2010年10月27日

イディオム・クイズ 身の回りのもの編

第4回は「身の回りのもの(名詞)」を用いたイディオムを10題用意しました。Let's give it a shot!
(1) "Even with the September rebound, the level of selling activity is still nothing to write (1. history 2. account 3. home 4. family) about," said economist Jay Feldman of Credit Suisse.

(2) Members of the cabinet have been meeting all day to (1. nail 2. saw 3. hammer 4. rake) out a plan to deal with our economic crisis.

(3) Don't try to pull the (1. curtain 2. wool 3. towel 4. mask) over my eyes with this cockamamie story about needing to cover the bond debt.

(4) Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to throw the (1. chair 2. pen 3. vase 4. book) at hedge fund fraudster James Nicholson for his $140 million Ponzi scheme.

(5) Two well-known literary luminaries who also happen to be Glenview residents will talk (1. store 2. department 3. market 4. shop) in a fundraising evening for Glenview Elementary School

(6) Byron Council is due to face the (1. music 2. song 3. tune 4. melody) today and decide what direction it will take with its controversial major events policy.

(7) An Israeli Knesset member on Monday sought to turn the (1. channels 2. dishes 3. tables 4. doors) on the US (and the wider Western world) by calling for an international investigation into American military activities in Iraq and the arrest of American “war criminals.”

(8) In a joint statement, Fator and McEntee tell TMZ they're happy to bury the (1. knife 2. glove 3. hatchet 4. money).

(9) But clearly the Commonwealth Bank can see the writing on the (1. window 2. wall 3. ceiling 4. door). They can see that the power station has a very limited future and they're also not anticipating much in the way of compensation

(10) High taxes and red (1. ribbon 2. carpet 3. flag 4. tape) make it difficult for employers to stay or expand in our state.


それでは答え合わせです。
(1) "Even with the September rebound, the level of selling activity is still nothing to write (3. home) about," said economist Jay Feldman of Credit Suisse.
[解説]3. write home about(〜を特筆する、自慢する)

(2) Members of the cabinet have been meeting all day to (3. hammer) out a plan to deal with our economic crisis.
[解説]3. hammer out(案出する、考え出す)

(3) Don't try to pull the (2. wool) over my eyes with this cockamamie story about needing to cover the bond debt.
[解説]2. pull the wool over one’s eye(人を欺く、人の目から逃れる)

(4) Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to throw the (4. book) at hedge fund fraudster James Nicholson for his $140 million Ponzi scheme.
[解説]4. throw the book at(最大限に罰する、終身刑にする)

(5) Two well-known literary luminaries who also happen to be Glenview residents will talk (4. shop) in a fundraising evening for Glenview Elementary School
[解説]4. talk shop(自分の商売/専門のことばかり話す)

(6) Byron Council is due to face the (1. music) today and decide what direction it will take with its controversial major events policy.
[解説]1. face the music(進んで難局に当たる、招いた結果を潔く受け止める)

(7) An Israeli Knesset member on Monday sought to turn the (3. tables) on the US (and the wider Western world) by calling for an international investigation into American military activities in Iraq and the arrest of American “war criminals.”
[解説]3. turn the tables on(〜に対して形成を逆転させる、主客転倒する)

(8) In a joint statement, Fator and McEntee tell TMZ they're happy to bury the (3. hatchet).
[解説]4. bury the hatchet(和睦する、和解する)

(9) But clearly the Commonwealth Bank can see the writing on the (2. wall). They can see that the power station has a very limited future and they're also not anticipating much in the way of compensation.
[解説]2. the writing on the wall(差し迫った危難の知らせ)

(10) High taxes and red (4. tape) make it difficult for employers to stay or expand in our state.
[解説]4. red tape(官僚的形式主義的)
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英検1級語彙パートやってみました

先日公開された2010年度第2回英検1級の語彙問題を解いてみました。

結果は23/25。すべての単語や連語を知っているわけではありませんので消去法を使っています。それでも1-21までの単語はすべて正解できました。このレベルで満足してはいけないので、今日も英単語学習を粛々とやっていきたいと思います。
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イディオム・クイズ 自然・植物・食品編

第3回は「自然・植物・食品」に関するイディオムを10題用意しました。Enjoy!
(1) Jay-Z has decided to nip rumors in the (1. sprout 2. shoot 3. bloom 4. bud) before they even start and announce that Beyonce won't be joining him on stage in Australia and that the couple are not expecting their first baby.

