mardi 26 février 2013

American English idioms and expressions with No

Voici quelques expressions idiomatiques (anglais US) intéressantes et leur explication en anglais: 

cut no ice 
Definition: have no influence with someone 
Bob cuts no ice with me. I choose to ignore him. 
No matter what I said she wouldn't believe me. I cut no ice with her.

feeling no pain 
Definition: to be sedated, under the influence of drugs or alcohol 
Bob's just had some sedatives and he's feeling no pain. 
That's his second cocktail. I'm sure he's feeling no pain now. 

like there was no tomorrow 
Definition: do something without stop, enthusiastically 
The kids are playing like there was no tomorrow. 
You should live like there was no tomorrow. 

Long time no see
Definition: short phrase used when greeting someone that you haven't seen for a long period of time. 
Hey Tom! Long time no see. 
Long time no see. What have you been up to? 

no big deal 
Definition: not important 
Don't worry about the test it's no big deal. 

no dice 
Definition: not possible 
His parents told him no dice when he asked if he could go to Hawaii. 
I'm afraid it's no dice on the concert tickets. 

no earthly reason 
Definition: absolutely illogical 
There's no earthly reason why she should marry Doug. 
I can think of no earthly reason to leave New York. 

No kidding! 
Definition: response given to someone when they say something extremely obvious 
It's easy. - No kidding! 
The earth is round. - No kidding! 

no sweat 
Definition: not difficult to do 
The test was no sweat. 
She said she'd come next week, no sweat. 

No way! 
Definition: short phrase used when someone expresses disbelief 
Peter and Anna got married. - No way! 
Jack got a new job. - No way! 

no-win situation 
Definition: a difficult situation in which all parties must sacrifice 
I'm afraid we're in a no-win situation at work these days. 
The choice between moving and staying was a no-win situation. 

see no further than the end of your nose
Definition: unable to understand larger truths or implications to a situation, egotistical 
She can see no further than the end of her nose. 
You can ignore what she has to say. 
Don't expect a considered answer from Tom. He sees no further than the end of his nose. 

no show 
Definition: someone who does not come to an appointment 
I'm afraid Mr. Smith is a no show today. 
The CEO was a no show at the conference.