(1) a mixed blessing：忧喜参半的事
"working in a big city is a mixed blessing. it is so convenient and comfortable there, but noise pollution and traffic congestion are two big headaches."
(2) a narrow escape：九死一生
"the residents ran out of the burning building in time, but it was a narrow escape."
(3) a nasty piece of work：讨厌的家伙
"beware of tom! he looks nice at first sight, but finally you will find him a nasty piece of work."
(4) a necessary evil：讨厌但不得不做的事
"david is tired of work, but, as the chief of the department, he has to regard it as a necessary evil."
(5) an odd man out：难以和他人相处者
"at school, bob was an odd man out; he seldom mingled with his peers."
(6) an open book：尽人皆知的事
"david's daily life is an open book; he is a nice person to work with."
(7) plain sailing：一帆风顺
"with the major obstacles removed, all should experience plain sailing from now on."
(8) a plum job：薪酬优厚的好差使
"teaching can be considered a plum job here, but fewer and fewer young people regard it as a good career."
(9) a put-up job：预先布置的勾当；骗局
"there is much publicity on foreign investment, but it may be a put-up job."
(10) a safe bet：必胜的事
"for many housewives, putting money in a good bank is a safe bet."
(11) second nature：第二天性
"wearing a seat belt is second nature to every here."
(12) one's sixth sense：一个人的第六感
"when the policeman saw a parcel near a building, his sixth sense told him that it could be a time bomb."
(13) small talk：不重要的闲谈
"as is often the case with staff meeting, it started off with small talk and then got down to business."
(14) a snap decision：急速的决定
"the change of ruling or public housing came as a snap decision from the public housing authorities."
(15) a soft option：比较容易或有利的选择
"helen considered staying with her mother a soft option because she did not have to worry about house-keeping."
(16) a stepping stone：踏脚石
"a good degree from a good university serves as a stepping stone towards a person's career."
(17) a sure-fire method/solution：绝对可靠的方法/解决办法
"to link good performance with better remuneration is a sure-fire method to increase productivity."
(18) teething troubles：暂时的困难
"shortage of staff and inefficient use of office equipment are teething troubles of any new company."
(19) a wet blanket：扫兴者
"don't be a wet blanket by prohibiting people from doing this or that."
(20) wishful thinking：如意算盘
"buying a big car? no, it is only wishful thinking, since i don't have the means to do so."
- a.管理的，行政的 四级词汇
- n.管理者，行政人员 六级词汇
- n.开汽车的人 四级词汇
- a.有经验的；熟练的 四级词汇