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VOA盛行美语 Unit 62: PULL SOTH. OFF / STRIKE
明天Michael正在设法买票和李华一同去看世界职业棒球赛的决赛。李华学到了两个习气用语：to strike out 和to pull something off。
M: Well, Li Hua, I struck out again. It looks like my cousin won"t have any world series tickets to sell to us after all.
L: 你说什么？Struck out? 这跟买球票有什么关系？
M: I said I struck out again. Struck out means that I failed after trying several times.
L: 噢，我想起来了！棒球赛里就有strike out这个说法。假如一个击球手三次击球不中，他就strike out， 也就是"三振出局"。所以，strike out的意思是，一件事做了几次也不胜利。
M: That"s right. Looks like you"ve got a good grasp of the rules of baseball. Why don"t you try and use it in a sentence.
L: 嗯，让我想想。对了，我一个冤家请求了几个学校的钻研院，可是没有一所学校承受她。 (English) So, she completely struck out.
M: There you go. You know, even if your friend struck out this year, I hope she tries again. I remember the first year I applied to graduate school, I struck out too. But I learned from my mistakes, and eventually found a good school that accepted me.
M: Yeah, I was rather pleased to get into graduate school. Too bad I still strike out with the girls. None of the good ones want to go out with me.
L: 嘿嘿，别担忧，Michael, 你要求不要太高，肯定会找到你喜爱的女孩的。你总不可能不断在这方面strike out吧! *****
L: 嘿 Michael, 你到底有没有买到棒球决赛的球票啊？
M: No, to tell you the truth, Li Hua, I don"t think I can pull it off. There simply are no tickets for sale.
L: 你说什么？ Pull it off? 你还在想方法，对不对?
M: I said I don"t think I can pull it off. To pull something off - Pull. P U L L. Off. O F F, means to succeed at something very difficult, usually unexpectedly.
L: 噢，To pull something off就是出乎意料地做成一件很艰难的事件。哎，Michael, 你再举个例子好不好？
M: Ok, most of our friends didn"t think that Beijing would be allowed to host the 2008 Olympics, but in the end Beijing pulled it off! I was really surprised.
L: 对，很多人认为中国申办奥运不会胜利，然而中国试了几次，终于胜利， 也就是pulled it off。Michael, 凭你对中国的理解，你不应该感到诧异才对嘛。
M: Yeah. I guess so. Anyway, as for the tickets, I don"t think I can pull this off.
M: The series has already started, the tickets were sold months ago, and the only people selling them on the Internet want at least $600 a ticket for game 7.
L: 电脑上买票还要六百美元一张？这也太过份了吧？哎，Michael, 反正我对棒球也没兴味，你就不必给我买票了。
M: You know, Li Hua, I spent the whole afternoon calling people and trying to find tickets. I wish you had said something sooner.
L: 对不起，我晓得你花了很多工夫。可是，我没想到你这么没能耐，试了半天还是struck out!
Michael和李华想买职业棒球赛的球票，可是没有买到。李华学到了两个习气用语：to strike out和to pull something off。Strike out示意一件事做了几次都没有胜利。To pull something off示意出乎意料地做成了一件很艰难的事件。
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