反斗英語 (2011) 第七集 還以顏色(1)(2)


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1. black

– black and blue — 傷痕累累 (bruise)
e.g. She was black and blue all over after falling downstairs.
– a black day — 不吉利的日子 (a sad, unpleasant day)
e.g. It was a black day for all Japanese when the earthquake attacked the country on Mar 11.
– a black look — 生氣或不贊成的樣子
e.g. Mary gave Peter a black look when he suggested she should do the washing-up.
– a black market — 黑市
e.g. Tickets for the match are being sold on the black market for up to $2000.

2. white

– whiter than white — 潔白無瑕, 品格高尚
e.g. The government must be seen to be whiter than white.
– a white lie — 善意的謊言
e.g. When she asked me if I liked her new dress, I had to tell a white lie.
– a white elephant — 昂貴卻無用的東西
e.g. That theatre is really a white elephant. It cost millions to build but nobody ever goes there.

3. grey

– a grey area — 灰色地帶 (cf. black and white —黑白分明)
e.g. There are many grey areas in this issue.
– somebody’s face goes grey — 驚恐的樣子
e.g. As he listened to the story, his face went grey with shock.
– men in grey suits — 幕後主腦
e.g. It will be the men in grey suits who decide on the winner of the game.
– Grey matter — 頭腦, 智力
e.g. Mark hasn’t got much grey matter, but everyone knows he always tries hard.

4. red

– in the red — 赤字
e.g. At this time of the year we are usually in the red.
– on red alert — 處於緊急狀態
e.g. Following the bomb blast, the whole country has been put on red alert.
– a red face — 尷尬
e.g. Mary has a red face whenever we talk about her romance with Peter.
– see red — 勃然大怒
e.g. His yelling at the elderly made me see red.

5. green

– green light — 許可 (cf. red light不可)
e.g. As soon as we get the green light, we will start advertising for the new post.
– green fingers — 精通園藝
e.g. Your garden looks beautiful because of your green fingers.
– green with envy — 充滿妒忌
e.g. He was green with envy when he saw their expensive new car.