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close ranks 團結一致

close ranks 團結  1) to move closer together in a military formation     The soldiers closed ranks and marched on the enemy in tight formation.2) to join with someone in a cause, or agreement. We can fight this menace only if we close ranks. Let's all close ranks with Ann and adopt her suggestions. Examples found in the News: Vice-President Nicolas Maduro...

run out of superlatives 最高級不夠用了, 幾乎想不出更多讚美詞了

run out of superlatives  最高級不夠用了, 幾乎想不出更多讚美詞了  run out of: to exhaust the supply of superlative (n.)  the utmost degree  (adj.) supreme, extreme, of the highest kind or quality  They gave such fantastic performance that I’m running out of superlatives!他們表現的太好了,我簡直想不出更多形容詞了. After a while, you run out of superlatives to describe the annual kite festival...

in the buff 一絲不掛,光溜溜的 bare-assed, stark naked

in the buff  一絲不掛,光溜溜的 bare-assed, stark naked  Japan returns to relaxing in the buff日本重返一絲不掛的休閒活動 The Year 2003 is about appreciating Japan's age-old comforts in an Edo-period bathhouse theme park where people can pretend they are living back in the 17th and 18th century.Relaxing in the buff in an outdoor hot spring bath has been a favorite Japanese...

egg on my face 慚愧,很丟臉,不好意思(通常是因為自己的行為)

egg on my face 慚愧,很丟臉,不好意思(通常肇因為自己的行為) to be embarrassed by something one has doneExamples: 1) Stan had egg on his face after saying he could easily do fifty push-ups, and then giving up after doing just twenty.2) Make sure you have your story straight - go public without the facts and you will have egg on your face.Example in the news:Both Golden State...

coming of age 成年,變成熟

coming of age 成年,變成熟reaching maturity, respectability or prominence   With a Web-wide protest on Wednesday that includes a shutdown of Wikipedia, the legislative battle over two piracy bills has reached an extraordinary moment— a political coming of age for a relatively young and disorganized industry that has largely steered clear of lobbying and other...

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