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  1. Earn an honest penny: (来源:英语论坛 http://bbs.englishcn.com)

make money honestly.以正当手段赚钱

  Example: Though once a prisoner, Tom is now earning an honest penny by being a regular truck-driver.


  2. Earn one's living:

gain money by working.赚钱过生活

  Example: Some uneducated and unskilled people earn their living by doing manual work.


  3. Ears burn:

feel embarrassed at hearing people talk about you.耳朵发烧(指遭人说坏话而难堪)

  Example: Jessie overheard people commenting badly on her and this made her ears burn.


  4. Ease off/up

(on someone/something):

become less strong, less severe.减轻、缓和


  Examples:

  (1). The toothache has eased off .

  (2). It looks as if the rain is beginning to ease off.

  (3). Tell them to ease up and not to work so hard.

  (4). Please ease off on the workers; they are getting tired.


  5. Facts and figures:

precise information.精确的资料

  Example: In the report, please include all the facts and figures as long as they are true and reliable.


  6. Fade away/out:

(i) become fainter.散开

  Example: The music in the hall faded away after a while.

(ii)leave quietly.慢慢消失

  Example: She was so nasty that the interviewers faded her out and sent
for someone else.


  7. Faint heart never won fair lady:

a timid or discouraged person won't get the best of anything in life.怯懦的
人永远博不到美人欢心

  Example: Try again! Faint heart never won fair lady, or anything worth
having.


  8. Gain access to a place:

enter a place.进入某处

  Example: You can gain access to the house through this gate.


  9. Gain/obtain currency:

become widely known or very common; be believed or accepted.传开

  Example: Reports concerning bad government affairs often gain currency
in foreign press.


  10. Handsome is as handsome does:

a good heart is more important than good looks.行为美才是真美

  Example: He looks ugly, but he treats all very well. Handsome is as
handsome does.


  11. Handy for something:

near something; something is easily reached.离……很近(非常方便)

  Example: My apartment is in a convenient location handy for shops and
other amenities.


  12. In a daze: 

 
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