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[word-lover] 【整理】2008-06-22 Words and Their Stories

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Homework

 

Today, we explain some expressions about ‘birds’. For example, if something is for the birds, it is worthless or not very interesting. Someone who eats like a bird, eats very little. And a bird’s eye of view is a general look and area from above. Did you know that if you tell a young person about the birds and the bees you are explaining about sex and birth. Have you ever observed that birds of a feather flock together? In other words, people who are similar become friends or do things together. Here is some good advice. A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush, this means you should not risk losing something you have by trying to get more of something you do not have. Sometimes I can do 2 things by performing only one action. This is called killing 2 birds with one stone. But I would never really kill any birds, I love all kinds of animals. This is a real feather in my cap, it is something to be proud of.

 

Most of the people I work with are early birds. They believe that the early bird catches the worm. They think that a person who gets up early in the morning for work has the best chance of success. Everyone in my office works hard, but some people have had their wings cliped, their jobs had been limited. This is because the office is organised by packing order. People with more years and experience are given more responsibility.

 

Some bird expressions are about crows, chickens and ducks. For example, when I am driving, I always travel as the crow of lives. I go the most direct way. Anyone who eats crow has to .. a mistake or defeat.

 

Now, let’s talk about my sister. She is not very young, she is no spring chicken. She will work any job for chicken feed--a small amount of money. She is easily frightened. For example, she is too chickenlivered to walk down a dark street alone at night. Often she will chicken out, she will not go out alone at night. My sister was an ugly duckling. She looked strange when she was a child, but she grew up to be a beautiful woman. Sometimes she thinks too much about having something in the future before she really has it. She counts her chickens before they are hatched. Sometimes her chickens come home to roost that means her actions or words cause trouble for her. However, my sister does not worry about what people say about her. Criticism .. of her like water off a duck’s back.

 

…… sometimes considered .. ducks after losing and election. They have little time left in office and not much power. Congress holds a .. duck session after election important laws are not passed during this period.

 

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