轻松一刻：Imitate Birds模仿鸟儿 来源：考试吧 2013-9-9 16:10:05 【考试吧：中国教育培训第一门户】 英语学习
A man tried to get a job in a stage show. "What can you do?" asked the producer. 一个人想在一个舞台剧中找份工作。“你能干什么呢?”负责人问。
"Imitate birds," the man said.
"Are you kidding?" answered the producer, "People like that are a dime a dozen." “你在开玩笑吧?”负责人答道，“那样的人一毛钱可以找一打。”
"Well, I guess that's that." said the actor, as he spread his arms and flew out the window.
Parrots imitate human speech. 鹦鹉学人说话。
Wood is often painted to imitate stone. 木头常涂上油漆冒充石头。
n. 模仿，仿效;仿制品;赝品;[生]拟态 adj. 人造的;仿制的
give an imitation of
in imitation of
Beware of imitations.
3.a dime a dozen
轻松一刻：I'll See to the Rest
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I'll See to the Rest
A guard was about to signal his train to start when he saw an attractive girl standing on the platform by an open door,
talking to another pretty girl inside the carriage.
"Come on, miss!" he shouted. "Shut the door, please!"
"Oh, I just want to kiss my sister goodbye," she called back.
"You just shut that door, please," called the guard, "and I'll see to the rest." “请把门关上好了，”列车员说：“其余的事由我负责。”
I am busy at the moment; I'll get one of the assistants to see to you. 我现在很忙，我叫一个助手来照料你。
I must go and see to some things.
I must see to getting the dinner ready.
2.be about to
I should suppose him to be about twenty.
be shut of (sb.)
隐藏, 隔离, 禁闭
使关闭, 使(临时性)停工; 放下(盖子); (夜的)降临; (雾的)弥漫, 笼罩
shut down on [upon]
把...关进; 监禁; 围住, 遮住; (夜等)降临; 卧病
阻断; 关上; 使隔离
轻松一刻：Wash your face
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Teacher: David, why don't you wash your face?
I can see what you had for breakfast this morning?
David: What was it?
David: Wrong, teacher. That was yesterday.
vi. 耐洗;被洗掉(通常与 out 和 away 连用);(波涛等)拍打
n. (尤指船过后划出的)水流;要洗的衣物的数量;薄涂层(尤指涂料) adj. 可洗的，耐洗的;(证券交易)虚假的
be washed out
洗退了色; 面色憔悴, 筋疲力尽
be (all) washed up
[美俚]完蛋了; 失败了; 断绝了; 破裂(多指爱情、婚姻)
come out in the wash
have a wash
have a wash and brush up
send to the wash
(论点等)经不起考验; 站不住脚; 没有说服力 wash and wear
洗掉; 洗净; 冲走; 冲坏
洗掉; 冲洗; (用汤等把食物)送下
洗掉; 洗净; 冲垮; 冲走; 淘汰; 排斥; 洗褪了色; [常用被动态]面色苍白而带倦容, 精疲力竭; 取消
A businessman enters a tavern, sits down at the bar, and orders a double martini on the rocks.
After he finishes the drink, he peeks inside his shirt pocket,
then he orders the bartender to prepare another double martini.
After he finishes that one, he again peeks inside his shirt pocket and orders the bartender to bring another double martini.
The bartender says, "Look, buddy, I'll bring you martinis all night long. But you go to tell me why you look inside your shirt pocket before you order a refill."
The customer replies, "I'm peeking at a photo of my wife.
When she starts to look good, then I know it's time to go home."
1.on the rocks
In the brief space of time the company went on the rocks. 那家公司很快就破产了。
In the storm our ship drove on the rocks.
martini on the rocks
I took a peek at the list.
Drink up,then I'll refill your glass.
She refilled the teapot with boiling water.
A Good Boy
Little Robert asked his mother for two cents.
"What did you do with the money I gave you yesterday?"
"I gave it to a poor old woman," he answered.
"You’re a good boy," said the mother proudly.
"Here are two cents more. But why are you so interested in the old woman?" "She is the one who sells the candy."
A Nail Or A Fly?
An old gentleman whose eyesight was failing came to stay in a hotel room with a bottle of wine in each hand.
On the wall there was a fly which he took for a nail.
So the moment he hung them on, the bottles fell broken and the wine spilt all over the floor.
When a waitress discovered what had happened, she showed deep sympathy for him and decided to do him a favour.
So the next morning when he was out taking a walk in the roof garden, she hammered a nail exactly where the fly had stayed.
Now the old man entered his room. The smell of the spilt wine reminded him of the accident.这里，老人回到了房里。倒洒的酒味让他想起了那件事。
When he looked up at the wall, he found the fly was there again!
He walked to it carefully and slapped it with all his strength.
On hearing a loud cry, the kind-hearted waitress rushed in.
To her great surprise, the poor old man was there sitting on the floor, his teeth clenched and his right hand bleeding!
a nail in its coffin
加速某人[物]灭亡[垮台]的原因败坏名誉[声]的举动 (as) hard as nails
身体强壮得象铁打似的; 铁石心肠的; 严峻的
(as) naked as one's nail
[俚, 废]一丝不挂, 赤身露体
(as) right as nails
as sure as nails
He must have iron nails that scratches a bear.
[谚]搔熊者必具铁爪; 要干危险的事, 就得有充分的准备。 hit the (right) nail on the head
说得对, 中肯, 正中要害
off the nail
on the nail
One nail drives out another.
[谚]一钉入, 一钉出; 新的挤掉旧的(指习惯, 感情, 爱情, 危险等)。 to the nail
用钉子钉牢要某人明确表态把(某事)准确地加以说明要(某人)遵守诺言 nail onto
clench one's jaws[teeth]
clench a bargain
In the veterinary office where I'm a technician,
we mail out reminders when pets are due for vaccinations.
Bruno, a German shepherd, arrived for his annual rabies shot,
and we were required by state law to ask his owner if Bruno had bitten anyone in the last ten days.
我们依照州法律的要求询问他的主人，在过去的十天里布鲁诺是否咬了什么人。 "Oh yes, in fact that's why we're here," she replied.
Surprised, I told her we assumed they'd come in because of our reminder.
"We did," she explained. "Bruno bit the mail carrier who was delivering your card."
n. 令人回忆起…的东西;提醒…的东西;(告知该做某事的)通知单;提示信 eg.
a reminder slip
a reminder tray
a gentle reminder
I am due for an increase in pay soon.