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“be tied up”意思是“被绑起来了”?

2021-06-08

首先来分析“tie”这个词,tie  作动词时,意为:(用线、绳等)系;打结,tie up  意为:占用;绑好。be tied up   意为:被占用,很忙 ,相当于“busy”


我们平时一说到忙碌,首先想到的往往是“busy”用得太多,就显得句式不够高级了,所以就可以用“be tied up”来代替。


比如说:I'll be busy until seven o 'clock.我七点钟之前都在忙。


可以换成:I'm afraid I'll be tied up until 7 o 'clock.我七点钟以前恐怕抽不出时间。这样的表达不落俗套,用在写作中可以加分不少。


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今天就来盘点一下“busy”的高级表达


1. be as busy as a be 忙忙碌碌,忙死忙活的


He was as busy as a bee trying to put the house in order.


他为了把家里弄得整整齐齐,忙了好一阵子。


类似的表达还有


I am as busy as a ticking clock.


我忙得像滴滴答答的钟(一刻不停)。


2. be up to one’s neck

忙得不可开交


I can’t possibly come out tonight. I'm up to my neck in work.

今晚我不可能出去了,我忙得不可开交。


3. in the middle of (doing) sth.

正忙于某事


I'm in the middle of something. Could you call back later?

我现在很忙,你能过会儿打电话吗?


4. not have time to catch one's breath

忙得连喘口气的功夫都没有


What a day! I don't even have time to catch my breath.

这一天太忙了!我甚至连喘气的功夫都没有。


5. I am booked.

booked指预定 我被预定了,比喻异常忙碌。


I am booked solid all morning. What's up?

一上午我都有事,怎么了?


6. pressed for time

没时间,很忙


If you’re pressed for time, don't forget to relax

and take a couple minutes to breathe.

如果你很忙,千万别忘了放松,花几分钟来呼吸一下新鲜空气。


7. on the go.

忙个不停


I got a new job this year where I am on the go all the time.

我今年找了份新工作,一直忙得不可开交。




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