一些关于monkey的表达

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Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways. Most have ten fingers and ten toes, and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.猴子在很多方面和我们很相似。大多数人有十个手指和十个脚趾,大脑和我们的很像。我们喜欢观察它们,因为它们经常表现得像我们一样。事实上,查尔斯·达尔文的进化论认为猴子和人类有共同的祖先。

Songwriter William Gilbert, in the musical “Princess Ida”, wrote:”Darwinian man, though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved.” 作曲家威廉·吉尔伯特在音乐剧《艾达公主》中写道达尔文主义的人虽然表现良好,但充其量不过是一只剃了毛的猴子。

His words — sung to Sir Arthur Sullivan’s music — make listeners smile. Well, monkeys make us smile, too, because they are creatures full of playful tricks.他的歌词配着亚瑟·沙利文爵士的音乐演唱,让听众们笑了起来。嗯,猴子也能让我们笑,因为它们是一种有很多好玩把戏的生物。

This is why many monkey expressions are about tricky people or playful acts. One of these expressions is monkeyshines, meaning tricks or foolish acts.这就是为什么许多有关猴子的表达都是关于狡猾的人或好玩的行为。其中一个表达是monkeyshines,意思是恶作剧或愚蠢的行为。

The meaning is clear if you have ever watched a group of monkeys playfully chasing each other: pulling tails, stealing food, doing tricks. So, when a teacher says to a group of students: “Stop those monkeyshines right now!” you know that the boys and girls are playing, instead of studying.如果你曾经看过一群猴子互相追逐嬉戏:扯尾巴,偷食物,耍花招,这个意思就很清楚了。所以,当老师对一群学生说:“Stop those monkeyshines right now!”你就知道那些男孩和女孩是在玩,而不是在学习。

You might hear that same teacher warn a student not to monkey around with a valuable piece of equipment. You monkey around with something when you do not know what you are doing. You are touching or playing with something you should leave alone.你可能会听到同一个老师警告一个学生不要瞎摆弄一件贵重的设备。当你不知道自己在做什么时,你就是在瞎捣蛋。你正在触摸或玩一些你应该离开的东西。

Also, you can monkey around when you feel like doing something, but have no firm idea of what to do. For example, you tell your friend you are going to spend the day monkeying around with your car. You do not have any job or goal in mind. It is just a way to pass the time.此外,当你想做某事,但不确定该做什么的时候,你也可以monkey around。例如,你告诉你的朋友你要花一天时间摆弄你的车。你心里没有任何工作或目标。这只是一种消磨时间的方式。

Monkey business usually means secret, maybe illegal, activities. A news report may say there is monkey business involved in building the new airport, with some officials getting secret payments from builders.Monkey business通常指秘密的,可能是非法的活动。一则新闻报道可能说,新机场建设中存在不法行为,一些官员从建筑商那里收受贿赂。

You may make a monkey out of someone when you make that person look foolish. Some people make a monkey out of themselves by acting foolish or silly.当你让某人看起来很傻的时候,你可能会捉弄他。有些人做些傻事,把自己弄得像个傻瓜一样。

If one monkey has fun, imagine how much fun a barrel of monkeys can have. If your friend says he had more fun than a barrel of monkeys at your party, you know that he had a really good time.如果一只猴子玩得很开心,想象一下一群猴子会有多开心。如果你的朋友说他在你的聚会上玩得比一堆猴子还开心,你就知道他玩得很开心。

Monkey suits are common names for clothes or uniforms soldiers wear.Monkey suits是服装或士兵穿的制服的常见名称。

In earlier years in many American cities, you would find men playing musical hand organs on the street.  Dancing to the music would be the man’s small monkey dressed in a tight-fitting, colorful jacket similar to a military uniform. So, people began to call a military uniform a monkey suit. 早年在美国的许多城市,你会发现有人在街上演奏手风琴。随着音乐起舞的将是这名男子的小猴子,穿着一件类似军装的紧身彩色夹克。所以,人们开始把军装叫做monkey suit。

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