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美国人的口头禅(中)/怀中

5.  I can't call (all) the shots:
意思是:我不能永远自做决定或随心所欲 (I can't make final decision all the time; I can not do the way I want.) 例如:

Even the CEO can't call (all) the shots in every situation. (即使是最高执行官也不能在每种情况下做决定) (CEO=Chief Executive Officer)

当然也可以用肯定句: 例如:
Mr. Clinton will have to call (all) the shots on his foreign policy. (柯林顿先生对其外交政策要做决定)

His wife calls (all) the shots in everything her husband does. (老公所做的一切,太座都要左右。)
The senators have called the shots whether the income tax should be reduced. (众议员已经决定是否要减低所得税)
(主词可用单复数的任何人称代名词,动词也可用任何时态。)

6. give(或 slap)me a high-five:
这多半是指运动员把手高举,互相击掌,表示祝贺或喜乐。(something good happened; or you did a good job),其实这句话没有什么真正的意义,只是一种 fun 而已。(动词用 give 比 slap 较有礼貌)(主词可用名词单复数,give 後面也可用任何人称代名词。)例如:

He always gives me a high-five when I win the game.(我比赛获胜时,他一向为我雀跃。)
After the baseball game, high-fives were given all around.(棒球赛後,到处一片欢呼。)(high-fives 用做名词的多数)

至於 give me five(或 gimme five)也是一种击掌的友善表现(a friendly slap of the hands),所不同的,「give me five」是双手平伸而击掌,而「give me a high-five」是高举双手而击掌。例如:
The father said to his little son, "give me five!"(父亲对小儿子说:「来个击掌游戏吧!」)

7. last but not least:
意思是:虽然(某人)是最後的一位,但未必意味他(她)也是最不重要的,(Even though a person may be physically the last, he or she still has self-worth.)。
(self-worth = self-esteem)例如:

Last but not least, here is Mr. Wang from Taiwan.(最後一位出现的是来自台湾的王先生。)(通常在介绍一群人时使用) (来源:老牌的英语学习网站 http://www.EnglishCN.com)
John is last but not least in the running race.(John 是赛跑最後的一位,但不是表示他最差。

8. I owe you big time:
意思是:我欠你很多的「人情债」(I owe you a lot)或是,你对我的帮助,使我感激不尽,希望将来能报答。(I appreciate it very much for what you have done for me. I will return the favor someday.)例如:

Since you have helped me to get this promotion, I owe you big time.(由於你的提拔,使我感激万分。)
I owe you big time because you assisted me in raising money for my campaign.(我非常感谢你为我的竞选而筹款。)
I will owe you big time if you do that favor for me.
注意:campaign 的拼法,不要与 champagne(香槟酒)或 champion(冠军)弄错。

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