5. Can’t Carry a Tune in a Bucket:
Collins then says, “…or people who can’t carry a tune in a bucket.”
This expression uses multiple meanings of the word ‘carry’. There is ‘carry’ as in physically transport something; hold something and transport it.
There’s also ‘carry’ as in carry a tune, which means sing on key. So if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket you really can’t sing. You can’t sing at all!
A similar expression is one’s way out of a wet paper bag. Now a wet paper bag is very weak. It would be incredibly easy to get out of. But somebody is so bad at something, they couldn’t even do that.
Like for me, this is an easy example, I can’t cook my way out of a wet paper bag. Or, ‘She can’t dance her way out of a wet paper bag.’
6. Be Stood Up:
McMillan talks about a restaurant that gives free lunches to people who find themselves stood up.
To be stood up is to have an appointment with someone, but the other person doesn’t show up. It’s especially common with dates like, ‘He had a blind date on Friday but she stood him up.’ The woman didn’t appear.
And I’d say, there’s a nuance of selfishness here; of not doing something for a good reason. Like say someone didn’t show up because of an emergency. You might say later, ‘No, no. He didn’t stand her up. There was a family emergency.’
7. Be Left High and Dry:
Wu asks, “Are there any cheats who pretend to have been left high and dry?”
If we’re left high and dry, we’re left helpless, stranded, without support.
For example, ‘Investors were left high and dry when the pyramid scheme collapsed.’ Or, ‘We were left high and dry when the Company withdrew its funding for our project.’
Ueda says, ‘You’d have to be pretty desperate to do that.”
You’d have to have an extreme need for something.
Like, ‘I didn’t want to take out a loan but I was desperate for cash.’
6. 辞書にはこの様に記載されています。If a boyfriend or girlfriend stands you up, they fail to keep an arrangement to meet you
7. 一見簡単ですが、慣れていないと使うのは難しいのではないでしょうか。練習が必要です。辞書の説明は以下の通りです。If you say that you were left high and dry, you are emphasizing that you were left in a difficult situation and were unable to do anything about it.
8. 発音は[déspərət]です。この形容詞がタイトルについたアメリカのドラマがありましたね。辞書には次にように記載されています。If you are desperate, you are in such a bad situation that you are willing to try anything to change it.そして、If you are desperate for something or desperate to do something, you want or need it very much indeed.
参照した辞書はCollins Free Online Dictionaryです。