图说英语词汇 | 9个与日程安排相关的英语习语

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图说英语词汇 | 9个与日程安排相关的英语习语

By the book
According to established procedure
照规矩办事

  • This is a private deal – we don’t have to do everything by the book.
    这是笔私下的交易——我们没必要办什么事都循规蹈矩。

Pencil something in
Make tentative arrangements
草拟,初定

  • We’ll pencil in the dates for the next two meetings and confirm them later.
    我们将暂定一下接下来两次会议的日期,稍后再加以确认。

Against the clock
Forced to hurry to meet a deadline
抢时间,争分夺秒

  • The emergency services were working against the clock as the tide began to rise.
    开始涨潮了,紧急救援机构正在争分夺秒地工作。

Back to the drawing board
Forced to begin something again
(失败后)重新开始,从头再来

  • The USA will have to go back to the drawing board after their hiding from the Czech Republic.
    而美国队在失掉与捷克队的比赛后,将会重新制定下一轮的作战部署了。

Busman’s holiday
A working vacation
照常工作的节假日

  • Uncle Tom spent a busman’s holiday working in his office.
    汤姆叔叔的假日有名无实,整个假期他都在办公室。

Burn the midnight oil
Working late into the night
工作到深夜;熬夜工作

  • If you often burn the midnight oil, you’ll burn yourself out.
    如果你经常开夜车,会把身体搞垮的。

Back to the salt mines
It’s time for me (us) to go back to work
返回工作岗位

  • I’m not excited to get back to the salt mines on Monday.
    我对周一回去上班提不起劲来。

Eleventh hour
The last minute
最后一刻,最后时刻

  • We only received the signatures at the eleventh hour.
    我们在最后一刻才收到签字。

In the works
Under development; coming soon
在筹备中;在完成中

  • Changes to the system are already in the works.
    对这个系统所做的改变已经在进行了。

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