb13: :wdb13:

kid126 2006-02-09 15:31

Every afternoon especially about 15:00 I am in a funk about my drowse.

叶子66600 2006-02-09 17:27

Waiting makes us in a funk ,all applicants are on the same wavelength. Let's
put it on the back burner and enjoy the slangs!

Add SW to kid126 and Harvey66!

harvey66 2006-02-09 22:37



dot-bomb


Definition: An Internet company that has failed.
Example: 1) A lot of my friends worked at dot-bombs, and now they're looking for new jobs. 2) The tech sector is still suffering from dot-bomb blues.
Etymology: 'Dot-bomb' is a play on 'dot-com', a general name for Internet companies. The 'dot' refers to the typical Internet URL or address -- for example, xyz.com. When something 'bombs', it fails in a spectacular way.

harvey66 2006-02-11 00:17



take the bull by the horns


Definition: To deal with a problem directly and resolutely; to confront a problem or challenge.
Example: 1) I took the bull by the horns and finished the assignment a week early. 2) If you don't take the bull by the horns and ask your boss for a raise, you'll never get one.
Etymology: This phrase comes from astrology. Taurus, the bull, has a reputation for trouble and difficulty. If you grab the horns of this difficult beast and bring it under control, it's like dealing directly and forcefully with your problems.

harvey66 2006-02-11 23:54



Definition: To kill or murder; to assassinate.
Example: 1) Igor got bumped off last week. The police have no clue who did it.
Etymology: This phrase comes from 1920s American gangster slang. When you 'bump' something, you give it a little push. 'Off' means 'not on'. So if you 'bump' someone 'off', you push him toward the end of his life.

Synonyms: rub out

harvey66 2006-02-12 23:58



behind the eight ball



Definition: In a bad situation, in a losing position.
Example: 1) I'm really behind the eight ball at work. I have too much work to do but we can't afford to hire anyone to help out.
Etymology: The phrase comes from pool (or billiards). When the cue (white) ball is behind the eight (black) ball, a player usually has no shot.

harvey66 2006-02-13 21:51



throw in the towel


Definition: To quit.
Example: 1) The company threw in the towel after losing all of its major customers. 2) Mike 'Boom Boom' DeNola threw in the towel after three rounds. He'll probably have to spend a few days in the hospital, followed by a long convalescence in Miami.
Etymology: This phrase comes from boxing. When a boxer is too beat up to continue, his coach throws a towel into the ring to signal that the fight is over.

harvey66 2006-02-15 08:49



score


Definition: To successfully obtain something, especially sex or drugs; to acquire something desirable.
Example: 1) I scored a bag of marijuana from my friend Peter.

2) I'm meeting a beautiful woman for drinks after work--hope I score afterwards!
Synonyms: get laid

sunyu 2006-02-15 18:46

酒喝多了,来晚了,给大家拜年了!

好贴继续顶!

harvey66 2006-02-15 21:19

引用:

作者: sunyu
酒喝多了,来晚了,给大家拜年了!

好贴继续顶!

glad to see you again.

harvey66 2006-02-15 21:26



hole in the wall


Definition: A small, simple place, particularly a shop or restaurant.
Example: 1) Let's go to the Italian restaurant on Smith Street. It's just a hole in the wall, but the food is excellent.
Etymology: This phrase has been used since the early 1800s. A 'hole' is an empty space, and a 'wall' is part of a building. So a 'hole in the wall' is a simple, undecorated space in a building.

harvey66 2006-02-16 19:16



ass-kisser



Definition: A person who flatters or compliments somebody in order to gain their trust or approval; a goal-oriented individual who wants to ascend a hierarchical system (in a corporation or otherwise), and accomplishes this by getting on good terms with people.
Example: 1) That ass-kisser, Peter, is always telling the boss how great he is.

2) Don't be such an ass-kisser; the boss doesn't even know you are alive anyway.
Etymology: 'Ass' is a common and somewhat rude term for a person's rear end. Someone who 'kisses ass' is willing to degrade himself in order to please others and get ahead.

harvey66 2006-02-16 19:18

a goal-oriented individual is likely to be an ass-kisser.

肥猫 2006-02-16 20:13

An ass-kisser is always looked down upon by others.

harvey66 2006-02-17 17:46



foot in the door


Definition: An opening or particularly promising opportunity.
Example: 1) Working as an intern is one way to get your foot in the door of a big corporation. 2) It isn't always easy to get your foot in the door--a lot of obstacles are lying in your path.

harvey66 2006-02-17 17:48

Is getting "ME" one foot in the door of "DM"?

kid126 2006-02-18 17:40

I'm too busy to come here and write some thing.I'll complete my homework.

I work for a dot-com company for 5 years, fortunately it's not a dot-bomb.
If you take the bull by the horns,your work will be more efficient.
Mrs Huber was bumped off by Paul Young in Desperate Housewives.
I'm behind the eight ball these days.Two members of my team threw in the towel before the year of the dog.
I dream that I can have restaurant even it's a hole in the wall.
How to deal with your boss? Be an ass kisser is the option I won't choose.
If potential client accept a meeting proposal the sales person get his foot in the door.

harvey66 2006-02-19 21:01

引用:

作者: kid126
I'm too busy to come here and write some thing.I'll complete my homework.

I work for a dot-com company for 5 years, fortunately it's not a dot-bomb.
If you take the bull by the horns,your work will be more efficient.
Mrs Huber was bumped off by Paul Young in Desperate Housewives.
I'm behind the eight ball these days.Two members of my team threw in the towel before the year of the dog.
I dream that I can have restaurant even it's a hole in the wall.
How to deal with your boss? Be an ass kisser is the option I won't choose.
If potential client accept a meeting proposal the sales person get his foot in the door.

wonderful.

harvey66 2006-02-19 21:06



out of this world



Definition: Excellent, wonderful.
Example: 1) That chocolate cake was out of this world--I'll never eat anything else.

harvey66 2006-02-19 21:06

Is the lifestyle in Canada out of the world?

harvey66 2006-02-20 21:52



have eyes for


Definition: To desire; to find someone physically attractive.
Example: 1) I think my boyfriend has eyes for another woman.
Etymology: You see with your 'eyes', and when you 'have eyes for' somebody, you really like what you see.

harvey66 2006-02-20 21:54

Is it men's nature to have eyes on beautiful women?

harvey66 2006-02-21 22:00



log on


Definition: To connect to a computer or computer network.
Example: 1) I log on to check my email several times a day. 2) I couldn't log on last night. There must be something wrong with my phone line.
Etymology: When you enter or 'sign on to' a computer, your activity is recorded in an electronic 'log file'. A 'log' is a record of events, like a diary, and 'on' refers to entering the file. Since computers became popular in the 1970s, 'log on', 'log in', and 'login' have become very common terms.

harvey66 2006-02-21 22:05

sometimes I couldn't log on the website of canadameet.

harvey66 2006-02-22 20:37



hacker


Definition: Someone who breaks into computer systems or networks.
Example: 1) Over the weekend, some hackers attacked MicroSofties's computer network.
Etymology: 'Hacker' comes from the word 'hack', which among computer programmers refers to a clever trick. So a 'hacker' is someone who can use tricks to get into secure computers. But the word 'hack' has another meaning, referring to someone who isn't very good at something. For example, a comedian who isn't very funny can be called a 'hack'.

harvey66 2006-02-23 21:27



ride shotgun


Definition: To sit in the front passenger seat of a vehicle.
Example: 1) Whenever we take a trip in Billy's pickup, Sally always rides shotgun.

harvey66 2006-02-23 21:29

Is riding shotgun being in the suicide seat?

sunyu 2006-02-23 22:18

In China , wifes always ride shoutgun,is it realy a suicide seat?God!
Because all my important document are in my computer,so I am very afraid of hacker.
I believe that all man have eyes for beautiful girls without exception.
Chinese food is out of this world.
It's very hard for me to get my foot in the door of Canada,but I still have confident to make my life better and better.

harvey66 2006-02-24 19:30



back on your feet



Definition: To recover, usually from an illness; to feel better after being sick.
Example: 1) Rick has been in the hospital for a week, but he'll be back on his feet in no time.
Etymology: To be 'on your feet' means that you are standing. So if you are 'back on your feet', it means that you are standing again, after a period of lying down due to sickness.

Synonyms: back in the saddle

harvey66 2006-02-24 19:32

skilled doctors can make their patients back on their feet soon.

harvey66 2006-02-26 13:44



Uncle Sam


Definition: The U.S. government; a patriotic figure who symbolizes the United States.
Example: 1) July 4th is Independence Day in the United States. Happy Birthday, Uncle Sam!

2) No matter how much money I make in a year, Uncle Sam always gets a big chunk of it.
Etymology: During the War of 1812 between the United States and England, a man named Samuel Wilson provided supplies to the American troops. Wilson was known as 'Uncle Sam', and he stamped his supplies with 'US', which stood for both 'United States' and 'Uncle Sam'. Since then, 'Uncle Sam' has been a symbol for the country, especially in times of war.

harvey66 2006-02-27 00:41



wig out



Definition: To go crazy; to lose your mind.
Example: 1) Maria wigged out when she found her husband in bed with her best friend.

2) I hope Tom doesn't wig out when we tell him we lost his dog.
Etymology: The idea behind the term is that so much activity is going on in your brain that your hair (a 'wig' is artificial hair) might jump off your head. The term can be positive too - you might 'wig out' when you hear really good music, for example.

Synonyms: lose your cool, flip your wig

harvey66 2006-02-27 20:06



bean counter


Definition: An accountant; someone who monitors the flow of money very carefully.
Example: 1) We wanted to buy some new furniture for the office but the bean counters wouldn't let us.
Etymology: This phrase comes from a comedy routine that was popular in New York in the 1880s. In the routine, a man would order some pork and beans and then would yell "And don't stop to count the beans!" The idea is that it is not necessary to count each and every bean, and that anyone who does is a little bit crazy -- and cheap.

harvey66 2006-02-27 20:08

Is the bean counter a ideal occupation for immigration to Canada.

sunyu 2006-02-27 23:31

Susan has been in the hospital because of the traffical accident,we all hope she be will back on her feet soon.

I think Uncle Sam have woned a lot of money from China since the RMB rised.

I was realy wigged out while I lost my boy in the mall.

Bean counter is a very good occupation in insurance company.

harvey66 2006-02-28 20:24



big house


Definition: Prison, particularly a maximum security federal prison (or jail).
Example: 1) After he got caught robbing a bank, Ted was sent to the big house for 20 years.
Etymology: A 'house' is where people live, and a prison is quite large (or 'big'), home to hundreds of criminals. This phrase became popular in the early 1900's, when organized crime and large scale prisons developed in the United States.

Synonyms: up the river, under glass, behind bars

harvey66 2006-02-28 20:26

Most of the big wigs in china should be in the big house.

harvey66 2006-03-01 19:52



walkout


Definition: A strike; a unified employee protest against an employer.
Example: 1) The steel plant has been shut down by a walkout.
Etymology: This term came into use in the late 1880s, when labor unions began to organize mass protests against low wages and inhuman working conditions.

harvey66 2006-03-01 19:55

Walkout in china is not illegal but is infeasible.

harvey66 2006-03-02 21:19



tag along


Definition: To follow someone around; or, the person who follows someone around.
Example: 1) You're going to the new coffee shop? Do you mind if I tag along?

2) My little brother is such a tag along - he follows me everywhere I go!
Etymology: A 'tag' is a piece of paper that hangs from something - for example, there is a 'tag' on a new pair of pants to tell you how much they cost. 'Along' means 'with' or 'beside'. So to 'tag along' means to go with somebody but to follow their lead, to 'hang' on them as they go about their business.

harvey66 2006-03-02 21:22

We are going to Hainan in this Labor's Day vacation, will you tag along?

harvey66 2006-03-03 19:07



pump iron


Definition: To lift weights; exercising to build muscle mass.
Example: 1) On Saturday mornings, Tom is usually down at the YMCA pumping iron.

2) Let's go to the gym and pump some iron.
Etymology: The weights that a bodybuilder lifts are made of iron or some other heavy material. A 'pump' is a device that moves water through repetitive motion. So the phrase 'pump iron' describes the act of lifting weights again and again.

harvey66 2006-03-03 19:09

I dont like pumping iron much, sometimes I think it boring.

harvey66 2006-03-05 00:01



catch some z's



Definition: To get some sleep; to nap.
Example: 1) I think I'll stay home tonight and catch some z's.

2) I really needed to catch some z's after staying up late at the disco.
Etymology: In cartoons, characters who are sleeping are depicted with "Z's" over their heads. When pronounced, the letter 'Z' sounds like the sound of snoring.

Synonyms: get some winks

harvey66 2006-03-05 00:02

Sometimes I stayed late at night and had to catch some z's on next day.

harvey66 2006-03-05 19:23




hung up on


Definition: To be obsessed about something or someone.
Example: 1) I'm really hung up on Anna -- I can't get her out of my mind!
Etymology: If you are 'hung up' on something, you are caught and cannot move freely. 'Hung' is from 'hang', which means 'to attach from above' or 'to suspend'. So whatever you are hung up on, it has you on its hook, and you're swinging helplessly like a fish pulled from the ocean.

harvey66 2006-03-05 21:32

"Hung up on " seems to have the same meaning with" hooked" , which I have post in this topic.

sunyu 2006-03-06 18:47

Some people think go to Canada is like to go to a big house,some people think Canada is a paradise,I think go to Canada is just to change my life style.

Poor Jim,he hse been to the museum twice but did not allow in because of the waikout.

Spring is coming ,I need to catch some Z'S all day.

God! who can help me, my son is hunging up on the computer play game these days.

harvey66 2006-03-06 19:57



test the waters


Definition: To make a judgment about something before engaging in more involved activity; to evaluate a situation before committing to a course of action.
Example: 1) We thought we'd test the waters before committing to a serious relationship. 2) We tested the waters and found that that there is great demand for our new product.
Etymology: Before drinking water from a water source, it is wise to make sure that the water is safe and clean. So you 'test' or evaluate the water before you actually drink it.

harvey66 2006-03-06 20:13

Maybe it is good for someone to test the waters before making the decision that they should live in Canada permanently.

harvey66 2006-03-07 22:20



la la land


Definition: An unreal place; a fantastic dreamworld.
Example: 1) Most celebrities live in a la la land of luxury hotels, expensive cars and exotic travel.

2) Going to school is fun, but eventually you have to leave the la la land of the university and start working for a living.
Etymology: 'La la' sounds childlike and dreamy, so 'la la land' is a dream world without adult problems and concerns.

harvey66 2006-03-07 22:21

I think Canada is not a la la land for me, but it definetly is for my son.

harvey66 2006-03-08 20:34



VC


Definition: A venture capitalist; somebody who invests money in new companies.
Example: 1) In late 1999, VCs were pouring money into Internet companies. 2) If we don't find a good VC soon, we'll have to close our business.
Etymology: VC became widely used during the Internet investment bubble a few years ago

harvey66 2006-03-08 20:35

It seems that VC is not so popular these days.

harvey66 2006-03-09 23:50



people person


Definition: Someone who likes being with other people and who is good at working with people.
Example: 1) Holly is a great stewardess -- she likes to fly and she's a real people person! 2) Jane is not a people person. Luckily, her job does not require her to spend a lot of time with clients.
Etymology: This term became popular in the 1990s. It was first used in corporations as a way to describe friendly people who are good at sales and customer service.

harvey66 2006-03-09 23:54

A people person has a inherent advantage over those conservatives.

叶子66600 2006-03-10 11:28

A people person has special communicating skill !

叶子66600 2006-03-10 12:21

The boss is trying to find a VC to develop his new project. His stevedores made a walkout yesterday and were put into big house . He has to catch some Z's today in the noon time , because he has not slept a wink last night .
He is hung up on his new blueprint which is his la la land . His assistant just tags along him and suggests him spend more time on pumping iron in order to get good health .

叶子66600 2006-03-10 12:37

Bea counter is a good job in China , but they have to face the figures every day. In my mind they really count the beas in the different ways every day, every month. Then their boss has to crunch the numbers.

叶子66600 2006-03-10 12:40

How to send flower to Harvey66? I want to send flowers to encourage him to continue his good work !

harvey66 2006-03-10 12:44

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
How to send flower to Harvey66? I want to send flowers to encourage him to continue his good work !

thank you so much.

harvey66 2006-03-10 13:00

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
How to send flower to Harvey66? I want to send flowers to encourage him to continue his good work !

Your posts are the best presents. thank you.

harvey66 2006-03-11 00:13



in the hot seat


Definition: In trouble; in a very uncomfortable situation.
Example: 1) The analysts who promoted the dot-bomb stocks are now in the hot seat with the SEC. 2) Andrew was really in the hot seat after his girlfriend caught him lying to her.
Etymology: 'Hot seat' is American prison slang for the electric chair (a method of execution). The phrase 'in the hot seat' has come to refer to any kind of bad situation.

Synonyms: in hot hot water

harvey66 2006-03-11 00:21

The long period of time of immigration sometimes made me in the hot seat.

harvey66 2006-03-11 20:17



quack



Definition: An incompetent doctor; someone who pretends to have medical knowledge but does not.
Example: 1) I'm afraid my doctor may be a quack. He told me that the best way to cure a cold is to eat a cheese sandwich while standing on my head!
Etymology: Derived from a Dutch word, 'quacksalver', which refers to someone who sells worthless potions and remedies. ('Quack' is also the sound that a duck makes.)

harvey66 2006-03-11 20:19

Many people worry that our medical system can not preventing those quacks from getting into pratice in China.

harvey66 2006-03-12 19:50



on one's plate


Definition: Work one must do.
Example: 1) I can't take on a new project. I already have too much on my plate.
Etymology: This phrase compares work that must be done to food that must be eaten.

叶子66600 2006-03-13 11:27

Too many quacks in hospitals ,specially in small and middle size hospitals in China bring patients troubles . Some people suggest that patients have the right to get video of the whole undergoing surgery.

Women have too much on their plate : working as men at the work , doing house work in home , taking care of the children .

叶子66600 2006-03-13 11:50

Husband also has too much on his plate in the modern society.

harvey66 2006-03-13 20:39



average Joe



Definition: Someone who is just like everyone else; a normal person.
Example: 1) Mickey is your average Joe - he likes football, hates opera, and thinks it's a crime to do any work on weekends.
Etymology: 'Average' means 'in the middle' or 'not extreme', and 'Joe' is a common male name. So 'average Joe' refers to a man who is not extremely different from everyone else.

Synonyms: regular guy

harvey66 2006-03-13 20:41

As aging, you have to admit that most of us are average Joes.

sunyu 2006-03-13 22:11

One of my girlfriend want to do some business herself, we all suggest her to test the water first.

When I was in the middle school,I wanted to play truant,But after all these years,I think that's my la la land. and I hope my son to enjoy everyday in school as a child.

Each people who buy the stock is a VC of the company?

sunyu 2006-03-13 22:26

There are so many people person in this forums.

There are more and more quacks in the chinese hospital, but I wonder if there is no quack in Canada.I really have less confident in this way.

As the day I go to Canada is coming closer,I feel there are too many thins on my plate.

In fact ,a average joe can give less impression for people than a man who have special sense.


Can not add SW for harvey66 and 叶子66600, just follow you all. study study hard,day day up!we will won!

harvey66 2006-03-15 21:26

thank you sunyu.

harvey66 2006-03-15 22:08



zillionaire



Definition: A very, very rich person.
Example: 1) Someday I'll be a zillionaire, just like Bill Gates!

2) It's hard to afford an apartment in the city these days, since all of the Internet zillionaires starting driving up the rents.
Etymology: Since it rhymes with 'million' and 'billion, 'zillion' sounds huge, although it's not really a number.' A 'zillionaire' is like a 'millionaire' or a 'billionaire' but with even more money.

harvey66 2006-03-15 22:12

I think none of the applicants to immigrate to Canada intents to be a zillionaire there.
What we want is a different lifestyle.

叶子66600 2006-03-16 12:30

I saw a very luxurious car Maybach in the parking place near Holiday Inn last year , the owner must be a zillionair , the driver said that that car costed 9 million chinese RMB . The owner is not an average joe !

harvey66 2006-03-16 21:51



paper tiger



Definition: A threat that lacks force; a bluff.
Example: 1) For a long time, the United States regarded mainland China as a paper tiger, but now the U.S. is treating China as a genuine military threat.

2) Tony's a paper tiger -- sure, he wears a leather jacket and looks tough, but he's actually a nice guy.
Etymology: This phrase is from the Chinese "tsuh lao fu," which was made popular by Mao Zedong. It refers to a man who looks tough but is not.

Synonyms: full of hot air

harvey66 2006-03-16 21:54

It's so funny. Mao Zedong regarded the U.S. as a paper tiger, and the U.S. turn it back to the mainland China.

叶子66600 2006-03-17 11:35

China has changed successfully from paper tiger to a real stronger tiger .

叶子66600 2006-03-17 11:38

Add SW to Harvey66!
It is a very good way to remember the slangs , the picture gaves us very strong impression ! Welcome more slangs !

harvey66 2006-03-18 00:07

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Add SW to Harvey66!
It is a very good way to remember the slangs , the picture gaves us very strong impression ! Welcome more slangs !

Thank you 叶子66600.
I noticed you live in Shandong . Which city dou you live in? I was born in Jinan, and had lived many years there.

harvey66 2006-03-18 00:11



under the table


Definition: Hidden or secret, with the implication that the law is being broken.
Example: 1) My boss pays me under the table, so I don't have to pay income taxes.
Etymology: Something that is 'under the table' is hidden from sight - and usually illegal.

Synonyms: shady

harvey66 2006-03-18 00:17

It's terrible that more and more people receive pays under the table.

harvey66 2006-03-19 02:17



kick your ass


Definition: To beat decisively; to give a severe beating; to rough someone up.
Example: 1) Don't mess with the bouncer unless you want him to kick your ass.

harvey66 2006-03-19 21:19



burn one's bridges


Definition: To leave all of your friends and acquaintances behind; to cause permanent damage in your relationships.
Example: 1) Even though you're quitting your job tomorrow, try not to burn your bridges. You never know when you'll need help in the future. 2) There may be a conflict of interest if I work with both companies. Of course I don't want to burn any bridges, so I should choose one company and let the other know that I can't work with them.
Etymology: The idea is that there people who form bridges to your past. If you forget or insult them, you have burned all of your bridges to the past, and can never go back.

harvey66 2006-03-19 22:08

The westerners and the easterners do share some values.Neither think burning one's bridges is a virtue.

叶子66600 2006-03-20 11:21

Hi ! Harvey66 , You are from Jinan , I am living in Qingdao !
Remebering English words is boring ,but picture is funny and easy .
Thanks a lot! and wish you do it continuely!

