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#1【俚语 】   鱼与熊掌不可兼得             Go Back
As the old saying goes, "to live is to learn". Those who enjoy learning will stay young, imho.
Not a beauty thread, my apology if you are misled.

I once promised a good friend of mine in my blog that I'd post some idioms for her pretty eyes. To me the forum is the best place to serve such a purpose. I suppose our nice 站长 wouldn't mind my doing so.


Definitions and examples below are from the web.

1. You can't have your cake and eat it 鱼与熊掌不可兼得
If someone wants to have their cake and eat it too, they want everything their way, especially when their wishes are contradictory.
You cannot enjoy two desirable things at the same time.

Examples:

He's just got married, but he misses the single life. Well it's too bad – you can't have your cake and eat it!

I drank a whole bottle of champagne at the party last night, but now I feel sick - I've got the worst hangover ever. But I suppose you can't have your cake and eat it!


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#2  鱼与熊掌不可兼得             Go Back
2. It takes two to tango. 孤掌难鸣。
It takes two to tango is a common idiomatic expression which suggests something in which more than one person or other entity are paired in an inextricably-related and active manner, occasionally with negative connotations.

Example 1:
Her husband is awful; they fight all the time. It takes two to tango.

Example 2:
Deep down, I know it takes two to tango and the blame should lie with them equally.






Hey baby, how about this dance?
Why? 'cause it takes two to do this dance!

Takes two to tango, two to tango,
two to really get the feeling of romance.
Lets do the tango, do the tango,
do the dance of love.

You can sail on a ship by yourself,
take a nap or a nip by yourself.
You can get into debt on your own,
ther's a lot of things that you can do alone!

But ...

Takes two to tango, two to tango,
two to really get the feeling of romance.
Lets do the tango, do the tango,
do the dance of love.

You can stare at the moon by yourself,
take a laugh like a loon by yourself,
spend a lot, go to pot on your own,
there's a lot of things that you can do alone!

But listen here...

Takes two to tango, two to tango,
two to really get the feeling of romance.
Lets do the tango, do the tango,
do the dance of love.

Ohh seeee...


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#3  鱼与熊掌不可兼得             Go Back
3. Third time is the charm.(Third time lucky.) 第三次走好运。
This is used when the third time one tries something, one achieves a successful outcome.

Example:
For Cloud’s Porcelain, the third deal was the charm. So maybe the fourth one will be the one that goes viral!


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#4  鱼与熊掌不可兼得             Go Back
Very interesting. Yuntian has full of songs and thoughts.

I want neither fish nor bear's paw. :))) joking!!!

I do keep fish. They are beautiful, though changing water in fish tank is a hard work。:(
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#5  Re: 鱼与熊掌不可兼得             Go Back
Hi, Tugan, some years ago we had a fish tank too, which kept my other half busy all the time. He would drop by at the aquarium store to get a book or two after work, then went there again the next day for a more powerful pump,and a bigger tank the following week. This fish tank was like a bottomless pit into which he loved dumping money.

Yes, fish is cute. it's fun to see how they swim through rocks and water weeds. A friend of mine had a fish tank too, but she rarely changed water. There was a lizard-like thing in the tank which ate the waste.


I learn English through songs. Tons of fun if I could dance to the tune.


All the definitions and examples are from the net.


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#6  Re: 鱼与熊掌不可兼得             Go Back
4. dress to kill 穿着雷人
dressed very nicely, extravagantly, or elaborately


Example 1:
The man was dressed to kill in a tuxedo, hat, gold watch and expensive shoes, because he was going to accept an award.


Example 2:
A: Why are you dressed to kill?
B: I have a hot date tonight!


Example 3:
I’m going to dress to kill tonight because I’m meeting my boyfriend’s parents for the first time.




"Come on join the party
Dress to kill
Won't you come and join the party
Dress to kill”:



he sun shines
And people forget
The spray flies as the speedboat glides
And people forget
Forget they're hiding
The girls smile
And people forget
The snow packs as the skier tracks
And people forget
Forget they're hiding.

Behind an eminence front
Eminence front - It's a put on.

Come on join the party
Dress to kill
Won't you come and join the party
Dress to kill.

The drinks flow
People forget
That big wheel spins, the hair thins
People forget
Forget they're hiding
The news slows
People forget
The shares crash, hopes are dashed
People forget
Forget they're hiding.

Behind an eminence front
Eminence front - it's a put on
Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to kill
Dress yourself, dressed to kill.
        

#7  Re: 鱼与熊掌不可兼得             Go Back
5. A little bird told me. 一只小鸟告诉我 (以下全部来自网上)

"A little bird told me" is a way of indicating that you do not want to reveal who told you something. (Sometimes used playfully, when you think that the person you are addressing knows or can guess who was the source of your information.)


