WOTW: fly 4
| - Gorka Dieitz-Sanxurxo |
今週の #WOTW は最後の「fly」です。In this our fourth and last post on 'fly', we will have a look at some interesting phrases using 'fly", the insect.
- [drink with the flies] What are you doing there, drinking with the flies? (Drink alone. This is said in Australia and New Zealand.)
- [die (or drop) like flies] Once you turn 80 your friends start to drop like flies. (Die or collapse in large numbers.)
- [a fly in the ointment] A mobile phone went off for a second in the middle of the most beautiful sunset in the savannah. It was a fly in the ointment. (A minor irritation that spoils the success or enjoyment of something.)
- [like a blue-arsed fly] Am I busy? AM I BUSY, YOU ASK?! I’m going up and down this office like a blue-arsed fly! Am I busy… (In an extremely hectic or frantic way. This is British slang and might be thought of as vulgar by some people.)
- [fly on the wall] Apparently they had a big argument yesterday. I would’ve loved to be a fly on the wall in that room. (An unnoticed observer of a particular situation.)
- [fly-on-the-wall] It’s a fly-on-the-wall Danish film. Not everybody’s cup of tea. (A film-making technique whereby events are recorded realistically with minimum interference rather than acted out under direction.)
- [(there are) no flies on —]
A: Zack didn’t get the job.
B: Really? He’ll find something in no time. No flies on him!
(Used to emphasise a person's cleverness and astuteness.)
- [wouldn't hurt (or harm) a fly] He says John’s hit him, but I think he’s lying. John wouldn’t hurt a fly, now, would he? (Used to emphasize how inoffensive and harmless a person or animal is.)
Let us finish with a proverb
- [you (can) catch more flies with honey than (with) vinegar]. It means that it is more effective to be polite and flattering than to be hostile or demanding, for example, if you ask us nicely, we might do a word you suggest next week, after all you catch more flies with honey than vinegar!