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美国习惯用语 - Lesson 592 - sock in, sock away, knock one's socks off

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今天要讲的三个习惯用语都是以sock这个字为主的。Sock就是我们脚上穿的袜子,可是当它和其他的词组成习惯用语之后,它的意思就不同了。

今天我们就为各位介绍一下三个:sock away。首先我们给各位介绍sock away这个习惯用语。中国人常说把钱藏在床的褥子底下,那么英文里怎么说的呢?英文里说把钱藏在袜子里。

大约八十年前,许多人不信任银行,可是又要把钱放在一个妥当的地方。不知道是谁想出来的,把藏钱说成是把钱藏在袜子里,于是就产生了我们今天讲的这个习惯用语:sock away。

换句话说sock away就是把钱藏在安全的地方,以备日后取用的意思。当年这个安全的地方就是袜子里头。

现在让我们来看看这个习惯用语是怎么用的。假定说John和他的妻子有小宝贝女儿只有一岁。可是现在这对夫妇就开始计划如何存钱好让他的女儿日后上大学。John说:

例句-1:  It costs a lot these days to send someone to college, so we are going to sock away some money every month to make sure she starts life with a good education.

John说:现在送小孩上大学可真得花大笔钱;我们得每个月存些钱好让她能够在涉生出世之前先受到良好的教育。

这句话里存钱就是sock away。

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接下来我们要介绍的第二个习惯用语是sock in,而这里的sock 只是指wind sock。Wind sock是我们在飞机场常见的那种指示风向的所谓风向袋。风向袋很轻,一头开口,一头系在杆子上,只要有风它就会迎风飘起,指示风吹的方向。那么sock in又是怎么回事呢?那是在二战期间,当时的机场,特别是军用机场往往靠风向袋来决定这个机场是否关闭。要是天公不做美,豪雨连连,暴风骤雨的话,那么这个风向袋是吹不起来的。在这种情况下,这个机场只好sock in;所以sock in就是关闭机场,知道天气转好再重新开放的意思。

我们就举个例子来看看这个习惯用语是怎么用的。Sam原定今天早上要搭飞机去纽约开会,可是早上起来往窗外一看。老天呀,大雪纷飞,于是他不由得感到担心起来。Sam跟他的妻子说:

例句-2:  Honey, the snow is beginning to come down a lot faster. I am afraid it will sock in the airport and I won’t be able to fly up to New York for that business meeting.

Sam对他的妻子说:亲爱的,雪开始下得越来越猛了。我怕机场会关闭;我不能飞到纽约去开会了。

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今天要讲的第三个习惯用语是:knock your socks off。Knock是敲或打的意思。Knock your socks off的意思相当于中国的成语“叹为观止。”按字面来解释也就是,当你看到一件事感到十分惊讶,其震撼力把你的袜子都从腿上震了下来。举例来说,Tom昨天晚上看了一场电影,他觉得简直是他好了。他不但自己还要再去看一遍,而且还要把女朋友Betty也带去一块儿观赏。Tom对Betty说:

例句-3:  I want to tell you Betty that you will love this picture. I promise you it will knock your socks off, honey. It’s the best thing I have seen in a long time.

Tom对Betty说:我可以保证你一定会喜欢这部电影。我保证它一定会让你叹为观止。这部电影是我好久以来看到的最好的一部电影。

To knock your socks off这个习惯用语已经将近有一百五十年的历史了。知道今天人们还在普遍使用。

网友的学习评论(25条):
作者:Better
I like those movies which can knock my socks off~
作者:lover
I don't like to sock away money !
作者:juan
knock your socks off,how vivid.I remembered
作者:Jackie
knock my socks off when I sock away the money
作者:lorren
I like sock away some money every mouth. I like to save some money into the bank every mouth.
作者:Simmy
I think THE TITANIC is a movie that can knock your socks off!
作者:博文009
I have socked away for a travel to African. oneday, I launched on a plane. I looked at a wind socks at the station. The landscape of African is very beautful, it would knock your socks off.
Don't sock your heart !Do you best youself.I'M said it.but i alway do others. like the cake ,look very...,but no eat it ever.unbelievebel the life i live.wo can tell me
作者:sunshineleexy
Young people should sock away some money. When I see the airport is socked in, I feel very sad.The film will knock your socks off.
作者:梨花烂漫
I promise you that this building would knot your socks off!
作者:Grex
what a beauty , she knocks my socks off!
作者:auroralsky
I am going to sock away some money every month.
作者:candin
its knocked my socks off affter i read this article!learn more every day ,and stonger than yesterday!!!
作者:Dony
Sock away some money is needed in case something happens.The weather is terrible,i should check out wether the airport will sock in.It knocks my socks off that the yoghourt exist industrial gelatine.
作者:carenkmj
I want to sock away some money,but it is more out than in
作者:studyhard
me ,too.sock away some money,but it's more out than in
作者:dragonfly
the explanation is so detailed and it is easy to remember the idioms. i am expecting more.
作者:mirena
sock in ,sock away, sock off
作者:梦醒成真
sock away money is hard.
作者:chenjing
I want to sock away some money, but my salary is very limited, i fell so bad,
作者:APRIL
it knocked my socks off
作者:Melody
The real estate price is increasing day by day .If I don't sock away money every month , I don't know when I can really buy a house for myself .
作者:Melody
Jack , could you please turn on the TV ? I would like to watch the weather forcast . I heard from Peter that there is a heavy storm coming in 2 hours . I am afraid it will sock in the aireport where your aunt is on the way to pick your friend up .
作者:Melody
weather forecast
作者:Melody
Wow , I am sure that you got to love this movie . It can knock your socks off .
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