WORDS AND USAGE

  •Keep (all) your wits about you (idiom) – To pay attention and be ready to react.(保持清醒,废物利用手工制作,随时应变)  Examples:  1. Cycling is potentially very dangerous in the city – you have to keep your wits about you.    2. Luckily, my father kept his wits about him and saved us from the fire.  •Not bear thinking about (idiom) -  To be too shocking or unpleasant to think about.(难以想像)  Examples:  1.”What if she’d been driving faster?””It doesn’t bear thinking about.”    2.What had happened to her before dying did not bear thinking about.  •The crux (noun) -  The most important or serious part of a matter, problem, or argument.(关键,要害)  Examples:  1.The crux of the country’s economic problems is its foreign debt.     2.The crux of the trial was his whereabouts at the time of the murder.  •Rack one’s brain(s) (idiom) -  to strain in mental effort, esp to remember something or to find the solution to a problem.(绞尽脑汁,搜肠刮肚)  Examples:  1. I’ve been racking my brain all day but I can’t remember her name.    2. He racked his brains all weekend trying to think of a solution to the problem.  •Above all else (idiom) -  Used to emphasise that a particular thing is more important than other things.(高於一切)  Examples:  1. Above all else I hate the cold.     2. Many people value money above all else.

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