一些关于catr的表达

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Cats are the most popular pets among Americans. So it is not surprising that there are many expressions about cats. Some cats like to catch small birds, like canaries. If someone looks very proud or satisfied with himself, we say he looks like the cat that ate the canary.猫是美国人最喜欢的宠物。所以有很多关于猫的表达方式也就不足为奇了。有些猫喜欢抓小鸟,比如金丝雀。如果某人看起来很骄傲或对自己很满意,我们就说他看起来像一只吃了金丝雀的猫。

Sometimes, a cat likes to play with a small animal it catches.有时,一只猫喜欢和它抓的小动物玩。

So if you play cat and mouse with someone,you change between different kinds of behavior when dealing with another person. For example, a child might offer something sweet to her little brother and then take it away when he reaches for it.所以,如果你对某人玩猫捉老鼠的游戏,就是说你在和别人打交道的时候会做出不同的行为。例如,一个孩子可能会给她的小弟弟一些甜的东西,然后在他伸手要的时候把它拿走。

A cat will often catch a small animal and present it to its owner. The saying that looks like something the cat dragged in describes something in bad condition.猫通常会抓住一个小动物,并把它送给它的主人。这句话“看起来像什么东西被猫拖进来”形容的是情况不好的东西。

Two old and funny expressions describe something that is the best or finest. Americans might say that something is the cat’s meow and the cat’s pajamas.有两个古老而有趣的短语用来形容某物是最好的或最好的。美国人可能会说某样东西是猫的喵声和猫的睡衣。

Children might call a child who is easily frightened a fraidy cat or a scaredy-cat. A copycat is someone who acts just like someone else or copies another person’s work. A fat cat is a person with a lot of money. 孩子们可能会把容易被吓到的孩子称为fraidy cat或scaredy-cat。模仿者指的是那些像别人一样做事或者复制别人作品的人。A fat cat是指有很多钱的人。

You may have known that cats spend most of their time sleeping. Sometimes people sleep for a short time during the day.  This is called a cat nap.你可能知道猫大部分时间都在睡觉。有时人们在白天睡一会儿。这被称为“猫咪小睡”。

If you tell about something that was supposed to be a secret, we say you let the cat out of the bag. If you are not able to speak or answer a question someone might ask if the cat has got your tongue.如果你说了一些本应该是秘密的事情,我们就说你泄露了秘密。如果你不能说话或回答一个问题,别人可能会问If the cat has got your tongue。

Have you ever watched children in a classroom when their teacher leaves for a few minutes? When the cat’s away, the mice will play means people sometimes misbehave when there is no supervision.你曾经在教室里看到过老师离开几分钟的孩子吗?the cat’s away, the mice will play意思是在没有监督的情况下,人们有时会不守规矩。

You may have heard this expression: curiosity killed the cat. This means being too concerned about things that are not your business might cause problems.你可能听过这个表达:好奇害死猫。这意味着过于关注与自己无关的事情可能会导致问题。

If your home is very small, you might say there is not enough room to swing a cat.  But you probably should not try this at home!如果你的家很小,你可能会说没有足够的空间荡秋千。但你可能不应该在家里尝试这个

If you ever had cats as pets, you know it is difficult to train them or to get them to do something.  Cats are not like sheep or cows that can be moved in a group.  So we say a difficult or impossible job is like herding cats.如果你曾经养过猫作为宠物,你知道训练它们或让它们做一些事情是很困难的。猫不像羊或牛那样可以成群地移动。所以我们说一个困难或不可能的工作就像放牧猫。

We leave you with a song from the musical play, “Cats.”我们以音乐剧《猫》中的一首歌曲结束今天的节目。

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