- Hive of activity – 一个发生了很多事情的地方
New York is a hive of activity. There’s always something to do, even at night!
- Second to none – 最好的，比任何东西都好
I truly believe my town is second to none. It’s just a great place to live!
- Middle of nowhere – 一个非常偏僻的地方，远离任何城镇
I was born in the middle of nowhere. The nearest shop was 20 miles away!
- Hustle and bustle –有很多活动，一个拥挤和现代化的地方
I love living in London. I always wanted the hustle and bustle of a big city.
- A stone’s throw (from) – 非常接近
My apartment is just a stone’s throw from the centre of Paris.
- Go the extra mile – 做的比我们期望的要多
I’m a hard worker and always go the extra mile to make sure my team does well.
- Pull one’s weight – 承担相当一部分工作
There’s always one guy at work who doesn’t pull his weight.
- Follow one’s heart – 做你觉得对的事
After university, I decided to follow my heart and become a doctor.
- Raise one’s game –提高工作或表现的水平
When I started working at Nike HQ, I really had to raise my game!
- On the dole – 从国家福利制度领取失业救济金
When I was between jobs, I was on the dole for about 6 months.
一些雅思口语习惯用语有着有趣的起源！例如，on the dole 来自于“doling out”，意思是: 给/分发金钱或食物等慈善礼物。第一次世界大战后返回的英国士兵如果没有工作，就会领取失业救济金
- In perfect shape –保持完美的状态
I’m not in perfect shape these days, but I used to run marathons regularly.
- Make the cut – 通过考验
I tried out for the local hockey team last year, but I didn’t make the cut.
- Give it one’s best shot – 使出浑身解数
Our football team lost in the final, but at least we gave it our best shot!
- Couch potato – 躺平,葛优躺
I’ve been a couch potato during lockdown! I really should join the gym now.
- Rule the roost –统治家园
When we were kids, my eldest brother definitely ruled the roost. He was always telling us what to do!
- Black sheep – 害群之马
I was always considered the black sheep of the family because I didn’t want to go to university.
- Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth –含着金汤匙出生
I must admit that I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I have had a very comfortable life.
- Get on like a house on fire –像着火的房子一样前进
I was apprehensive about living with my colleague Juan, but now we get on like a house on fire.
- Rub each other up the wrong way – 互相激怒对方
Me and my sister have always rubbed each other up the wrong way. I guess we’re just very different people.
- On the same wavelength – 在同一个波长上
John’s my best friend. We’re just on the same wavelength.
- There’s no place like home – 没有比家更好的地方了
I love living away at university, but there’s no place like home.
- Fly the nest – 飞出巢穴
I’m not ready to fly the nest yet. I want to find a good job and apartment first.
- Get on the property ladder – 登上财产阶梯
Mortgages are a big responsibility, but I think it’s important to get on the property ladder as early as possible.
- Creature comforts – 物质享受
I can’t do without my creature comforts – a comfy bed, electric blanket and widescreen TV in the bedroom!
- Get homesick – 想家了
I used to get homesick all the time, but now I’m used to living abroad.
- Go viral – 病毒式传播
The company’s Youtube clip went viral and boosted sales by 200%.
- Not rocket science – 不是火箭科学
Some say even basic coding is super hard, but it’s not rocket science.
- Run out of steam –精疲力竭
To be honest, I think Facebook has run out of steam. Instagram is way more popular these days.
- One-hit wonder – 击即中的奇迹
Many bands become famous for a great song, but are never seen again. I guess it’s easier to be a one-hit wonder!
- On full blast – 全力以赴
I like putting my music on full blast, but my neighbours always complain!
- Be into (a type of music) – 喜欢(一种音乐)
I used to be into heavy metal, but I’m more into drum’n’bass right now.
- Be on the edge of one’s seat – 坐立不安
The new Bond movie had us on the edge of our seats.
- Live up to the hype – 不要辜负这些炒作
I was sure the new Marvel movie was going to be a disappointment, but it really lived up to the hype!
