Green-Eyed Monster


北京体彩网 The evil Iago plants doubts in Othello`s mind about his wife`s faithfulness, while advising him, "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! / It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock / The meat it feeds on." (Othello, Act 3, Scene 3)

北京体彩网 邪惡的伊阿古讓奧賽羅對妻子的忠心起了疑心,提醒他說,“噢,大人,要小心嫉妒之心!那可是一只綠眼的妖魔,它慣于耍弄爪下的獵物。”(《奧賽羅》,第3幕第3場)

In a Pickle


In The Tempest, King Alonso asks his jester, Trinculo, "How camest thou in this pickle?" And the drunk Trinculo – who has indeed gotten into trouble – responds "I have been in such a pickle since I saw you last ..." (Act 5, Scene 1)


One theory has it that the phrase in a pickle entered English from an old Dutch expression that translates as something like "sit in the pickle".

有一種說法認為in a pickle這個短語來源于一個古代的荷蘭語表達,類似于“坐在咸菜缸”里這樣一個說法。

Love Is Blind

北京体彩网 愛是盲目的

This phrase has more than one meaning: we overlook flaws in those we love (that`s good), but love can blind us to serious issues (that`s bad).

北京体彩网 這個短語的意思是:我們會忽略我們愛的人身上的缺點(這點不錯);愛會讓我們忽視一些嚴重的問題(這就不好了)。

In The Merchant of Venice, Jessica is shy about her beloved Lorenzo seeing her disguised as a boy, but recognizes that it won`t affect his love for her, saying, "But love is blind and lovers cannot see / The pretty follies that themselves commit ..." (Act 2, Scene 6)

北京体彩网 在《威尼斯商人》中,杰西卡不好意思讓深愛的羅倫佐看到她偽裝成一個男孩,不過也意識到這并不妨礙他愛她,她說,“可愛情是盲目的,愛侶們看不到他們自己犯下的那些美麗又愚蠢的錯誤…”(第2幕,第6場)

Salad Days


In Antony and Cleopatra, Cleopatra recalls her relationship with Julius Caesar that occurred during, "My salad days, / When I was green in judgment...." (Act 1, Scene 5)


Originally, English speakers used salad days with Cleopatra`s meaning: a time of youthful inexperience or indiscretion. These days, however, it usually means "an early flourishing period" – in other words, a heyday.

北京体彩网 最初,英語使用者只用salad days表示克莉奧佩特拉所說的“青春、稚嫩的時光”。不過現在,這個短語通常表示“鼎盛時期”。

Wear My Heart on My Sleeve


Discussing his planned betrayal of Othello, the villain Iago says, "But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve / For daws to peck at: I am not what I am." (Othello, Act 1, Scene 1)


There`s the Rub

北京体彩网 這就是問題所在

In Hamlet`s famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy, "ay, there`s the rub" is the tormented prince`s acknowledgement that death may not end his difficulties because the dead may perhaps still be troubled by dreams. (Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1)

北京体彩网 在《哈姆雷特》那句著名的“生存或者死亡”獨白中,“唉,這就是問題所在”表示飽受折磨的王子認識到,死亡并不能結束他的痛苦,因為死人可能仍然會被夢境困擾。(《哈姆雷特》,第3幕第1場)

Cruel to Be Kind

北京体彩网 要想善良,必先殘忍;忠言逆耳

"I must be cruel only to be kind; / Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind," says the tormented Hamlet. He has just mistakenly killed Polonius, and it`s clear that he doesn`t know how bad things are going to get. (Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4)


Wild Goose Chase

北京体彩网 復雜又無果的追尋或搜索;徒勞無果

In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio likens the rapid exchange of jokes between Romeo and himself to the cross-country horse race of Shakespeare`s time, known as the wild goose chase, in which any number of riders tried to keep up with and accurately follow the lead rider`s course:


北京体彩网 "Nay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I am done; for thou / hast more of the wild goose in one of thy wits than, I am sure, I / have in my whole five." (Act 2, Scene 4)


Dogs of War

北京体彩网 戰爭的恐懼之處

北京体彩网 In Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1, a grief-stricken Mark Antony predicts that the instability following Caesar`s murder will result in civil war: "Cry `havoc!` And let slip the dogs of war!" ("Cry havoc" was the military order for soldiers to seize plunder from an enemy.)

北京体彩网 在《凱撒大帝》第3幕第1場中,悲傷過度的馬克?安東尼預言稱,凱撒大帝被謀殺后的不穩定局勢會導致內戰:“下令搶劫!讓戰爭的恐懼溜走吧!”(Cry havoc是軍隊中的命令用語,指下令讓士兵從敵人手中搶掠。)

Strange Bedfellows

北京体彩网 不可能結盟的兩個人;同床異夢

When Trinculo seeks shelter from a storm under the cloak of a creature he`s very unsure about – he wonders if it`s a man or a fish – he comments "misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows." (The Tempest, Act 2, Scene 2)