Chasing your tail 瞎忙活

更新時間 2013年 10月 17日, 星期四 - 格林尼治標準時間13:22
The tail of a whale

The tail of a southern right whale, off the coast of South Africa

今日小常識

A southern right whale's head measures one third of its total length. It is easy to identify, as the enormous head is covered in white-coloured outgrowths of tough skin. They are only found in the oceans of the southern hemisphere.

一條南露脊鯨的頭部長為其整個身體的三分之一。這類鯨魚非常容易識別,因為巨大的頭部被一堆白色的硬糙皮覆蓋。人們只能在南半球的海洋裏看到南露脊鯨。

今日短語

短語 chasing your tail 的意思就是從早到晚忙個不停,但沒有太多收獲,就是我們常說的瞎忙活或無謂瞎忙。

例句

I've been chasing my tail all day, but I haven't got anything done! What a waste of a day!

Organising a meeting for next week has been impossible. I've been chasing my tail trying to sort out a date, venue and agenda... I'll try again tomorrow!

類似表達

短語 to run around like a headless chicken 的意思是投入大量精力去做很多事情,但是沒有任何真正的收益,如漢語裏常說的「像無頭蒼蠅到處亂撞」。

I've been running around like a headless chicken all day trying to get ready for my holiday, but it's already 7.30pm and I've still got loads to do!

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