Green-Eyed Monster


The evil Iago plants doubts in Othello`s mind about his wife`s faithfulness, while advising him, "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! / It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock / The meat it feeds on." (Othello, Act 3, Scene 3)

北京体彩网 邪惡的伊阿古讓奧賽羅對妻子的忠心起了疑心,提醒他說,“噢,大人,要小心嫉妒之心!那可是一只綠眼的妖魔,它慣于耍弄爪下的獵物。”(《奧賽羅》,第3幕第3場)

In a Pickle


In The Tempest, King Alonso asks his jester, Trinculo, "How camest thou in this pickle?" And the drunk Trinculo – who has indeed gotten into trouble – responds "I have been in such a pickle since I saw you last ..." (Act 5, Scene 1)


北京体彩网 One theory has it that the phrase in a pickle entered English from an old Dutch expression that translates as something like "sit in the pickle".

北京体彩网 有一種說法認為in a pickle這個短語來源于一個古代的荷蘭語表達,類似于“坐在咸菜缸”里這樣一個說法。

Love Is Blind


北京体彩网 This phrase has more than one meaning: we overlook flaws in those we love (that`s good), but love can blind us to serious issues (that`s bad).


北京体彩网 In The Merchant of Venice, Jessica is shy about her beloved Lorenzo seeing her disguised as a boy, but recognizes that it won`t affect his love for her, saying, "But love is blind and lovers cannot see / The pretty follies that themselves commit ..." (Act 2, Scene 6)

北京体彩网 在《威尼斯商人》中,杰西卡不好意思讓深愛的羅倫佐看到她偽裝成一個男孩,不過也意識到這并不妨礙他愛她,她說,“可愛情是盲目的,愛侶們看不到他們自己犯下的那些美麗又愚蠢的錯誤…”(第2幕,第6場)

Salad Days

北京体彩网 一個人的青春年少時光

In Antony and Cleopatra, Cleopatra recalls her relationship with Julius Caesar that occurred during, "My salad days, / When I was green in judgment...." (Act 1, Scene 5)


Originally, English speakers used salad days with Cleopatra`s meaning: a time of youthful inexperience or indiscretion. These days, however, it usually means "an early flourishing period" – in other words, a heyday.

最初,英語使用者只用salad days表示克莉奧佩特拉所說的“青春、稚嫩的時光”。不過現在,這個短語通常表示“鼎盛時期”。

Wear My Heart on My Sleeve


北京体彩网 Discussing his planned betrayal of Othello, the villain Iago says, "But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve / For daws to peck at: I am not what I am." (Othello, Act 1, Scene 1)


There`s the Rub

北京体彩网 這就是問題所在

In Hamlet`s famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy, "ay, there`s the rub" is the tormented prince`s acknowledgement that death may not end his difficulties because the dead may perhaps still be troubled by dreams. (Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1)


Cruel to Be Kind


"I must be cruel only to be kind; / Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind," says the tormented Hamlet. He has just mistakenly killed Polonius, and it`s clear that he doesn`t know how bad things are going to get. (Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4)

北京体彩网 飽受折磨的哈姆雷特說:“要想善良,必先殘忍,壞事開了頭,更糟糕的還在后面。”他剛剛誤殺了波洛尼厄斯,而且很明顯他根本不知道事情會糟糕到什么程度。(《哈姆雷特》,第3幕第4場)

Wild Goose Chase

北京体彩网 復雜又無果的追尋或搜索;徒勞無果

北京体彩网 In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio likens the rapid exchange of jokes between Romeo and himself to the cross-country horse race of Shakespeare`s time, known as the wild goose chase, in which any number of riders tried to keep up with and accurately follow the lead rider`s course:


"Nay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I am done; for thou / hast more of the wild goose in one of thy wits than, I am sure, I / have in my whole five." (Act 2, Scene 4)


Dogs of War

北京体彩网 戰爭的恐懼之處

In Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1, a grief-stricken Mark Antony predicts that the instability following Caesar`s murder will result in civil war: "Cry `havoc!` And let slip the dogs of war!" ("Cry havoc" was the military order for soldiers to seize plunder from an enemy.)

在《凱撒大帝》第3幕第1場中,悲傷過度的馬克?安東尼預言稱,凱撒大帝被謀殺后的不穩定局勢會導致內戰:“下令搶劫!讓戰爭的恐懼溜走吧!”(Cry havoc是軍隊中的命令用語,指下令讓士兵從敵人手中搶掠。)

Strange Bedfellows


When Trinculo seeks shelter from a storm under the cloak of a creature he`s very unsure about – he wonders if it`s a man or a fish – he comments "misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows." (The Tempest, Act 2, Scene 2)

北京体彩网 特林鳩羅在一個他不知為何物的生物的斗篷下躲避暴風雨時,他不知道那是個人還是條魚,他說:“處于悲慘境地,人可以跟任何東西結成聯盟。”(《暴風雨》,第2幕第2場)