Roll out the red carpet 隆重歡迎

更新時間 2012年 11月 30日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間15:36
A 500-metre-long red carpet in New Zealand.

A 500-metre-long red carpet in Wellington, New Zealand, for the premiere of the movie The Hobbit. Photo: Reuters

今日小常識

Red carpets were traditionally used for welcoming royalty and heads of state, though these days they are often used for celebrity events. The earliest reference to a 'red carpet' in this sense was is in a play by the Greek dramatist Aeschylus in 458 BC.


紅地毯一直是迎接皇室或國家領導時的必備品,現在也廣泛用於各種名人聚會的場合。最早提到「紅地毯」這個概念的是希臘劇作家埃斯庫羅斯在公元前458年寫的一個劇本。

今日短語

To roll out the red carpet 鋪上紅地毯的意思就是隆重熱烈歡迎某人,給與最高待遇。

例句

When my in-laws came to stay we really rolled out the red carpet. We made a full roast dinner and had some fine Colombian wine.

Tom rolled out the red carpet for his girlfriend on her birthday. He bought her a beautiful necklace and made her a Thai curry with fresh spices.

When the new clients come next week let's roll out the red carpet. Why not take them to that amazing five-star burrito restaurant?

請注意

另一個短語 to sweep something under the carpet 把什麼東西掃到地毯下面, 意思就是逃避或者想隱瞞什麼問題。

If you make a mistake don't just sweep it under the carpet. It's always better to admit it.

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