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Animal idioms (2)

Vydáno dne 13.02.2012

Další idiomy obsahující jména zvířat. Víte například, co znamená spojení ‚piggy bank‘ nebo ‚monkey business‘?

Animal idioms (2)

IDIOMY jsou zažitá spojení, která v doslovném překladu nedávají většinou smysl, proto je jejich pochopení docela komplikované, ne-li nemožné. Více si o problematice idiomů přečtěte v článku zde.

My se dnes již podruhé zaměříme na idiomy, které obsahují zvířata. Předchozí článek najdete zde.

 

smell a rat

větřit podraz

Did you see the look in his eyes? I smell a rat.
Stop! I'm sure I closed the door before going out. And now it's open. I smell a rat.

 

(straight) from the horse's mouth

z první ruky / z dobrého zdroje

I heard straight from the horse's mouth that our boss resigned this morning.
We have a test tomorrow. -- Where did you hear that? -- It came straight from the horse's mouth. Our teacher told me.

 

bet on the wrong horse

vsadit na špatného koně

He's betting on the wrong horse if he thinks that by flattering the CEO's assistant he'll get a better job.
I'm afraid you are betting on the wrong horse by putting all your money into their stocks.

 

take the bull by the horns

poprat se s problémem / postavit se k něčemu čelem

Why don't you take the bull by the horns and tell him to leave immediately?
I took the bull by the horns and confronted him about his drinking.

 

bull in a china shop

slon v porcelánu

I was like a bull in a china shop as a child. I never knew how to talk to girls.
You storm in here like a bull in a china shop and expect us to stay calm?


hit the bull's eye

třefit se do černého

The producer hit the bull's eye with the film music too.
He threw the spear and hit the bull's eye.

 

until the cows come home

až do aleluja

We can talk until the cows come home this weekend at my place.
I can explain this to you until the cows come home but you're just never going to get it.

 

be in the dog house

být v průšvihu

Steve came home late last night and his wife found a lipstick mark on his collar. He is definitely in the dog house now.
Sorry, I need to get going. I promised my wife that I would come before five and help her with the shopping. I want to stay out of the dog house you know.

 

bookworm

knihomol

Their son never leaves home if it's not necessary. All he does is read, read and read. He is such a bookworm.
She was wearing a very strange dress and bookworm glasses.

 

make a mountain out of a molehill

dělat z komára velblouda

Come on, it's not such a big deal. Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.
You're making a mountain out of a molehill now. If he can't pay you back this month, I'm sure he will do it next month.

 

monkey business

lumpárna

Cut out the monkey business at once, Steve!
Focus. There's no time for monkey business.

 

piggy bank

prasátko (pokladnička)

Well, you will have to break your piggy bank, Tommy, if you want that ball.
You want to spend all the money now? Why don't you put it in your piggy bank?

 

cold turkey

absťák

Kevin wrapped himself in a blanket in front of the TV, soothing his cold turkey by watching his favourite shows.
The house price collapse of the last few years has been a terrible dose of cold turkey for some real estate owners.

 

black sheep

černá ovce

Circumstances which made someone, perhaps fifty years ago, considered to be the black sheep of the family, aren't necessarily the same now.
The term is used negatively, but the black sheep of the family may be an attractive person, someone with courage to be different.

 

the (last) straw that breaks the camel's back

poslední kapka (únosnosti)

And her disappearing for a week was the straw that broke the camel's back. He filed for divorce.
When his daughter refused to go to bed past after midnight, he started shouting at her like a mad man. It was the last straw (that broke the camel's back).

 

Závěr

Zvířecích idiomů je určitě ještě celá řada. O dalších si řekneme někdy příště.



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Roman Svozílek, 38, soukromý učitel angličtiny s více než patnáctiletou praxí. Zaměřuje se především na firemní výuku. Kurzy pro veřejnost vyučuje v Agentuře Motivace v Praze.

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