Example:

Jill: Thank you for the beautiful present! How did you know I wanted a green silk scarf?
Jane: A little bird told me.
Bill: How did you find out it was my birthday?
Jane: A little bird told me.


春秋时代,鲁国人公冶长据说精通鸟语。有一趟,鸟儿告诉他‘南山有个虎驮羊’,他上山果然就找到一只给老虎搏杀了的羊,不料却因此蒙上‘偷羊’罪台入狱。在狱中,鸟儿又告诉他‘齐人出师侵我疆’,他请狱吏转告国君,结果鲁国避过了一场浩劫——这些当然都是神话,公冶长的本领也没有在中国流传。

不过,英国人却似乎没有一个不懂得鸟语;所以,他们有一句成语说:A little bird told me(是一只小鸟告诉我的)。这句成语也有神话色彩——它出自《圣经-传道书》第十章:‘传音自有云间鸟,述事岂无众羽虫’(......a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter)。

当然,英国人说A little bird told me的时候,不是真的表示自己懂得鸟语,只是用开玩笑口吻避免透露消息来源,例如:

"How did you know he was going to resign?"(你是怎么知道他会辞职的?)

" Ah, a little bird told me."(啊,是小鸟告诉我的。)






A Little Bird Told Me

Pd... A little bird told me that you love me
And I believe that you do
This little bird told me I was fallin'
Fallin' for no one but you

Pd... There's no use denying
Might as well confess
Of all the boys I know, dear
I'm sure I love you best

Pd... The little bird told me we'd be happy
And I believe that it's true
A little bird told me we'd be married
And I believe that it's true

Pd... This little bird told me when we marry

We'll have a pretty cottage
Not too far
All fenced in like a movie stars

Pd... We'll have a great dane pup
We'll call him Ace
Lying there by the fireplace
A goldfish pond and a wishing well

Pd... Everything is gonna turn out swell
A little bird told me we'd be happy
And now I know that it's true
Come June it's bound to be true...Pd.
...Pd...
        

#8  Re: 鱼与熊掌不可兼得             Go Back
6. a drop in the ocean 沧海一粟

Meaning: If an amount is a drop in the ocean, it's a very small portion of the amount that's needed.

For example:

Our government's sending a thousand tons of food, but that's just a drop in the ocean compared to what's needed.

I know twenty dollars is just a drop in the ocean, but if everyone gave that much it'd make a big difference.

Note: The U.S. equivalent is "a drop in the bucket".

Variety: This idiom is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.


zt from http://www.englishclub.com/ref/idiom-of-the-day.php



there seems to be a song for every idiom out there. unbelievable. learn english through songs. :-)



A drop in the ocean,
A change in the weather,
I was praying that you and me might end up together.
It's like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert,
But I'm holding you closer than most,
'Cause you are my heaven.

I don't wanna waste the weekend,
If you don't love me, pretend
A few more hours, then it's time to go.
And as my train rolls down the East coast,
I wonder how you keep warm.
It's too late to cry, too broken to move on.

Still I can't let you be,
Most nights I hardly sleep.
Don't see what you don't need, from me.

Just a drop in the ocean,
A change in the weather,
I was praying that you and me might end up together.
It's like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert,
But I'm holding you closer than most,
'Cause you are my heaven.

Misplaced trust and old friends,
Never counting the regrets,
By the grace of God, I do not rest at all.
and New England as the leaves change;
The last excuse that I'll claim,
I was a boy who loved a woman like a little girl.

Still I can't let you be,
Most nights I hardly sleep,
Don't see what you don't need, from me.

Just a drop in the ocean,
A change in the weather,
I was praying that you and me might end up together.
It's like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert,
But I'm holding you closer than most,
'Cause you are my

Heaven doesn't seem far away anymore no, no
Heaven doesn't seem far away.
Heaven doesn't seem far away anymore no, no
Heaven doesn't seem far away.

nooo
nooo

A drop in the ocean,
A change in the weather,
I was praying that you and me might end up together.
It's like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert,
But I'm holding you closer than most,
'Cause you are my heaven.
You are my heaven
        

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7. If the shoe fits, wear it 请对号入座

Meaning: If a description applies to you, then accept it.

This expression is often used when something derogatory is said about a person who then complains to a third party. The third party, if they agree with the original negative comment, might suggest "If the shoe fits, then wear it". An example of that might be:

Jack: Just because I've missed two or three sessions, my fitness trainer says I lack motivation.
Jill: Well, if the shoe fits, wear it.

