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[report整理] Words and Their Stories 2011-03-20

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2011-03-20

Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories. Today we tell about horse expressions. In the past, many people depended on horses for transportation. Farming and other kinds of work, a lot of people still like to ride horses. And horse racing is also popular. So it is not surprising that American still use expressions about the animals.
Long ago, people who were rich or important rode horses that were very tall. Today if a girl acts like she is better than everyone else, you might say she should get off her high horse. Yesterday, my children wanted me to take them to the play ground, but I had to finish my work, so I told them to hold your horses, wait until I finish what I am doing. My two boys like to compete against each other, and play in a violent way. I alway tell them to stop horsing around, or someone could get hurt.
We live in a small town, it does not have any exciting activities to offer visitors. My children call it a one horse town.
Last night I got a telephone call while I was watching my favorite television show. I decided not to answer it because wild horses could not drag me away from the television there was nothing that could stop me from doing what I wanted to do.
Sometimes you get information straight from the horses mouth it comes directly from the person who knows most about the subject and it is the best source. Let it say your teacher tells you there is going to be a test tomorrow. You could say you got the information straight from the horses mouth. However you could not want to call your teacher a horse.
You may have heard this is expression. You can lead a horse to water, but you can not make them drink. That means you can give someone advice, but you can not forcing to do something he do not want to do.
Sometimes a person fights a battle that has been decided or keeps arguing a question that has been settled. We say this is like beating a dead horse.
In politics, a dark horse candidate is someone who is not well-known to the public. Sometimes, a dark horse unexpectedly queens an election. Another piece advice is do not change horses in meat stream. You would not want to get off one horse onto an other in the middle of the river. Or make major changes in an activity that has already began. In the past, this expression was used as an argument to realect* a president, especially during a time when the country was at war.
This VOA Special English Program was written by Shelley Gollust. I'm Faith Lapidus. You can find more words and their stories at their website voaspecialenglish.com.

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