at the helm
how long has our ceo been at the helm?
for almost two decades. we need some fresh blood- that's for sure.
a domino effect
those workers make good money. why are they on strike?
it's a domino effect. other lower-paid workers just got their wages raised, so now everybody wants more money.
（这是骨牌效应。其它工资较低的工人刚获得加薪，所以现在每个人都想要更多钱。） another story
i like to stay up late. it's the best time for me to write.
but it's quite another story for those of us who have to be at work by 8 a.m.
（但那对我们这些得在八点前上班的人来说就完全是另外一回事了。） at ease
were you nervous the first time you taught in front of the whole class?
not really. my students were so cute that they made me feel completely at ease.
（其实还好。我的学生很可爱，他们让我觉得非常轻松自在。）at the eleventh hour
thank god, you're here. i thought you might not be able to make it.
i looked everywhere to find my passport. then i found it at the eleventh hour.
at the end of one's rope
i'm at the end of my rope with you. are you coming with me or not?
give me ten more minutes. i want to know how the show ends.
our company imports drugs from america. the is all above board.
hey, take it easy. i just want to know how many days it will take to import the goods.
as as an eel
i'm hesitating whether to buy the computer from that salesman.
don't trust him. he's as as an eel.
as right as rain
how's sharon since her last month?
she's as right as rain. i saw her the day before yesterday and she looked great.
around the clock
what should i do if i'm about to run out of gas at midnight on my way home?
don't worry! plenty of gas stations offer services around the clock.
a square meal
i miss my mom's cooking.
yeah, me too. she always whips me up a square meal whenever i go home.