叶子66600 2006-03-20 11:27

Paying under the table is a good way to resolve the problem anywhere anytime in China , but it will be dangerous in Canada.

We should kick their ass quickly after knowing people around us burning one's bridge easily.

sunyu 2006-03-20 18:15

It is not important if you are a zillionaire or not,but it is important whether you enjory everyday or not.

The more he said,the paper tiger he is!

The chinese people are calling for a law to avoid the paying under the table for the government officer.


I wonder if I should burn my bridge in China completely before I go to Canada.

harvey66 2006-03-20 20:04

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Hi ! Harvey66 , You are from Jinan , I am living in Qingdao !
Remebering English words is boring ,but picture is funny and easy .
Thanks a lot! and wish you do it continuely!

Hi, I had been living and working for more than 10 years in Qingdao.And I left there 5 years ago.It must become more beautiful.

harvey66 2006-03-20 21:53



bells and whistles


Definition: Excessive or unnecessary features on something; showy or flashy parts.
Example: 1) My father bought a new computer with all the bells and whistles. I think it even makes toast. 2) I like the original model, without all the bells and whistles the second version has.
Etymology: 'Bells' and 'whistles' make noise and attract attention, but they are not a necessary part of most things.

Synonyms: frills, extras

叶子66600 2006-03-21 11:20

Harvey66, you had been living in Qingdao for 10 years ! Wow!
Yes, Qingdao is becoming more and more beautiful specially the seaside ,people can walk on the wooden plank road along the seaside. But there are also some bells and whistles which were built repeatly.
Let me guess ... you are now living in Beijing or Shanghai . Right ?

harvey66 2006-03-21 18:55

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Harvey66, you had been living in Qingdao for 10 years ! Wow!
Yes, Qingdao is becoming more and more beautiful specially the seaside ,people can walk on the wooden plank road along the seaside. But there are also some bells and whistles which were built repeatly.
Let me guess ... you are now living in Beijing or Shanghai . Right ?

I am now in Suzhou, which is my wife's hometown.
I used to work in a navy hospital at Shazikou.

harvey66 2006-03-21 19:30



pirate


Definition: Illegal, usually in reference to an illegal copy of a CD or video or software (adjective); to make an illegal copy (verb).
Example: 1) The pirate copies of the new Stallone movie aren't very good quality. 2) People are already pirating the new Microsoftie program.
Etymology: A 'pirate' is someone who robs ships at sea. So pirate software or a pirate CD has been stolen from its proper owners and sold without license.

Synonyms: bootleg

harvey66 2006-03-22 00:04

Why pirate software is popular in China ?

harvey66 2006-03-22 19:57



have a screw loose


Definition: To be a little bit crazy, or not acting normally.
Example: 1) Paul has had a screw loose ever since his girlfriend left him.
Etymology: A 'screw' keeps things together; when a screw is loose, things fall apart. So a person who has a screw loose is falling apart mentally.

Synonyms: off the wall

harvey66 2006-03-22 20:00

Many applicants said the long period of waiting time almost made them having screws loose.

叶子66600 2006-03-23 12:10

Hi ,Doctor Harvey66 ! Sazikou is near Laoshan , now some new houses were built there , it is becoming more and more beautiful.
You are lucky enough to have lady from Suzhou as your wife.

叶子66600 2006-03-23 12:30

Recently I have bought about 10 pirate CDs which are nominated films for Oscar , these are Crash , North Country , Capote , Hustle & Flow , Broken Montain ,Good night and Good Luck ,and others .
People who is just come from University has a screw loose on every thing in the begining of their first job.

sunyu 2006-03-23 22:17

Is that means I am too old now?because I don't like a Mobile or a TV has some bells and
whistles,I always think the simple use is enough.

Sometimes It's difficult to diffierentiate the pirate CD from the real one.

I am now having a screw loose as I will go to Canada a few days later.

harvey66 2006-03-24 00:35

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Hi ,Doctor Harvey66 ! Sazikou is near Laoshan , now some new houses were built there , it is becoming more and more beautiful.
You are lucky enough to have lady from Suzhou as your wife.

If I can finally get the visa, I will go back to Qingdao to have a look and meet some old friends.

harvey66 2006-03-24 00:39

to: sunyu
Hi, my friend. Thank you for your kindly support.May I know where you are from?

harvey66 2006-03-24 00:41



climb the corporate ladder


Definition: To move up in the hierarchy of a corporation.
Example: 1) You have to work very hard if you want to climb the corporate ladder.
Etymology: A 'ladder' is a device with steps used to 'climb' (or move) up and down, so the 'corporate ladder' is the series of steps people go through as they gain more power in a corporation and 'rise to the top' - from file clerk up to president.

harvey66 2006-03-24 00:45

I think many new immigrants who are successful in China will have to climb the corporate ladder in Canada.

叶子66600 2006-03-24 10:28

Hi, SUYU !

We really are on the same wavelength on the bells and whistles for mobile phone and other facilities .

叶子66600 2006-03-24 10:36

Harvey66 , You can be sure that you will get the visa in near future!

Our family had made a plan to spend every holiday to travel in the big China after we presented the documents for immigrating to Canada , and we found there are so many attractive places in China where we have no enough time to go at this moment .
If I have the opportunity to climb the corporate ladders in Canada , I will be very happy !

harvey66 2006-03-24 19:43



five finger discount



Definition: Shoplifting; taking an item from a store without paying for it.
Example: 1) How much did my CD player cost? I got it at a five finger discount, man!
Etymology: "Five finger" refers to the hand, and a "discount" is a reduction in price (in this case, a 100 percent reduction).

harvey66 2006-03-24 19:45

Is getting five finger discount so easy in supermarket?

sunyu 2006-03-24 21:55

引用:

作者: harvey66
to: sunyu
Hi, my friend. Thank you for your kindly support.May I know where you are from?

Hi,harvey,nice to meet you here too.and thanks for all you've done these days. It courage me more.
I am from ChangSha,hunan. a small city. That's one of the reason we want to go out.

harvey66 2006-03-25 00:43

Changsha is a small city ? you are kidding.
It is larger than suzhou.

harvey66 2006-03-25 20:10



come to think of it


Definition: When one considers the matter; on reflection.
Example: 1) Come to think of it, why not sell coffee from a water cooler?! 2) Come to think of it, that road back there was the one we were supposed to take.

harvey66 2006-03-25 20:11

Come to think of it, why not immigrate to Canada?!

harvey66 2006-03-26 23:07



TP



Definition: Toilet paper.
Example: 1) If you're going to the store, we need soap and TP.
Etymology: From the first letters of 'toilet paper'.

叶子66600 2006-03-27 11:38

Come to think of it , buying cloths with price of five finger discount always
makes us dispointed later , I left the discounter shop immediately.


There is always no enough TP in the restroom in China supermarket.

harvey66 2006-03-27 22:39



jerk


Definition: A mean or unlikeable person.
Example: 1) Tony is such a jerk--he stole my lunch money!

叶子66600 2006-03-28 11:41

I am so happy to see the sentence in New York Times : History is being on put on the back burner or taken off the stove all together in many or almost schools in favor of math and reading.

叶子66600 2006-03-28 11:41

History is being put on the back burner or taken off the stove all together in many or almost schools in favor of math and reading.

叶子66600 2006-03-28 11:45

He is Jerk , always finds the way to borrow money from others and never return.

sunyu 2006-03-28 22:03

Our family had made a plan to spend every holiday to travel in the big China after we presented the documents for immigrating to Canada , and we found there are so many attractive places in China where we have no enough time to go at this moment .
If I have the opportunity to climb the corporate ladders in Canada , I will be very happy ![/quote]


I have the same problem at the moment. but I think we can go back to travel in big China after retired.

sunyu 2006-03-28 22:23

To Canada,I do not need to climb the corporate ladder, but I do need a life more freedom, more clear air and more simple.

The temptation is more and more today, the five finger discount is more sly today.

Come to think of it, what should I bring to Canada.

Is the TP used by the king be called "Holy TP" years before?

He is such a jerk always interrupts others words.

harvey66 2006-03-28 23:06

what a good sentence: being put on the back burner or taken off the stove all together.
thank you .叶子.

harvey66 2006-03-28 23:11



bad-mouth



Definition: To say negative things about someone or something.
Example: 1) Lisa bad-mouthed her boss at the water cooler.

2) I wish people would stop bad-mouthing Cleveland. It's really a very nice city.
Etymology: 'Bad' means not good, and 'mouth' refers to the physical act of speech.

harvey66 2006-03-28 23:14

Anyone who bad-mouth to you may someday bad-mouth you.

harvey66 2006-03-28 23:15

why is that device called water cooler ? no hot water available ?

叶子66600 2006-03-29 13:19

Sunyu : One of my friends in Canada who is over 60 years old overseas chinese visits cities of China each year , She has visited so many places
than normal Chinese people .

叶子66600 2006-03-29 13:23

Never bad mouth to people who pays you salary.

Water cooler : Hot & Cold Water Cooler ,
Hot water also available .

harvey66 2006-03-29 21:06



think outside the box


Definition: To think creatively; to approach a situation or problem in a new way.
example: 1) To solve this problem, we're going to have to think outside the box. 2) I like to hire people who can think outside the box.
Etymology: This popular phrase is relatively recent. 'The box' refers to the normal, boring way of doing things. When you think 'outside the box', you create new ideas and methods for doing things.

harvey66 2006-03-29 21:11

JobInterview Question


You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night. You pass
by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect man (or) woman you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there

could only be one passenger in your car.

Think before you continue reading. This is a moral/ethical dilemma

that was once actually used as part of a job application.

You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and
thus you should save her first; or you could take the old friend
because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect
chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find

your perfect dream lover again.

The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble
coming up with his answer.

He simply answered: "I would give the car keys to my old friend, and

let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for

the bus with the woman of my dreams."


Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box."

harvey66 2006-03-30 22:51



basket case


Definition: Crazy; hopelessly broken down.
Example: 1) After his wife left him, Paul was a real basket case.

2) The corporation was such a basket case that the owners had to shut it down.
Etymology: From World War I lingo, used to describe a soldier so badly wounded that he had to be carried in a basket.

harvey66 2006-03-30 22:54

If the political system is not reformed, China will inevitably become a basket case.

叶子66600 2006-03-31 10:37

Chinese teacher does not like the student who always thinks out of box .
And chinese education makes students became basket cases soon .
There are about 70% of students in my son's class grade 5 are eye sighted .

harvey66 2006-04-01 00:54



snail mail



Definition: Letters sent through the post office; mail that is carried, as opposed to e-mail.
Example: 1) It can take a week to send a letter by snail mail.

2) I sent the payment by snail mail so you should get it by next Friday.
Etymology: A 'snail' is a very slow-moving creature. This slang phrase mocks the slowness of regular mail and implicitly compares it to the speed of e-mail.

harvey66 2006-04-01 00:58

More and more people use e-mails nowadays while the snail mails becoming more and more unpopular.

harvey66 2006-04-01 22:57



back to the drawing board



Definition: To begin again; to repeat a process, often after a major setback.
Example: 1) Professor Hoopeldinger had to go back to the drawing board after his experiment blew up.

2) Our sales plan isn't working, so I guess it's back to the drawing board!
Etymology: If the initial design for a building or aircraft fails, the designer has to go back to his or her work table and begin again.

Synonyms: back to square one

harvey66 2006-04-02 18:37



quitting time



Definition: The end of the workday; time to go home.
Example: 1) It's almost quitting time -- I can't wait to get out of here and have some fun!
Etymology: 'Quit' means 'to stop working', so 'quitting time' is that time of the day when you put down your tools or turn off your computer.

harvey66 2006-04-02 18:40

Being a doctor sometimes means no quitting time for you.

叶子66600 2006-04-03 10:54

15 minutes to quiting time , we all pack up to leave for a happy holiday.

Back to the drawing board, the little boy bagan to have Piano class again after having fighting against his father for quiting .

Comparing with TNT , DHL , Fedex, China EMS goes like snail mail .

harvey66 2006-04-03 22:57



loan shark


Definition: A person who lends out money, at a very high rate of interest and with the threat of violence if the loan is not repaid quickly.
Example: 1) I had to see a loan shark to cover my $100,000 gambling debt.
Etymology: When you borrow money, it is called a 'loan'. A 'shark' is a big fish that is very dangerous. So a 'loan shark' is someone who lends money and is dangerous, because he will 'bite' (or attack) you if you don't repay the loan.

叶子66600 2006-04-04 17:29

加纷纷继续鼓励!

叶子66600 2006-04-04 17:36

If you are victim of loan sharks , you can prosecute them , loan sharks
are illegal in China .

harvey66 2006-04-04 20:43

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
加纷纷继续鼓励!

thanks.

harvey66 2006-04-04 21:00



roll out the red carpet


Definition: To treat a visitor very well; to give someone a grand, elaborate welcome.
Example: 1) The city rolled out the red carpet for the visiting royalty.
Etymology: In England, the Queen walks on a 'red carpet' (or rug) whenever she attends a formal event. The carpet is temporary, and is literally rolled out onto the ground just for the occasion.

happytom 2006-04-04 21:12

you are a good tutor! thank you and I like to add scores on you.

叶子66600 2006-04-05 11:34

Qingdao rolled out red carpet for ten yachts of Clipper Round the World Race the day before yesterday .

harvey66 2006-04-05 21:13

引用:

作者: happytom
you are a good tutor! thank you and I like to add scores on you.

thanks.

harvey66 2006-04-05 21:16

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Qingdao rolled out red carpet for ten yachts of Clipper Round the World Race the day before yesterday .

And I believe that Qingdao will roll out red carpet for the Olympic athletes from all over the world in 2008.

harvey66 2006-04-05 21:19



beat a dead horse



Definition: To keep talking about something after everything useful has already been said; to discuss a topic after it has been completely exhausted.
Example: 1) We've already decided what we're going to do, so let's not talk about it anymore -- there's no reason to beat a dead horse.

2) Marty kept beating a dead horse in the sales meeting, and it kept us there an extra half hour.
Etymology: A dead horse cannot be brought back to life, even if you beat it. So if you are 'beating a dead horse', you are wasting your time.

harvey66 2006-04-05 21:27

Dont complain the CIC for the long period of time. There is no reason for us to beat the dead horse.

叶子66600 2006-04-06 11:30

引用:

作者: harvey66
And I believe that Qingdao will roll out red carpet for the Olympic athletes from all over the world in 2008.



Sure !


Look: " The Clipper fleet is no safely installed in the Qingdao Olympic Harbour where the ten yachts are the first to test the new facilities for the 2008 Bejing Olympics ."
"The Chinese sailling city ,Qingdao ......"

Really have a special feeling in people's mind.

叶子66600 2006-04-06 11:31

Husband always says to wife : not beat the dead horse !

sunyu 2006-04-06 18:54

Pls don't bad-mouthed your boy as he made mistakes, encouragement can be more useful to make a good boy.

To earn more money than others you must think outside the box.

Why the snail mail still work yet?even my grandmother has learned how to send a E-mial today.

Although you are a housewoman, you can not stay in home all day, or you'll be a basket case.



just finish today ,I'll be back continued.

harvey66 2006-04-06 22:47

引用:

作者: sunyu
Pls don't bad-mouthed your boy as he made mistakes, encouragement can be more useful to make a good boy.

To earn more money than others you must think outside the box.

Why the snail mail still work yet?even my grandmother has learned how to send a E-mial today.

Although you are a housewoman, you can not stay in home all day, or you'll be a basket case.



just finish today ,I'll be back continued.

Never mind. The red carpet is always prepared to roll out for you .

harvey66 2006-04-06 22:51



throw in the towel


Definition: To quit.
Example: 1) The company threw in the towel after losing all of its major customers. 2) Mike 'Boom Boom' DeNola threw in the towel after three rounds. He'll probably have to spend a few days in the hospital, followed by a long convalescence in Miami.
Etymology: This phrase comes from boxing. When a boxer is too beat up to continue, his coach throws a towel into the ring to signal that the fight is over.

harvey66 2006-04-06 23:24

When I am guessing riddles, I often feel being at the my wit's end and have to throw in the towel.

harvey66 2006-04-08 00:14



throw the book at


Definition: To impose a severe penalty on someone; to give the maximum penalty for a crime.
Example: 1) His crime was so cruel and inhumane that they threw the book at him.

2) The judge told my lawyer that he is going to throw the book at me unless I beg the court for mercy.
Etymology: 'The book' is the entire collection of laws and penalties. If a judge were to 'throw' or hurl the whole book of laws at someone, it would probably hurt quite a bit.

harvey66 2006-04-08 00:17

How many bucreaucracy in China should be thrown the book at!

harvey66 2006-04-09 00:57



one-to-one marketing


Definition: A way that a Web site personalizes its service based on information it gathers from you electronically.
Example: 1) Amazon knows what services to offer you based on its one-to-one marketing.

harvey66 2006-04-09 01:22

There are often some frauds on Taobao,the biggest one-to-one marketing website in China

kid126 2006-04-09 16:09

好久没来了。
楼主还坚持得这么好。佩服佩服!!

harvey66 2006-04-09 20:01

引用:

作者: kid126
好久没来了。
楼主还坚持得这么好。佩服佩服!!

Thank you.
I am flattered.

harvey66 2006-04-09 20:05



too hot to handle


Definition: Difficult; hard to deal with; controversial.
Example: 1) The editor thought the story about the president's girlfriend was too hot to handle, so he refused to print it.

2) The line drive was too hot to handle, and the Phillies scored on the play.
Etymology: 'Too hot to handle' comes from baseball, referring to a ball hit so hard that it can't be caught. In this phrase, 'hot' means 'lively' or 'powerful', and 'handle' means 'take care of' or 'pick up'. The phrase is now used to describe any situation that is hard to deal with or problematic.

harvey66 2006-04-09 20:12

Medical system is a too hot tissue to handle in China.

叶子66600 2006-04-10 13:08

Relation between Taiwan and Mainland is too hot to handle for Mr.President J.W.Bush .

We should not throw in the towel for Visa to Canada after so many years
waiting .

My husband like to buy something by one-to -one marketing in the net , but I always tell him be afraid , be very afraid.

sunyu 2006-04-10 21:45

I have to back to the drawing board after forgeting English long times ago.

As a mum, a wife,a daughter, sometimes i feel there is no quitting time for me.

Our city rolled out the red carpet for Liuxiang and many other athlete last saturday .

It seems mum always beat a dead horse , but I think I will miss her and her words everyday whenI am in Canada.

I always tell my son never throw in the towel for his confidence and belief in his life.


add "SW" to all of you!

harvey66 2006-04-10 22:42



selling like hotcakes


Definition: To sell very quickly; a characteristic of a popular product.
Example: 1) My new book, "How to Make Millions in the Slang Business," is selling like hotcakes! 2) The new Pokemon game sold like hotcakes.
Etymology: A 'hotcake' is a pancake -- flour and egg and milk cooked in hot pan. It's not clear why 'hotcakes' are used as a model of popularity and high demand. It's probably because hotcakes taste best when they are fresh and hot, so when someone is cooking 'hotcakes' you have to run to get them as they're coming off the stove.

harvey66 2006-04-10 23:55

Advertisements often help the products sold like hotcakes.

叶子66600 2006-04-11 10:14

A new pen is selling like hotcakes among the yong students , because the writing by this pen could only be seen by the light on this pen , other people
no way to see it .

叶子66600 2006-04-11 10:20

加SW 鼓励大家!

sunyu 2006-04-11 19:05

People who destroy the nature must be throw the book at end.

For me, my teenages boy is too hard to handle.

A pie named "TU DIAO ZA" is selling like hotcake all over China last year, but it disappear immediately after new year.



everybody, day day up here!

harvey66 2006-04-11 23:54



back seat driver



Definition: Someone who gives unwanted advice; someone who tries to run things even though they don't have the power or authority to do so.
Example: 1) Rob is the worst back seat driver I know - he's always telling me what to do.

2) I wish I could tell my boss to stop being such a back seat driver. I don't need to hear his comments every ten minutes!
Etymology: Sometimes people riding in the back of a car will give advice to the driver; this is usually more annoying than helpful. This phrase can be used literally (in a car) or more generally to make fun of someone who is giving unwanted advice.

harvey66 2006-04-12 00:02

There are many back seat drivers in one thread in this forum who bad mouthed LASIK but didnt know what excimer laser was.

叶子66600 2006-04-12 10:07

Husband likes to be a real back seat driver when his wife drives a car.

Qingdao government is going to trow the book at the taxi drivers near the railway station before the holiday season .

叶子66600 2006-04-12 10:14

Harvey , What is Laisk and Excimer Laser ?

harvey66 2006-04-12 23:25

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Harvey , What is Laisk and Excimer Laser ?

Lasik is popular laser operation on eyes to correct the refractive problems by the way of excimer laser.

harvey66 2006-04-12 23:27



out of this world



Definition: Excellent, wonderful.
Example: 1) That chocolate cake was out of this world--I'll never eat anything else.

harvey66 2006-04-12 23:28

As a country that is the most suitable to live in, Canada is out of the world.

happytom 2006-04-13 01:08

This is a good place to take a rest just like a cafe, I like it and many thanks to harvey66!

叶子66600 2006-04-13 12:11

引用:

作者: harvey66
Lasik is popular laser operation on eyes to correct the refractive problems by the way of excimer laser.

Oh, thanks !:wdb17:

叶子66600 2006-04-13 12:17

The feeling of winning is out of this world ,my son just got No. 1 of 200m running in sports meeting .

harvey66 2006-04-14 00:34

引用:

作者: happytom
This is a good place to take a rest just like a cafe, I like it and many thanks to harvey66!

Thank you too.
Welcome here to have a sit and enjoy some "coffee".
I roll out the red carpet for everyone who come here.

harvey66 2006-04-14 00:37

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Oh, thanks !:wdb17:


You are welcome.
That involve my occupation.I am an ophthalmologist.

harvey66 2006-04-14 00:41

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
The feeling of winning is out of this world ,my son just got No. 1 of 200m running in sports meeting .

Congratulations!
You have a health boy.

harvey66 2006-04-14 00:50




24/7



Definition: All the time; always; without a break.
Example: 1) In New York City, a lot of stores are open 24/7.

2) I had to move because my neighbors played loud dance music 24/7.
Etymology: Some convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The phrase is used for anything that is always (or nearly always) available.

Synonyms: around the clock

harvey66 2006-04-14 00:53

Some people take it for granted that medical service is 24/7, but as a matter of fact, only emergency is .

叶子66600 2006-04-14 16:38

引用:

作者: harvey66
Congratulations!
You have a health boy.


