Cold comfort 於事無補

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今日短語

如果某件事情被稱為 「cold comfort」,意思就是 「本想用此事安慰他人,使其不再因一個消極的狀況而感到難過,卻沒有達到預期的效果,於事無補」。

例句

The creation of new jobs looks good, but it’s cold comfort for all the people who lost their houses during the economic downturn.
創造新的就業機會看似是件好事,但這對於在經濟衰退時期失去住房的人來說,並不能起到什麼安慰作用。

The fact they were allowed to stay in the house for another week after being evicted was cold comfort.
他們被逐出住所後獲准在那所房子再住一個星期,但這並不能給他們帶來什麼安慰。

After the couple were robbed, the police found their bag. However, it was cold comfort as the money was still missing.
那對夫婦被搶後,警察找到了他們的包。但這於事無補,因為包裡的錢不見了。