rain cats and dogs
17世纪的英格兰在下大雨的时候，一些城 市的街道就会水流成河，而且这些污水中 还会飘浮着大量的死猫死狗。 《词汇短语起源故事百科全书》 在挪威的神话中，猫被认为可以影响天气。 驾着风暴而来的女巫据说就是化身
为猫 的。” 而狗和狼则是风暴神欧丁的随从， 其中狗是“风的象征” 《成语寓言大辞典》
来自于7世纪法国的一首寓言诗《猴子和猫》 后来，这个故事用来比喻像猫一样被别人利用， 自己一点好处也没有。
E.g. Lillian was used as a cat’s paw by her elder brother. She lied to her mother that her brother felt sick and couldn’t go to school today.
Bell the cat
E.g. Jerry volunteered to bring up the issue in the next meeting when nobody wanted to bell the cat.
而英美国家人仿佛又对cat情有独钟，由cat组成的 短语数不胜数，例如 “let the cat out the bag”（泄密）, “to rain cats and dogs”（下倾盆大雨）, “like a cat on hot bricks/tin roof”（焦躁不安）, “no room to swing a cat”( 地方狭窄)。
Swan song 最后的作品或演出
E.g. Her performance last night proved to be his swan song. He died of a heart attack this morning. 昨晚的表演是她最后的遗作，她今早因心 脏病过世了。
Cup of tea 某人感兴趣或喜爱的东西
E.g. ? "If classics are your cup of tea, these unabridged recording of great books…are terrific.“ ? 如果你爱好古典音乐，那么这些篇章完整 的唱片将给你带来无比的享受。
Sphinx’s riddle 难解之迷;难题
Jane found math like the Sphinx’s riddle and couldn’t answer any questions in the class. 震觉得数学就像难解的谜题，她回答不出 课堂上的任何问题。
Bob’s your uncle 一切没问题;一切都会好的
You just click on the icon a couple of times, and Bob’s your uncle ─you are connected to the internet. 你只要在图标上点几下,一切就没问题了─ 你便可以连上网络了.
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Once bitten, twice shy. 一朝被蛇咬，十年怕井绳。 Two’s company, three’s crowd. 两个正好，三个太挤，别当电灯泡。 Six of one and half a dozen of the other. 半斤八两 At sixes and sevens 乱七八糟 One in a thousand 百里挑一
Wear your heart on your sleeve 公开表露感情；十分坦白
Simon wore his heart on his sleeve so Karen knew they would soon become a couple. 西蒙公开表达情意，凯伦知道他俩即将成 为人生伴侣。
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In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these
names on their sleeves for one
week. “Wear your heart on your
sleeve” now means that it is easy
for other people to know how you
If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how
many children you will have.
Birds and Love
Europeans believe that a young girl will be able to tell what type of man she will marry based upon the first bird that she sees on Valentine’s Day.
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If a young girl sees a blackbird, she will marry a clergyman or priest.
If a young girl sees a robin redbreast, she will marry a sailor or nautical man.
If a young girl sees a goldfinch (or any yellow bird), she will marry a rich man.
If a young girl sees a sparrow, she will marry a farmer or country gentleman.
If a young girl sees a bluebird, she will marry a happy man.
If a young girl sees a dove, she will marry a good man.
If a young girl sees a woodpecker, she will have no husband.
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