Thanks a lot ! That is the reason we applied to immigrate to Canada , we
do not like to see my son does so much homework every day .He likes to play
sports game . :wdb6:

叶子66600 2006-04-14 16:47

There are more stores open 24/7 in big cities specially in south of China ,
It is same in South America , people just begin their night life after 23:00 .

harvey66 2006-04-15 00:28




pick up the tab



Definition: To pay for the bill; to take the check, usually at the end of a meal.
Example: 1) Every time I have dinner with Chris, he always makes me pick up the tab.

harvey66 2006-04-15 00:33

Usually , I pick up the tab and my wife pick up the doggy bag after dinner.

叶子66600 2006-04-15 14:10

Some women like to make men to pick up the tab after dinner together .

harvey66 2006-04-15 19:44



tag along


Definition: To follow someone around; or, the person who follows someone around.
Example: 1) You're going to the new coffee shop? Do you mind if I tag along?

2) My little brother is such a tag along - he follows me everywhere I go!
Etymology: A 'tag' is a piece of paper that hangs from something - for example, there is a 'tag' on a new pair of pants to tell you how much they cost. 'Along' means 'with' or 'beside'. So to 'tag along' means to go with somebody but to follow their lead, to 'hang' on them as they go about their business.

annieyu 2006-04-15 22:56

Everybody ,who has been waiting for ME so long time,when he receive it ,will be out of world.

annieyu 2006-04-15 23:01

When I was in primary school,my younger sister always tagged me along and even today she also enjoy being with me and so am I.

annieyu 2006-04-15 23:03

It is a pleasure when you have the ability to pick up the tab after a meal with your friends.

annieyu 2006-04-15 23:07

The question of immigration is hot to handle for Canadian government for they have to identify the right person they want and suituble for this country.

annieyu 2006-04-15 23:12

Thank you for the great job you have done.I have learnt a lot from the tips but I have no courage to have a try and today I managed to do it.

annieyu 2006-04-15 23:14

Now I know to muster my courage not as hard as I thought.

annieyu 2006-04-15 23:17

from now on,I will try my best to follow your pace ,if I make any mistake welcome everyone corrects me.

harvey66 2006-04-16 17:52

Thank you, Annieyu.
I notice we are in the same province.I am in Suzhou.
Thank you again for your great job.

harvey66 2006-04-16 18:05

Tag along
More and more people possessing of their cars, some travel agency promote cars tag along tour promptly.

annieyu 2006-04-17 00:54

Thank harvey66 for your sw,yes ,We are living in same province and I like Suzhou very much waiting for your new slangs.

叶子66600 2006-04-17 11:59

Welcome Annieyu !
More people make more sentences makes here more active .

Tag along : If you find someone stranger tags along with you in super market,
you should keep your eyes on your wallet .

harvey66 2006-04-17 19:16



back out



Definition: To get out of an unwanted situation; to withdraw or retreat from a previous engagement; to leave or get away from something.
Example: 1) You can't back out of the deal now--you signed your name on the contract.

2) I'm going to back out on our plan to go to Canada for spring break--I'm going to Hawaii instead.

harvey66 2006-04-17 19:18

I dont want to back out on my plan to immigrate to Canada.

annieyu 2006-04-18 00:01

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Welcome Annieyu !
More people make more sentences makes here more active .

Tag along : If you find someone stranger tags along with you in super market,
you should keep your eyes on your wallet .

good advice,I havehad this kind of experience a month ago.Now I still felt scared,but I was lucky not lost anything.Thank you for your welcome:wdb6:

annieyu 2006-04-18 00:08

引用:

作者: harvey66
I dont want to back out on my plan to immigrate to Canada.

me too.I do not back out on everything I want

annieyu 2006-04-18 00:25

Peseverance is a key factor of everybody 's success

annieyu 2006-04-18 00:35

Never say die is a very important spirit for every one

annieyu 2006-04-18 00:50

now I start tagging along all of you to improve my english

叶子66600 2006-04-18 11:02

Some people in this forum should back out of arguing otherwise , adding fuel to the fire .

harvey66 2006-04-18 19:51



hype



Definition: Loud advertising and promotion.
Example: 1) The new movie by Steven Spielberg is getting a lot of hype.

2) Don't believe the hype!
Etymology: In the early 1800s, a 'hype' was a scam or swindle. A scam is a false story or trick through which someone tries to get money from other people. Modern advertising has the same objective as old-time scams: to separate people from their money, while using as much 'hype' as possible

叶子66600 2006-04-19 10:05

A lot of women lost their money when they had a free trial on hairdressing after reading hypes in the newspaper .

harvey66 2006-04-19 19:55



yap


Definition: To talk aimlessly; or, the mouth.
Example: 1) There he goes again, yapping away at the dinner table.

2) Shut your yap! We're sick of your boring comments!
Etymology: 'Yap' is the sound a dog or other small animal makes. When someone talks too much, he can sound like a barking dog.

harvey66 2006-04-19 19:57

I hope there are more and more useful information and less and less yapping in this forum.

annieyu 2006-04-19 20:31

when people are getting older and older,they are getting used to yapping again and again..

annieyu 2006-04-19 20:35

The biggest hype of last century was certain person had predicted that someday the earth would have explode.

叶子66600 2006-04-20 16:28

People like to yap but not like to listen to others .

harvey66 2006-04-20 18:57



in high gear



Definition: Carrying on an activity with a great deal of energy, or at a rapid pace; to be very enthusiastic about something.
Example: 1) We worked in high gear to finish the project before the deadline.

harvey66 2006-04-20 19:04

The life in Canada is not supposed to be in a rapid pace, but for us new immigrants who are no longer young , maybe have to live in high gear.

annieyu 2006-04-20 21:00

I hope all of the Visa Officers working in Hongkong can work in high gear and then we have the chance earlier to experience life working in high gear too.

叶子66600 2006-04-21 10:58

My 62 years old friend told me his own work experience and suggested me stop working in high gear in each day's work and get more time to stay with my family .

annieyu 2006-04-22 00:08

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
My 62 years old friend told me his own work experience and suggested me stop working in high gear in each day's work and get more time to stay with my family .

I do agree with your 62 years old friend ,who is right .maybe that means I am getting older because I can strike the cord with your friend.

harvey66 2006-04-22 11:26



rookie


Definition: A beginner; one who is new to a profession or field.
Example: 1) The older players taught the rookie how to play the game.

2) It's not easy being a rookie police officer.
Etymology: This word is derived from 'recruit', a new member of an army.

Synonyms: newbie, greenhorn

harvey66 2006-04-22 11:28

Maybe we have to begin with rookies in Canada and forget we have already been skilled workers in China.

叶子66600 2006-04-22 12:09

It is getting more and more difficult for rookies who just come from University
to gind a good job in China .

叶子66600 2006-04-22 12:17

Annieyu ! Striking a cord with older people does not mean you are old , it means you begin to enjoy the life .

harvey66 2006-04-22 23:05



get a handle on



Definition: To understand how something works or is organized; comprehend what is going on; be aware of the current situation.
Example: 1) I've really got a handle on this game--I'm sure I'll win the next time we play.
Synonyms: get the hang of

harvey66 2006-04-22 23:10

I did not get a handle on the immigration issue when I started the preparation for the application.

annieyu 2006-04-23 00:32

引用:

作者: harvey66
I did not get a handle on the immigration issue when I started the preparation for the application.

me too.I hope I can get a handle on everything about Canada,including costums,laws,regulations and culture,and I do try my best to get all kinds of information about it.

annieyu 2006-04-23 00:37

As a rookie here,I received a warm welcome from harvey66 and 叶子66000.Thank for all of you.

annieyu 2006-04-23 00:39

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Annieyu ! Striking a cord with older people does not mean you are old , it means you begin to enjoy the life .

I hope so and I think so.

harvey66 2006-04-24 00:12

引用:

作者: annieyu
As a rookie here,I received a warm welcome from harvey66 and 叶子66000.Thank for all of you.

And thank you for your support too.

harvey66 2006-04-24 00:14



good sport



Definition: One who plays well, whether winning or losing; one who is fair and is able to accept setbacks; an easy-going individual.
Example: 1) Eric was a good sport about my beating him in the game.

2) Sarah is a good sport and gets along with everyone.
Etymology: Sports are an important part of British and American culture, and a 'good sport' is a cultural ideal. He or she follows the rules and can accept winning or losing, no matter what the setting.

harvey66 2006-04-24 00:16

It is easy to be a good player ,but it is much harder to be a good sport.

叶子66600 2006-04-24 10:49

My little boy always get high score on each subject in primary school , I wish he get more setbacks in the days of growwing up in order to become a good sport and get a handle on everything easily in the future.

annieyu 2006-04-24 10:59

Sometimes in our life time we have to confront so many setbacks whether we are willing or not ,so why not become a good sport .

annieyu 2006-04-24 11:01

But things are easier to say than to doiit,so at least let us try to be good sports.
Friendship first,competetion second

harvey66 2006-04-24 23:28

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
My little boy always get high score on each subject in primary school , I wish he get more setbacks in the days of growwing up in order to become a good sport and get a handle on everything easily in the future.


Your son is so brilliant, which school is he in?
That remind me of something in Qingdao.

harvey66 2006-04-24 23:28

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
My little boy always get high score on each subject in primary school , I wish he get more setbacks in the days of growwing up in order to become a good sport and get a handle on everything easily in the future.


Your son is so brilliant, which school is he in?
That reminds me of something in Qingdao.

harvey66 2006-04-24 23:30



throw in the towel


Definition: To quit.
Example: 1) The company threw in the towel after losing all of its major customers. 2) Mike 'Boom Boom' DeNola threw in the towel after three rounds. He'll probably have to spend a few days in the hospital, followed by a long convalescence in Miami.
Etymology: This phrase comes from boxing. When a boxer is too beat up to continue, his coach throws a towel into the ring to signal that the fight is over.

叶子66600 2006-04-25 12:04

引用:

作者: harvey66
Your son is so brilliant, which school is he in?
That reminds me of something in Qingdao.


Jiayuguan Primary School : one of the best primary school in Qingdao ! :wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6:

叶子66600 2006-04-25 12:19

I told my boy the slang "good sport " , he seriously asked how to become a good sport . I told him wanting to win is the point , and never giving up is the point , never throwing in the towel is the point.

叶子66600 2006-04-25 12:21

引用:

作者: annieyu
But things are easier to say than to doiit,so at least let us try to be good sports.
Friendship first,competetion second


I agree with your idea ! :wdb10:

sunyu 2006-04-25 18:26

My husband is a back seat driver in cooking, but I want to train him as a expert . when we retired, he will cook for me everyday.

XiZhang in my dream is a place out of this world.

In Europe, the laborious Chinese people is hated by the local people because their stores are often opened 24/7.

It is said that, a double have dinner together, and then , if the boy pick up the tab, she must be his mistress, but on the other hand, if she pick up the tab, he must be her husband, is that right?

sunyu 2006-04-25 18:46

If you have decided to do something, never back out , or you will never successful.

Last week, I bought a translate machine from TV, but it not work well as they said in the advertising, and for my angry,they refused to back out their goods or even change one for me, I 'll never believe the hype any more.

To varying degrees, People in China like yaping at the dinner table than people of west, sometimes they just like the ambience like that, they feel it maybe more close for people.

sunyu 2006-04-25 19:03

Time loss so quickly, I have to work in high gear to finish all the cases in China and prepare all the things I want to bring to Canada.

Been a new immigrant in Canada, everthing is new for me, and I am a rookie in every field. How long should I get a handle on all the things there?

All of you are good sports here, thanks a lot!

sunyu 2006-04-25 19:06

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
My little boy always get high score on each subject in primary school , I wish he get more setbacks in the days of growwing up in order to become a good sport and get a handle on everything easily in the future.

As a mum, I think so, but first ,we must be a good sports for example.is that right?


Finish the homework all these days, follow you all!

annieyu 2006-04-25 20:38

引用:

作者: sunyu
As a mum, I think so, but first ,we must be a good sports for example.is that right?


Finish the homework all these days, follow you all!

I am so pleased to meet you.I agree with you in this point.At least,we are all good mothers because we are trying our best to pursue our dream,and meanwhile to pave a way for our children.

harvey66 2006-04-25 23:34



stool pigeon


Definition: An informant; one who discloses secret or vital information.
Example: 1) The police would never have found him if a stool pigeon hadn't revealed his hiding place.
Etymology: Gangsters in New York started using this phrase in the 1920s. Earlier, in the 1800s, hunters would attach a pigeon (a kind of bird) to a stool (or stand) to act as a decoy, so that other birds would come close and could then be killed. The 'stool pigeon' was used to deceive other birds. Among criminals, the 'stool pigeon' is the one who is actually working for the police, deceiving the other criminals.

Synonyms: snitch

叶子66600 2006-04-26 10:27

Policeman have to use stool pigeon to find the clue of criminals .

叶子66600 2006-04-26 10:28

Sunyu! job well down !

annieyu 2006-04-26 17:23

Working as a stool pigeon is a dangerous job and sometimes he even is killed or shot by his comrades who did know his real identity.

annieyu 2006-04-26 17:25

Some people say that there are some stool pigeons in our forum so we must be careful about our words.

sunyu 2006-04-26 19:11

引用:

作者: annieyu
Some people say that there are some stool pigeons in our forum so we must be careful about our words.

Is that ture?:wdb13:

The Canada government said they have found stool pigeons in economical field from China , Is that the reason they find to refuse the Chinese immigrants?

harvey66 2006-04-26 19:59

引用:

作者: annieyu
Some people say that there are some stool pigeons in our forum so we must be careful about our words.

really?

harvey66 2006-04-26 20:05



cool



Definition: Calm, reserved, removal from a situation.
Example: 1) I was trying to talk to that girl, but she was way too cool.
Definition: Good, great, awesome; an expression of positive emphasis.
Example: 1) You're going to New York? Cool!
Synonyms: rad, groovy, nifty

harvey66 2006-04-26 20:09

This slang is for "cool" who sent me a "flower" today.
It is cool receiving a flower.

cool 2006-04-26 20:51

hehe,thank for your "cool".
i was completely burned out in the past fortnight,so it is so relaxed to enjoy harvey66's slang here.
in addition,i had the same experience to you,I acted as a hired gun in the english exam for the promoting of the title of a technical post last month,fortunately,i wasn't found by the supervisor,haha.

叶子66600 2006-04-27 12:13

引用:

作者: cool
hehe,thank for your "cool".
i was completely burned out in the past fortnight,so it is so relaxed to enjoy harvey66's slang here.
in addition,i had the same experience to you,I acted as a hired gun in the english exam for the promoting of the title of a technical post last month,fortunately,i didnt be found by the supervisor,haha.


You are really COOL !!:wdb26:

harvey66 2006-04-27 22:38



narc


Definition: A police informer; anyone who provides information to the authorities about their friends or associates.
Example: 1) Nobody likes a narc.
Etymology: This sense of 'narc' is dervied from the Romany word 'nak' which means 'nose' - maybe from the idea that you shouldn't put your nose where it doesn't belong.

Definition: A police officer who specializes in drug crimes; an undercover agent who investigates the drug world.
Example: 1) The dealer got busted after he sold drugs to a narc.
Etymology: 'Narc' is short for 'narcotics agent' - a police officer who deals with narcotics (drugs).

叶子66600 2006-04-28 10:33

There must be some narcs in special area in China in order to find some drug business .

harvey66 2006-04-28 20:22



bail someone out



Definition: To rescue somebody from a difficult situation or problem; to save another in need; to come to one's assistance.
Example: 1) I bailed Anne out when her boss started giving her a hard time.

2) Would you bail me out if I needed to borrow some money?

harvey66 2006-04-28 20:32

The long period of waiting time makes me in hot water, who can bail me out?
No one except my VO, I think.

叶子66600 2006-04-29 10:21

My colleague had reluctantly to pay some RMB10000 to the police and bailed his do-nothing yonger brother out .

annieyu 2006-04-29 14:22

A friend in need is a friend indeed ,so I think when you really need someone bail you out of hard time,your real friend will show up.But sometimes I always find when I was in tough time ,always someone who i never thought showed up unexpectedly to rescue me.

annieyu 2006-04-29 14:27

Everyone knows that drugs do harm to your health,but there are still some people addicted to it.The narcs have to combat with the drug-dealers sometimes at the cost of their lifes.

annieyu 2006-04-29 14:29

someone 's name is cool,which make me feel so cool.It 's really cool.

annieyu 2006-04-29 14:33

引用:

作者: harvey66
really?

I am not sure but I think we'd better be careful.

cool 2006-04-29 16:21

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
You are really COOL !!:wdb26:

why not???:wdb6: :wdb6: :wdb6:

cool 2006-04-29 16:39

引用:

作者: annieyu
someone 's name is cool,which make me feel so cool.It 's really cool.

:wdb11: :wdb11: :wdb19: :wdb19:
cool is my favourite nickname on the internet,which makes me cooooooooool in hot summer,makes me calm in hard and difficult time.

cool 2006-04-29 16:58

on the long long way to the immigration,who can bail me out?god knows,maybe none but myself,take it easy and play a full preparation.

harvey66 2006-04-30 00:38



hole in the wall



Definition: A small, simple place, particularly a shop or restaurant.
Example: 1) Let's go to the Italian restaurant on Smith Street. It's just a hole in the wall, but the food is excellent.
Etymology: This phrase has been used since the early 1800s. A 'hole' is an empty space, and a 'wall' is part of a building. So a 'hole in the wall' is a simple, undecorated space in a building.

harvey66 2006-04-30 00:45

I wish I can find a hole in the wall where the food is both delicious and cheap.
Nowadays restaurants lay more emphasis on the decoration than the food they served.

sunyu 2006-04-30 14:37

Yesterday I saw a report for a great narc whose face had been concealed because most drugers were noticed him.

Whenever I have question about the immigrantion, I can always be bailed out in this forums by some kindly friends, as a return, I'd like to make effort to help others. All for one and one for all.

A home for us is like a hole in wall, a small hotel, a play ground, but it is different from them because it's full of love.

sunyu 2006-04-30 14:39

Harvey:
Shall we have a rest during the holiday?

Happy labor day everybody!

harvey66 2006-04-30 18:19

引用:

作者: sunyu
Harvey:
Shall we have a rest during the holiday?

Happy labor day everybody!

Ok.
let's have a happy holiday!

kind16 2006-05-01 06:47

I just find this post. I love it very much. Thank you very much.

kind16 2006-05-01 07:05

引用:

作者: harvey66


yap


Definition: To talk aimlessly; or, the mouth.
Example: 1) There he goes again, yapping away at the dinner table.

2) Shut your yap! We're sick of your boring comments!
Etymology: 'Yap' is the sound a dog or other small animal makes. When someone talks too much, he can sound like a barking dog.

I got a situation here about the "yap".

When my co-workers helps me to open the door, I say: "Thank you!", he says: "Yap".

Do I have the wrong listening?

叶子66600 2006-05-08 13:33

We are waiting for the new slang after holiday !

annieyu 2006-05-08 14:53

I do love traveling all aroud world and I particularly like lingering in and out the holes in the wall of whatnots,which I can give to my friends and relatives.

annieyu 2006-05-08 14:58

引用:

作者: kind16
I got a situation here about the "yap".

When my co-workers helps me to open the door, I say: "Thank you!", he says: "Yap".

Do I have the wrong listening?

I guess in this situation the word "yap"means you are welcome or you need not mention that.(不必多礼)

annieyu 2006-05-08 15:00

Welcome Kind16,I am so glad to hear new voice here.I sent a welcome present to you.

harvey66 2006-05-08 20:21

引用:

作者: kind16
I got a situation here about the "yap".

When my co-workers helps me to open the door, I say: "Thank you!", he says: "Yap".

Do I have the wrong listening?

I am sorry that I can't help you about this.
But I am really happy that you bring us something I cant contact in China.

harvey66 2006-05-08 20:24



junk food



Definition: Food that has little or no nutritional value, usually high in fat and calories; sweet or fried snacks like candy and potato chips.
Example: 1) If you want to lose weight, you should stop eating so much junk food.
Etymology: 'Junk' refers to old, broken things, or worthless objects. So 'junk food' is food that has no value for your body.

harvey66 2006-05-08 20:37

One of my nieces ate so much junk food that she was not well-nourished. To make things worse, her teeth hadn't enough chewing and did not develop well.

cool 2006-05-09 00:45

we are flooded by junk food so much.

叶子66600 2006-05-09 12:03

So many chinese children like to eat junk food and become very fat , but lack of nutrition.

harvey66 2006-05-10 00:54



phat


Definition: Excellent, cool, the greatest.
Example: 1) That skateboard is so phat. It's the best I've ever seen!
Etymology: 'Phat' is an African-American slang version of 'fat' which has become very popular in the last few years. The use of 'fat' to describe something that is good goes back to the 1500s, and derives from the idea that the fat in a cow's milk is the best part of it.

Synonyms: da bomb, cool

harvey66 2006-05-10 00:56

The Lego Robot is so phat. My son like it very much.

annieyu 2006-05-10 01:03

we are not only one surrounded by junk food but our animal friends as well ,the bird flu has already sent us the signals.So we should really take care our environment and our surroundings and be friends with them.

annieyu 2006-05-10 01:19

hu hu,I like this one "phat" becomes a good word .I know in some tribes they think phat women are fertile and that means fortune .

happytom 2006-05-10 01:23

thanks!

叶子66600 2006-05-10 12:44

Canada meet is a phat site that we can learn from each other and improve
ourselves.

sunyu 2006-05-10 19:32

We have a very phat holiday this time. We climbed the mountain along a ghyll, and on the top of the mountain, we saw a very beautiful linn, and at last , we slept in the tent looking the star, listening to the water.

harvey66 2006-05-10 20:22



fast food



Definition: Quickly prepared food, usually served by large chains such as McDonalds.
Example: 1) I'm sick of McDonalds - can't we have something besides fast food for a change?
Etymology: 'Fast' means quick, and 'food' is anything you can eat. 'Fast food' is food you order and get in a minute or two, without having to sit and wait for it.

Synonyms: junk food

harvey66 2006-05-10 20:25

My son thinks fast foof phat.I hope he will change his mind when he grows up.

harvey66 2006-05-12 00:47



get up on the wrong side of the bed


Definition: To be in a bad mood; to be grumpy or unpleasant for no apparent reason.
Example: 1) Stephan, you sure are irritable today - did you get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? 2) I feel awful. I must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. On second thought, maybe it was all that champagne I drank last night!
Etymology: The phrase refers to someone being in a bad mood from the moment they wake up.

harvey66 2006-05-12 00:51

Because of the biorhythm, sometimes you may feel you have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.

annieyu 2006-05-12 02:46

Sometimes things could go wrong ,you could not find the reason maybe just because you have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.

annieyu 2006-05-12 02:48

Nowadays,the pace of living is so fast so we have to eat fast food and our stomach have to suffer more than usual.

harvey66 2006-05-13 09:01



mosey along



Definition: To walk slowly and casually.
Example: 1) Let's mosey along over to campus and get something to eat.

