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English idioms beginning with 'in'

(2006-12-09 16:40:01)
(1) In the air

If something such as a change, idea, or feeling is in the air, people are aware of it or think it is going to happen even though it is not talked about directly.

Great excitement was in the air that week in London and, as the newspapers reported, in Paris, Berlin and St Petersburg as well. 那个星期,整个伦敦群情激昂;而且据椐报纸报道,巴黎、柏林和圣彼得堡也是如此。

(2) in the balance

If you say that a situation is in the balance or hangs or remains in the balance, you mean that is it s not clear what is going to happen.

I heard that one of the judges had died unexpectedly and that the choice of his successor was in the balance. 听说法官之中的一位忽然故去,由谁来接任他还有待确定。

(3) in the same breath

If you say that someone say something and then in the same breath they say something else, you are pointing out that they are saying two things which are very different or which contradict each other.

For politicians to demand firm immigration controls and argue against racism in the same breath is a deep contradiction.政客们一面要求实施严格的移民控制,一面又口口声声反对种族歧视,真是矛盾之至。

(4) in a corner, in a tight corner, out of a corner

If you are in a corner or in a tight corner, you are in a situation which is difficult to deal with or escape from.

The government is in a corner on interest rates and the same could well happen on fiscal policy. 政府在利率的问题上骑虎难下,在预算政策上很可能陷入同样的境地。

(5) in the dark

If you are in the dark about something, you know nothing about it. If you are kept or are left in the dark about something, people keep it secret from you, because they do not want you to know about it.

The sooner we can clear up the case, the better for you and everyone. But at the moment I'm in the dark. 这桩案子越早了结越好,对你和别人都是如此。可我现在还蒙在鼓里。

(6) in the doldrums

If an economy or business is in the doldrums, nothing new is happening and it is not doing very well.

The restaurant business, like many other businesses, is in the doldrums.

餐饮业如同许多其它行业一样一片萧条。

(7) in your element; out of your element

If you say that someone is in their element, you mean that they are doing something that they enjoy or do well.

My stepmother was in her element, organizing everything. 我继母忙前忙后、一切得心应手。

(8) in the public eye, out of the public eye

If someone is in the public eye, many people know who they are and are aware of what they are doing, because they are famous or because they are often mentioned on television or in the newspapers.

No stunt is too outrageous, no pose too shocking so long as it keeps her in the public eye. 只要能让公众注意到她, 再肆无忌惮的把戏、再耸人听闻的姿态对她来说都不为过。

(9) in the flesh

If you meet or see someone famous in the flesh, you actually meet or see them, rather than, for example, seeing them in a film or on television.

He was hurrying though he wasn't late for our meeting. I was early. I'd been impatient to see him in the flesh. 他急着赶来与我见面,虽然他并没有晚。我到得很早,一直盼着早些亲眼见到他本人。

(10) in your hands

If something is in your hands, it is in your possession or under your control.

Some delegates have criticized the move, saying it will leave too much power in the hands of the party leadership. 有些代表批评了这一举动,说这样做会使党的领导手中的权力过大。

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