To go down like a lead balloon 不受歡迎或起反效果

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Image caption Let go of your imagination

今日短語

如果你說的話或做的事 goes down like a lead balloon, 這就意味著起不受歡迎,激起了他人的不滿或反感。

例句

David's joke was in very poor taste. It went down like a lead balloon!

The news of Jenny's engagement went down like a lead balloon when she told the girls – they couldn』t stand her boyfriend!

The job cuts will go down like a lead balloon when the workers are told about them.

請注意

通俗表達 to swing the lead 意思是假裝生病逃避工作。

例句:

I'm sick of having to do the work for my colleague – he's always swinging the lead!