2) Are you crazy? You can't just mosey on in here 2 hours late for work! Who do you think you are?
Etymology: This word is cowboy slang that is still used today. It is derived from an old British expression 'mose about', which meant 'to walk with a slouch'.

Synonyms: saunter

harvey66 2006-05-13 09:03

China is getting in a fast-pace socity, wi hardly have time to mosey along.

harvey66 2006-05-13 19:45



pump iron


Definition: To lift weights; exercising to build muscle mass.
Example: 1) On Saturday mornings, Tom is usually down at the YMCA pumping iron.

2) Let's go to the gym and pump some iron.
Etymology: The weights that a bodybuilder lifts are made of iron or some other heavy material. A 'pump' is a device that moves water through repetitive motion. So the phrase 'pump iron' describes the act of lifting weights again and again.

harvey66 2006-05-13 19:48

Pumping iron is useful for building muscles but boring.

annieyu 2006-05-13 22:58

引用:

作者: harvey66
Pumping iron is useful for building muscles but boring.

I agree with you,and I think pumping iron is good for men but not for women.As a lady,we need to be supple and slim.So I choose Yoga as a way to keep fit.Any way ,we are all in the same boat so I think we should do at least two things,one is doing exercise to build our body,the another one is to keep on improving our english as possible as we can.:wdb9:

annieyu 2006-05-13 23:07

引用:

作者: harvey66
China is getting in a fast-pace socity, wi hardly have time to mosey along.

So sometimes we should slow down our pace to enjoy the process ,the looking forwad,the disapponitment,the surprise ,and the happyness of success.So let us mosey along the our emmigration way happily and productively.(阿Q-spirit)

lily517 2006-05-14 17:55

thanks a lot!

harvey66 2006-05-15 00:31

引用:

作者: annieyu
I agree with you,and I think pumping iron is good for men but not for women.As a lady,we need to be supple and slim.So I choose Yoga as a way to keep fit.Any way ,we are all in the same boat so I think we should do at least two things,one is doing exercise to build our body,the another one is to keep on improving our english as possible as we can.:wdb9:

We are in the same boat and on the same wavelenghth about that.

harvey66 2006-05-15 00:33

引用:

作者: lily517
thanks a lot!

Thank you for your post.

harvey66 2006-05-15 00:36



lemon


Definition: A defective product, or anything that doesn't work very well; something which breaks constantly, particularly a car.
Example: 1) Tom's new car turned out to be a lemon. 2) My new computer is a lemon; I should just throw it out the window.
Etymology: A "lemon" is a citrus fruit with a tart or sour (not sweet) flavor. In the 1800's, people started using the word 'lemon' to describe people who were sour (or unfriendly). Over time, 'lemon' came to refer to anything that was defective or broken.

harvey66 2006-05-15 00:41

People used to think domestic vehicles lemons, but now they should look at them with new eyes.

annieyu 2006-05-15 19:04

Some people in this forum are really lemons,they always do some thing make the other people feel angry.But I know it is life ,so let us relax do let they spoil our mood.There are wet blankets everywhere.I remember who had said for If there is one man making you cry,there will be three persons making you laugh.The tears only last a littel time but the laugh will last a long long time.

annieyu 2006-05-15 19:05

Welcome lily517 .

harvey66 2006-05-15 20:40

引用:

作者: annieyu
Some people in this forum are really lemons,they always do some thing make the other people feel angry.But I know it is life ,so let us relax do let they spoil our mood.There are wet blankets everywhere.I remember who had said for If there is one man making you cry,there will be three persons making you laugh.The tears only last a littel time but the laugh will last a long long time.

I learn the phrase " wet blankets" from your post. That's great.

harvey66 2006-05-15 21:53




off the wall



Definition: Unusual, bizarre, outrageous.
Example: 1) Charlie's a great guy. He has an off the wall sense of humor and he's always fun to be with.

2) Dickerson's off the wall comics have earned him millions of loyal fans.
Etymology: This phrase comes from the idea that someone who is crazy literally 'bounces off the walls', throwing his body into the walls of a room.

Synonyms: zany

harvey66 2006-05-15 22:01

Children always have off the wall imagination that adults often ignore.

annieyu 2006-05-15 22:13

Charlie Chaplin's(查理.卓别林) early films have off the wall humour and universal appeal,no matter where you live,no matter what time you see in ,it is hard you are not laugh to tears.

harvey66 2006-05-16 21:14



pirate


Definition: Illegal, usually in reference to an illegal copy of a CD or video or software (adjective); to make an illegal copy (verb).
Example: 1) The pirate copies of the new Stallone movie aren't very good quality. 2) People are already pirating the new Microsoftie program.
Etymology: A 'pirate' is someone who robs ships at sea. So pirate software or a pirate CD has been stolen from its proper owners and sold without license.

Synonyms: bootleg

harvey66 2006-05-16 21:20

Are chinese people victims or benefiters of pirate softwares?

annieyu 2006-05-17 00:06

Personally I think our chinese people should have the right to enjoy some kinds of pirate software,because the colonialism made us so miserable ,and now we get something to pay back.

annieyu 2006-05-17 00:10

Almost all of the developed countries were benefical from the pirate ,what they did in the past as same as we are now doing .Why they were legal,and we are committing crime.In this world ,there are something indeed unfair.

harvey66 2006-05-17 00:49

引用:

作者: annieyu
Almost all of the developed countries were benefical from the pirate ,what they did in the past as same as we are now doing .Why they were legal,and we are committing crime.In this world ,there are something indeed unfair.

That is an interesting point of view.

annieyu 2006-05-17 02:42

Because it is always that the winers set the rules so the only way is to get our country stronger and more prosperous.So whatever we live do as possible as we can for our country and our people.The colony histroy should not happen again.

harvey66 2006-05-17 20:12

引用:

作者: annieyu
Because it is always that the winers set the rules so the only way is to get our country stronger and more prosperous.So whatever we live do as possible as we can for our country and our people.The colony histroy should not happen again.

What lovely people China have!
If only the government is as good as the citizens.

harvey66 2006-05-17 20:15



hit the road


Definition: To leave; to go home. Also used as a command meaning 'go away' or 'leave me alone'.
Example: 1) It's getting kind of late, so I think I'm going to hit the road.

2) Hit the road, bub. I'm not looking for a boyfriend.
Etymology: In this phrase, 'hit' refers to the physical contact between your feet and the road (the pavement you walk or drive on).

Synonyms: skedaddle

harvey66 2006-05-17 20:23

Everytime my son going to the swimming pool, he always have a good time and is reluctant to hit the road.

annieyu 2006-05-18 00:28

Harvey66 has a lovely son,actually when I is in swimming pool,I also hate to hit the road.In fact,there are so many time in everybody's life we do not want to hit the road particularly when we have to hit the road to another world.So let us enjoy everyday from now on.

annieyu 2006-05-18 13:57

Hit (it )off------合得来,相处得好
I do not hit it off with my husband's friends, sometimes they play Majiang overnight.

annieyu 2006-05-18 14:03

To Harvey66:Do you mind if I sometimes add some phrases in your forum?Please tell me directly,it does not matter because I sometimes find some phrases are related to your slangs if we put them together we can review them now and then.If you do not like I will not add next time.

harvey66 2006-05-18 21:45

引用:

作者: annieyu
To Harvey66:Do you mind if I sometimes add some phrases in your forum?Please tell me directly,it does not matter because I sometimes find some phrases are related to your slangs if we put them together we can review them now and then.If you do not like I will not add next time.

The more the better.
I appreciate your help very much.
I will be defenitly benefitted from your phrases, especially those which are related to my slangs.

harvey66 2006-05-18 21:55

引用:

作者: annieyu
Hit (it )off------合得来,相处得好
I do not hit it off with my husband's friends, sometimes they play Majiang overnight.

Hitting it off with people is a kind of art, unfortunatly many people are not the good artists including myself.

harvey66 2006-05-18 22:00



sitting duck


Definition: An easy target; someone or something who is defenseless, vulnerable, or in a precarious situation.
Example: 1) The sweet old lady was a sitting duck for the aggressive salesman.

2) Out in the open field, the soldiers were sitting ducks for enemy snipers.
Etymology: This phrase was first used by soldiers in World War Two.

Synonyms: dead meat

harvey66 2006-05-18 22:15

Under the rotten government, the vulnerable Chinese people are as same as the sitting ducks.

annieyu 2006-05-19 22:50

Now the Bush administration is like a sitting duck,he got the lowest supporting rate in recent 50 years in American history.

harvey66 2006-05-20 02:22



break the ice



Definition: To overcome the initial awkwardness of a new situation, particularly among people who don't know each other very well.
Example: 1) When I first met Sally, it took a few days to break the ice, but eventually we became good friends.
Etymology: Ice is cold and hard, and nothing can move in or through it. In this phrase, ice is a metaphor for emotion and the connections between people. When you break the ice, you allow people to start talking and being friends.

harvey66 2006-05-20 02:24

This evening I met two American girls in the swimming pool, I wanted to break the ice and started a conversation , but I couldnt find a proper topic and I suddenly found my spoken English was so poor.

robot 2006-05-20 22:18

sociableness is genetically determined capacity that humans are born with, breaking the ice in sociality is more important than keeping silence.

annieyu 2006-05-20 23:02

Three decades ago, the American president,Nikson ,came to China ,it was a real tour to break the ice between east and west,and between socialism and capitalism.

harvey66 2006-05-21 01:24

引用:

作者: robot
sociableness is genetically determined capacity that humans are born with, breaking the ice in sociality is more important than keeping silence.

So a people person was born with a kind of advantage over a conservative, I think.

harvey66 2006-05-21 01:33



jumpy


Definition: Nervous or apprehensive; afraid that something bad will happen.
Example: 1) I'm always a little bit jumpy when I walk by the graveyard at night.

2) Rachel sure is jumpy today. I said 'hello' and she nearly hit the ceiling!
Etymology: To 'jump' means to move into the air by springing or leaping up, so someone who is 'jumpy' is on the edge of leaping into the air in surprise or fear.

Synonyms: jittery

harvey66 2006-05-21 01:45

Human being is so strong. but he is always jumpy when he touch some tiny worms and insects.

annieyu 2006-05-21 02:10

Some people are so jumpy that you never know why they so easily get into anger.

harvey66 2006-05-22 00:40



close your head



Definition: To be quiet, stop talking.
Example: 1) Close your head, Rich! The professor is about to address the class.
Synonyms: shut up

annieyu 2006-05-22 00:59

Shhhhh! we need to hear the sound of your own heart beating.Let us listen to our own heart and to know what is we really want.

annieyu 2006-05-22 01:02

Ha,ha.I made a mistake.Please close your head sometimes,you need to hear the sound of your heart beating and to get to know what is you really want.

annieyu 2006-05-22 01:22

1) a heavy heart(心情沉重)(a sad ,discouraged mood or disposition)
The loss of his job left him with a heavy heart.(失业使他心情沉重)
2)the heart of the matter(核心)(basis,central issue or point)
We must learn the facts to get at the heart of the matter.(我们必须了解事实,才能抓住事实核心.)
3)by heart(用心记住)(by memory)
All the students had to learn the poem by heart.(所有的学生不得不背下这首诗)
I know my drive license number by heart because it is as the same as my ID number.(我记得我的驾照号码因为它与我身份证号相同)
4)from the bottom of one's heart(内心)(with deepest feeling or appreciation)
I feel grateful for everyone in this forum from the bottom of my heart for I got so many useful information and helped me to avoid so many mistakes which I may make if I never have got this forum.

annieyu 2006-05-22 01:53

5) to break one's heart(心碎)(to cause one disappointment,grief or sorrow)
The death of Abraham Lincoln really broke the hearts of American people,they wept as they never before.The following is an abridged edition speech by Carl Sandburg in memory of Lincoln:
"Not often in the story of mankind has a man arrived on earth who is both steel and velvet ,who is as hard as rock, and soft as a drifting fog.There was in his heart and mind the paradox of terrible storm and peace,unspeakable and perfect.
林肯的去逝真正打碎了美国人民的心,他们前所未有地哭泣.下面一段节选于卡尔山伯格为纪念林肯的讲话:
"人类历史上并不经常出现一些强权而公正的领导人物,在他身上,暴力与和平这一对矛盾揉和在一起,坚落磐石却又温和婉转,不可言喻但又天衣无缝.

annieyu 2006-05-22 02:07

6)to do one's heart good(开心)(to lift one's spirits;make one happy)
Seeing the good news of some people getting ME did my heart good.
看到有些人得到体检表,我很开心.
7)to have the heart(忍心)(to have the will to accept and undertake an unpleasant task or responsibility)
As a teacher who usually has not the heart to tell the students who failed to the examination but he has to do so.What a pity.

8)heart and soul(专心)(with all one's being)
I put heart and soul into learning english because I would like to take the waiting time very productively.I do not waste my time .

9) the heart(中心)(central part of a city)
The earthquake destroyed the heart of the city.

annieyu 2006-05-22 02:22

10) to lose heart(丧失信心)(to become discouraged and despondent)
After so long time waiting for ME,many people began to lose their heart.But I believe everything will be ok for after all Canada needs immigrants to build this country and all of us are elites.It is only needing time.
11) to take heart(重拾信心)(to become confident and feel assured for something)
I have read a article in New Concept 3 which tell a story about sick humour .There was a person who broke his left leg before New Year and he could not go out for a party in Chrismas Day but the doctor told him that he maight have the chance to go out in New years evening so he took heart .
12) near to one's heart(醉心)(important to one)
Traveling is very near to my heart,it is my favorite hobby.(我醉心于旅游,这是我的爱好)

annieyu 2006-05-22 02:31

13) with all one's heart(衷心)(with deepest devotion or feeling; with great willingness or pleasure)
"I love you with all my heart." Patty declared.
14)a change of heart(改变主意)(a change of mood or disposition)
Mother had a change of heart and let us to go to the circus.

15)to lose one's heart to (倾心)(to fall in love with)
He lost his heart to her at the first sight.(他与她一见倾心)

robot 2006-05-22 18:41

he always quarrels with his girl friend ove some trifles,and it is him who breaks the ice evey time,he just asks for it.

robot 2006-05-22 18:42

i always become jumpy at the mere mention of the coming ielts exam.

harvey66 2006-05-22 20:14

To annieyu:
I am green with envy about your English knowledge.

harvey66 2006-05-22 20:16



pass out



Definition: To fall asleep from exhaustion or from drinking too much; to feint.
Example: 1) When we were in college, we used to drink until we passed out.

2) Tom was so tired when got home that he passed out on his bed with all of his clothes on.
Etymology: 'Pass' refers to movement from one place to another, and 'out' refers to someplace other than here. When you 'pass out' you move from normal consciousness to unconsciousness, somewhere out there in the dark.

harvey66 2006-05-22 20:30

In some places, you have to drink until you pass out to show your politeness.

annieyu 2006-05-23 12:53

引用:

作者: harvey66
To annieyu:
I am green with envy about your English knowledge.

I am a little bit of teaching fisherman how to fish.I just happened to find this and I thought if I try to use them as possible as I can and then in the end I can use this words in a proper way.

Who keeps company with the wolf will learn to howl.Because I follow your footsteps,I can make progress.I know I am not proficient in english,but I am keeping on improving.

annieyu 2006-05-23 12:58

Sometimes if you pass out ,it is also a good way to express something which it is hard to say but as you drunk ,it will become so easy and even if some one refuse your requirement ,you won't feel embarrassed.

harvey66 2006-05-23 20:20



tripping


Definition: To be under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD.
Example: 1) The sky looks red? Dude, are you tripping?
Etymology: In the 1960s, many people used mind-altering drugs, and some people referred to their drug experiences as 'trips' (or journeys). Today the word is usually used in jest, to describe a foolish statement. When someone says something stupid or silly, you might say to them 'You must be tripping'.

harvey66 2006-05-23 20:59

Drug dealer rarely turn themselves in tripping, they just make money regardless of others' health.

annieyu 2006-05-24 12:23

When you passed out,you felt tripping in some degree.But I think it is good to relax our stress.

harvey66 2006-05-24 21:01



hit



Definition: Anything that is successful or popular; a popular song or movie.
Example: 1) Tom's presentation was a hit with the sales team.

2) The latest Tom Cruise film is a real hit.
Etymology: This use of the word 'hit' comes from the idea that a successful play 'hits the big time', which means that it arrives at the place where success is guaranteed.

harvey66 2006-05-24 21:06

Many Chinese songs turned out to be real hits, but Chinese movie never did.

annieyu 2006-05-25 00:40

In this forum,If someone who has getten recently ME will be a real hit.

robot 2006-05-25 08:50

she is so jumpy and alternates bewtween happiness and depression.
the mountain was quite cold,he slowly passed out.
sometimes tripping is not a bad statement,we need anaesthesia to unwind ourself.
which is the real hit in clothing market this summer?god knows.

harvey66 2006-05-25 20:40



outie



Definition: Used in the sense of someone leaving or exiting.
Example: 1) It's 5 'o clock, quitting time! I'm outie!

2) Hurry up and catch her before she leaves. She's outie in five minutes.

harvey66 2006-05-25 20:45

Many applicants was outie from this forum since they got to Canada.
Shall I someday ? Maybe.

annieyu 2006-05-25 22:14

We are living in this earthly world now ,someday all of us will be outie.But for Buddhism, all of us have the past,earthly,future life.So we can not change the law of nature,just enjoy it and follow it.

harvey66 2006-05-26 21:44



make out


Definition: 1) To kiss and caress intensely.
Example: 1) Bill and Suzy were making out in front of the television.
Etymology: This phrase goes back to the 1940s.

Synonyms: neck

harvey66 2006-05-26 21:45

You can see more and more chinese youth are making out in public.

annieyu 2006-05-27 00:10

please keep making out secretly.We do not want to share with you ,it is a kind of civilization.

harvey66 2006-05-27 21:43



in a bind



Definition: In a bad situation; in trouble.
Example: 1) Professor Freiburger was really in a bind after he was captured by the hostile natives.

2) Ted was in a bind after Jane decided to move out of their apartment.
Etymology: 'Bind' means 'to tie' or 'to secure'. The phrase 'in a bind' comes from lumberjacks (men who cut down trees). When a saw gets stuck or caught in a tree, it is 'in a bind', or trapped in the wood.

Synonyms: in a jam

annieyu 2006-05-28 09:30

I do not know whether I wii be in a bind or a new world when I eventually succeed in emigrating to Canada.But at least I have a try ,I will never regret for my decision and will try my best to prepare for it.

I always believe that Man proposes,God disposes.Another proverb is God helps those people who help themselves.

harvey66 2006-05-29 21:49

引用:

作者: annieyu
I do not know whether I wii be in a bind or a new world when I eventually succeed in emigrating to Canada.But at least I have a try ,I will never regret for my decision and will try my best to prepare for it.

I always believe that Man proposes,God disposes.Another proverb is God helps those people who help themselves.

I learned this one:
Man proposea, God disposes

harvey66 2006-05-29 21:51



low-life


Definition: A person with bad habits or a questionable lifestyle; someone who doesn't amount to much in society.
Example: 1) Don't lend Billy any money. He's a low-life and he'll never repay you.

2) I don't understand how they could let such a low-life out of prison.
Synonyms: bum, loser

harvey66 2006-05-29 22:10

I prefer a socity which is in favor of those high characters other than those low-lives.

annieyu 2006-05-30 11:43

There is a bee in my bonnet ,which is why there are some low-lifes in our society .what is the key reason which result in such problem and what we can do for it.If everyone is not so cold to the people surrounding you and give your hands to them when they are in need and then the society will be better than now and we also create a better environment for ourselves. So please help those people need you and to be decent all the time.

harvey66 2006-05-31 08:18



give the shirt off one's back



Definition: To perform an extraordinarily kind act; to be extremely generous, helpful, or understanding.
Example: 1) Eric's a good guy -- he'd give you the shirt off his back.

2) If you ever get in trouble, Sammy will give you the shirt off his back.
Etymology: This phrase describes someone who is so king and so generous that he would give his clothes to anyone who needs them.

harvey66 2006-05-31 08:23

Who can give you his shirt off his back?
Many of our traditional virtues are vanishing.

annieyu 2006-05-31 10:17

引用:

作者: harvey66
Who can give you his shirt off his back?
Many of our traditional virtues are vanishing.

Oh,Harvey66 ,please don't be so pessimistic.There are still some people who are kind and helpful.I always believe most people are kind-hearted and generous so I always give a helpful hands to other people when I can and I always get help when I need.

As you sow,so shall you reap.

annieyu 2006-05-31 10:32

In my heart,I think that Bill Gates is the person who gives you his shirt off his back .When Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates ,50,and his wife Melinda,41,were looking for ways to give away their prodigious wealth.They established the Gates Foundation ,which provide more than a third of the world's entire malaria-research funding,and it's paying off.Jimmy Carter said:"This is the most important foundation in the World."

malaria----痢疾,瘴气 prodigious----巨大的

harvey66 2006-05-31 22:02

引用:

作者: annieyu
Oh,Harvey66 ,please don't be so pessimistic.There are still some people who are kind and helpful.I always believe most people are kind-hearted and generous so I always give a helpful hands to other people when I can and I always get help when I need.

As you sow,so shall you reap.

You are so kind because you always give your hands to those who need help.
You are so lucky becarse you always get help when you need.

Yes, I am a little bit pessimistic. But many things make me disappointed. I can be well-off, but it is hard to say I can be always happy.

harvey66 2006-05-31 22:05



eats



Definition: Food, particularly simple, inexpensive food.
Example: 1) I'm hungry. Let's get some eats!
Etymology: You eat food. This slang term turns a verb into a noun.

