15Mins Live Podcast - 英語慣用語系列 – 上學相關慣用語 School and Studying related Idioms


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  1. PUT / GET YOUR THINKING CAP ON 認真思考 To engage your mind and think in a serious manner.
  • We need to figure out how we’re going to solve this problem. So, let’s put our thinking caps on!
  1. DRAW A BLANK ㄧ無所獲,毫無回應 To fail to get an answer or result / to fail to remember something.
  • He asked me for my phone number and I drew a blank - I just couldn't remember it.
  1. COVER A LOT OF GROUND涉及面廣 When a lot of work needs to be completed. If there is a lot of research to be done, or material to get through.
  • Our team have done so well over the past two weeks, we’ve managed to cover so much ground that I feel this programme may be ready by the end of this month!
  • We have to complete our research within the next month. We still have a lot of ground to cover, and I fear we may not get everything done in time.

  1. LEARN (SOMETHING) BY HEART / OFF BY HEART背起來 To memorise something so well, that it can be written or recited without thinking.
  • I can’t believe you learnt the whole Macbeth play by heart! Well done!
  • She learnt all the compositions by Beethoven off by heart!

  1. SCHOOL SOMEONE IN SOMETHING 教育某人某事 To train, discipline or coach someone in something.
  • She schooled her brother in patience.

CUT CLASS / PLAY HOOKY / SKIP CLASS 翹課 When someone does not go to their lessons.

  • David has been cutting class again; I haven’t seen him in any of our French lessons for the past week!
  • They played hooky at college so they could be first in line for the concert tickets.
  • The teacher told his parents that he’d been skipping classes! He’s not allowed to go out with us now.



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