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Daily Figurative Slangs (45)
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每日惯用语 (45)
   Do as the others do
随大流
Do as the others do
【注音】suí dà liú
【解释】从众心理是一种普遍心理,跟大家一样,不会出现俗话说的“枪打出头鸟”。
“To do as the others do” is a common mentality,so that one will not court danger as the saying goes:“the bird out of the group will be shot.”
【例子】
例:做服装设计的必须有创新意识,不能随大流。
Ex.:As a fashion designer, one must pursue novelty instead of following the trend.
 

死心眼儿
Rigid or one-track mind
【注音】sǐ xīn yǎnr
【解释】过去古人认为心是思想的器官,而且聪明人的心是有空间的,笨人的心是死板一块。因此有“死心眼儿”和“心眼儿活”的说法。
In the old time, people used to believe that heart is the organ for thinking, and smart people have space in their hearts while stupid people’s heart is a dead plate. Therefore, we have expressions of si xin yanr and xin yanr huo to describe the two types of people.
【例子】
例:大家都说老李是死心眼儿,没有一点灵活性。
Ex.:Everyone says that Lao Li is one-track minded. He has the least flexibility.

 

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