Synonyms: grub

harvey66 2006-05-31 22:10

Sometimes I really cant refuse the tempting of some delicious eats. But I have reached the age that I have to watch out my weight.What a pity!

annieyu 2006-06-01 00:46

As the lliving pace is getting faster and faster,so sometimes we have to get some eats to make us full.But in fact,I always do my best to make our family's dinner more nutritious and delicious,I think food is also a kind of attitude to your life.When all family members get together and eat food ,at that time I feel this like a home no matter how big your house is or how much your money you have.

annieyu 2006-06-01 00:51

"Food is a language in which you can express harmony,creativity,happiness,beauty,poetry,complexity,magic,humour and provocation.
------ Famous Spain cook,Adeliyia

harvey66 2006-06-01 21:23

引用:

作者: annieyu
"Food is a language in which you can express harmony,creativity,happiness,beauty,poetry,complexity,magic,humour and provocation.
------ Famous Spain cook,Adeliyia

admiring.

harvey66 2006-06-01 21:24



jerk


Definition: A mean or unlikeable person.
Example: 1) Tony is such a jerk--he stole my lunch money!

harvey66 2006-06-01 21:27

Obviously, it is not a good word, but sometimes you can come across it in some movies and TV series.

annieyu 2006-06-01 21:46

Who can tell me the difference between the eccentric and the jerk.I guess when you are poor ,they say what a jerk he is ,when you are as rich as Bill Gates ,They say what an eccentric he is .So society is snobbish,if you are a jerk and then try to get success as possible as you can then you can do as you want.The others will say "Oh, how cool he is" or you will be a jerk.

harvey66 2006-06-02 21:16

引用:

作者: annieyu
Who can tell me the difference between the eccentric and the jerk.I guess when you are poor ,they say what a jerk he is ,when you are as rich as Bill Gates ,They say what an eccentric he is .So society is snobbish,if you are a jerk and then try to get success as possible as you can then you can do as you want.The others will say "Oh, how cool he is" or you will be a jerk.

You are really a English language master.
I have no idea about the difference.

annieyu 2006-06-02 22:59

引用:

作者: harvey66
You are really a English language master.
I have no idea about the difference.

Oh,you flatter me.:wdb4:

harvey66 2006-06-03 02:31



an arm and a leg



Definition: A large amount of money; very expensive or costly.
Example: 1) My new Mercedes cost me an arm and a leg!
Etymology: Some things are so expensive that they are painful to buy, and cost everything you have

harvey66 2006-06-03 02:35

A house will cost me an arm and a leg whenever in China or in Canada.

annieyu 2006-06-03 08:57

[quote=harvey66]A house will cost me an arm and a leg whenever in China or in Canada.
Do you think I can replace whenever in wherever?Is this a better one?

A house will cost me an arm and a leg wherever in China or in Canada whenever in past or in present.




Yes,sometime,I wonder why we always consider to buy it we can rent one .It does not cost us an arm and a leg and we can also live without owning it.

harvey66 2006-06-03 20:31

[quote=annieyu]
引用:

作者: harvey66
A house will cost me an arm and a leg whenever in China or in Canada.
Do you think I can replace whenever in wherever?Is this a better one?

A house will cost me an arm and a leg wherever in China or in Canada whenever in past or in present.




Yes,sometime,I wonder why we always consider to buy it we can rent one .It does not cost us an arm and a leg and we can also live without owning it.

Thank you, annie.
wherever is much better. I once thought of "no matter", but wherever is better.

harvey66 2006-06-03 20:34









luck of the draw



Definition: According to fate or chance.
Example: 1) Everyone else's computer works just fine, but mine is broken. I guess that's the luck of the draw.
Etymology: When playing cards, you 'draw a hand', which means that you get a random set of cards. The cards that are dealt are called 'the draw'. So the 'luck of the draw' refers to the good or bad results produced by a random process.

Synonyms: that's the way the ball bounces

harvey66 2006-06-03 20:53

Emigrating to Canada is big decision for every applicant. I am not sure it is better or worse. Maybe it is the luck of the draw.But anyway I took the choice and hope a bright future for my family.
Man proposes, God disposes.

annieyu 2006-06-03 21:31

引用:

作者: harvey66
Emigrating to Canada is big decision for every applicant. I am not sure it is better or worse. Maybe it is the luck of the draw.But anyway I took the choice and hope a bright future for my family.
Man proposes, God disposes.

You are right,Usually we have to put our fate in the luck of the draw,but if we are well-prepared we can control our own destiny in some degree at least.Although Man proposes,God dispose,the other saying goes where there is a will ,there is a way.So we put the thing you can not make it work to the God ,but we should do our best to make it work smoothly when we can .

harvey66 2006-06-05 08:50



bring home the bacon



Definition: To meet a goal or get results.
Example: 1) Michael Jordan always brought home the bacon for the Chicago Bulls.
Definition: To earn money and support your family.
Example: 1) My wife brings home the bacon while I stay at home and take care of the kids.
Etymology: 'Bacon' is food (a salty meat made from pork). When you have a job and make money, you bring food and other necessities home for your spouse and children

harvey66 2006-06-05 08:54

I think both of my wife and I will have to go to work if we are successfully emigrate to Canada, but I dream someday only one needs to bring home the bacon and the other can take care of my family at home.

annieyu 2006-06-05 11:03

I really appraciate the director,An Lee,who stayed at home in order to take care of his children and become a excellent cook,and then he resumed his career and also became a top director not only in China but in the world as well.Anyone should know what he really wants and gets well-prepared for it ,you need not care about how other people think of you ,just do what you want to do.

annieyu 2006-06-05 11:07

So I mean whether or not you bring home bacon ,one thing is certain you have to know what you are doing ,what you will do,and what you have to do.

annieyu 2006-06-05 11:08

To harvey66: you are an early bird?

harvey66 2006-06-06 01:28

引用:

作者: annieyu
To harvey66: you are an early bird?

I am not sure but my wife quite is. She said I am anything but an early bird.

harvey66 2006-06-06 01:31



brainstorm



Definition: To think of new ideas, alone or in a group; to think hard about a solution to a problem.
Example: 1) Dr. Einstein brainstormed until he found the solution to the problem.

2) Let's brainstorm about how to solve global warming.
Etymology: A 'storm' involves heavy wind and rain, and when one's brain is working hard, it's like a storm of thought.

harvey66 2006-06-06 01:42

My son is now in a course of "lego robot" which is a good brainstorming for school children.

annieyu 2006-06-06 09:41

When I had my IELTS training course,we always did brainstorm in writing section and I got a lot of idea from our teachers and classmates including emigration to Canada first.So braistorm is a good way to refresh our mind and I like it.

annieyu 2006-06-06 09:50

引用:

作者: harvey66
I am not sure but my wife quite is. She said I am anything but an early bird.

Maybe I use a wrong word,I should say are you an early riser?
I mean do you get up very early usually?
I used to get up quite late but now I have to get used to getting up earlier because my mother is in my home now ,I have to prepare breakfast for her.So I am now an early bird and I think I am now quite used to it.And I saw you post your tips in morning ,so I guess you are an early bird,but as a father I think you can not sleep in.

harvey66 2006-06-07 01:13

引用:

作者: annieyu
Maybe I use a wrong word,I should say are you an early riser?
I mean do you get up very early usually?
I used to get up quite late but now I have to get used to getting up earlier because my mother is in my home now ,I have to prepare breakfast for her.So I am now an early bird and I think I am now quite used to it.And I saw you post your tips in morning ,so I guess you are an early bird,but as a father I think you can not sleep in.

Yeah, I misunderstood.
I used to be a early bird. And now I stay late so get up late too. But not too late , just like what you sail. after all I am a father.

harvey66 2006-06-07 01:17



monkey business



Definition: Foolish or mischievous conduct; silly behavior marked by jokes and pranks.
Example: 1) Enough with this monkey business! Let's get serious -- we have an important meeting in five minutes!
Etymology: Monkeys spend most of their time fooling around, eating bananas and playing games.

Synonyms: tomfoolery

harvey66 2006-06-07 01:27

It is quite common that children do monkey business now and then, but it is ridiculous for a government to refuse to do something serious.

annieyu 2006-06-07 12:01

When I am in oral english class,there are so many young men and girls do monkey business ,speaking loudly and never considering other's feeling,I wonder why they waste time and money in this class.

harvey66 2006-06-07 20:53



bad egg


Definition: A troublemaker; someone who has a bad attitude and causes trouble.
Example: 1) Emily is a real bad egg -- she's always starting fights and causing trouble. 2) We have to get rid of the bad eggs in the accounting department.
Etymology: In this phrase, 'egg' means 'person' or 'individual'. This is probably because the human head looks a lot like an egg. A bad egg, then, is a simply a bad person. There is a similar phrase to describe a good person - a 'good egg'.

harvey66 2006-06-07 20:55

It is funny a troublemaker is called a bad egg in English too but there's no such saying of "good egg" in Chinese.

叶子66600 2006-06-07 22:28

Hello, Everyone ! I come to tell you that I am so busy in these days and
could not come here to learn new slang .
I really appreciate everyone's supporting . I will learn each slang I missed
when after finishing my work .

You , guys , JOB WELL DONE !

annieyu 2006-06-07 23:34

HaHa,It is interesting to find such word which in chinese have the same meaning.But in colloquial way,if we use different tone will have totally different meaning.If a pretty lady call you bad egg,maybe means she appreciates you.I do not know if in english it is the same,maybe.

annieyu 2006-06-07 23:38

I know another word ,big mouth,it is as the same as in chinese,also means this person who can not keep a secret.

Example:Bob is a real big mouth,if he knew something that means all of people will know it.

Igocanada 2006-06-07 23:48

hi ,thaks a lot for all you have done for us learner,but could you provide us a sound meterial with it (such as mp3 format or wave or ...)? it would be better to recongnized and use it in our daily life ,do't you think so ?

harvey66 2006-06-08 01:08

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Hello, Everyone ! I come to tell you that I am so busy in these days and
could not come here to learn new slang .
I really appreciate everyone's supporting . I will learn each slang I missed
when after finishing my work .

You , guys , JOB WELL DONE !

Welcome back.

harvey66 2006-06-08 01:13

引用:

作者: Igocanada
hi ,thaks a lot for all you have done for us learner,but could you provide us a sound meterial with it (such as mp3 format or wave or ...)? it would be better to recongnized and use it in our daily life ,do't you think so ?

Thank you for your support.
Your suggestion is quite good but difficult for me to realize.

infante 2006-06-08 14:53

vrey good

harvey66 2006-06-08 21:21



have a prayer



Definition: To have a realistic chance of something happening; to be able to do something. (Frequently used in the negative -- 'not have a prayer'.)
Example: 1) Eric doesn't have a prayer of passing the math exam today.

2) Do the Red Sox have a prayer of winning the World Series?
Etymology: When something is very difficult, you might 'pray' for assistance. If something 'has a prayer', it might succeed if it gets a little bit of assistance from above. But if it 'doesn't have a prayer', not even divine intervention will help.

harvey66 2006-06-08 21:40

Recently I often go to a leisure centre to play table tennis and only to find that I have not a prayer of being a good player.

annieyu 2006-06-09 09:14

I do not have a prayer of being a singer even only an amateur,because when I always sing out of tune.My son laugh at me at that time but I still enjoy it and tell my son that is ok ,please sing the right tune for me.

annieyu 2006-06-09 09:19

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Hello, Everyone ! I come to tell you that I am so busy in these days and
could not come here to learn new slang .
I really appreciate everyone's supporting . I will learn each slang I missed
when after finishing my work .

You , guys , JOB WELL DONE !

Ho,Ho,you are so busy now.What a pity,both of you,Suyun and Yz66600,have not show up here for so long time.I miss both of you and hope see you later.

annieyu 2006-06-09 09:25

(Slang)to attempt to make something bad appear better than it is

Example:Putting an attractive new label on the unpopular product was like trying to put lipstick on a pig and would not attract many new customers.:wdb15:

annieyu 2006-06-09 09:35

It is said that the economy of Calcary and Edmondon are booming so there are tons of new jobs available so it is comparatively easy to survive there and the living standard is not that high.Maybe I will choose one of these regions to land and then transfer to Vancouver---it is a good place to live.

harvey66 2006-06-10 01:50

引用:

作者: annieyu
It is said that the economy of Calcary and Edmondon are booming so there are tons of new jobs available so it is comparatively easy to survive there and the living standard is not that high.Maybe I will choose one of these regions to land and then transfer to Vancouver---it is a good place to live.

My destination is Vancouver.

harvey66 2006-06-10 01:54



hush-hush



Definition: Very secret.
Example: 1) The operation was so hush-hush that even the commanding officer didn't know all of the details.

2) Let's keep that information hush-hush, OK?
Etymology: 'Hush' means 'quiet'. So something that is 'hush-hush' should not be discussed or exposed in public. This phrase dates back to Word War I, when it referred to military secrets.

harvey66 2006-06-10 01:56

Annie, if you have got any hush-hush information on emigration, please let me know.

annieyu 2006-06-10 12:47

引用:

作者: harvey66
Annie, if you have got any hush-hush information on emigration, please let me know.

Lol,Harvey66,I hope I can get some hush-hush information on emigration to Canada so that I can help you and everyone here,but now what I can do is just to pray for everyone including myself.because
People proposes,God disposes.Although I am an atheist,when I have nothing to do with the thing it seems like only thing I can do is this.
God blesses us.

harvey66 2006-06-10 21:36



grand slam



Definition: In baseball, this describes a situation in which a batter hits a home run with a man on each base.
Example: 1) Dave hit a grand slam to put his team ahead 7-5.
Definition: The absolute, best possible result.
Example: 1) We really hit a grand slam by convincing the company to let us handle all of their accounts.

annieyu 2006-06-10 21:47

Ha,I like this word---grand slam.Few years ago ,my mother had a cerebral tumor operation and got a grand slam now she is still in good condition.But last year,she suffered cerebral hemorrhage and she recovered again.I hope she can live long long time----longevity for hundreds years.

harvey66 2006-06-10 21:49

Chinese table tennis team always hit a grand slam by including all the golden medals.

harvey66 2006-06-12 15:34

引用:

作者: annieyu
Ha,I like this word---grand slam.Few years ago ,my mother had a cerebral tumor operation and got a grand slam now she is still in good condition.But last year,she suffered cerebral hemorrhage and she recovered again.I hope she can live long long time----longevity for hundreds years.

Wish a grand slam for you and your mother.

harvey66 2006-06-12 15:37



all-nighter



Definition: A study or work session that goes through the night; studying without sleep (usually a last-minute course of action).
Example: 1) We pulled an all-nighter to finish the report.

2) I pulled an all-nighter to study for my math exam.
Etymology: The term is popular with college students who spend the night before an exam studying (or 'cramming'), trying to learn a lot of material in a short period of time. The term is frequently used in the phrase 'pull an all-nighter'.

harvey66 2006-06-12 15:41

I did burn the night oil several times but never pulled an all-nighter.

annieyu 2006-06-12 23:32

It's too hard for me to pull an all-nighter now but actually I used to play all-nighter during spring festival with my friends .I feel so bad when I have to sleep after 2am the next day and I need two days to recover and at that time I have to admit the fact I am getting older.

annieyu 2006-06-12 23:35

引用:

作者: harvey66
Wish a grand slam for you and your mother.

To harvey66:
Thank you for good wishes.:wdb6:

harvey66 2006-06-14 01:14



work your fingers to the bone



Definition: To labor very hard under difficult conditions.
Example: 1) Henry worked his fingers to the bone to make sure the project was finished on time.
Etymology: The idea behind this phrase is that you could work so hard that the flesh falls from your hands.

harvey66 2006-06-14 01:19

When I first learning typing, I usually worked to the bone to complish a paper.

annieyu 2006-06-14 11:54

If we do everything working our fingers to the bone ,nothing could not be accomplished.It sounds like Chinese saying "愚公移山".There are so many things in the world maybe in some people's eyes it is stupid and is not worthy to do it, but other people want to have a try and work their fingers to the bone ,I do mean who is right or wrong but I actually believe that something are really worthy to have a try when you want to do it and persevere in it.

harvey66 2006-06-14 20:07



put words in one's mouth



Definition: To effectively speak for someone else; to falsely claim that someone said something.
Example: 1) I never asked you to marry me! Stop putting words in my mouth!

2) So you never said that? I guess he's putting words in your mouth.
Etymology: You speak words with your mouth. If someone claims that you said something you did not say, they have put their words in your mouth.

harvey66 2006-06-14 20:10

I remember when I was a kid, the politics is the first and foremost. People were put words in their mouths, they couldnt speak as they would.

harvey66 2006-06-15 18:08



sight for sore eyes



Definition: Something or someone that is pleasing to see; a thing or person that brings happiness.
Example: 1) After a week in the desert, the pool of water was a sight for sore eyes.

2) You're a sight for sore eyes -- I thought that I'd never see your smiling face again!
Etymology: 'Sore' means 'tired' or 'painful'. In this phrase, one's eyes are 'sore' because they haven't seen anything good lately. The thing or person that is seen -- the 'sight' -- brings relief to 'sore' eyes.

harvey66 2006-06-15 18:14

A pretty girl is definitly a sight for sore eyes no matter physically or psychically.

annieyu 2006-06-15 18:32

引用:

作者: harvey66
A pretty girl is definitly a sight for sore eyes no matter physically or psychically.

(mentally)

Usually I read the sentence in other article the similar express they use both physically and mentally,I am not sure maybe your sentence also right .I just have not read the similar sentence.

annieyu 2006-06-15 18:35

引用:

作者: harvey66
A pretty girl is definitly a sight for sore eyes no matter physically or psychically.



I know this is common sense but I also know to you and I the ME is more likely a sight for our sore eyes.:wdb19:

annieyu 2006-06-15 19:26

I do not put my words to other people's mouth but I can put my words to my son's mouth for what I have done and I have said do impress him deeply .So I have to pay more attention to my words and actions in order to set a good example for my son.

harvey66 2006-06-16 00:23

引用:

作者: annieyu
(mentally)

Usually I read the sentence in other article the similar express they use both physically and mentally,I am not sure maybe your sentence also right .I just have not read the similar sentence.

Thank you, Annie.
I think you are right. mentally is much better.thank you for your help.

harvey66 2006-06-16 01:20

引用:

作者: annieyu
I know this is common sense but I also know to you and I the ME is more likely a sight for our sore eyes.:wdb19:

We are on the same lengthwave about the ME.

p.s.
Is the "I" in your sentence be a "me"?
I think as an object of to it should be a "me" other than a "I", am I right?

annieyu 2006-06-16 09:04

引用:

作者: harvey66
We are on the same lengthwave about the ME.

p.s.
Is the "I" in your sentence be a "me"?
I think as an object of to it should be a "me" other than a "I", am I right?

Yes,U r definitely right .I made a stupid mistake but I will never make since you correct me.:wdb11:

harvey66 2006-06-16 16:47



easy as pie


Definition: Very simple; extremely easy.
Example: 1) The job was easy as pie, and we finished up an hour early. 2) You want Mom to give you fifty dollars? Easy as pie. Just tell her you need to buy some new shoes.
Etymology: 'Pie' is a tasty, sweet dish that is easy to make, and even easier to eat.

Synonyms: piece of cake

harvey66 2006-06-16 16:54

The decision whether emigrate or not is not easy as pie for us.

annieyu 2006-06-17 20:52

引用:

作者: harvey66
The decision whether emigrate or not is not easy as pie for us.

I can not agree with you any more.But for me ,it is not so hard to make such kind of decisions .I feel in my life there were so many decisions coming to me spontaneously. Few days ago I have read an article which said when you have a big decision usually people sweat it or sleep it.But scientist think we should sleep on it.In fact,I really did like this.All of our family's big decision were made in this way.:wdb19: And I also believe why we can do this because we have accumulated so many experiences and also reasoned on it subconsciously.No one can be responsible for you ,you are the only one for yourself.

annieyu 2006-06-17 20:57

For me ,I believe if you want everything can be easy as pie.The only thing is maybe I need to take more time to accomplish it.

harvey66 2006-06-17 22:18

引用:

作者: annieyu
I can not agree with you any more.But for me ,it is not so hard to make such kind of decisions .I feel in my life there were so many decisions coming to me spontaneously. Few days ago I have read an article which said when you have a big decision usually people sweat it or sleep it.But scientist think we should sleep on it.In fact,I really did like this.All of our family's big decision were made in this way.:wdb19: And I also believe why we can do this because we have accumulated so many experiences and also reasoned on it subconsciously.No one can be responsible for you ,you are the only one for yourself.


Sorry, I dont understand these words: sweat it or sleep it
What is the meaning.

harvey66 2006-06-17 22:20

Annie, are you the principal applicant ?

harvey66 2006-06-17 22:22



catch some rays



Definition: To lie in the sun; to work on your tan (or sunburn).
Example: 1) It sure is cold here in New York! I'd rather be in Florida, sitting on the sand and catching some rays.

2) In the summertime, I like to quit work early and go catch some rays down at the beach.
Etymology: The sun sends light in 'rays' or waves of light, and you 'catch' or absorb these rays when you are out in the sunlight.

Synonyms: soak up some sun

harvey66 2006-06-17 22:34

When I first went to Qingdao to catch some rays on the beach, my back burnt. Not only me but also my classmates.

annieyu 2006-06-18 18:14

引用:

作者: harvey66
Annie, are you the principal applicant ?

Yes,I am the principal applicant because my husband has no any idea about emigration but now he has changed his mind and began resuming to study english.:wdb6:

annieyu 2006-06-18 18:31

引用:

作者: harvey66
Sorry, I dont understand these words: sweat it or sleep it
What is the meaning.

To Sweat it means you are worried about something and fingure it over and over .(it focus on conscious thinking)

For example: Don't sweat the presentation tomorrow---you are well-prepared. 担心,烦恼

To sleep on it means you put the problem off ,it focus on unconscious thinking.

For example:Should we emigrate to Canada or Australia?Let's sleep on it!
明天再说(或灵感充沛再说)(或凭直觉)(instinctive sense,or sixth sense)


So some experts suggest we should sweat what kinds of shampoo we should buy and on big decisions we should sleep on it.

annieyu 2006-06-18 18:37

I do not like to catch some rays because it always cause me a lot of breakout on my skin and my skin also easier to get burnt.What an annoying thing it is!But I enjoy the sunshine in Hainan especially in Sanya ,the sky is blue and the wind is breezing .

harvey66 2006-06-18 20:25

引用:

作者: annieyu
To Sweat it means you are worried about something and fingure it over and over .(it focus on conscious thinking)

For example: Don't sweat the presentation tomorrow---you are well-prepared. 担心,烦恼

To sleep on it means you put the problem off ,it focus on unconscious thinking.

For example:Should we emigrate to Canada or Australia?Let's sleep on it!
明天再说(或灵感充沛再说)(或凭直觉)(instinctive sense,or sixth sense)


So some experts suggest we should sweat what kinds of shampoo we should buy and on big decisions we should sleep on it.

Thank you so much

harvey66 2006-06-18 20:27



gumshoe


Definition: A detective or private investigator.
Example: 1) Captain Harris assigned two gumshoes to the case.

