1. AROUND THE CLOCK日夜不断的
If something is open around the clock, it means it is open 24 hours a day.
“AROUND THE CLOCK”24小时不停歇。
The hotel's service is great, there is always someone available to help you around the clock.
2. AHEAD OF TIME提前
If something happens ahead of time, it happens early, before the set time, or with time to spare.
If you make the cakes ahead of time, then you'll be able to focus on the decorations more.
3. A MONTH OF SUNDAYS很久
This is a very long period of time.
It's been a month of Sundays since I last went to the theatre!
4. DWELL ON THE PAST沉溺往事
When someone thinks too much about the past.
I wish you'd stop dwelling on the past, she's never going to come back. You need to move on with your life!
5. CALL TIME到此结束
When you call time on something, you decide it is time to end it.
I think we should call time on this project. It is draining our resources, exhausting our manpower, and isn't making any progress.
6. AFTER THE WATERSHED少儿不宜时段
In some countries, the watershed is the time limit after which, more TV programmes can be shown that include adult humor, bad language, or controversial subjects.
Why are the children still up watching TV? They should be in bed now, it's after the watershed!
7. DAYS ARE NUMBERED去日不多
When someone's days are numbered, they are expected to die soon.
The doctors say his days are numbered. They don't have much hope of him surviving this illness.
8. DO TIME / SERVE TIME服刑
Used to describe someone's sentence in prison.
He is doing time for a crime he did not commit!
9. ELEVENTH HOUR最后一刻
When something happens at the very last minute.
Everyone thought he was going to lose when he had to stop to get a tyre changed, but at the eleventh hour, he came first and won the race!
10. CRUNCH TIME关键时刻
When someone has to make an important decision that will affect not just their future, but those of others around them too.
As the Executive Director stepped out onto the podium, his clothes felt damp, and sweat beads were forming on his forehead. He knew it was crunch time.
11. bed of roses称心如意的生活
Life is not a bed of roses, but please treasure it and enjoy it.
12. best of both worlds两全其美
The house combines country surroundings with city convenience, so having the best of both worlds.
13. big time非常;很;大大地
14. be down-to-earth脚踏实地
People should be down-to-earth, instead of being over-ambitious.
15. a big fish大人物
In the city I was nothing, but in the country I was considered a big fish.