一课译词:下马威

2020.01.07
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“下马威”,原指官吏初到任时对下属显示的威风(severity shown by an official on assuming office),后泛指一开始就向对方显示自己的威力(head-on blow at the first encounter)。常用的表达如“给对手一个下马威”,可以翻译为“prevail over the opponent from the very first encounter”。

 

例句:

教练一开始就给每个球员来了一个下马威。
The coach begins by putting the fear of God in every ballplayer.

新经理一来就来了个下马威,开除了几个懒散的员工。
As soon as the new manager assumed office, he showed his ruthlessness by firing several slackers.

 

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