2) Gumshoes come in all kinds, ranging from the experienced sleuth to the novice bungler.
Etymology: Refers to the rubber sole on the shoes of many police officers. The phrase is frequently heard in the movies, especially in older film noir detective films from the 1940s.

harvey66 2006-06-18 20:33

I like wearing a pair of gumshoes but I dont want to be a gumshoe.

annieyu 2006-06-19 08:50

It is said that there are many gumshoes nowadays ,who work for some people and help them to get divorced meanwhile get more property from finding some love affairs of their partner .What a pity! Does money is really everything?In my mind ,nothing can be so valuable in comparison with true love.What is your opinion?

harvey66 2006-06-20 00:00

引用:

作者: annieyu
It is said that there are many gumshoes nowadays ,who work for some people and help them to get divorced meanwhile get more property from finding some love affairs of their partner .What a pity! Does money is really everything?In my mind ,nothing can be so valuable in comparison with true love.What is your opinion?

It's the gap between ideal and reality.

harvey66 2006-06-20 00:01



ram something down one's throat



Definition: To force someone to do something that they really don't want to do; to coerce.
Example: 1) I complained about having to work on the project, so the boss just rammed the whole thing down my throat.

harvey66 2006-06-20 00:20

English is interesting. Not only the words can be put in someone's mouth but also anything else can be rammed down one's throat.
Sometimes I cant help to avoid to be rammed something down my throat in work and socity. That is one of the reasons why I dont think China is not an ideal country to live in.

叶子66600 2006-06-20 13:54

Hello, Every one ! It is so good to come here again to "catch some rays"
of slangs after having worked my fingers to the bone .

I choose to sleep on it , not sweat it , when we are waiting for ME.

叶子66600 2006-06-20 14:01

Summer Holiday will be sight for sore eyes , children have been looking for it since the begining of this term after spring festival .

叶子66600 2006-06-20 14:05

I have same lengthwave with Annieyu and could not be able to pull an all nighter again .

叶子66600 2006-06-20 14:09

Some gunshoes are illegal now , normally it is better not be involved into
it .

annieyu 2006-06-20 15:30

In today's world,everybody has to ram something down to other's throat,also they are rammed down their throat by others.It is a vicious circle,every one would not stop it on his own.So we have to take our own destiny on ourselves, never allow others ram what we can do or what we can not do down to our throats.

annieyu 2006-06-20 15:35

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Some gunshoes are illegal now , normally it is better not be involved into
it .

Yes , you are absolutely right.But sometimes people could not control their emotion beacuse we are human not the God.Anyway,try to avoid it is really a good idear.:wdb17:

To 66600:we miss you very much.It is so dull without you.:wdb15:

harvey66 2006-06-20 20:45

glad to see 66600 again.

harvey66 2006-06-20 20:47



raise hell



Definition: To scream and shout with great anger.
Example: 1) My boss raised hell with me when he found out I hadn't finished the project.

2) When the verdict was handed down by the judge, the angry mob raised hell outside the courthouse.
Etymology: 'Hell' is where Satan (also known as the Devil or the evil one) lives, down below the earth. Hell is usually thought of as a place of great unrest and suffering. So when someone 'raises hell', he brings the wild, chaotic nature of hell into the world.

Definition: To cause trouble or create a disturbance.
Example: 1) When George Bush was in college, he was out raising hell every Saturday night. 2) Last weekend I was out raising hell at some of the local bars.

harvey66 2006-06-20 20:49

Dont raise hell to others for no one like a flea in their ear.

annieyu 2006-06-20 22:32

Chen Suibian does raise hell to both side people across TaiWan Strait.I do not like this person who only pursues his own benefits and makes a chaotic situation in Tanwan island.

叶子66600 2006-06-21 13:03

Thank you ! Harvey and Annieyu !
You two are so great to continue this poster!
It is so happy to come here to learn slangs !

叶子66600 2006-06-21 13:08

My former manager always likes to raise hell to other people in the office ,
and normally shouts out a flea in other's ear . It seems that it can make him more powerful .

harvey66 2006-06-21 16:05



score


Definition: To successfully obtain something, especially sex or drugs; to acquire something desirable.
Example: 1) I scored a bag of marijuana from my friend Peter.

2) I'm meeting a beautiful woman for drinks after work--hope I score afterwards!
Synonyms: get laid

harvey66 2006-06-21 16:12

Some students cheat when they are in examinations and score the scores they want.

annieyu 2006-06-21 19:08

引用:

作者: harvey66


score


Definition: To successfully obtain something, especially sex or drugs; to acquire something desirable.
Example: 1) I scored a bag of marijuana from my friend Peter.

2) I'm meeting a beautiful woman for drinks after work--hope I score afterwards!
Synonyms: get laid

haha,score can be used in this way,it is very funny and vivid.
Harvey,have you ever been in any these kind of situation?hoho???!!!
of course ,it is a private question,i am just joking.You need not answer it.

One of my foreign teacher said the marijuana is not as bad as what we thought .If you can use it properly it also can do good for us.Is it right? this question you should answer.:wdb17:

annieyu 2006-06-21 19:15

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
My former manager always likes to raise hell to other people in the office ,
and normally shouts out a flea in other's ear . It seems that it can make him more powerful .

What a miserable experience it is.I hate all kind of people who are so snobbish .I can not believe he do this to his boss.he has no sense of respection to the people who are inferior to him.This kind of people do not know what is real dignity and decency.

harvey66 2006-06-21 19:56

引用:

作者: annieyu
haha,score can be used in this way,it is very funny and vivid.
Harvey,have you ever been in any these kind of situation?hoho???!!!
of course ,it is a private question,i am just joking.You need not answer it.

One of my foreign teacher said the marijuana is not as bad as what we thought .If you can use it properly it also can do good for us.Is it right? this question you should answer.:wdb17:

yes, he is right. I think marijuana is useful in medicine.

harvey66 2006-06-21 19:58

annie: have you ever scored in the football field as a fullback ?
and this is a question you should answer.

robot 2006-06-22 08:27

what can you score on the way to Canada?at least the future is full of hope every day,regardless of the result.

robot 2006-06-22 08:34

i raised hell with my students from other cities and recollected the days of university.

robot 2006-06-22 08:59

the summer is coming around again, last summer i have to be busy with the preparation for ielts last summer, this year i must spare time to enjoy life,wander ing along the seashore, catching some rays and swimming in the sea, i become excited at the mere mention of such an experience.

annieyu 2006-06-22 11:05

引用:

作者: harvey66
annie: have you ever scored in the football field as a fullback ?
and this is a question you should answer.

Yes,as a fullback ,my job usually was doing damage but I really scored only once I just wanted to make a pass .(歪打正着了:wdb6: 纯属瞎猫碰到死鼠).wHAT A GREAT FULLBACK!

annieyu 2006-06-22 11:08

NICE TO MEET YOU ,ROBOT,A NEW FRIEND .I SCORED YOUR CREDIT.

harvey66 2006-06-22 19:54

Robot, do you live in a seaside city ? I used to live in Qingdao.Yourwords remind me of the summer days there- wonderful.

harvey66 2006-06-22 19:57



bring it on



Definition: A taunt or challenging comment issued when someone else presents a situation; to accept a challenge enthusiastically.
Example: 1) You want to play our baseball team next Friday? Bring it on!

2) Ha! The last exam was easy; what makes you think this one will be any harder? Bring it on!

harvey66 2006-06-22 20:04

Annie , I agree with your comment in "idiom-magic".
Who said finding a decent job is difficult, bring it on.

harvey66 2006-06-22 20:07

You see. I become an uncurable optimist too.

annieyu 2006-06-22 22:10

引用:

作者: harvey66
You see. I become an uncurable optimist too.

I am so glad to see you can change your mind.Yes,we can live in this or in opposite way.So why we not live in a good way, a positive way.Once Chairman Mao taught us we should ignore enemy in strategy but pay more attention to them in tactic.So we should be well-prepared all aroud way but never say die.:wdb9:

annieyu 2006-06-22 22:20

引用:

作者: harvey66
Annie , I agree with your comment in "idiom-magic".
Who said finding a decent job is difficult, bring it on.


To Harvey66:
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go
-------T.S.Eliot(1888---1965)
American-Englishpoet,playwright,literary critic and editor

I completely agree with this saying so if you want do something you can do it.Ha:wdb6: ,we are really in the same wavelength.

annieyu 2006-06-22 22:22

I have to do some written assignments but I am still put it off the day after day .I will bring it on tomorrow.

robot 2006-06-22 23:03

To annie:

I envy of the scores of your ielts and your fluent english words, you really are my example.

let's study and enjoy here.

robot 2006-06-22 23:06

learn from your one slang per day.

harvey66 2006-06-23 00:58

引用:

作者: robot
learn from your one slang per day.

You are cool ?!
How's your case going ?

harvey66 2006-06-23 01:00

引用:

作者: annieyu
To Harvey66:
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go
-------T.S.Eliot(1888---1965)
American-Englishpoet,playwright,literary critic and editor

I completely agree with this saying so if you want do something you can do it.Ha:wdb6: ,we are really in the same wavelength.

I should learn it by heart: only those tho risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

annieyu 2006-06-23 07:25

引用:

作者: robot
To annie:

I envy of the scores of your ielts and your fluent english words, you really are my example.

let's study and enjoy here.

I'm flattered these days ,thank so much.You need not envy me ,if you want you can do it too,maybe better than me.

annieyu 2006-06-23 07:29

引用:

作者: robot
learn from your one slang per day.

Why you change your name?I like the name ,cool.Anyway,I like robot ,too.But it is not likely so cool.:wdb2:

harvey66 2006-06-23 20:18



save someone's neck



Definition: To rescue from a difficult or bleak situation; to come to one's assistance.
Example: 1) Wilson saved my neck yesterday when the boss asked for the report--I didn't finish it, but he handed in his copy for me.

harvey66 2006-06-23 20:21

I hope my VO will save my neck before I get mad about the long period of waiting time.

annieyu 2006-06-23 21:37

My hope is the God can save my mother's neck from her all kinds of diseases and I can work and study without worrying about her health.

harvey66 2006-06-24 21:25



eyes bigger than one's stomach



Definition: To believe that you can eat more than you really can; overestimating your appetite or hunger.
Example: 1) Every Thanksgiving it's the same thing -- my eyes are bigger than my stomach, and I can't finish all the food piled on my plate.
Etymology: Sometimes when you are hungry, you think you can eat more than you really can - your 'eyes' can see (or imagine) yourself eating plate after plate of food, but your stomach isn't big enough for all of it.

harvey66 2006-06-24 21:28

My son's eyes are bigger than his stomach, and I think every kid has bigger eyes.

annieyu 2006-06-24 23:41

引用:

作者: harvey66
My son's eyes are bigger than his stomach, and I think every kid has bigger eyes.

oh,oh,眼搀肚饱

at last,I know how to say it in english .It is almost as the same as chinese.I remembered when I was a little girl I always did in that ways---eyes were bigger than my stomach.Now my mother also does like this ,she is a little girl now.

harvey66 2006-06-26 00:20

引用:

作者: annieyu
oh,oh,眼搀肚饱

at last,I know how to say it in english .It is almost as the same as chinese.I remembered when I was a little girl I always did in that ways---eyes were bigger than my stomach.Now my mother also does like this ,she is a little girl now.

Yes, the seniors act like kids in many ways.

harvey66 2006-06-26 00:21



cabin fever



Definition: Boredom and restlessness resulting from being indoors too long.
Example: 1) After the tenth straight day of snow, I started getting cabin fever.

2) Ned was sick with the flu, and by the end of the week he had a bad case of cabin fever.
Etymology: A 'cabin' is a small house, and 'fever' is sickness. So if you have 'cabin fever', you are sick of being inside your house.

harvey66 2006-06-26 00:24

In many Canadian family, usually only one need to bring home the bacon, and the other one takes care of the family. I wonder if the latter will get the cabin fever ?

annieyu 2006-06-26 08:27

引用:

作者: harvey66
In many Canadian family, usually only one need bring home the bacon, and the other one take care of the family. I wonder if the latter will get the cabin fever ?

Though the one who takes care of the family also has a lot of to do out of door,such as the suppermarket,the kindergarten ,the library,and so on.What's more,you can choose something you like to do aftre hours .It 's up to you.I enjoy working the housework I can create many new ways in all kinds of housework and find a lot of fun in it.

annieyu 2006-06-26 08:34

but I really know after I gave birth my son in China we needed a month stayed on the bed during this month the mother really easily get the cabin fever,called puerperal fever or puerperal hypochondria

harvey66 2006-06-26 14:00

引用:

作者: annieyu
I enjoy working the housework I can create many new ways in all kinds of housework and find a lot of fun in it.

I wish I had the same genius as yours. Usually I think housework is boring, and even I prefer to sit in front of the computer.
It seems that the computer has become the idiot box for me.

harvey66 2006-06-26 14:05

引用:

作者: annieyu
but I really know after I gave birth my son in China we needed a month stayed on the bed during this month the mother really easily get the cabin fever,call puerperal fever or puerperal hypochondria

are puerperal fever and puerperal hypochondrial the same things ?

annieyu 2006-06-26 14:27

引用:

作者: harvey66
are puerperal fever and puerperal hypochondrial the same things ?

I am not an expert in this area but I think the puerperal fever focuses on the phisical disease and the hypochondia focuses on psychological sickness,both of them caused by cabin fever.

叶子66600 2006-06-26 19:31

One of people I know was sent to jail after scoring on drugs successfully.
His parents almost get cabin fever on thinking how to get him back to home.

We all have expeirence of having big eyes than our stomach, when I am hungry , I think I can eat a horse.

叶子66600 2006-06-26 19:38

It is reported that in the news paper , so many chinese kids get cabin fever , because kids have to do homework each day after school and have no time , no place to play in the open air . That is the main reason we try to mve our kid to Canada

叶子66600 2006-06-26 19:39

Welcome Robot ! More people will make here more active .

叶子66600 2006-06-26 19:42

If I stay home for longer time , I will feel very boring , and then try to save my neck , find the way to go out to get fresh air .

叶子66600 2006-06-26 19:44

Last time I did not understand SCORE , this time , I understood
completely.

annieyu 2006-06-26 21:11

[quote=叶子66600]One of people I know was sent to jail after scoring on drugs successfully.
This one is not a proper expression.
One of people I know was sent to jail as a result of scoring drags unfortunately.

To Yezi66600:I am not interested in showing off but I really think if we can correct each other all of us can make rapid progress.

harvey66 2006-06-26 21:17



dead presidents



Definition: American paper money.
Example: 1) It seems like Bill Gates has all the dead presidents in the world.

2) Man, I don't have enough dead presidents to go out to dinner tonight.
Etymology: American dollar bills are decorated with pictures of great American heroes, most of whom are deceased former Presidents.

Synonyms: moola, bucks

harvey66 2006-06-26 21:22

I havn't seen any Canadian currency, I wonder if there is any dead president on Canadian "dead president".

harvey66 2006-06-26 21:24

引用:

作者: annieyu

To Yezi66600:I am not interested in showing off but I really think if we can correct each other all of us can make rapid progress.

What do you said is completely right.
We do need some correction.

harvey66 2006-06-26 21:33

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
If I stay home for longer time , I will feel very boring , and then try to save my neck , find the way to go out to get fresh air .

So Yezi: I remember one of my English teacher once told us that in England the stores are closed early in the evening. If you want to go shopping, do that in the weekend. One of my classmates commented: I will be boring in England because I like do some windowshopping in the evening. And then my teacher corrected her: you should say you are bored. You are boring means you are dull... and you are bored means you are not interested.
So I think you should say I will feel very bored.

annieyu 2006-06-26 21:44

引用:

作者: harvey66


dead presidents



Definition: American paper money.
Example: 1) It seems like Bill Gates has all the dead presidents in the world.

2) Man, I don't have enough dead presidents to go out to dinner tonight.
Etymology: American dollar bills are decorated with pictures of great American heroes, most of whom are deceased former Presidents.

Synonyms: moola, bucks

Things are similar all over the world as our chinese paper money also are decorated with Chairman Mao 's picture .We also can call our paper money ,the dead ChairMan.

Hi,Harvey,has you prepared enough the dead Presidents for living in Canada?and could you tell me how much we should prepare for a decent life in Canada in your oppinion?

harvey66 2006-06-27 02:41

引用:

作者: annieyu

Hi,Harvey,has you prepared enough the dead Presidents for living in Canada?and could you tell me how much we should prepare for a decent life in Canada in your oppinion?

I have no "enough" dead presidents in my hands.
From my point of view, we cant rely on the money we take to Canada. We should build a life for us there.
But we do need to bring some money with us to support in the first a few months.
A decent life at least means an apartment and a car, of course a decent job is absolutely necessary. Considering the initial payment for an apartment , a car and the expenditure in the first a few months, I think 1 million yuan RMB is necessary .
Do you agree with me ?

annieyu 2006-06-27 11:20

引用:

作者: harvey66
I have no "enough" dead presidents in my hands.
From my point of view, we cant rely on the money we take to Canada. We should build a life for us there.
But we do need to bring some money with us to support in the first a few months.
A decent life at least means an apartment and a car, of course a decent job is absolutely necessary. Considering the initial payment for an apartment , a car and the expenditure in the first a few months, I think 1 million yuan RMB is necessary .
Do you agree with me ?

Yes,to some extent I do agree with you .But as for me ,I can not solely rely on a job but another investment to support my family as well.I will not buy an apartment I prefer to invest first then buy a house.But I really need to buy a car at first for me it is a must in my life.I prefer to use half million to arrange my daily life ,including further study ,and half million do some investment maybe in Canada or in China.The internet makes everything possible.Have you read the book ,intitled The Rich Dad and the poor Dad,written by Robert T who is a Japanese-American,which is a really good book and it changed my way of thinking ,especially the way of arranging finance in my family.

叶子66600 2006-06-27 12:40

[quote=annieyu]
引用:

作者: 叶子66600
One of people I know was sent to jail after scoring on drugs successfully.
This one is not a proper expression.
One of people I know was sent to jail as a result of scoring drags unfortunately.

To Yezi66600:I am not interested in showing off but I really think if we can correct each other all of us can make rapid progress.


Thank you very much !!! :wdb17:
Yes, I need someone to correct my sentence . Thanks again!:wdb17: :wdb17: :wdb17:

叶子66600 2006-06-27 12:47

引用:

作者: harvey66
So Yezi: I remember one of my English teacher once told us that in England the stores are closed early in the evening. If you want to go shopping, do that in the weekend. One of my classmates commented: I will be boring in England because I like do some windowshopping in the evening. And then my teacher corrected her: you should say you are bored. You are boring means you are dull... and you are bored means you are not interested.
So I think you should say I will feel very bored.


Thank you !!!!!!!! :wdb17: :wdb17: :wdb17: :wdb17: :wdb17:

Thank you , Harvey66!! I will remember it forever! :wdb19: :wdb19:

叶子66600 2006-06-27 13:08

I have read the book of The Rich Dad and the Poor Dad , and I got some new ideas on the dead presidents, specially on how to teach kids on earning money.
My son now is interested in the book which describe the way of Jews earning money for surviving in different countries.

叶子66600 2006-06-27 13:15

Dead presidents on US dollars and Chinese dollars make normal people to
tell the real one from the fake one easily , because people are very familiar with dead presidents .

harvey66 2006-06-27 21:22

引用:

作者: annieyu
Have you read the book ,intitled The Rich Dad and the poor Dad,written by Robert T who is a Japanese-American,which is a really good book and it changed my way of thinking ,especially the way of arranging finance in my family.

I am sorry I havnt read this book. I'll find one to read.

harvey66 2006-06-27 21:24



tie the knot



Definition: To get married.
Example: 1) The happy couple tied the knot in Las Vegas.

2) Valentine's Day is the perfect time to ask your honey to tie the knot.
Etymology: Marriage forms a strong connection between man and wife, like a knot joining two strings.

Synonyms: get hitched

harvey66 2006-06-27 21:33

There is also the similar expression in Chinese: to tie the knot.

annieyu 2006-06-27 21:57

引用:

作者: harvey66
There is also the similar expression in Chinese: to tie the knot.

Yes,I feel it is amazing of finding the similar expression between the two languages.Of course,both of us have tied the knot but with the other people of coures.I am a lady enjoying to make joke with people and I think it adds colour for our routine daily life.Do you agree in this point?Do you enjoy too,if not I will never do that in this topic.

叶子66600 2006-06-28 12:15

Yong people specially high rank white collars have to climb the corporate ladder , and no time to find people to tie the knot . Then there are different kind of meetings for yong people to make friends at the weekend in parks . I just think it is very funny !

harvey66 2006-06-28 14:45

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Yong people specially high rank white collars have to climb the corporate ladder , and no time to find people to tie the knot . Then there are different kind of meetings for yong people to make friends at the weekend in parks . I just think it is very funny !

Yes, funny but strange.
strange for me.Maybe I am getting too old.

harvey66 2006-06-28 14:54

引用:

作者: annieyu
Yes,I feel it is amazing of finding the similar expression between the two languages.Of course,both of us have tied the knot but with the other people of coures.I am a lady enjoying to make joke with people and I think it adds colour for our routine daily life.Do you agree in this point?Do you enjoy too,if not I will never do that in this topic.

Dont worry about that. Sure I agree with you at this point.
on the other hand. it is a useful excise for both mind and language.

harvey66 2006-06-28 14:56



ballpark figure



Definition: A good numerical guess; an estimate.
Example: 1) I'd say two hundred dollars, but that's a ballpark figure.
Etymology: This phrase is related to another popular phrase, 'in the ballpark', which means 'close but not yet there'. The idea is that you can be in the ballpark (a place where baseball games are played) but not yet in the right seat (the seat you have a ticket for). The seat is a metaphor for the right idea or place, and the ballpark is a metaphor for an approximation of that idea or place. A 'ballpark figure' is a number that is 'in the ballpark' (close to the true number) but not quite in the right seat (the true number).

Synonyms: guestimate

harvey66 2006-06-28 15:19

Annie's height: 10 cm shorter than I.
Annie's age: 1 year younger than I.
Annie's vital statistics: x-x-x
of course they are ballpark figures.
Would you mind my kidding ?

annieyu 2006-06-28 21:30

引用:

作者: harvey66
Annie's height: 10 cm shorter than I.
Annie's age: 1 year younger than I.
Annie's vital statistics: x-x-x
of course they are ballpark figures.
Would you mind my kidding ?

Lol:wdb17: :wdb11:
I enjoy this kind of joking all of this can add colour to our life and make our study more interesting.But I can not agree with you talking my height maybe I am 10cm higher than you:wdb6: and of course it is ballpark figures.As for my age ,you are definitely right.I think our chinese people prefer ballpark figures to accurate figures.Do you agree with me in this point?

annieyu 2006-06-28 22:42

hitch ,the original meaning is tied.this is a metaphor which meanes you have been tied with someone and can not leave without him/her.

Example:I can not believe that Tom Bruse was getten hitched.He has always been such a playboy.

