1. 前途远大 have the world before one
You all have the world before you .But you’ll still need to work hard.
2.好险 a narrow squeak
The boss had a narrow squeak last night in his office: his spooning with a girl clerk was almost found our by his wife.
3.手气好 have the Midas touch
Mr. Wang has the Midas touch: everything he does turns to gold.
4.走运be on the gravy train
He’s been on the gravy train these years.
5.让人给骗了be ripped off
I was ripped off again by that guy.
6.不入虎穴焉得虎子 Nothing venture ,nothing have.
7.白费力气plough the air.
Any attempt tot let him change will only be ploughing the air.
8.命好lead a charmed life
His father is a senior government official, his mother is the general manager of a large company and he himself had passed the TOFEL test and got a scholarship from an American university. He must have been leading a charmful life!
9.倒霉get in the neck
In the family, if the kicks-up are found out by the parents , it’s always the oldest of the children who’ll get in the neck.
10.背黑锅hold the bag
Under no circumstances have I made anyone hold the bag for me.
11. 有利可图的事an angle
That guy never does anything unless there’s an angle in it.
12.吃苦头burn one’s fingers
I burned my fingers in helping that guy before.
He got sacked for falling asleep at the switch.
14.因祸得福a blessing in disguise
He had an accident and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise: a pretty nurse fell in lover with him during his stay in the hospital.
15.一举成名be vaulted to fame
Lao Zhang was vaulted to fame, a classic example of overnight success.
16.千载难逢 once in a blue moon
This is a chance once in a blue moon.
17.十拿九稳it’s dollar to buttons
I bet he will pass the exam. Its dollars to buttons.
19.好日子不多了one’s days are numbered
He felt a rush of chilled feeling of anxiety when he realized that his days were numbered.
20.有点玄乎 a bit iffy
As far as I can see, their success is a bit iffy.
21.走上坡路be on the up grade
It’s much more difficult to be on the up grade than on the down grade.
22.受某人恩宠be in somebody’s grace
Every child in his family is in good graces of other people.
23.开门红get off to a flying start
Our company got off to a flying start when it opened to business: we got three big orders during the first week of opening.
24.跟白给的一样便宜 be a steal/be for a song
He spent only 300 dollars in the car, which was simply a steal.
25.坐失良机miss the boat
He said that he was very much regretted about having missed the boat.
You can’t always expect things to pan out each time, can you?
27.碰钉子get the cheese
He didn’t expect to get the cheese in that company.
28.在火葬场工作work as a funeral furnisher
Lao Li’s been working as a funeral furnisher for more than 20 years.
I don’t want my children to play around all day and do nothing useful.
30.棘手的问题a ticklish question
He seemed to be at his wits end before those ticklish questions.
He found it a sticky business: he could neither agree nor disagree.
32.稳扎稳打play for safety
Under such circumstances we should play for safety against making haste.
33.干苦差事hold the baby
Why should I be left holding the baby alone?
34.饭碗儿one’s bread and butter
I can’t give up teaching, for it’s my bread and butter.
35.忙得不可开交 have one’s hands full
Wang Yan has her hands full with working full time during the day and taking care of the family the rest of the time.
36.没那回事 nothing of the sort!
Don’t be fooled by their babbling. Nothing of the sort!