A chequered past 好壞參半的過去

Someone did both good and bad things in their past. How do we describe that? Learn an English phrase about reputations.
What did this person do?

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今日片語

搭配 “a chequered past” 或 “a chequered history” 字面上的意思是 “斑斑駁駁的過去”,但其實際意思是比喻一個人過去的經歷好壞參半。單字 “chequered” 原本指 “格子圖案的”,在這裡它形容人跌宕起伏的過去。

所以,搭配 “a chequered past” 多用來告誡人們某人曾作過不光鮮的事情,所以不能輕易信任。

例句

I’m not sure that Tim is suitable for this job – it seems like he can be trusted, but he has a chequered past.
我不確定提姆是否適合這份工作,他似乎可以讓人信賴,但他的過去可是好壞參半。

The famous singer is working hard for many good causes – the environment, poor children, and refugees. Maybe he hopes everyone will forget about his chequered past.
這位著名歌手在為包括環境、貧困兒童和難民等許多公益事業而努力工作。也許他這麼做是為了讓人們忘掉他好壞參半的過去吧。

As a result of his chequered past, he has found it difficult to persuade the bank to lend him the money he needs to set up his business.
由於他過去的經有好有壞,所以他發現自己很難說服銀行給他貸款創業。