「elbow grease」是什麼意思?

2021/01/06 12:51
Sammy 老師
分類: 英文字彙片語

elbow 是「手肘」,grease 是「油」

但所謂的 elbow grease 「手肘的油」是什麼呢?

其實它源自法文的 elbow oil

就是指體力的勞動,特別是指用力擦洗的動作

我們可以想像一個人跪在地上費力地擦地板的樣子

英國甚至有一個去油的清潔用品就叫 Elbow Grease

它也有個成語叫 Elbow grease gives the best polish.

字面上是「肘油(使勁擦)才能把東西擦得最亮」

引申成「凡事要苦幹才能做到最好」

如果有人形容一件事要用 elbow grease 才能做好

那就是不輕鬆,要下一番功夫的意思

不過要注意在這個片語裡它是不可數名詞,不能用複數


我們來造些句:

She used a lot of elbow grease to clean the burned pan.
(她很費力地清洗燒焦的平底鍋。)

We put a lot of elbow grease into this.
(我們在這件事上花了很大的工夫。)

It took so much elbow grease to get to where she is.
(她很辛苦才達到現在的地位。)



 
 

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