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VOA盛行美语 Unit 119: out to get someone / go to bat for someone
Larry和李华刚刚上完满国历史课，两人正在探讨上课的内容。明天李华会学到两个罕用语: out to get someone和go to bat for someone.
LL: Hey, Li Hua, did you notice how professor Smith kept asking Mary really hard questions? He really seemed out to get her.
LH: 就是啊！我也在疑惑呢！Smith传授好象在成心刁难Mary，他问她的成绩恐怕谁都答不进去。真是奇怪。Larry你说传授是out to get her，那是什么意思啊？
LL: If a person is "out to get" someone else it means that he has a grudge against that person and wants to hurt or embarrass her.
LH: 哼，out to get someone 就是成心让某人尴尬，和他过不去。可是Smith 传授和Mary有什么过节，为什么要这样对她呢？
LL: I heard that a student complained about Prof. Smith to the department chair. It"s possible that she was the one who complained and now he"s out to get her for it.
LH: 你怀疑Mary在系主任那里示意对Smith传授不满，所以传授如今要整她？哎哟！ 要是被传授盯上，成心和你过不去，那可惨了！
LL: Yeah, I can imagine that it"s stressful. I"ve never had a professor that was out to get me, but I had a classmate that was out to get me once.
LL: Well, I asked out the girl he liked and she went out with me. He was so angry that he was always spreading rumors about me. He even told the girl that I had another girlfriend
LL: Of course not. She knew he was out to get me. Have you ever known anyone who was out to get you?
LL: Yeah, she really had a grudge against you after you asked her to be quieter when she came home at night.
LL: But did you see how that other student went to bat for her? He told the professor that his behavior was unprofessional in front of everyone.
LL: That term comes from baseball. If you go to bat for someone else it means you stand up for them and defend them.
LH: 噢！Go to bat for someone就是替某人仗义执言，就像那个男同窗替Mary出头，站起来批判Smith传授一样咯！
LL: Exactly. Can you think of a time that someone went to bat for you?
LH: 嗯，有一次我骑着自行车被一个开车的人撞上，那人还怪我，说是我的错。不是你跳进去帮我忙的吗！你怎样忘了呢？我记得你还叫了警察呢。You really went to bat for me.
LL: Oh, that was nothing. I was just helping you out. I"m sure you would have gone to bat for me, too.
LL: Yeah, I remember that.
LL: Well, that was true. I did see her cheating.
LH: Larry，我真的很感激你噢！ 你也有女子汉大丈夫的气概。
明天李华学到两个罕用语。第一个是out to get someone。意思是成心和某人过不去，让他为难、尴尬。另一个罕用语是go to bat for someone, 是替某人仗义执言，为人出头的意思。
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