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someone who prefers cats to dogs
(개보다) 고양이를 더 좋아하는 사람
- cat person
- I'm not a cat person.
tear something into small pieces
~을 갈기갈기 찢다
- rip something to shreds
- He ripped the paper to shreds in anger.
having no possible compromise
- at an impasse
- we are at an impasses over which route to take.
to cancel a plan
- call off
- The game was called of because of the rain.
to change one's opinion or decision because of pressure from someone else
- back down
- Never back down from your dream just because others think you can't do it.
being worked on
- in the works
- My visa process is in the works.
the same thing every day
- My life seems so monotonous.
- as a matter of fact
- As a matter of fact, I'm afraid of what is going to happen in my life.
relieve oneself of stress
- wind down
- I usually wind down my day by listening to classical music.
a healthy alternative to something
- antidote to
- Working out is the only antidote to feeling depressed.
an obvious thing that ppl are reluctant to acknowledge
(무시할 수 없는) 골치아픈 문제
- elephant in the room
- You know we have an elephant in the room.
to figure sth out based on the info given
- do the math
- Do the math, would you?!
one's current circumstances
현재상황, 가지고 있는 패
- the cards one is dealt
- I really don't like the cards I am dealt.
refusing to accept or acknowledge a fact
현실을 받아들이지 못하는
- in denial
- You are living in denial.
further in the future
- down the road
- Down the road, we plan to move into a bigger house with a pool.
a purchase made based on emotion
- impulse buy
- I got this skirt as an impulse buy.
to avoid the point of the conversation
- beat around the bush
- Stop beating around the bush.
- The price was steep.
an ending phrase for a negotiation or business arrangement
- Does that work for you?
- I'll give you 50% off. Does this work for you?
to relieve someone of sth as a favor to them
~만 가져가다, 사다
- take sth off someone's hands
- Can you take some off my hands?
to find it hard to accept sth despite its presence
- not believe one's eyes
- I couldn't believe my eyes.
the spread of info from person to person
전해 들은 말, 입소문
- word of mouth
- I got the teacher through word of mouth.
to have a solution to a simple problem
- do the trick
- These pills will do the trick.
to take unnecessary chances; ask for too much
운만 믿고 덤비다, 과욕을 부려 일을 망치다
- push one's luck
- Don't push your luck.
an acknowledgement that someone has made a valid argument for sth
- point taken
- Your point taken.
not familiar with sth; out of sync
~에 익숙하지 않은, 뒤쳐진
- out of touch
- I'm so out of touch with recent music.
unquestionably, without peer
- by far
- This is, by far, the most beautiful painting I've ever seen.
to describe sth in such detail that the person listening can see it in their mind
- paint a picture
- Can you paint a picture for me? I can't understand.
to try sth different; not make a judgment about sth too quickly
~을 시도해 보다
- give sth/someone a chance
- I'm not going to give you a chance.
to continue doing/using sth that one has been habitually using/doing
~을 계속하다, 지키다
- stick to
- Please, stick to your diet.
to sacrifice sth
~을 희생하다, 포기하다
without feeling, heartless
a subtle acknowledgement of being wrong
네가 그렇게 말한다면
- when you put it that way
- When you put it that way, I should apologies to him.
an experience of feeling guilty about sth, especially when such guilt is excessive and unfounded
죄책감, 특히 과하거나 근거가 없는 죄에 대해 느끼는 죄책감
- guilt trip
- Don't give me a guilt trip about this, that's not nice.
to avoid doing sth or to do it slowly
- drag one's feet
- Stop dragging your feet. Get on it right now.
to approach someone directly
- walk up to
- He walked up to me and said, he has seen me before somewhere.
appearingly as if by magic
- out of nowhere
- She started to cry out of nowhere.
to quickly piece sth together
빠르게 끼워 맞추다, 뚝딱 만들다
- hack together
- I hacked together a project.
- big names
- They are the big names in this business.
an office worker who deals with paperwork or accounting
- paper pusher
- I'm just a paper pusher.
a set course of action
- game plan
- This is our game plan.
the result after sth has ended
- after all
- She immigrated to Australia after all.
a decision based on sth uncertain instead of actual facts
맹신, 근거없는 결정
- leap of faith
- Marrying him after one date is a real leap of faith.
a way to precede a statement of fact with a personal disclaimer
내 기억이 맞는다면…
- If memory serves me (well)…
- If memory serve me well, he was the smartest kid in my class.
old fashioned; charming simple and plain
오래된, 소박하지만 멋진
- I love rustic villages in Europe.
to say yes or agree with someone emphatically
네 말이 맞아!
- Don't you know it!
- Don't you know it! I've read it at least 10 times.
