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1 Behind the English words All materials in this website are used in academic research. Please inform me for violation of copyright, and I will remove it as soon as possible.

2 Greek Mythology Greek Mythology Achilles’ heel (the heel of Achilles) Iliad, Thetis, the styx, Paris The shortage of courage is his heel of Achilles.

3 apple of discord Eris, Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Paris He is an apple of discord wherever he appears.

4 be a Diana be a Jason Thessaly, Colchis, Medea, (seeker of gold, fortune-hunter)

5 like an Apollo (As an Apollo) the Apollo of England He is bright and glowing as a Apollo. Pandora’s box

6 Bible Adam’s apple A women also has an Adam’s apple, but it is not apparent. curious as Lot’s wife Sodom, Lot, Abraham Don’t play the role Lot’s wife.

7 salt of the earth You are all salt of the earth. Our hope is placed on you. sell one’s birthright for a mess of pottage Esau, Jacob You can not sell your soul for a mess of pottage.

8 William Shakespeare bark at the moon (bay the moon) Julius (Caesaar) “I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon, that such a Roman.”

9 It was all Greek to me. Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark Hamlet, Gertrude, Claudius (Hamlet with Hamlet left out.)

10 Aesop Fables Aesop Fables sour grapes What he said is only sour grapes. wolf in sheep’s clothes We are dealing with a wolf in sheep’s clothes. lion’s share He got the lions share of the all profit.

11 a baker’s dozen (a devil’s dozen, a printer’s dozen) Although we had ordered only twelve, the storekeeper gave us a baker’s dozen. blackmail black ox black sheep black swan (white crow)

12 by the grapevine Who told you that? cold shoulder The young man was furious when she gave him the cold shoulder. face the music It’s time to face the music. fish in the trouble waters Those who made large profits during wars were fishing in troubled waters.

13 all thumbs turn thumbs up, turn thumbs down I dropped my cup. I’m all thumbs today. apple polishing (apple polisher) (to soft soap, to butter up) Susan is the boss’ pet because she always polishes the apple. have got out of the bed on the wrong side

14 horse of another color King Richard the Third That's a horse of another color. look a gift horse in the mouth It would be silly to look a gift horse in the mouth.

15 EGG lay an egg His joke laid an egg. in the egg hard-boiled egg to kill the goose that lays the golden egg He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens.

16 Go Dutch do a Dutch, double Dutch, in Dutch, talk Dutch American beauty Dutch courage French leave Indian meal China & china, Shanghai, shanghai

17 Let it Be by The Beatles When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness She is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be. And when all the broken hearted people Living in the world agree, There will be an answer, let it be. For though they may be parted there is Still a chance that they will see There will be an answer, let it be.

18 And when all the broken hearted people Living in the world agree, There will be an answer, let it be. For though they may be parted there is Still a chance that they will see There will be an answer, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Let it be, let it be. There will be an answer, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

19 And when the night is cloudy, There is still a light that shines on me. Shine on 'til tomorrow, let it be. I wake up to the sound of music Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Let it be, yeah let it be. There will be an answer, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Let it be, yeah let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

20 References: 1. 英語詞彙源來如此 2. American Idioms 3.http://www.nomdundieu.com/2.1.1%2 0adam%20et%20eve.htm 4.http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com /catalog/titledetail.cfm?titleNumber=


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