As flat as a pancake 平如煎餅

更新時間 2013年 2月 12日, 星期二 - 格林尼治標準時間12:50
Children tossing pancakes

Trainee choristers from Salisbury Cathedral Choir tossing pancakes. Photo: Matt Cardy/ Getty Images.


A pancake is a thin, flat, round cake prepared from a batter and cooked on a hot griddle or frying pan. Traditionally they are tossed, or flipped over, in the frying pan so that both sides are cooked. They can be served at any time with a variety of toppings or fillings including jam, fruit or simply with sugar and lemon. In Britain, they are associated with Shrove Tuesday, commonly known as Pancake Day.

眾所周知,圓而平的煎餅是由人們把麵糊放在平底鍋 griddle 或煎鍋 frying pan 上攤至而成的。煎餅可以被 toss 拋起來,然後 flip over 翻面,這樣煎餅兩面都可以均勻受熱。煎餅的口味多種多樣,常見的有在餅面上加果醬、水果或糖和檸檬水。Shrove Tuesday 「懺悔星期二」是基督徒思罪懺悔的節日,在英國俗稱為 Pancake Day 「煎餅節」。


我們用 as flat as a pancake 這個短語來形容某物特別平坦。


It's a perfect day for sailing because the sea is as flat as a pancake.

Cycling around here is easy, the countryside is as flat as a pancake.


短語 fall flat on your face 的字面意思是摔趴下臉貼在地上。我們可以用這個短語來形容做某事失敗了或因做錯事情而感到尷尬、不體面。

If we don't get any funding, this building project will fall flat on its face.


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