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see the elephant就是“看见大象”?

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see the elephant就是“看见大象”?其实还有这层意思…

看到see the elephant,你会怎么理解?

按字面意思来当然是“看见大象”。但它的实际含义远不止这么简单。一起来看看吧↓

A herd of wild Asian elephants makes its way in Yuxi's Eshan Yi autonomous county, Yunnan province, on May 28, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

see the elephant

see the elephant也可说成get a look/ sight at the elephant,意思是“开眼界”、“长见识”。

为什么看到了大象就等于“看到了世界”,就是“见过世面了”?因为在see the elephant这句俚语诞生的年代,只有在非洲和亚洲才能看到大象。对当时的人来说,能看见大象就相当于是见过世面、开了眼界了。就这样,see the elephant就成了“见见世面”的意思了。

例句:

The boy came and saw the elephant in the city.

男孩到城里来大开了眼界。

see red

to become very angry

非常生气;暴怒

see red源于斗牛,公牛看到红色就会发怒。因此,see red意思是“怒不可遏、火冒三丈”。

例句:

When Jim realized that he had been duped, he started to see red.

当吉姆意识到受骗,他立即火冒三丈。

see the back of sb/ sth

if you are pleased to see the back of someone or something, you are pleased that you no longer have to be involved with him, her, or it

巴不得…早点结束;再也不愿见到(某人)

例句:

The hotel staff were glad to see the back of such a difficult guest.

宾馆员工很高兴把这么难伺候的客人打发走。

see stars

想一想,除了抬头望天之外,你还能在什么时候看到星星?

——被撞倒或是被打到眼冒金星的时候。

所以see stars又有“眼冒金星”的意思。

if you see stars, you are partly unconscious because you have been hit on the head.

(头部受撞击而)眼冒金星

例句:

I bumped my head on the door, and saw stars for some five minutes afterwards.

我一头撞在门上,接下来的5分钟里,眼前金星直冒。

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