- A household name – 家喻户晓的名字
Because of his great success as an actor, Robert De Niro has become a household name.
- Hit the road – 开始旅程
If I’m going on a long journey, I always like to hit the road early and beat the traffic.
- Off the beaten track – 人迹罕至的地方
Whenever I travel, I prefer to stay off the beaten track. I hate touristy places!
- Travel light – 轻装旅行
I’m only going for the weekend, so I plan to travel light.
- Everything but the kitchen sink – 除了厨房水槽什么都有
When my Australian friend comes to stay, she brings everything but the kitchen sink!
- Live out of a suitcase – 靠行李箱过日子
My job involves so much travelling that I practically live out of a suitcase.
- Hit the books –读书吧
I can’t party with my friends much because I need to hit the books.
- Learn (something) by heart – 用心记住
When you’re at Med School like me, you have to learn a lot of anatomical terms by heart.
- Pass with flying colours – 出色地通过
At school, I struggled with Maths while others passed with flying colours.
- Teacher’s pet – 老师的宠儿
I have to admit I definitely was the teacher’s pet at school!
- Take it one step at a time – 一步一步来
In my experience, it’s not easy to learn a new language. You just have to take it one step at a time.
- Bookworm – 书虫
My brother reads 5 hours a day. He is such a bookworm!
- The great outdoors – 户外空间，野性自然
We all need to escape the city and enjoy the great outdoors from time to time.
- Neck of the woods – 地区
We often go camping, but I had never been to that neck of the woods before.
- Throw money down the drain – 浪费钱
When you rent an apartment, you’re basically throwing money down the drain!
- Keep the wolf from the door – 只有足够的钱买食物和生活必需品
My grandparents were not rich. In fact, they barely had enough money to keep the wolf from the door.
- Live from hand to mouth – 把你所有的日常工资都花在生活必需品上
Many families in the poorer parts of my country live from hand to mouth.
- On a shoestring (budget) – 做一些不用花很多钱的事情
I’m going travelling around Europe on a shoestring this summer because I don’t have a lot of money.
- In the money – 有很多现金
If I’m working as a top lawyer in 5 years from now, I really will be in the money.
- Strapped for cash – 贫穷，没有很多钱
When I was a uni student, I was always strapped for cash!
- Not my cup of tea – 不是你的菜
Art galleries are not my cup of tea. I always get bored and head to the nearest café!
- Up one’s street – 喜欢，合适
I’m not into horror movies at all. I’d say rom coms are more up my street.
- Turn over a new leaf – 改变你的行为方式，成为一个更好的人
I think New Year’s resolutions are good if you want to turn over a new leaf.
- Take stock (of something) – 盘点(某事)
In my opinion, we all need to take stock of what is happening with climate change today. Then we can make positive changes together.
- Kick the habit – 戒掉这个习惯
I’ve been biting my nails for years, but I really want to kick the habit.
- Water under the bridge – 过去的就让它过去吧
I used to fight with my sister when we were kids, but it’s all water under the bridge now.
- Find one’s feet –习惯一个地方或情况，定居/调整
When I first moved to the UK, it took me several months to find my feet.
- (Sit) on the fence – 犹豫不决，不采取立场
I’d say I’m on the fence when it comes to the issue of tuition fees. I can understand both arguments, but…
- Change of heart – 改变主意，重新考虑
I really wanted to live alone at university, but when I made friends, I had a change of heart and moved into a shared house.
- At a crossroads –决策点
I think I’m at a crossroads – either I need to find a job or I need to continue my education.
- My heart sank –我感到很失望
I must admit my heart sank when I received my exam results. I should’ve tried harder at school!
- Beside oneself – 被情绪(好的或坏的)征服
I was beside myself when Man United lost in the final minute of the match!
- On tenterhooks – 如坐针毡
The whole country was on tenterhooks, waiting to see when lockdown would end.