achieve a record
lập kỉ lục
The bidding process was completely fair and above board.
across the board
tất cả mọi
The proposed across the board cuts for all state agencies will total $84
air one’s dirty
laundry in the
The captain refuses to air the team’s dirty laundry in public.
Do you think he’s been cheating us all along?
all at once
All at once there was a loud crashing sound.
I’m all ears – tell us what they had to say.
Can you untangle this thread for me? I’m all thumbs today
an arm and a leg
These shoes cost me an arm and a leg.
apple of sb’s
His youngest daughter was the apple of his eye
at all costs
Security during the president’s visit must be maintained at all costs.
He could never accept that he had been at fault.
He was a very gentle boy at heart.
They’re at odds over the funding of the project.
at square one
as black as coal
The pirate’s evil eyes are as black as coal
at the end of sb’s
I’m at the end of my rope with these kids!
as busy as a bee
cực kì bận
She was as busy as a bee the whole day.
as easy as pie
dễ như ăn
For Judy, getting a pilot’s license was easy as pie – she seemed to have
a naturaltalent for it.
as hungry as a
cực kì đói
I’m as hungry as a bear. I could eat anything!
as old as the
xưa như trái
Why don’t we ever sing new songs? Those hymns are as old as the hills
Will he have the backbone to tell them what he thinks?
giờ làm việc
His business is doing so well he can just keep banker’s hours.
beat the clock
The company managed to beat the clock on delivering its new system.
be beside sb’s
He was beside himself with grief when she died.
be bound to
When you are dealing with so many patients, mistakes are bound to hap
be fresh out of
We’re fresh out of oranges, would you like an apple?
You want me to drive into the city? You’ve got to be kidding
With a little exercise, you’ll be back in shape before long
behind the ball
be on a tight
Being a student I’m on atight budget so I have to be careful with money
be on cloud nine
Ever since Mary got her promotion at work, she’sbeen on cloud nine.
be on duty
trong ca trực
I’ll be on duty in about an hour.
All the corporate big shots are meeting this afternoon
bite sb’s tongue
không nói ra
I wanted to tell him exactly what I thought of him, but I had to bite
bite at the cherry
thử lại lần
He missed a medal in the 100 metres, but will get a second bite of
the cherry in the 400 metres.
hẹn hò mà
Elaine arranged for me to go on a blind date with a guy from her office
Do you prefer blockbusters or smaller films?
The poorest boy at Groton, his private school, he is both a blue blood a
For those bookworms, there is a library with a vast collection.
động não/ ý
bread and butter
break sb’s neck
cố gắng rất
I broke my neck to get here on time.
break the ice
omeone suggested that we play a party game to break the ice.
break a leg
Hey, hope you break a leg tonight.
Jenny and George have broken up.
break a record
phá kỉ lục
The painting has broken all records, selling for over £20 million.
Just brainstorm, getting all your ideas on the table