1. 一根筋儿 one track-minded
Stop reasoning with him. Don’t you know he is one track-minded?
You feel chocked to work with those who are one track-minded.
A one track-minded person will not understand what you intend.
2.败家子 a black sheep
This black sheep almost ruined his father’s business.
Joe is the black sheep of his family. He splashed nearly a hundred thousand U. S.
dollar in a few year.
Dick is a black sheep, always bringing trouble to his family.
Jimmy is the black sheep of his family.Apart from playing hookey, he is also
shoplifing a lot.
3.他那号人 people of his sort, people of his kind
How could he think I would go back on my words? I am not his sort, who is fickle
and always blowing hot and cold.
I am not your sort, who is always keeping harping on things and trying to find
fault with others.
Why should you suspect her? She is not your sort, who is always doing things on the
I’m not your sort, who always wants to get the best of others.
Mary: I can’t believe I’m down and out. I have to pinch pennies.
John: You can turn to me when the chips are down.
Mary: I know... but...
John: Come on, Mary. I know you can always get out from under. But I’m always glad
Mary: Thank you all the same, John. But I think I can work things out and stand on
my own feet again.
4. 难对付的人 a tartar / a hard nut to crack
Want him to follow your order? No way! He’s a tartar -- a hard nut to crack.
John: I’d like you to meet my friend, Linda. She’s a very nice girl to know.
Mary: I ran into her the other day at the fruit market.
John: How did you like her?
Mary: She’s indeed swell. (她确实很棒）
John: That’s why we hit it off.(hit it off: easy to get along)
Mary: But I don’t like he boyfriend. He really turns me off.
John: You mean Jack?
Mary: Yeah. He’s a tartar. Each time I met him he would jump down my throat. I can’
t understand why Linda should love a man like him.
John: That’s what things are like. A nice girl usually married herself off to a
man whom other people dislike . I hope you wouldn’t marry a tartar like Jack.
5.大人物 a bigwig/ a bigshot
Mr. Li is one of the bigwigs in this district. Nobody dares to take his offense.
6. 令人扫兴的人 a wet blanket
She’s a real a wet blanket. She started quarreling with Li Ling when everyone of
us was in high spirits.
7.马屁精 an apple-polisher
She’s a real apple-polisher for the way she’s crawling around the boss and making
eyes at him.
8.乡巴佬 a hayseed
She insisted that she would not marry herself off to a hayseed, no matter how rich
9.当二把手 play second fiddle
I feel it worth playing second fiddle to Mr. Wang. He’s so capable.
10.嘴甜的人 be honey-lipped
She’s so honey-lipped that she knows how to tailor her words to please the ears of
11. 老古董 a stick-in-the-mud
You may regard my husband as a stick-in-the-mud, but on my part I like his
personality of that kind.
12. 扫帚星 a jinx
She’s said to be a jinx, who would bring bad luck to whoever she marries.
13. 外粗内秀的人 a rough diamond
She’s a rough diamond. Although she seems to be careless, she does everything tip-
14.海量 have a hollow leg
Want to drink him under the table? Well... you can never do. He’s got a hollow
leg, you know.
15. 不分上下 be neck and neck
The two teams have been playing for two hours, and yet, they are still neck and
neck in their scores.
16. 绞尽脑汁 to rack one’s brain
He had racked his brain, but hadn’t been able to work out the answer to the
17. 真了不起 really something
He overwelmed so many of his opponents alone. He’s really something.
18.昙花一现 a flash in the pan
That singer was only a flash in the pan. He disappeared into the air after having
made one or two records.
Tom: People said that the singer was a knowout. She was pretty and her performance
brought the house down.
Sue: But the hit was only a flash in the pan. Her fame as a good singer didn’t
Tom: Why was that?
Sue: There are many one-day stars like her. They all disppear into thin air.
Tom: But that shouldn’t be the case with her. She seems to have all the making for
Sue：That’s the way of life.
19.一窍不通 not know beans about something
How can you let him into the business of selling life insurance? He doesn’t know
beans about insurance business at all.
This is his first visit in China. He doesn’t know beans about Chinese culture and
their way of life.
20.寡不敌众 be outnumbered
The girl was brave enough, but as being ournumbered, she was finally knocked into
the middle of next week by the gang.
21. 单枪匹马 play a lone hand
When investing in a business, he always likes to play a lone hand.
22. 吃得开 have a big drag with
You may ask him to help. He has a big drag with those guys.
23. 出师不利 get off on the wrong foot
His idea was good, but he got off on the wrong foot when he started doing it.
We seemed to have got off on the wrong foot when we started to market out new
products, due to our ignorance of the actual market needs.
24. 还嫩点儿 still wet behind the ears
Attempt to do me in? You are still wet behind the ears.
25.You are really impossible. 你真让人受不了。
26. 当家 wear the pants in the family
It’s obvious that it is your wife who wears the pants in your family.
I’ve no say on this matter. You’ve have to ask my wife. She wears the pants in my
I don’t want to wear the pants in this family. The authority is yours on this
In China, those who wear the pants in the family are mostly women.
27. 痛失良机 Let something slip through one’s fingers.
You can’t be more stupid! How could you let such a golden opportunity to make big
money slip through your fingers? It was an opportunity that comes once in a blue moon.
28. 有资格 be in a position
On such an important issue, we’re not in a position to give the final decision.
29.头脑有点不正常 have a few buttons missing
Anyone who says that must have a few buttons missing.
30. 站不住脚 not hold water
Whatever you may think, such a theory of yours does not hold water.
31. 唆使 put somebody up to
There must be be someone who had put him up to that.
Do you know who had put him up to that deal?
Why should you ask me to hold the bag? Wasn’t it you who had put me up to that?
32.心有余而力不足 The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
33.盲从 follow like sheep
They actually know nothing about what fashion is. They are only following others
34. 听其自然 let things slide
With things as such, we’ll have to let things slide.