Cough up 不情願地掏腰包

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菲菲憑藉自己倒立的本事,從 Neil 那裡掙了十英鎊。但 Neil 遲遲不肯掏腰包,所以菲菲讓他趕緊 「cough up」。這是什麼意思?付錢和 「咳出來」 有什麼關係?聽他們的對話,學習英國人在日常對話中用 「cough up」 所表達的具體含義。

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Feifei
Good to be back at work, Neil?

Neil
Yes, Feifei… feel a bit better now. Just got a little cough…

Feifei
不管怎麼樣,你回來上班了,總算可以還我錢了。

Neil
Oh, right. Why’s that?

Feifei
Well, remember you said you didn’t believe I could stand on my head?

Neil
I do. I said I’d give you £10 if you can do it.

Feifei
Yes. Well…

Neil
No way.

Feifei
There we are. On my head. £10, please. Time to cough up, Neil.

Neil
OK, OK! You can come down now.

Feifei
怎麼樣?不錯吧?你肯定沒想到我能倒立。Now, how about you 『cough up’, and I explain what it means?

Neil
Hey, I was only joking about the £10. Oh, OK, there you go.

Feifei
Thank you. 我們用動詞短語 「cough up」 來描述一個人很不情願地掏腰包,勉強給錢或給他人信息。

Neil
Yes, I didn’t want to give Feifei the money, but I said I would, so I had to cough up.

Feifei
好了,咱們來聽幾個包含 「cough up」 的例句。

Examples
I waited two whole weeks for my new TV to be delivered. And then I had to cough up an extra £15 for the delivery! I can’t believe it.

My last trip to the library was expensive. I had to cough up for the fines for all the books I’d returned late. Whoops.

When I sat on my colleague’s glasses he asked me to cough up £100 to buy a new pair. Though I must admit, the new ones are an improvement.

Feifei
這裡是 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」 節目。在本集節目中,我們教給大家 「cough up」 這個動詞短語的意思和使用方法。在日常對話中,我們用 「cough up」 來描述一個人不情願地、勉強地為某事掏錢。Neil, that cough is still sounding bad. Have you tried the cough medicine I use?

Neil
Not yet. It’s just a little expensive. £10 for a little bottle of medicine!

Feifei
It’s worth it. Listen, if you won’t cough up, I’ll give you the £10 back if you promise to buy it.

Neil
That’s very kind.

Feifei
Not a problem. And while you go to the pharmacy, I’m going to practise presenting the programme standing on my head. It’s good for blood circulation, apparently.

Neil
Standing on your head is one thing, but presenting a whole programme? No way.

Feifei
Are you sure? £10 says I can!

Neil
Hahaha. Goodbye.

Feifei
Bye!