主題: 英語慣用語系列 – 死亡相關慣用語 Death related Idioms
1. A brush with death 與死神擦肩而過
If someone has a brush with death, they survived a situation where they could have died.
Example: Paulo had a brush with death when he drove his car off the road.
2. One foot in the grave 一隻腳在墳墓裡
A less formal way to say that someone’s close to death is to say that they have one foot in the grave.
Example: I wasn’t really surprised to hear that our neighbour had passed away; he’d had one foot in the grave for years.
3. Six Feet Under 六尺以下
It is customary to bury a coffin six feet in the ground. So when we say someone is six feet under, it means he/she is dead and buried.
Example: Even though Michael Jackson is six feet under, his recordings are still making money.
4. Kick the bucket 翹辮子
From the people standing on buckets to commit suicide – the moment of death.
Example: Sam achieved his goal of climbing Mount Everest before he kicked the bucket.
5. On your last legs 奄奄一息
Someone or something that is on its/their last legs is close to dying or failing to work.
Example: I thought Granddad was on his last legs but he seems determined to stick around for a while!”
6. Over My Dead Body 除非我死了
It shows resistance in doing/ allowing to do something - under no circumstances.
Example: You’re only 17! You’ll go to that party over my dead body!
Use two to three idioms to share a personal story about death.