What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;

—— William Wordsworth “Ode: Intimations of Immortality”


Elementary S2E20

square sth with sb to get permission from someone to do something E.g., I will square it with the hospital.

There is more to sb/sth than meets the eye sb/sth is less simple than they seem to be at first E.g I can’t help wonder if there is more to this than meets the eye.

joie de vive keen or buoyant enjoyment of life. E.g., I’m having trouble with reconciling his death with his vitality, his joie de vive.

What are you getting at?  你到底想说什么?

on account of = because

in a mood = in a bad mood ; A bitchy or pissed-off attitude

chase … down  catch someone or to get something that you need. E.g., He is chased down for pickpocketing in Union Square

Elementary S2E19

the rubber meets the road : A place or circumstance at which the implementation of a plan or intent is to be achieved. E.g., Finally, and this is where the rubber meets the road, you need a meaningful and imaginative way of presenting this information to the user.

lose sleep over someone or something: To worry about someone or something a lot, sometimes when one should be sleeping. E.g., I don’t intend to lose any sleep over this problem.

Come in handy: Become useful. E.g., You jest. But this atlas may soon come in very handy.

bid adieu to someone or something: to say good-bye. E.g., On commencement day we shall bid adieu to our alma mater.

It’s only fun in the right company. 跟合适的人一起才有趣

Where did you disappear to? 你刚刚到哪儿去了?

make a futile gesture 做无用功

a stroke of luck: a bit of luck; a lucky happening. E.g., It was a blow, but now he had a stroke of luck.

 on good terms (with someone) friendly with someone: E.g., Bill is on good terms with the people he works with

in all likelihood = very likely

take it with a grain of salt = view something with skepticism e.g., I would take that with a heaping pile of salt.

holds all the cards : To have what is needed to control a situation