Origin

'If the shoe fits, wear it' is often shortened to 'If the shoe fits...', leaving the listener to fill in the blank. The expression is the American version of the earlier British phrase 'If the cap fits, wear it', which is also still in general use. Daniel Defoe used the earlier phrase in the satirical poem The Dyet of Poland. Defoe had the work printed in London in 1705 but, as it was a rather vehement critique of the English parliament, Defoe used the flimsy pretence that it had been printed in Dantzig and was the work of 'Angliopoloski of Lithuania'. Defoe's point in the poem was that readers are responsible for their own opinions; he (or rather Angliopoloski) may have written the poem but that any conclusions drawn from it were owned by the reader, not him:

Gentlemen, and if the Cap fits any Body let 'em wear it.
'If the cap fits' is itself a version of a yet earlier phrase 'if the cloak sitteth fit', that is, 'if the cloak fits well'. This expression dates from the 16th century and was used in print by Richard Hooker in Of the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie, 1593:

Which cloake sitteth no lesse fit on the backe of their cause, then of the Anabaptists.

The 'cloak' version of the phrase does suggest that the later 'cap' was a variant of 'cape'.

As to 'if the shoe fits', that began being used in the late 18th century. The earliest example that I have found in print is from the US newspaper the New York Gazette & Weekly Mercury, May 1773:

Why should Mr. Vanderbeck apply a general comparison to himself? Let those whom the shoe fits wear it.

The change from cap to shoe may well have been influenced by the Cinderella story, which has a snug-fitting slipper as the primary plot device. Versions of the tale that include the 'lost slipper' scenario were well known in the USA and Europe by 1773. In 1634, Giambattista Basile, published Il Pentamerone, a popular collection of Italian folk tales. One of the stories, Cenerentola, is the basis of the Cinderella story as we now know it, complete with wicked stepmother, ugly sisters and a missing slipper.

zt from http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/if-the-shoe-fits.html





Sittin up all night trying to have a good time singing my songs and trying to get paid
Ive been roughed up beat up Ive been cut I got a tattoo at a tender age
Never could respect a sheriff trying to break my neck with a few friends and a can of mace
Born on the south side with a lot of rebel pride raised a lot of hell in my younger days

Hey I can't help what I say
I could be right I could be wrong
It just might hurt but it makes me strong

If the shoe fits wear it
If the truth hurts bear it
Well that's the kind of life Im living and I plan on living long
Its a hard road to choose
Being good and paying dues
But that's the kind of life Im living and I plan on living long

Running hard running free never gonna catch me driving too fast on a black top road
Loaded up hammered back I'll smack you with my tire jack you better walk away before I carry you home
Passing my pig sty sleeping where the dogs lie anywhere I go is where I call my home
Been stoned been straight been to hell and heavens gate I got thrown out when they said I didn't belong

Hey I just keep movin on
I could be right I could be wrong
It just might hurt but it makes me strong

If the shoe fits wear it
If the truth hurts bear it
Well that's the kind of life Im living and I plan on living long
Its a hard road to choose
Being good and paying dues
But that's the kind of life I'm living and I plan on living long
        

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8. dog days 酷暑
the hottest days of the summer
Usage notes: Some people believe there is a star called the dog star which can only be seen during a hot period in the summer.

example: At times, during the dog days of summer, the stream dries up completely.

Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over Lyrics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny4deVFsYuo



Happiness hit her like a train on a track
Coming towards her stuck still no turning back
She hid around corners and she hid under beds
She killed it with kisses and from it she fled
With every bubble she sank with her drink
And washed it away down the kitchen sink

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You can't carry it with you if you want to survive

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses?
'Cause here they come

And I never wanted anything from you
Except everything you had and what was left after that too, oh
Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back
Struck from a great height by someone who should know better than that

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses?
'Cause here they come

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You can't carry it with you if you want to survive

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses?
'Cause here they come

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run


(too loud for my ears. )
        

#11  鱼与熊掌不可兼得             Go Back
9. love me, love my dog. 爱屋及乌
Prov. If you love someone, you should accept everything and everyone that the person loves.

example: Jill: I wish you'd keep your dog out of the house when I come over. Jane: Love me, love my dog. Most of Alice's friends didn't like her sister, but they accepted her because Alice insisted, "Love me, love my dog."

Love Me Love My Dog - Peter Shelley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12vTdJ42MAw



Freedom is a dusty road heading to a highway
Californian skyways will lead us where we wanna stay
Suddenly a summer breeze breaks a misty mornin'
There's a new day dawning we'd better be on our way.

So love me love my dog
We've lived the road too long to break up
Love me live my life and travel through this land
I can't leave a friend I promised that before we started

So love me love my dog
If you can't understand then we'll head up land.

When I leave this town today Lord you know I'll miss you
Baby I won't kiss you. You'll only make me wanna stay

Though it's hard to say goodbye can't you see it's over
Guess I'm just a loner heading on his way.

I tell you now
Love me love my dog . . . . .
So love me love my dog
We've lived the road too long to break up
Love me live my life and travel through this land
I can't leave a friend I promised that before we started

So love me love my dog
If you can't understand
Then I guess we'll have to move on out up land.
C'mon boy!
        



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