Let the dust settle 讓塵埃落定

Dust off an old English phrase
Learn a phrase about allowing a situation to become calm again

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BBC英語教學的辦公室里塵土飛揚,所以大家在爭吵這土到底是從哪兒來的。最後得出的結論是因為 Neil 的辦公桌常年不整理,上面落了一層厚厚的灰,弄的同事們都灰頭土臉。不過 Neil 在聽了此結論後卻說 “let the dust settle 讓灰塵落下”,這是什麼意思?

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Feifei
大家好,歡迎來到 BBC 英語教學的《道地英語》節目。我是馮菲菲,不過我的搭檔 Neil 還沒來。

Neil
Sorry I’m late. It’s going a bit crazy out there in the office.

Feifei
Crazy?

Neil
Yes. Everyone is arguing and shouting.

Feifei
About what exactly?

Neil
The mess in the office. The boss says it’s untidy and we should clear up after ourselves. He even said that my desk was like a pigsty! 

Feifei
什麼?領導說你的辦公桌亂得像豬圈?Hmmm, well you’d better stay in here and keep out of the way until things have calmed down.

Neil
Good idea – I’ll just let the dust to settle.

Feifei
So the office is messy and dusty? Is that what everyone is arguing about, the dust?

Neil
No Feifei, I just mean I’ll wait for the situation to calm down.

Feifei
哦,明白了。原來“let the dust settle 讓塵埃落定”在這裡所表達的意思是“等事態平息,待形勢明朗之後”。So, you’re just keeping out of the way. Are you scared?

Neil
Of course not. I just wanted to hear these examples.

Examples
We’ve had lots of complaints about the changes but let’s wait until the dust settles before we respond.

We’re busy moving house at the moment but I’ll give you a call when the dust settles. 

Now the dust has settled after the restructuring, I think we can talk about recruitment.

Feifei
這裡是 BBC 英語教學的《道地英語》節目,這集節目裡我們給大家介紹的表達是“let the dust settle 等事態平息,塵埃落定”。

Neil
We can also say ‘wait for the dust to settle’, which is what I’m doing right now.

Feifei
是的,我們還可以說“wait for the dust to settle”。But Neil I have a feeling you’re just avoiding the situation for one reason.

Neil
Oh yeah, what’s that?

Feifei
Look out there. They’re all pointing at your desk – they’re not arguing about a messy office, they’re complaining about your mess. 大家是實在無法忍受你那個亂的不像樣的辦公桌了!

Neil
Really? Well I like to work in a messy environment.

Feifei
Maybe but I don’t think the dust is ever going to settle in this argument.

Neil
OK but I think I’ll stay in here for a little longer.

Feifei
Bye.

Neil
Bye.

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