Going downhill 走下坡路

更新時間 2012年 2月 15日, 星期三 - 格林尼治標準時間16:19
Laura Gut skiing during the Women」s World Cup Downhill Ski training session.

Laura Gut practises her downhill skiing for the Women」s World Cup near Sochi, Russia. Photo by Olivier Morin.

今日短語

今日小常識

「Downhill」 is the fastest form of Alpine skiing. Competitors ski down a steep course in the fastest time possible, reaching speeds of up to 85mph. The vertical drop on downhill courses is 800-1100m for men and 500-800m for women

Downhill 是最快速的高山滑雪形式。參賽者從雪山高處以最快的速度滑下,時速能達到每小時 85 英里。山頂到山底的高度落差分別是男子賽 800-1100 米,女子賽 500-800 米。

在英語裏,go downhill 這個短語的直接翻譯是下山的意思,它也可以用來形容形勢越來越糟或者無法控制。

例句

My grandfather's been in hospital for the last month. He wasn't too bad at first, but he's rapidly going downhill.

The company is not making profits – business is really going downhill.

I'm trying to get as much sleep as I can before the baby is born – it all goes downhill from there!

請注意

另有一個短語是 an uphill struggle 一場困難的鬥爭,用來形容某件事情很難辦到或者需要付出很多的心血才能完成。

Finishing my degree whilst holding down a full-time job was a real uphill struggle.

He has just been made redundant and his wife」s expecting twins – the next couple of months are going to be a real uphill struggle for them.

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