- birthday suit
- Stop walking around the house in your birthday suit.
to take a ride in a car or on a bike/motorcycle
한 바퀴 돌다
- go for a spin
- would you like to go for a spin?
to make a place messy or disorderly while in the act of searching for sth
~을 엉망으로 만들다
- turn a place upside down
- I turn my room upside down to find the car key.
doing sth with youthful glee
사탕가게에 있는 아이 같은
- like a kid in a candy store
- When I am at a bookstore, I become like a kid at a candy store.
a bad habit that feels good
죄책감이 느껴지는 즐거움, 일탈
- guilty pleasure
- Chocolate is my guilty pleasure.
to get sth through luck or good fortune
~을 운좋게 차지하다 / 피하다
- walk away with/without
- Despite the bad car wreck, he walked away without a scratch.
- for a song
- I bought this bag for a song.
- That was the most epic party ever!
although it is unlikely
- on the off chance
- On the off chance you see him, please let me know.
to go somewhere
- make one's way
- I made my way home.
- His story was far-fetched.
should there be no other choice…
- if worst comes to worst…
- If worst comes to worst, we've got to go with the plan B.
a list of ppl who were not the first selected for or the first to sign up for sth
- wait list
- Please, give your name for the wait list.
the next thing
- what's coming
- I can't imagine what's coming.
to fail in a big way
- I totally tanked my interview.
rude and aggressive
- The clerk at the store was obnoxious.
an opening phrase used to make an offer
네말을 들어봐, 이렇게 하자
- (I'll) tell you what
- I'll tell you what, if you can come to my house by 7, I'll drive you to the airport.
to make someone be prepared for the unexpected
~을 긴장하게 하다
- keep one on one's toes
- My boss always keep me on my toes.
- the whole ball of wax
- I learned the whole ball of wax in the university.
to take precautions
- to be on the safe side
- To be on the safe side, let's leave 30 minutes early.
to do sth
- get on
- Get on it right now.
a weak point
- Achilles hell
- My Achilles heel is that I enjoy eating too much.
a hectic pace
- hustle and bustle
- I don't enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city.
the strongest predator in an ecosystem
먹이 사슬의 가장 위
- the top of the food chain
- Humans are the top of the food chain.
to attract more attention during an even than the main attraction
- steal the show
- The supporting actor totally stole the show in the movie.
to kill or injure sth/someone
~을 죽이다, 부상당하게 하다
- take out
- The mafia boss was taken out by his enemy.
a shocking event that makes ppl take notice
(정신이드는) 충격적인 사건, 계기
- wake-up call
- Seweulho incident was a wake-up call for everybody.
to accept the consequences of sth
- deal with it
- I know it is difficult but you've got to deal with it.
- strapped for cash
- I'm always strapped for cash.
to be in no position morally to speak about sth
be guilty of what one is speaking about
이야기할 자격이 없다
- have no room to talk
- You have no room to talk.
to have the necessary qualities to become sth
~에 대한 자질이 있다
- have the makings of
- You know, you have the makings of a great accountant.
- thrilled to bits
- I'm thrilled to bits.
to be terrified
- one's blood run cold
- My blood ran cold when I heard the screeching sound.
to finally understand or comprehend sth
- sink in
- It's going to sink in that you and him broke up.
- few and far between
- The opportunity was few and far between.
to regret a decision that turned out badly
- kick oneself
- I kick myself for eating too much tonight.
to make a phone call
- get on the horn
- You get on the horn, I look around.
uncool, nerdy; not fashionable
- My dorky classmate is a millionaire now.
to be reprimanded
질책당하다 / 질책하다
- get chewed out/ chew out
- I got chewed out in front of the entire office.
- as opposed to
- As opposed to going shopping, let's go to the bookstore.
to work extremely hard
뼈 빠지게 일하다
- bust one's ass/butt
- I busted my butt to finish the project.
a part of one's personality
- If you get on my bad side, you'll see lots of things that you've never seen.
to make repeated attempts at sth until one is successful
- trial and error
- Trial and error is the best way to solve a problem.
- practice run
- We had two practice runs before the show.
an enthusiastic way to say that sth is working well
잘 되고 있어
- now we're/ you're cooking
- Now we are cooking!
to become an expert of sth
- I need to master the subject.
prepared to begin
시작할 준비가 된
- ready to roll
- I'm ready to roll.
to hide from danger; to seek shelter
- run for cover
- Run for cover! It's an earthquake!
- if need be
- If need be, I'll lend you my money.
to take measures that go beyond what is necessary
- go to extremes
- I will go to extreme to immigrate to Australia.
amazed by sth
- in awe of
- I'm forever in awe of Mozart.
to be very familiar with a topic
~을 속속들이 알다
- know sth backwards and forwards
- The hikers know the mountains backwards and forwards.
to try sth, but not in a fully committed way
미리 상황을 파악하다, 사정을 살피다
- test the waters
- The company was testing the waters with different types of advertising.
to act depressed and glum around other ppl
- mope around
- Stop moping around the house and do something.
to launch a business
(간판을 내걸고) 사업을 시작하다
- hang out one's shingle
- My sister finally hung out her shingle.
to be rewarded for one's pest efforts
- reap the harvest
- My sister finally reaped the harvest.
to make a minor adjustment to sth
- I tweaked my resume.