1. a change of pace 节奏变换
You can’t do these chemistryexperiments all day long. You certainly need a change of pace.
2. a far cry from 相距甚远
The published book is far cry from the early manuscript.
3. and how 的确
A: She’s a good dancer.
B: and how.
4. a matter of time 时间问题
It is only a matter of time.
5. a phone call away 一个电话之远、愿意过来帮忙
If you need my help, do let me know. Just remember I am a phone call away.
6. a while back 不久以前
7. all along 一直
I knew it all along.
8. anything but *不
I was anything but happy about going.
9. account for 解释
How do you account for it?
10. after all 到底
A: I’ve just seen the X-rays and your teeth look just fine.
B: I see. Then there is nothing to worry about after all.
11. allergic to 对…过敏
Oh man! Something in this room is making my eyes itch. I must be allergicto something.
12. at sb’s service 愿为某人服务
I am at your service at any time.
13. around the clock 24小时不停
Martha studied around the clock for management exam.
14. as far as I know 就我所知
15. at home with 对…很熟悉
She is at home with problems like this.
16. back out 退出;不履行
A: Wasn’t Bert supposed to sing tonight?
B: Yes, but he backed out at last minute
She finally backed out of her promise.
17. be cut out for 天生适合
I’m not cut out to be a hero.