Not give someone the time of day 对某人毫不理睬

The script of this programme 本節目台詞

Chris: Hi there Li.

Li: Oh, hi Chris.

Chris: Are you alright? You seem annoyed?

Li: Oh, I'm fed up 我很不開心. I had to stay late at work again yesterday. I still didn't manage to finish all the work, so I came in early today as well.

Chris: Sounds like you need a cup of tea. I'll put the kettle on. What have you got to finish?

Li: Well, it's not even my work I have to finish – it's Lisa's.

Chris: What do you mean?

Li: Since she started, she's always asking me to do her work for her. She'll start it, and then give it to me to complete, then leave early while I have to stay late to get it all done!

Chris: Oh, I know how you feel. Lisa did the same thing to me last week. She's really difficult to work with. Normally I wouldn't give her the time of day, but she is the manager's secretary.

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Li: You wouldn't give her the time of day? … 什麼意思?What time?

Chris: No, no… it's an expression – a negative expression. What I meant was I wouldn't normally pay any attention to her. It's a bit of an unfriendly expression to use. Here are some examples:

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After the way Dave talked about me during the meeting, I wouldn't give him the time of day.

Politicians are all the same – they're never honest. I wouldn't give any of them the time of day.

Chris: Long ago, in Shakespeare's time, the phrase 'good time of day' was a greeting often used. These days we say 'good morning'…

Li: Or 'good afternoon'.

Chris: That's right. So to say that you wouldn't give someone the time of day means you wouldn't want to greet them or say hello. So the saying means you refuse to give someone your attention.

Li: Ah, I see. 也就是說你很討厭某人,即不喜歡打招呼也不願理睬這個人。

Chris: But sadly we can't avoid some people in the office, no matter how hard we try!

Li: Well, I'd better get back to work… I've got so much to do!

Chris: Good luck. Let me know if you need any help.

Li: Thanks Chris. See you later.