It is said that there are so many Bride -to -be and Groom-to -be are planning to get hitched this year for this year,2006(the year of dog),has double-spring in lunar year and means it is good time to get married.

robot 2006-06-29 08:43

it is said that 90 percent of the members in this forum would immigrate to Canada successfully in the end of this year, but i am not very sure for this,for it is just a ballpark figure.

harvey66 2006-06-29 11:45

引用:

作者: annieyu
Lol:wdb17: :wdb11:
I enjoy this kind of joking all of this can add colour to our life and make our study more interesting.But I can not agree with you talking my height maybe I am 10cm higher than you:wdb6: and of course it is ballpark figures.As for my age ,you are definitely right.I think our chinese people prefer ballpark figures to accurate figures.Do you agree with me in this point?

I am not sure what kind of figure the Chinese people prefer. But I am almost sure that you cant be 10cm taller than I in spite that you once were an athlete. Or you can be in Chinese woman basketall team.

harvey66 2006-06-29 11:47

引用:

作者: robot
it is said that 90 percent of the members in this forum would immigrate to Canada successfully in the end of this year, but i am not very sure for this,for it is just a ballpark figure.

I hope so.
After all it is a big deal.

annieyu 2006-06-29 11:58

引用:

作者: harvey66
I am not sure what kind of figure the Chinese people prefer. But I am almost sure that you cant be 10cm taller than I in spite that you once were an athlete. Or you can be in Chinese woman basketall team.

I have told you my height in idiom topic ,you are right I am only an amateur in sports but I really enjoy all kinds of sport for I feel the sports make people more open-minded,strong-minded and optimistic.Do you think so?By the way ,you can still surfing on the line during your work time?:wdb16: What a welfare for you.

叶子66600 2006-06-29 12:16

Villas here in Qingdao cost about U.S.Dollars 40 million , it is a ballpark figure , How much money cost for a villa in Canada?

harvey66 2006-06-29 12:39

引用:

作者: annieyu
By the way ,you can still surfing on the line during your work time?:wdb16: What a welfare for you.

But I cant do it in one of the weekends when I have to go to work.
This is a compensation today, I am home now.
And I do wish I can surf the web someday when I am free in working time. Slim chance.

harvey66 2006-06-29 12:48

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Villas here in Qingdao cost about U.S.Dollars 40 million , it is a ballpark figure , How much money cost for a villa in Canada?

Maybe that will be 400 US$, who knows !In any case, I cant afford it .

annieyu 2006-06-29 19:21

引用:

作者: harvey66
Maybe that will be 400 US$, who knows !In any case, I cant afford it .


In any case ,I will try my best to buy one for it is my dream ---a villa with a group of children and a flock of chicken,duck and goose .:wdb19:

harvey66 2006-06-29 20:21

引用:

作者: annieyu
In any case ,I will try my best to buy one for it is my dream ---a villa with a group of children and a flock of chicken,duck and goose .:wdb19:

You couple must be very successful businessmen.
It seems I can never be your neighbour.

harvey66 2006-06-29 20:23



eye-popping



Definition: Something that is shocking or surprising to see.
Example: 1) You should see Magic Brian's eye-popping new juggling trick.

2) We made an eye-popping Web site for our new client.
Etymology: The phrase comes from the idea that when people see things that are powerfully attractive or unusual, their eyes seem to pop out of their head.

harvey66 2006-06-29 20:27

Annie: do you like the eye-popping skill on the soccer field performed by brazilian or Argentinean players ?

annieyu 2006-06-29 20:44

[quote=harvey66]Annie: do you like the eye-popping skill on the soccer field performed by brazilian or Argentinean players ?[/quot

Of course,I enjoy all kinds of eye-popping skills but I also enjoy participating too.

annieyu 2006-06-29 20:49

引用:

作者: harvey66
You couple must be very successful businessmen.
It seems I can never be your neighbour.

Where there is a will, there is a way.We are not very successful businessmen but really would like to be it depends on what we will do the next five years.But I also believe that the process is also amazing we will also enjoy the process too because you know man proposes,God disposes.

robot 2006-06-30 08:53

Huang Jianxiang's comments are eye-popping in 2006 world cup, you can easily find various fierce criticism against him on different websites,what a pity guy!!

robot 2006-06-30 09:07

Suffering from a lot of hardships,eventually Mary tied the knot with her affectionate lover last month, all of us blessed that they would be together till the end of their lives

robot 2006-06-30 09:18

[quote=叶子66600]Welcome Robot ! More people will make here more active .[/quote

it is my great honour to join in such a hot post with all of you!
let's study and enjoy together.

robot 2006-06-30 09:28

it seems that you were discussing how much dead presidents could maintain a decent life in Canada ? a million RMB? my god! i hope this is just a ballpark figure instead of a real one.

robot 2006-06-30 09:30

it seems that you were discussing how much dead presidents could maintain a decent life in Canada ? a million RMB? my god! i hope this is just a ballpark figure instead of a real one.

robot 2006-06-30 10:04

引用:

作者: harvey66
You are cool ?!
How's your case going ?

my documents about immigration were returned again and again , bring it on!!! i have enough time and patience to play such a game with them.:wdb5: :wdb5: :wdb5:
since i delivered my documents on children's day,till now i haven't received any returned letter,of course,i didnt score my FN too.

additionally, i am truely grateful for your help in my preparing for my documents. you are one in a million.

robot 2006-06-30 10:10

引用:

作者: annieyu
Why you change your name?I like the name ,cool.Anyway,I like robot ,too.But it is not likely so cool.:wdb2:

nothing special reasons, since i delivered my documents,i would like to present here in another mood,for i suffered from a lot in the process of preparing the materials, i was not in the mood of COOL in those days.

robot 2006-06-30 10:18

haha,it is said there are a lot of gumshoes in our company, be careful!!

robot 2006-06-30 10:31

it is not a good teaching mode to ram knowledge dowm students throat, youngsters need time and space to develop their creativity and imagination.

robot 2006-06-30 11:16

who can save my neck?? for my eyes are bigger than my stomach, I gain weight greatly, it is hight time for me to change the habit of staying too much inddors, meantime, from now on, my eyes must be smaller than my stomach.


haha,it is said that keeping fit is helpful to conquer cabin fever.

robot 2006-06-30 11:22

i am off duty today, so i plan to construct this storied-building to 900 store y for harvey66.hahaaaaa

robot 2006-06-30 11:38

Jack pulled an all-nighter every day and worked his fingers to the bone, eventually he had achieved all his goals, he deserved his success.

annieyu 2006-06-30 11:43

引用:

作者: robot
nothing special reasons, since i delivered my documents,i would like to present here in another mood,for i suffered from a lot in the process of preparing the materials, i was not in the mood of COOL in those days.

Now I know the reason that you changed your name ,subconsciouslly you have decides to fight with your VO like a robot untill you get through .Good!I hope you can get your FN earlier and tell us ASAP.:wdb9:

robot 2006-06-30 11:46

a charming and sunny girl is a sight for sore eyes to both male and female.

annieyu 2006-06-30 11:49

引用:

作者: robot
i am off duty today, so i plan to construct this storied-building to 900 store y for harvey66.hahaaaaa

In such dog days,you are so lucky have a day off duty.It is a good idea too to build a storie-building to 900 storeys for Harvey66.:wdb17:

robot 2006-06-30 11:52

it is not easy as pie to make a decision to tie the knot with your lover, especially for female.

robot 2006-06-30 12:02

引用:

作者: annieyu
In such dog days,you are so lucky have a day off duty.It is a good idea too to build a storie-building to 900 storeys for Harvey66.:wdb17:

haha,dear annie,i am laughing out loudly, let's build it together,ok? maybe harvey will treat us a big meal for our work .

our hometown is located in a coastal city,so the weather is still quite cool now.

robot 2006-06-30 12:15

annie,something urgent,i have to be off now.


to be continued.hahaaa

annieyu 2006-06-30 15:02

引用:

作者: robot
haha,dear annie,i am laughing out loudly, let's build it together,ok? maybe harvey will treat us a big meal for our work .

our hometown is located in a coastal city,so the weather is still quite cool now.

Haha ,dear robot ,you are a such luky dog living in a coastal city.I envy you for this and could you tell us which city are you in?By the way,Harvey never treated me a big meal for my work maybe this time he will treat us:wdb6: just because of you.

annieyu 2006-06-30 15:04

引用:

作者: robot
annie,something urgent,i have to be off now.


to be continued.hahaaa

Ok ,let me treat you some credits first.

叶子66600 2006-06-30 16:43

Robot is outta here, let's continue our building !

Argentinean and Brasilian football players are really da bombs , My family
enjoyed the eye-popping match very much, we will watch the match today in the evening ,Argentina VS Germany !

叶子66600 2006-06-30 16:46

Comparing with the foodball teams in world cup match , chinese football teams are rookies.

robot 2006-06-30 17:33

引用:

作者: annieyu
Haha ,dear robot ,you are a such luky dog living in a coastal city.I envy you for this and could you tell us which city are you in?By the way,Harvey never treated me a big meal for my work maybe this time he will treat us:wdb6: just because of you.



annie, thank you for your credits.

annieyu 2006-06-30 17:39

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Robot is outta here, let's continue our building !

Argentinean and Brasilian football players are really da bombs , My family
enjoyed the eye-popping match very much, we will watch the match today in the evening ,Argentina VS Germany !


Yes,I will watch the game too.It is worth to expect the match.Let us bet on this match---I bet Argentinean team will win .Which is you opinion?

annieyu 2006-06-30 17:49

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Comparing with the foodball teams in world cup match , chinese football teams are rookies.

65

Never mention the Chinese football team ,it makes me hypertensive.

叶子66600 2006-06-30 19:04

引用:

作者: annieyu
Yes,I will watch the game too.It is worth to expect the match.Let us bet on this match---I bet Argentinean team will win .Which is you opinion?


We have same wavelenth on it ! :wdb20:

I know little about each team before world cup , but
now I like Argentinean team . Cool guys in the soccer feild
are sight for sore eyes for ladies . :wdb6: :wdb6:

annieyu 2006-06-30 21:03

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
We have same wavelenth on it ! :wdb20:

I know little about each team before world cup , but
now I like Argentinean team . Cool guys in the soccer feild
are sight for sore eyes for ladies . :wdb6: :wdb6:

oh,oh,you mean their good looking are sight for both of us sore eyes?Cool,I am on your side.Actually their football skills are also good and I guess they are floating in the air .:wdb17: Especially when I watched Brazilian team won Ghananian team ,it looked like an adult beat a kid.:wdb24:

annieyu 2006-06-30 21:05

to Robot:You still have not completed your plan although there were helps from Yezi and me.Keep going!

robot 2006-07-01 00:14

to annie:

it is just a plan, and it seems that i really cant accomplish that great project today, leave it to you, come on that you can do it, i am waiting for that big meal!!

annieyu 2006-07-01 01:08

引用:

作者: robot
to annie:

it is just a plan, and it seems that i really cant accomplish that great project today, leave it to you, come on that you can do it, i am waiting for that big meal!!

What a samrt Robot,who can even play tricks with human now .I am waiting for your big meal now.:wdb15: Now I am watching the game between Argentina and Germany ,meanwhile I have to accomplish your great project.:wdb24:

annieyu 2006-07-01 01:16

Argentinian team is mature both their skills and tactics.When they could not make through ,they played patiently.I hope and expect:wdb6: argentinian will meet Brazilian in final.

annieyu 2006-07-01 01:29

In this moment ,I am really worried about the head ball of Germany team ,it is really a threat to my favourite team ---Argentinia.What's more ,there is a excellent coach in Germany team.As a player ,I liked him too.I can not spell his name in English(克雷斯曼)because at that time I was not interested in English.

annieyu 2006-07-01 01:33

I am now only one step to the finish of your project ,so where there is a will ,there is a way.The first half of the match is tedious,and oppressing.So it is time for me to finish this project and then I can concentrate on watching the game.

annieyu 2006-07-01 01:36

引用:

作者: robot
to annie:

it is just a plan, and it seems that i really cant accomplish that great project today, leave it to you, come on that you can do it, i am waiting for that big meal!!

So although Robot is becoming smarter and smarter,he can not win over human in the end.:wdb9:

annieyu 2006-07-01 01:39

This match reminded me that seems like a group of giants is fighting with a group of elves.Who knows what will be the end?

annieyu 2006-07-01 01:50

Now it is the end of first half ,I need a break too.At the first end of the game ,Germany got a free kick making me holding my breath.Fortunately,they lost their opportunity.I sighed with a relief.

annieyu 2006-07-01 02:19

it is unbelievable that the group of elves scored by a head ball.Ha Ha ,it sounds like a little bit sarcastic.

annieyu 2006-07-01 02:20

The Germany coach is changing his men now also that means a new tactic will be adopted.Let us see if it is working.

annieyu 2006-07-01 02:30

Whatever the end is,i can not fail to say I should respect the Germany spirit of Never say die ,they will never give up even there is only a piece of hope.:wdb9:

annieyu 2006-07-01 02:41

ha ha ,Germany returned a head ball.Can you imagine ?The ending is undecisive now.

harvey66 2006-07-01 14:49

I can hardly go through all the posts before work. Thank you sooooooooo much. I owe you a big meal.I hope I can have a chance to keep my promise.Thank you again.
And now it is time for me to go to work, reply later.

annieyu 2006-07-01 19:19

引用:

作者: harvey66
I can hardly go through all the posts before work. Thank you sooooooooo much. I owe you a big meal.I hope I can have a chance to keep my promise.Thank you again.
And now it is time for me to go to work, reply later.

To Robot:We got a promise for a big meal,we should create an opportunity to help Harvey keep his word,shouldn't we?
To Robot:Do you know which dish is Suzhou unique speciality?Guess ?!


To Harvey:What a pity you have to work even in dog days and in the weekend.So just as I said in Olympic topic ,life is a choice,we have to choose something and have to give up something .In order to give us a big meal,Harvey has to work overtime,he is really a nice friend.I'm joking:wdb6: But as a doctor,you know how to take care of youself,aren't you?I am worried about our big meal so you need to work hard and work out hard,and me too in order to keep fit and a good appetite.:wdb24:

harvey66 2006-07-01 20:49

Many thanks to you all.

harvey66 2006-07-01 20:50



party pooper



Definition: One who ruins a good time; a negative person who destroys the happiness of others.
Example: 1) Karen is such a party pooper! We were having a great time until she showed up.

2) Professor Green is a real party pooper -- he gave us an essay to write over winter vacation.
Etymology: A party is a festive social gathering, and 'pooped' means 'tired' or 'without energy'. So a 'party pooper' is someone who takes all the energy out of a social gathering, making everyone tired and unhappy.

Synonyms: killjoy, wet blanket

harvey66 2006-07-01 21:00

sometims in football field, the referee steal the show by showing too many cards. In this case, I think he is a party pooper.

annieyu 2006-07-01 22:14

Annie will never be a party pooper but I guess maybe Harvey is a party pooper.Am i right?

harvey66 2006-07-02 02:42

引用:

作者: annieyu
Annie will never be a party pooper but I guess maybe Harvey is a party pooper.Am i right?

Hey! you must have some kind of superpower. How could you guess that way ! You are totally right.

annieyu 2006-07-02 07:42

引用:

作者: harvey66
Hey! you must have some kind of superpower. How could you guess that way ! You are totally right.

So ,cool.This is not superpower but the sixth sense .So a woman need not spend long time to know a man ,who has the sense to decide everything except she would like to cheat herself.:wdb6:

harvey66 2006-07-02 16:58



dead ringer



Definition: A virtual twin; a look-alike.
Example: 1) Boy, that guy is a dead ringer for my friend Charlie!

2) Did anybody ever tell you that you're a dead ringer for Elvis Presley?
Etymology: When something is 'dead on' it is exactly right. A 'ringer' is a substitute (usually a very talented substitute player who helps a team win). So a 'dead ringer' is a precise substitute, or an exact copy of another person.

harvey66 2006-07-02 17:06

Now I know I failed to use the phrase correctly in Annie's "words in news".

annieyu 2006-07-02 17:20

In past,I could not tell the difference from foreigners,they look like dead ringers for me.But now I can.At least,I am not confused by them.I thought maybe some of them are also like me all of Chinese are dead ringers in their eyes?

叶子66600 2006-07-03 12:13

Sometimes , son is a dead ringer for dad , even you can see something
from little baby , which looks like dad .

Commercial Advertisement is always party pooper for all people .

Wife is party pooper when husband is watching World Cup football matchs .

robot 2006-07-03 18:40

i am always told that my son is a dead ringer for me, his appearance is almost my copy.
but he didnt inherited his character from me, he is more active and naughty than his same age. when i surf on the net, he usually acts as a party pooper and drives me mad. sometimes i really cant do anything about him,so i often wonders whether i spoil him.

robot 2006-07-03 18:51

harvey is from zuzhou? a good and charming place, it is said that suzhou is famous for its beautiful girls, so harvey is so lucky that you have access to enjoy sights for sore eyes every day.

robot 2006-07-03 18:55

the building is becoming taller and taller in a eye-popping speed, i will make every effort to climb up the 1000 storeys firstly.

robot 2006-07-03 19:00

引用:

作者: annieyu
So although Robot is becoming smarter and smarter,he can not win over human in the end.:wdb9:

although robot cant not win over humanbeings in the end, it is playing a more and more important role in modern society and can do almost everything.

robot 2006-07-03 19:08

[quote=annieyu]To Robot:We got a promise for a big meal,we should create an opportunity to help Harvey keep his word,shouldn't we?
To Robot:Do you know which dish is Suzhou unique speciality?

great!!! i do hope to share a big meal with all of you!

harvey, dont eat your words!! otherwise, :wdb8: :wdb8:

as for the unique speciality of suzhou, i really have no idea, when we have our big meal, you will order dishes, ok??

robot 2006-07-03 19:12

[quote=annieyu]To Robot:We got a promise for a big meal,we should create an opportunity to help Harvey keep his word,shouldn't we?
To Robot:Do you know which dish is Suzhou unique speciality?

great!!! i do hope to share a big meal with all of you!

harvey, dont eat your words!! otherwise, :wdb8: :wdb8:

as for the unique speciality of suzhou, i really have no idea, when we have our big meal, you will order dishes, ok??

annieyu 2006-07-03 23:03

引用:

作者: robot
although robot cant not win over humanbeings in the end, it is playing a more and more important role in modern society and can do almost everything.

In this perspective ,you are absolutely right,haha,that is why you choose the name?:wdb17:

annieyu 2006-07-03 23:06

[quote=robot]
引用:

作者: annieyu
To Robot:We got a promise for a big meal,we should create an opportunity to help Harvey keep his word,shouldn't we?
To Robot:Do you know which dish is Suzhou unique speciality?

great!!! i do hope to share a big meal with all of you!

harvey, dont eat your words!! otherwise, :wdb8: :wdb8:

as for the unique speciality of suzhou, i really have no idea, when we have our big meal, you will order dishes, ok??

Why robot still needs eat meal? Harvey is be scared and now did not show up in this topic?

harvey66 2006-07-04 00:38

引用:

作者: 叶子66600

Wife is party pooper when husband is watching World Cup football matchs .

hey, are you a grasswidow in the period of world cup ?

harvey66 2006-07-04 00:42

引用:

作者: robot
the building is becoming taller and taller in a eye-popping speed, i will make every effort to climb up the 1000 storeys firstly.

Thank you for all you have done. I will not forget the big meal. You can count on .

harvey66 2006-07-04 00:49

[quote=annieyu]
引用:

作者: robot

Why robot still needs eat meal? Harvey is be scared and now did not show up in this topic?

dont worry , I am here.

harvey66 2006-07-04 00:51



doctor



Definition: To tamper with something; to fiddle or interfere with.
Example: 1) He doctored the video game, so that he won every time.

2) You want to know why your VCR doesn't work? Ernie doctored it...
Synonyms: monkey around

harvey66 2006-07-04 00:58

I am so sad that doctors have such a bad reputation.
And I have to admit that if a doctor mean to doctor some documents in favour of his own benefit, it is hard to discover.

robot 2006-07-04 01:16

引用:

作者: annieyu
In this perspective ,you are absolutely right,haha,that is why you choose the name?:wdb17:

you favour me so much, my robot , which is only a simple symbol, is different from that ROBOT. all of my nicknames are simple, even 1234321,cvbcvb,asdasd and 123abc have ever been my nicknames.

annieyu 2006-07-04 08:28

引用:

作者: robot
you favour me so much, my robot , which is only a simple symbol, is different from that ROBOT. all of my nicknames are simple, even 1234321,cvbcvb,asdasd and 123abc have ever been my nicknames.

To my knowledge,most of us endow our name with some meaning,for our name in reality ,which most of us were named by other people ,so in net maybe we can endow our name with our expectation.I am interested in psychology even want to learn at this field,so I would like to work out the relationship between people's name and theri personality,including I asked what kind of cellphone Harvey likes that are also related to this .I just would like to try if my analysis is right or not or what lead me to the wrong way .It is only a personal interest I hope it did not bother you.People's words and actions even theri names all reveal to us something so if we know more about it even we can not work at this field at least it can help us avoid lots of danger and mistakes ,this especially important for women.

叶子66600 2006-07-04 12:33

Chinese people like to doctor some documents on quality , so we even could not rely on the labels of HACCP , GREENFOOD , ORGANIC FOOD,
and other famous brand like Nike , Adiddas .

harvey66 2006-07-04 13:12

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Chinese people like to doctor some documents on quality , so we even could not rely on the labels of HACCP , GREENFOOD , ORGANIC FOOD,
and other famous brand like Nike , Adiddas .

Would you please tell me what HaCCP means ?

annieyu 2006-07-04 13:34

I never thought about doctor ---the word can be used in this way.On my second thought ,it is true cause there are so many things the doctors can doctor,the plastic surgery,this is a good one can help so many people to gain self-confidence again.But I sincerely hope the things like doctoring or falsifying documents which will never happen in China.

robot 2006-07-04 20:17

引用:

作者: annieyu
To my knowledge,most of us endow our name with some meaning,for our name in reality ,which most of us were named by other people ,so in net maybe we can endow our name with our expectation.I am interested in psychology even want to learn at this field,so I would like to work out the relationship between people's name and theri personality,including I asked what kind of cellphone Harvey likes that are also related to this .I just would like to try if my analysis is right or not or what lead me to the wrong way .It is only a personal interest I hope it did not bother you.People's words and actions even theri names all reveal to us something so if we know more about it even we can not work at this field at least it can help us avoid lots of danger and mistakes ,this especially important for women.


for my son always calls me apple, my first net name is apple, but some people regarded me as a young girl, i am not fond of such a feeling, then i changed it into elppa, since then on, all of my net names are meaningless, COOL is an exception.

it is enjoyable to talk and play well-meaning jokes with all of you in such boring and long waiting days, meantime we can improve our english, as the saying goes that kill two birds with one stone .

come on, continue our great project !

robot 2006-07-04 20:27

in china rules about games can be doctored easily for authorities, why we must ask that the doctors cant doctor their cases, just because their work is related to human's life? but doctors are common human beings instead of angels.

annieyu 2006-07-04 21:47

To robot:This is only for you.
This term is a humourous contemporary slang.The condition of being too stylish and overly concerned with fashionable speech and behaviour(Note: "terminal" as an adjective can mean "causing or approaching death" while "cool" in slang means up-to -date)

Example:My younger brother is obsessed with wearing the most fashionable clothes and only listening to the most popular new Cds.He obviously suffers from terminal coolness.

