Putting out fires 灭火救场

更新时间 2013年 10月 15日, 星期二 - 格林尼治标准时间13:50
Firefighters putting out a blaze

Firefighters attempt to control a blaze. Photo: Jeff Overs / BBC

今日小常识

London had no organised fire service until the Great Fire of London in 1666, which destroyed most of the city. It spread easily because it happened during a long, hot and dry summer, and because most houses were built of wood. After this event the first fire services were set up, and more houses were built of brick.

1666年伦敦大火几乎烧尽了整个城市,在此之前伦敦没有任何有组织的消防部门。当时伦敦正时夏季,天气干燥炎热,这也是导致大火迅速蔓延的主要原因。另外一个原因是由于当时伦敦大多数房屋都是木制的。消防部门在伦敦大火之后建立起来,更多房屋也改由砖块盖造。

今日短语

短语 putting out fires 通常指在工作环境中解决很多小的问题,问题虽小,但很棘手,需要在恶化前快速解决。

例句

Sorry I didn't have time to meet you for lunch today. I was busy at work all day putting out fires.

Sometimes it feels like you get nothing done in the office – you need to spend the whole day putting out fires.

请注意

短语 to get on like a house on fire 字面意思是“相处就像房子着火”,实际用来形容两个人一拍即和、一见如故,关系处得很好。

Phoebe and Alice get on like a house on fire. They share exactly the same sense of humour and are always joking and laughing together.



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