Putting out fires 滅火救場

更新時間 2013年 10月 15日, 星期二 - 格林尼治標準時間13:50
Firefighters putting out a blaze

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

今日小常識

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年倫敦大火幾乎燒盡了整個城市,在此之前倫敦沒有任何有組織的消防部門。當時倫敦正時夏季,天氣乾燥炎熱,這也是導致大火迅速蔓延的主要原因。另外一個原因是由於當時倫敦大多數房屋都是木製的。消防部門在倫敦大火之後建立起來,更多房屋也改由磚塊蓋造。

今日短語

短語 putting out fires 通常指在工作環境中解決很多小的問題,問題雖小,但很棘手,需要在惡化前快速解決。

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.

請注意

短語 to get on like a house on fire 字面意思是「相處就像房子著火」,實際用來形容兩個人一拍即和、一見如故,關係處得很好。

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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