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Ace in the hole

A useful thing to fall back on, in case the course one is pursuing does not work out. This comes from poker; an ace, hidden in one’s hand, is often useful to have at the end of the game.

скрытое преимущество, козырь в кармане, рукаве (фраза обязана своим происхождением карточной игре, где карта, розданная игроку рубашкой вверх, открывается только в конце игры и называется holed; в случае, если эта карта оказывается тузом, игрок почти наверняка выигрывает)

The man tried to persuade the firm to give him a job, and his ace in the hole was a great recommendation from its founder.


 Acid test 

the test by which something is determined to be genuine. This comes from the jewel world: jewelers, knowing that nitric acid will melt most metals, like brass, but not gold, put a drop of acid on a metal to see if it is gold or not.

испытание, тест, в котором ответы, заключения, не подвергаются сомнению

The acid test given to the woman claiming to be from Argentina was if she spoke Spanish.

 Adam’s apple 

 The lump in the throat, most prominent in men. This term refers to the Garden of Eden, when a piece of apple (the forbidden fruit) presumably got stuck in the throat of Adam.

 Jimmy was very thin, with his Adam’s apple sticking out of his neck like an extra nose.

 Add insult to injury наносить новые оскорбления

 to make a bad situation worse; to further hurt one who is already injured. This expression is known to have first appeared in the fifth book of fables, by Phaedrus, in the first century, A.D.

 To make a bad situation worse; to hurt the feelings of a person who has already been hurt.

-First, the basement flooded, and then, to add insult to injury, a pipe burst in the kitchen.

-My car barely started this morning, and to add insult to injury, I got a flat tire in the driveway.

-Minnie told her boyfriend that besides having an ugly car, he also was a bad driver, adding insult to injury.

Against the grain

вызывать внутренний протест, быть не по нутру

that which goes against the expected way. On a piece of wood, one side is smooth and the other (“against the grain”) is rough.

-To have to call a much younger boss,”sir”, really went against the grain.

Ahead of time – in advance

раньше, чем планировалось

-I knew I would be busy in the morning, so I laid my clothes out the night before.

 All the rage very fashionable and popular.

быть в моде в данный период времени

-Carrie bought one of the new little phone cases which are all the rage now.


All that glitters is not gold

 a proverb to describe something shiny with no value.

не все то золото, что блестит

-He saw the beautiful but shallow woman as an example of “all that glitters is not gold”.





Last modified on Четверг, 09 Февраль 2017 08:34

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