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Part 8


 

1.     big noise 重要的新闻

2.     big talk 吹牛

3.     big-time spender 出手很阔的人

4.     be big with… 深受……的喜爱

5.     go on a binge 狂欢

6.     be bird-brained 愚蠢的

7.     bite someone’s head off 对某人大发雷霆

8.     be bits and pieces 心烦意乱

9.     bleed someone white 榨干血汗

10. blind date 男女间的初次约会

习惯用语

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1. have something to do with… 与……有关

2. front-page news 头版头条新闻

3. take great pride in… 对……感到骄傲

4. aim at… 目的在于

5. be cut out for… 天生适合……

6. make big bucks 赚大钱

7. make big noise 报导重大新闻

8. a fat cat 大款,很有钱的人

9. splash one’s money about 挥霍钱

10.            pinch pennies 节俭

11.            get pleasure in… 从……得到快乐

12.            a white-haired boy 受宠的人

13.            to a certain degree 从某种程度讲

14.            can’t agree more 再同意不过

15.            social celebrities 社会名人

16.            feel like a million dollar 特别开心

17.            splurge 挥霍

18.            cost an arm and a leg 宰人(价格)

19.            chicken out 因害怕而打退堂鼓

20.            let one’s money go down the drain 把钱白白浪费

21.            a miser 吝啬

22.            a chicken guy 胆小鬼

23.            class-A 一流的

24.            have a big time 玩得很高兴

25.            give someone a good piece of one’s mind 好好教训某人一顿

26.            have had one too many 喝多了

27.            put down one’s foot 坚决反对

28.            insist on… 坚持……

29.            a stick in the mud 老古董

30.            generation gap 代沟

31.            give in 屈服

32.            thin edge 开头事小,后果严重

33.            not have the heart to… 不忍心

34.            be in a placid mood 心平气和

35.            see eye to eye 看法一致

36.            old-fashioned 过时的

37.            modern way 现代方式

38.            object to… 反对……

39.            not give someone a tumble 不理睬某人

40.            fall for… 爱上……

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Dialogue for Practice

A=Mark             B=Lucy

A: I don’t know why Yelsin makes much big noise in major English newspapers and magazines.

B: That has something to do with(与……有关)reporters who crave to make big noise.

A: He appears in most newspapers in recent years. And news about him always seems to be front-page news(头版头条).

B: Reporters take great pride in(感到骄傲)their news coverage, and front-page news is the only thing they seem to aim at(最终目标).

A: Talking about reporters, it always seems that they tend to exaggerate things: they make small things appear big.

B: Big talk(吹牛), I’d say. They are cut out for(天生适合)talking big.

A: They should be faithful in reporting things.

B: That’s their job to make big noise, or they may lose news coverage.  I know a reporter. His name is Frank. He makes big bucks(赚大钱)by making big noise(报导重大新闻)for several major newspapers.

A: I’ve heard about him. A friend of mine told me that he himself is big noise. Many people call him “a fat cat”(大款).

B: He is a fat cat. And he’s a big-time spender, too(出手很阔的人). He splashes his money about(挥霍钱)like anything.

A: But many rich people don’t behave that way. They are pinching pennies(节俭).

B: But Frank is different. He gets a lot of pleasure in spending(从……中得到很大的乐趣)money. Frank is not only a big-time spender, but also big with most notables in Chicago. He is a white-haired boy(受宠的人)among them.

A: Nothing to be surprised about that. He helps them a lot in increasing their popularity. Social celebrities(社会名人) depend their popularity on reporters, to a certain degree(从某种意义程度说).

B: I can’t agree more(再同意不过). It’s reporters who help make them know.

A: Let’s stop talking about social celebrities(社会名人). I want to be a big-time spender(出手阔的人)today.

B: Yeah. Let’s go on a binge. I feel like a million dollars(特别开心)today.

A: Right. Let’s go and splurge(挥霍). But where shall we go?

B: Let’s go to Hilton. I have never been able to be in there.

A: What? Going to Hilton? That will cost us an arm and a leg(宰人的价格).

B: You want to chicken out on(打退堂鼓)that?

A: Better somewhere else. I don’t want to let my money go down the drain(把钱白白浪费)in Hilton.

B: You are simply a miser(吝啬鬼). Didn’t you suggest we splurge(挥霍一下)?

A: Yea, I did. But I don’t see a point in splurging in a place like Hilton. Don’t be bird-brained and let our money go down the drain(把钱白白浪费)like that.

B: I’m disappointed. I didn’t know you are a chicken guy(胆小鬼).

A: Listen! We can go to the Grand Hotel. And there is a number of A-class(一流的)night clubs around the place.

B: All right. I’ll follow yours.

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A: It was really great fun. I haven’t had such a big time(玩得很开心)before.

B: But I didn’t enjoy for long. When I got home, my father bit my head off and was giving me a good piece of his mind(教训).

A: What for? Was it because you late again?

B: Not really. I had had one too many(喝多了)and he put down his foot(坚决反对)and insisted on(坚持)my not going out again. He doesn’t allow me to drink.

A: He must be a stick in the mud(老古董). He should know that we are not in his generation.

B: There is a generation gap(代沟). They can’t seem to understand us.

A: You shouldn’t give in(屈服). That’ll be the thin edges(开头事小,后果严重).

B: Well, he was bits and pieces. I didn’t have the heart(不忍心)to get on his nerves and drive him mad.

A: I know. I know. But you should bet him know that we are…

B: I’ll have a talk with him in a placid mood(心平气和). I might be able to convince him of what I think. But it takes time for him to see eye to eye(看法一致)with us young people. But one thing my father will never agree with us.

A: Something about modern things?

B: No. About the way we splash our money about(挥霍钱). He even thinks that eating out will bleed us white(榨干血汗).

A: He’s old-fashioned(过时的). He doesn’t have a sense of modern way(现代方式)of consumption.

B: We can’t force old people to accept what we enjoy doing, of course.

A: May I ask you a question?

B: Sure. Go ahead.

A: Does your father object to(反对)your dating different men?

B: How can I know? I’ve never done that.

A: But I still remember your telling me something about your blind date(男女的初次约会). You said that you didn’t give the man a tumble(不理睬)on your blind date, didn’t you?

B: But that doesn’t have anything to do with(与……有关)dating different men.

A: I’m sorry. What I mean is…

B: Is what?

A: Well, I mean do you like dating?

B: Yes, I do. I like going out with the one whom I seem to fall for(爱上).

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The End of Part 7

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