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一日一成语【80】sour grapes

2010-04-05 18:37:03 来源:世博英语
sour grapes

如果把这个成语直译成汉语,我想你也会理解它的含意的,因为“酸葡萄”这一带有特殊意味的说法已被汉语吸收了。这个成语源出于一个著名的伊索寓言。传说一个大热天,一只狐狸又热又渴,它一抬头,正好看到了葡萄藤上结着一串又大又熟的葡萄。狐狸想去摘,但个子不够高,连续跳了几次,仍然摘不到。它无可奈何,只能悻悻离去,自我安慰地说道:“那葡萄是酸的,我才不要吃呢!”:

She said that Jane’s new coat was old-fashioned and not worth the money she had paid for it. I think it is a case of sour grapes because I know she had been longing for such a coat all the time.
她说简的新大衣式样陈旧,不值得她付出的钱。我看她是买不起才这么说的,因为我知道她一直想要一件这样的大衣。

John said he was more interested in the competition itself than in the prize. Obviously it was sour grapes to him.
约翰说他对比赛本身比对奖品更感兴趣,很明显,对他来说,奖品是可望而不可及的东西。
 
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