English expressions encountered in August 2021.

1. come to grips with#

To deal with or handle someone or something, usually when one is already prepared or able to handle it efficiently.

2. Hell's bells!#

An expression of anger and surprise, the complete expression is "hell's bells and buckets of blood."

3. square away something/someone#

To complete all necessary arrangements for something or someone.

4. Let Bygones Be Bygones#

To forgive and forget past offenses or conflicts.

5. stinking#

A versatile word that can mean very smelly or intense. In colloquial language, it can describe someone in a state of severe intoxication - "stinking drunk."

6. head off#

To intercept someone or take action before something expected happens in order to prevent it.

  • If you head off a person, animal, or vehicle, you move to a place in front of them in order to capture them or make them change the direction they are moving in.
  • If you head something off, especially something unpleasant, you take action before it is expected to happen in order to prevent it from happening.

7. in due course#

Refers to the natural progression of events, without speeding up or slowing down.

8. Gay Nineties#

Refer to Wikipedia. The Gay Nineties actually refers to the 1890s, which were known as the "Naughty Nineties" in the UK. Although the term includes "Gay," it has no relation to homosexuality. It can be translated as "Joyful Nineties."

9. Student Co-Op#

A cooperative organization established by students to provide shared resources or services, such as cooperative housing, cooperative banking, cooperative food markets, cooperative education, etc. For example, multiple students sharing a house.

10. The cat that ate the canary#

Literal translation: "The cat that ate the canary." It can be used to describe someone who is smug and self-satisfied. A similar expression in English is "the cat that got the cream."

11. slip up#

To make a small mistake or error.

12. sitting Turkfashion on the bed#

Refers to sitting cross-legged on the bed in a Turkish style. Here is a discussion about it.

13. fling out of (something)#

To toss or throw something out of something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fling" and "out."

14. thrice#

Three times.

15. Arcadia#

A fictional utopia or paradise.

16. nubile#

Sexually attractive. // Reminds me of "牛逼了" - a meaningless comment.

17. dog-eared#

Refers to the corners of a book being turned up, resembling a dog's ears. It can also describe something worn out or dilapidated.

18. hot hand#

Refers to being on a winning streak or having a good run of luck. According to Wikipedia, the "hot hand fallacy" is a cognitive bias that suggests that because something has happened multiple times, it is likely to happen again. For example, in basketball, a player who is "hot" has a higher chance of making a shot. However, this is actually an illusion. The phenomenon of using intuition instead of rational analysis has a specific name, the "hot hand effect."

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