1. Acid test– 酸值測試
Meaning: A decisive test where the findings show the worth or quality of something.
Example: “This beta test will be the acid test needed for our project to receive funding.”
2. The problem is between the keyboard and the chair- 問題是在鍵盤與椅子中間
Meaning: The problem was caused by the fault of the user. Also seen as the acronym PICNIC: Problem In Chair Not In Computer
Example: “The glitch in that game seems to be a problem between the keyboard and the chair.”
3. Fire on all cylinders- 點燃全汽缸
Meaning: The system is working as well as it can.
Example: “Our network is firing on all cylinders after the update.”
4. Get your wires crossed- 線打結了
Meaning: People misunderstanding each other when making plans or giving directions.
Example: “We must have gotten our wires crossed the other day because he wasn’t at the meeting at noon as planned.”
5. Pull the plug- 拔插頭
Meaning: To end a project.
Example: “It looks like time to pull the plug on this coding class.”
Please think of two to three scenarios where you can use these idioms or share a story using the idioms.