(2) Despite all their successes in the US and abroad, despite their rampant international expansion, despite their vaunted mainstream acceptance, a network TV deal has never fully come to (1. flowering 2. fruition 3. ripening 4. harvest).

(3) Pollution seems to be a political hot (1. pumpkin 2. potato 3. cabbage 4. carrot) these days, especially when it comes to the Chesapeake Bay.

(4) In the NBA, you can't have your (1. apple 2. bread 3. cake 4. pudding) and eat it, too. You can build a championship team, but that probably means enduring a few brutal years, and enjoying the high lottery choices that come with them.

(5) Mexico was patient, but the last (1. fruit 2. grass 3. bean 4. straw) was the 2008 cancellation of a pilot project testing the safety of Mexican trucks

(6) Google, software company with a finger in every (1. honey 2. pie 3. cake 4. sugar), has now entered the autonomous vehicle field.

(7) With all this heated conflict in the (1. water 2. air 3. fog 4. darkness), some perspective is necessary.

(8) Savers need to know how much they can (1. sugar 2. season 3. salt 4. pepper) away for their retirement, but the wholesale reform proposed by the last government left many scratching their heads.

(9) In a country where there is no financial discipline, and poverty and corruption rule the (1. roost 2. nest 3. den 4. mistletoe), it will be unthinkable to spend Rs 50000 crore on a two-week sports spectacle.

(10) COMMENTING RULES: We encourage an open exchange of ideas in the PNWLocalNews.com community, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. In a (1. nutshell 2. seed 3. berry 4. sprout), don't say anything you wouldn't want your mother to read.


それでは正解を見てみましょう。
(1) Jay-Z has decided to nip rumors in the (4. bud) before they even start and announce that Beyonce won't be joining him on stage in Australia and that the couple are not expecting their first baby.
[解説]4. nip A in the bud(未然に防ぐ)

(2) Despite all their successes in the US and abroad, despite their rampant international expansion, despite their vaunted mainstream acceptance, a network TV deal has never fully come to (2. fruition).
[解説]2. come to fruition(達成する、実現する、成就する)

(3) Pollution seems to be a political hot (2. potato) these days, especially when it comes to the Chesapeake Bay.
[解説]2. hot potato(困難な問題、難題、難局)

(4) In the NBA, you can't have your (3. cake) and eat it, too. You can build a championship team, but that probably means enduring a few brutal years, and enjoying the high lottery choices that come with them.
[解説]3. You can’t eat your cake and eat it.(物事は両立しない)

(5) Mexico was patient, but the last (4. straw) was the 2008 cancellation of a pilot project testing the safety of Mexican trucks
[解説]4. the last straw(忍耐の限界を越えさせるもの)

(6) Google, software company with a finger in every (2. pie), has now entered the autonomous vehicle field.
[解説]2. have a finger in the pie(関与する)

(7) With all this heated conflict in the (2. air), some perspective is necessary.
[解説]2. in the air(漠然とした、未決定で)

(8) Savers need to know how much they can (3. salt) away for their retirement, but the wholesale reform proposed by the last government left many scratching their heads.
[解説]3. salt away(こっそり蓄える)

(9) In a country where there is no financial discipline, and poverty and corruption rule the (1. roost), it will be unthinkable to spend Rs 50000 crore on a two-week sports spectacle.
[解説]1. rule the roost(支配する、牛耳る)

(10) COMMENTING RULES: We encourage an open exchange of ideas in the PNWLocalNews.com community, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. In a (1. nutshell), don't say anything you wouldn't want your mother to read.
[解説]1. in a nutshell(ごく簡単に、ほんの一言で)
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