"given to"= likely to do something(可能会...;动辄....)
"He is given to yelling at people when things don't go his way."
"ahead of style" 走在流行之前
"I don't think Karen is going to wear this dress to the party because usually she is ahead of style."
"in the works" = being prepared(正在着手准备)
"My new album is still in the works.It will come out in April."
"a fiver" = a five-dollar bill(五元超票)
"Can you give me change of a fiver? I need five singles (五张一元票),please."
"fill out" 填写(表格)
“Fill out this form please."
"a debt of gratitude" 重重地欠一笔(人情)，无限感激
“She has done so much for my family and we owe her a debt of gratitude.”
take the blame for " = (就...)认错
"I can't take the blame for something I didn't do."
"alcohol poisoning" (酒精中毒)
"When a large amount of alcohol is consumed in a short period of time,alcohol poisoning can result."
out of tune" = out of line,not in agreement or harmony
"His ideas of what we should do about this situation are so out of tune with mine."
"compatible with" = (of humans,software etc.)able to coexist
“I fight with my wife quite often and I don't think we are compatible with each other at all."
"Is this system compatible with Windows XP?"
"poles apart" 相差十万八千里，相差甚远
"Your idea of fun and mine are poles apart!"
"cry happy tears" = cry with joy (高兴得流下了眼泪)
“Tracy cried happy tears when she heard that she got the job."
"burst into tears" = break down in tears (潸然泪下)
"My mother burst into tears when the police told her (that) I was arrested."
"get through to" = to succeed in making someone lisen
or understand (说话管用)
"Can you talk your daughter out of dating that man? I can't get through to her."
"give sb the benefit of the doubt" = to believe a person
is innocent rather than guilty when you are not sure
"David was the only person who had known where the money on one's hands" = in one's care or responsiblity
"With four kids on my hands,I am too busy to help you out right now." was before it was stolen,but we gave him the benefit of the doubt."
"in good hands" 由高手/行家打理
"Dr.Stone is one of the best eye doctors in this country, so your father is in good hands."
"a disgrace to" 给...丢脸，给带来...坏名誉
"You are nothing but a disgrace to your family!"
"in matters of the heart" 在爱情上
"Sophia is not as lucky as her sister in matters of the heart."
"on a tight budget" (费用)预算紧
"No,I don't have money for that because I am on a tight budget this month."
"a hangover" = the severe headache felt several hours
after drinking too much alcohol(宿醉)
"I got a terrible hangover!"
"so far today (this week,this month,etc.)"
A:How is everything going?
B:So far today you've asked me the same question five times.Everything is fine!
"I am pooped!" = very exhausted(累坏了)
"My goodness!I didn't think this job would be so much work.I'm pooped!"
"out of order" = out of whack (出毛病/出故障)
"My printer is out of order again."
"go steady with (sb)" = date someone on a regular basis
"Andrew went steady for four years before he got married."
"give sb a tongue-lashing" 把.....狠骂一顿
"Harry gave me a tongue-lashing for not telling him when I came back from England."
"by candlelight" 靠点蜡烛;烛光下
"Because of the power outage,we have to do everything by candlelight."
A:You look more beautiful by candlelight!
"on record" 有案可稽，留下记录
"Many climatologists have predicted (that) 2007 will be the warmest year on record."
“crash the gate”(无门票乱闯;没被邀请却硬厚着脸皮要进)
"fall for" (信以为真，受骗) = be deceived by
"What a fool I was to fall for your stupid excuse!"
"it's not on the menu" 菜单上没有，我们不弄这个
"I am sorry it's not on the menu.Can you order something else instead?"
"leave sb out in the cold" = exclude someone,fail to
inform someone about something(把..排斥在外，没通知到..)