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1 Be in the air 将要发生的事情The feeling or idea that something new is about to happen or is going to change.Example: From the arguments going on at the meeting, it seems that a change in policy is in the air.?2 Clear the air 消除误会To settle a dispute and restore good relationsExample: We had a meeting with the workers, and I think we’ve cleared the air now.?3 Cost an arm and a leg 极其昂贵To be very expensiveExample: I love that fur coat. However, I don’t think I’m going to buy it because it costs an arm and a leg.?4 A bad egg 缺乏道德的人Somebody who has no moral principles and should be avoidedExample: You mustn’t lend Tim money, he’s a bad egg. You’ll never see him or your money again!?5 In the Bag 稳操胜券Said of an achievement which is secureExample: We have the deal in the bag. The client came in this morning to sign the agreement.?6 In the balance 未知的,不可预测的Said when the outcome of a situation is unknown or unpredictableExample: His career as a pilot is in the balance, as his eyesight does not seem good enough.?7 Drive a hard bargain 极力讨价还价To have the negotiating strength and skills to get the most advantageous price and conditionsExample: Amanda is negotiating the best price from the suppliers. She drives a hard bargain.?8 Ring a bell 看上去或听起来非常熟悉To look, sound or seem familiarExample: That face rings a bell, where have I seen him before??9 Tighten one’s belt 节衣缩食To cut down on spending because there is less income than beforeExample: Now you are out of work, you’ll have to tighten your belt and give up buying new clothes and going out so often.?10 Kill two birds with one stone 一石二鸟To complete two tasks together, with less effort than doing them separatelyExample: Since I’d gone to the store to buy some bread, I thought of killing two birds with one stone and invited Mr. Biggs to the party.?11 Be in a black mood 情绪极差To be so negative about everything that it is impossible for anyone to reason with him/herExample: My father has been in a black mood for days, we dare not say anythi

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