What is your opinion about this issue?Is there anyone who is this kind person living in this life style?I am afraid I am out -of-date in this area.:wdb4:

annieyu 2006-07-04 22:03

引用:

作者: robot
for my son always calls me apple, my first net name is apple, but some people regarded me as a young girl, i am not fond of such a feeling, then i changed it into elppa, since then on, all of my net names are meaningless, COOL is an exception.

it is enjoyable to talk and play well-meaning jokes with all of you in such boring and long waiting days, meantime we can improve our english, as the saying goes that kill two birds with one stone .

come on, continue our great project !


Never mind,I am a person who is fairly-straight and open -minded so you know all of such thing can not irrate me.Just like you said in this boring waiting day it is funny we can talk something interesting.:wdb6: I just explained the reason why I am interested in such thing not because I am a nosy woman.:wdb24: So let's continue our great project .

harvey66 2006-07-05 01:47



angel investor


Definition: An individual who invests in a company during its start-up phase; a financial supporter in the early stages of a corporation's existence.
Example: 1) The company never would have survived without the backing of its angel investors.
Etymology: An 'angel' is a winged creature from heaven who is supposed to help you when you are in danger. An 'angel investor' is someone who provides money for young businesses that really need it. The phrase was first used to describe wealthy patrons who kept Broadway plays on stage despite a lack of profits.

harvey66 2006-07-05 01:49

Annie, had you got any angel investors when your business was in its start-up stage ?

annieyu 2006-07-05 08:13

引用:

作者: harvey66
Annie, had you got any angel investors when your business was in its start-up stage ?


Harvey,I have not getten any angel investors actually I have had a good boss who taught me so much .My boss was a HongKongness ,who emigrated to Australia a few years ago.From him ,I learned a lot.

叶子66600 2006-07-05 12:40

Harvey ! HACCP means HAZARD ANALYSIS and CRITICAL CONTROL POINT , it is a system for recognizing a company's food processing .
HACCP recognizing is the first step for a company to open the door of Europe market.

If you pay attention on the labels of the foods in super market , you can find it easily .

叶子66600 2006-07-05 12:43

Angel investors like to go to the IT companies which can make the money
faster than normal .

harvey66 2006-07-05 13:15

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Harvey ! HACCP means HAZARD ANALYSIS and CRITICAL CONTROL POINT , it is a system for recognizing a company's food processing .
HACCP recognizing is the first step for a company to open the door of Europe market.

If you pay attention on the labels of the foods in super market , you can find it easily .

thanks

annieyu 2006-07-05 19:54

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Harvey ! HACCP means HAZARD ANALYSIS and CRITICAL CONTROL POINT , it is a system for recognizing a company's food processing .
HACCP recognizing is the first step for a company to open the door of Europe market.

If you pay attention on the labels of the foods in super market , you can find it easily .

I also learned,thanks Yezi for this piece of word.

annieyu 2006-07-05 20:06

Angel investor is a kind of investor between common investor and risk investor.In the U.S,generally the 3F(friend,family,and fool) investment is below 0.2million US dollars and the risk investment is over 1 million US dollars.The angel investment is fill the gap between the 3F and risk investment.

harvey66 2006-07-06 00:11

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Angel investors like to go to the IT companies which can make the money
faster than normal .


引用:

作者: annieyu
Angel investor is a kind of investor between common investor and risk investor.In the U.S,generally the 3F(friend,family,and fool) investment is below 0.2million US dollars and the risk investment is over 1 million US dollars.The angel investment is fill the gap between the 3F and risk investment.

I learned a lot from you two business teachers.

harvey66 2006-07-06 00:14



no-brainer



Definition: Something that is perfectly obvious; a problem that is easy to solve, requiring very little effort.
Example: 1) Closing our store in Dallas was a no-brainer -- it was losing a lot of money.

2) What's one plus two? That's a no-brainer!
Etymology: Your 'brain' is what you use to think, and some questions are so easy that you don't even have to think to get the right answer - 'no brain' is required.

harvey66 2006-07-06 00:54

When I first came across the phrase, I thought it refered someone who is stupid (without a brain). and then I learned that it is a metaphor of very simple things-too simple to use the brain.

annieyu 2006-07-06 11:45

[quote=harvey66]When I first came across the phrase, I thought it refered someone who is stupid (without a brain). and then I learned that it is a metaphor of very simple things-too simple to use the brain.[/quote

I have the same feeling with you.For me,what is no-brainer?I think cooking,washing,such kind of household chaos is no-brainer.(不费吹灰之力)

This word reminds me another brainchild,Harvey,do you know this word?

Hitler wanted to destroy the race of Judah,cause he thought only the Nordic has the excellent gene beyond all other rates,but it seems like his brainchild.

harvey66 2006-07-06 13:31

引用:

作者: annieyu

I have the same feeling with you.For me,what is no-brainer?I think cooking,washing,such kind of household chaos is no-brainer.(不费吹灰之力)

What an excllent housewife you are !
How could I regard such kind of household chaos as a no-brianer !

引用:

作者: annieyu

This word reminds me another brainchild,Harvey,do you know this word?

Hitler wanted to destroy the race of Judah,cause he thought only the Nordic has the excellent gene beyond all other rates,but it seems like his brainchild.

This is the first time for me to meet the word. Putting these two words together is interesting, and is easy to remember. I admire your amazing vocabulary so much.

叶子66600 2006-07-06 14:41

Mastering a new word or a new phrase is no-brainer for Annie , cooking
is absolutely not no-brainer for me . My cooking will be tasteless if I do not use my head.

Annie must be a talented and knowledgeable lady.

harvey66 2006-07-06 23:58



in cahoots



Definition: In a partnership, with an implication of criminality; working together on secret plans.
Example: 1) I'm afraid our accountant may be in cahoots with the local crime boss.
Etymology: This phrase was in use by the early 1820s. It may derive from the French word for cabin, 'cahute' -- and thus refer to people planning something in a small cabin or house, beyond observation.

annieyu 2006-07-07 00:11

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Mastering a new word or a new phrase is no-brainer for Annie , cooking
is absolutely not no-brainer for me . My cooking will be tasteless if I do not use my head.

Annie must be a talented and knowledgeable lady.



I feel so glad with this words ,I inherited my mother's talent of cooking and I am not a smart woman but more industrious than average people.But the most important thing I think because I do my cooking with love for my son and my husband it is that makes food more delicious than what other people cooked.So I think it is a kind of happyness to prepare a meal for my family looking at them eat up all the food prepared.

harvey66 2006-07-07 00:14

Many government officials are in cahoots with the mine contractors, their minds are occupied by making money , neglect the necessary security measures. Resulting in numerous coal miners died underground. Further more the authorities are trying to block the news to spread.

annieyu 2006-07-07 00:20

I wold like to be in cahoots with the new minister of immigration and citizen of Canada,so that he could let more chinese applicants waiting time being shortened than other countries,but who can tell me the way to get touch with him?

harvey66 2006-07-07 00:23

引用:

作者: annieyu
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I feel so glad with this words ,I inherited my mother's talent of cooking and I am not a smart woman but more industrious than average people.But the most important thing I think because I do my cooking with love for my son and my husband it is that makes food more delicious than what other people cooked.So I think it is a kind of happyness to prepare a meal for my family looking at them eat up all the food prepared.

What a fairyland do you live in!
You are not Annie but Angel !
You make your husband the most envied man !:wdb17:

annieyu 2006-07-07 00:39

引用:

作者: harvey66
Many government officials are in cahoots with the mine contractors, their minds are occupied by making money , neglect the necessary security measures. Resulting in numerous coal miners died underground. Further more the authorities are trying to block the news to spread.

i can understand what you mean but the structure of this sentence I feel not comfortable,can we try to change it?

Due to many government officials being in cahoots with mine constrators,the profits became the priority of their work .They earned the numerous money by sucking blood from ordinary miners even not giving them proper security protection measures, and this resulted in hundreds and thansands miners died from blaste.Further more ,the local authorities even adopted all kinds of methods to cover the actual fact in order to cling to their positions.:wdb15:

harvey66 2006-07-07 01:02

引用:

作者: annieyu
i can understand what you mean but the structure of this sentence I feel not comfortable,can we try to change it?

Due to many government officials being in cahoots with mine constrators,the profits became the priority of their work .They earned the numerous money by sucking blood from ordinary miners even not giving them proper security protection measures, and this resulted in hundreds and thansands miners died from blaste.Further more ,the local authorities even adopted all kinds of methods to cover the actual fact in order to cling to their positions.:wdb15:

Thank you very much, Madam.
I should pay more attention to my grammer, vocabulary and structure.
I appriciate the word "cover" most. It is much better than my "block".
Looking forward to more instruction from you.
Regards.

harvey66 2006-07-07 16:29



hit



Definition: Anything that is successful or popular; a popular song or movie.
Example: 1) Tom's presentation was a hit with the sales team.

2) The latest Tom Cruise film is a real hit.
Etymology: This use of the word 'hit' comes from the idea that a successful play 'hits the big time', which means that it arrives at the place where success is guaranteed.

harvey66 2006-07-07 16:36

Jay Chou( zhou jielun )'s songs are really hit these days. But I dont know how that comes. And I dont enjoy them very much either. Quite different from me, my son is a "big fan" .I attribute it to generation gap and have to admit that I am old.

annieyu 2006-07-07 18:19

The World Cup is really hit recently and almost everybody talks about it and every medium cover it.If you do not do like this it looks like you are an alien.

annieyu 2006-07-08 15:02

I hope I am this kind of woman,who is warm and friendly person,but is also as tough-as-nails.

harvey66 2006-07-08 20:30

I have known that you are both warm and friendly, but I am not sure whether you are tough-as-nails. Maybe time will let me know.

harvey66 2006-07-08 20:32



junk mail



Definition: Advertisements sent by mail; unrequested and unwanted postal deliveries.
Example: 1) Sam sifted through the junk mail, hoping to find a letter from his pen pal.
Etymology: In the 1950s, companies started using the mail system to deliver advertisements. Nobody asks to receive this mail (which is usually addressed to 'Resident') and so it is 'junk' -- something you don't want.

harvey66 2006-07-08 20:34

Junk mails are often found both in my mail box and email box.

harvey66 2006-07-08 20:43

Off 的妙用(一)



现代社会的生活节奏非常快,能用一个字表达的意思就绝不用两个字。英语中就有这么一个字可以让你节省唾沫。哪一个呢?就是off这个词。比如说同样一句 “今天我不用上班”, 你说 I don't have to work today. 我说 I am off today.哪一个听起来比较顺耳呢? 相信你已经知道答案了吧!

1. I am off today.
我今天不用上班。

一讲到上班或是工作, 许多人的直觉反应就是 work, 所以“我今天不用上班”这句话说出来很容易就变成 I don't have to work today。事实上老美习惯上会用 off 来代表一个人不用工作或是某家店不开张。例如I am off。 就是“我不上班”,而 We are off today。 则可以用来指“今天我们不开张。”

2. She lives off campus.
她住在校外。

这是另一个用 off 用得很漂亮的例子。“住在校外”很多人会想到说 live outside the campus。但是简简单单一个 off campus 就能表达,而 on campus 就代表校内。如果你想跟别人说"我要搬出去校外住"就可以说 I want to move off campus。

3. Off my sofa.
给我从沙发上下来。

Off 也可能当动词用喔! 想想你们家有个小孩踩上沙发上跳啊跳,你看了很生气,想要叫他下来该怎么说呢? 完整的句子是Keep off my sofa.或是 Keep away from my sofa. 但是单讲 Off my sofa.则是老美非常喜欢的用法。

许多 off 的用法其实都是从 keep off 或是 get off 演变过来的。大家都知道上车要用 get on, 下车要用 get off, 所以有时候老美就干脆简称 on 和 off。那么Three on, two off. 就是"三个人上车,两个人下车"的意思。

harvey66 2006-07-08 20:43

Off 的妙用(二)


1. Tell her the whole thing is off.
告诉她整件事己经取消了。

记得有一次跟几个好友约好了要去打球,没想到天公不作美,出发前居然下起了大雨。 这场球自然是打不成了。有人要我去通知另一个人不去打球了,如果是你,这句话用英语会怎么说?多半会说The whole thing is canceled. 吧 除了canceled,老外还有一个“简易说法”,就是The whole thing is off. 是不是非常简单明了呢?

2. I am off the hook now.
我解脱了。

如果你是一条鱼,有一天不小心因为贪吃被人给钓到了,几经奋力挣扎之后才得以摆脱鱼钩(off the hook) ,你能想象这是什么样的感觉吗? 没错,就是如释重负、终于解脱的感觉。比如考试刚考完,你终于不用再熬夜背书了,就可以说I am off the hook now.

3. My girlfriend and I have been on and off, on and off several times.
我跟我女朋友分分合合好几次了。

不知道大家还记不记得著名的电视剧 Friends。 剧中的女主角 Rachel和男主角 Ross 之间分分合合不知多少回。后来Ross 终于结婚了,娶了一个叫 Emily 的当老婆。在婚礼之前 Rachel很感伤地说:I and Ross have been on and off, on and off; but I feel someday we will be on. 意思就是:我跟 Ross 分分合合好几回了,但我总觉得有一天我们又能重新在一起。至于on-and-off relationship 就指的是“分分合合”的恋情了。

harvey66 2006-07-08 20:44

Off 的妙用(三)


Off 的妙用还不止我们前面讲过的,它还有下面一些用法,机不可失,不要错过哦!

1. Hands off.
把手拿开。

小时候,你有没有偷吃过妈妈煮的好吃的东西?那个时候,妈妈肯定说过你:手拿开!这个hands off 就是“把手拿开”的意思,就是 keep your hands off the food 的意思。如果有人把手搭在你肩上,让你觉得很不舒服,你也可以警告他说Hand off.

2. I am off to bed right now.
我要上床去睡觉了。

“上床睡觉”大家都会说,go to bed 呗。有没有想过它还可以说成 off to bed ?我想很多人都不知道吧! I'm off to bed 这种用法远比单说 go to bed 要来得传神,因为 off 本身就有休息的意思在内,所以 off to bed 更能反映出上床是要去休息,而不是上床去做其他什么事情。

3. You got $20 off your first purchase.
第一次购买可以节省二十块!

商家折扣促销的时候是买东西的最好时机了。不知道大家还记得Friends中的那一幕不:Monica打算去买打折的婚纱,婚纱店前挤满了人,店前一个大大的广告牌:50% Off。这个 off 就是打折的意思,50% off 就是打五折,而 $20 off 就是省二十块的意思。

4. Could you off my computer?
你能不能关掉我的电脑?

Off 的惯用法还有一种。老美常会把 turn off 简称 off。例如 off my computer 就是指“关上我的电脑”。有趣的是 turn off 常常简略成 off,turn on 却没有人简称 on。 这点大家使用的时候一定要注意哦。

harvey66 2006-07-08 20:46

The three pieces above are from chinadaily.
I like these tips so I post here.

annieyu 2006-07-08 21:30

引用:

作者: harvey66


junk mail



Definition: Advertisements sent by mail; unrequested and unwanted postal deliveries.
Example: 1) Sam sifted through the junk mail, hoping to find a letter from his pen pal.
Etymology: In the 1950s, companies started using the mail system to deliver advertisements. Nobody asks to receive this mail (which is usually addressed to 'Resident') and so it is 'junk' -- something you don't want.

Nowadays ,junk foods are full of our stomach and junk mails are full of our e-mail box and all kinds of junk ads are covering all our screens .

harvey66 2006-07-09 10:21



wig out



Definition: To go crazy; to lose your mind.
Example: 1) Maria wigged out when she found her husband in bed with her best friend.

2) I hope Tom doesn't wig out when we tell him we lost his dog.
Etymology: The idea behind the term is that so much activity is going on in your brain that your hair (a 'wig' is artificial hair) might jump off your head. The term can be positive too - you might 'wig out' when you hear really good music, for example.

Synonyms: lose your cool, flip your wig

harvey66 2006-07-09 10:29

sometimes the police are in cagoots with the crimianals, which make you wig out but nothing you can do with it.

annieyu 2006-07-09 18:34

引用:

作者: harvey66
sometimes the police are in cagoots with the crimianals,
cahoots


which make you wig out but nothing you can do with it.

Do you mean cahoot?


really I know it exists in some area,does it happen in Suzhou?It is unbelievable.

Since both of us are in unconfusable age, nothing could make us wig out.That is good thing we are reasonable but also bad thing for we are not young and passionate.

harvey66 2006-07-09 22:10

引用:

作者: annieyu
Do you mean cahoot?


really I know it exists in some area,does it happen in Suzhou?It is unbelievable.

Since both of us are in unconfusable age, nothing could make us wig out.That is good thing we are reasonable but also bad thing for we are not young and passionate.

Yes, unfortunately we have reached the unconfusable age. We should adopt reasonable messures rather than wigging out.
There happens to be a essay in my email box titled the Age of Reason: A man who can not reason is a fool, a man who will not reason is a bigot, a man who dare not reason is a slave.

annieyu 2006-07-09 23:36

引用:

作者: harvey66


wig out



Definition: To go crazy; to lose your mind.
Example: 1) Maria wigged out when she found her husband in bed with her best friend.

2) I hope Tom doesn't wig out when we tell him we lost his dog.
Etymology: The idea behind the term is that so much activity is going on in your brain that your hair (a 'wig' is artificial hair) might jump off your head. The term can be positive too - you might 'wig out' when you hear really good music, for example.

Synonyms: lose your cool, flip your wig

怒发冲冠,假发都掉了

叶子66600 2006-07-10 12:57

Ice Age II is also a really hit , I will buy the CD from the market .

So many junk mails come to my email box each day , the first important work is to delet that mails .

It is easy for middle aged woman to wig out , wish husbands find the way to stop it , not give oil to fire.

叶子66600 2006-07-10 13:09

Local bureaurats are in cahoots with housing develpers in China , so it is very difficult to cool down the house price .

叶子66600 2006-07-10 13:11

Pls not off my computer , I will be back in five minutes.

harvey66 2006-07-10 13:17

引用:

作者: 叶子66600
Ice Age II is also a really hit , I will buy the CD from the market .

So many junk mails come to my email box each day , the first important work is to delet that mails .

It is easy for middle aged woman to wig out , wish husbands find the way to stop it , not give oil to fire.

I remember such a saying : add fuel to the fire.
It seems better than " give oil to fire "

harvey66 2006-07-10 13:24




hit the road


Definition: To leave; to go home. Also used as a command meaning 'go away' or 'leave me alone'.
Example: 1) It's getting kind of late, so I think I'm going to hit the road.

2) Hit the road, bub. I'm not looking for a boyfriend.
Etymology: In this phrase, 'hit' refers to the physical contact between your feet and the road (the pavement you walk or drive on).

Synonyms: skedaddle

harvey66 2006-07-10 13:26

If I get my visa one day, I will hit the road soon.

叶子66600 2006-07-10 13:39

Harvey and Annie are very good industrous TZ , you have worked a lot here , thank you very much !


Taugh as nail : Regarding immigrating to Canada, my whole family is tough as nail .

叶子66600 2006-07-10 13:42

引用:

作者: harvey66
I remember such a saying : add fuel to the fire.
It seems better than " give oil to fire "


Yes, you are right ! " add fue to the fire".
I just use it according my memory. Thanks a lot ! :wdb17: :wdb17:

叶子66600 2006-07-10 13:46

Hit the road , baby , Mom has to work this afternoon .

annieyu 2006-07-10 17:30

every year I hit the road home but this year will be an exemption for my mother is in my home and I do hope she can stay until the Sping Festival of next year.It will be a big family reunion festival too.

annieyu 2006-07-10 19:47

I watched the final match of World Cup between Italy anf France,frankly speaking,i prefered that France could win the game but in fact Italy had done a good job.Zinedine Zidane wigged out when His Itlay counterpart played defense with force so he headed at his rival's breast resulted in red card from thr referee.

annieyu 2006-07-10 19:53

引用:

作者: harvey66
I remember such a saying : add fuel to the fire.(flame)(both ok)
It seems better than " give oil to fire "


By the way ,we can remember another phrase,add insult to injury----雪上加霜

harvey66 2006-07-10 22:19

引用:

作者: annieyu
By the way ,we can remember another phrase,add insult to injury----雪上加霜

yes, add insult to injury.
thanks.

harvey66 2006-07-10 22:30



cut a deal



Definition: To make an agreement; to form a contract.
Example: 1) We cut a deal with Sony and now we handle all of their accounts in Jersey City.
Etymology: This phrase goes back to ancient practice of killing an animal and slicing it up to mark the beginning of a new agreement.

harvey66 2006-07-10 22:38

I cut a deal with my son that he can play games on the computer after finishing his homework.

robot 2006-07-11 11:40

引用:

作者: annieyu
To robot:This is only for you.
This term is a humourous contemporary slang.The condition of being too stylish and overly concerned with fashionable speech and behaviour(Note: "terminal" as an adjective can mean "causing or approaching death" while "cool" in slang means up-to -date)

Example:My younger brother is obsessed with wearing the most fashionable clothes and only listening to the most popular new Cds.He obviously suffers from terminal coolness.

What is your opinion about this issue?Is there anyone who is this kind person living in this life style?I am afraid I am out -of-date in this area.:wdb4:


to my unexpected, i almost become up-to-date with my COOL.

unfortunately, i am too old to keep up with the fashionables, sometimes i even cant bear youngsters' terminal coolness. maybe there is really a great gap between young people and me.

robot 2006-07-11 11:43

beyond our imagination, nowadays some policemen are even in cahoots with offender, if so, how can our country keep stable amd peaceful??

robot 2006-07-11 11:56

surprisingly, these days i received several junk mails about political affairs via my mailbox.

robot 2006-07-11 12:02

my son is taking his final exams today, i cut a deal with him last night, if he can get a good score, i will let him to go to the summer camp.

robot 2006-07-11 12:04

may i climb up the 1000 storeys? that is a no-brainer and just a small case.

robot 2006-07-11 12:24

i am laughing out loudly just like a naughty and playful child.