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表現力アップに、慣用句の英訳ヒント集・補遺 (5)

舌先三寸
⇒口先だけの巧みな弁舌 the gift of (the) gab
英英定義 the ability to speak easily and confidently in a way that makes people want to listen to you and believe you
例文 She's got the gift of the gab - she should work in sales and marketing. (CALD)

舌足らず
⇒言葉や表現が十分ではない sketchy
英英定義 containing few details
例文 So far we only have sketchy information about what caused the explosion. (CALD)

舌鼓を打つ
smack one's lips
英英定義 to close and open your mouth loudly to express a strong desire to eat something you like a lot
例文 "I adore chocolate cake, " said Susannah, smacking her lips. (CALD)

尻拭いする
⇒他人の失敗などの後始末をする straighten out someone's mess
英英定義 straighten out: to solve a problem or to deal successfully with a confusing situation
例文 Once we get these problems straightened out, we should be all right. (CALD)

爪に火を灯す
⇒苦労して倹約する scrimp and save
英英定義 If you scrimp and save, you manage to live on very little money in order to pay for something
例文 I've been scrimping and saving all year to pay for our holiday. (CALD)

爪の垢をせんじて飲む
⇒すぐれた人にあやかるように心がける try to be like someone / take a lesson [learn] from someone (人の行為などから教訓を得る)

手が後に回る
⇒警察などにつかまる be put behind bars
英英定義 behind bars: in prison
例文 He's spent most of his life behind bars. (CALD)

手の内を見せる
show one's hand
英英定義 to permit people to know about intentions that you had previously kept secret
例文 Keep the names of the team secret - don't show your hand until the day of the match. (CALD)

手持ち無沙汰
⇒何もすることがなくて、間がもたない have time on one's hands / have time to kill
英英定義 have time on one's hands: to have nothing to do
例文 Now that her children are all at school, Mary has found that she has time on her hands, so she is taking a college course. (CALD)
英英定義 have time to kill: to have nothing to do for a particular period
例文 We've got some time to kill before our train arrives - shall we have a drink? (CALD)

手を引く
back out
英英定義 to decide not to do something that you had said you would do
例文 They backed out of the deal the day before they were due to sign the contract. (CALD)