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  •Stamp sth out (phrasal verb) - To end something bad or unpleasant by taking strong and determined action.(镇压,平息)

  Examples:

  1.It is our duty to stamp out any abuses of political power.  

  2.They have stamped out a revolt.

  •Fig leaf (noun) - The type of leaf used in paintings to cover a naked person's sex organs; something used to hide an embarrassing or shameful problem.((绘画和雕塑中用来遮掩人体私处的)无花果叶;遮羞布)

  Examples:

  1.In the Bible, Adam and Eve used fig leaves to conceal their genitals after they became ashamed of their nakedness.

  2.He used humor as a fig leaf to conceal the fact that he was struggling with depression.

  •Backfire on sb (phrasal verb) - [For a scheme meant to cause harm to someone] to harm the person who runs the scheme.(适得其反,自食其果)

  Examples:

  1.I hope this plan doesn't backfire on me.  

  2.Your plot backfired on you.

  •Stand (sth) on its head (idiom) - To use something in a completely wrong way.(颠倒是非)

  Examples:

  1.The basic problem is that your report turns history on its head.  

  2.You just stood your previous statement on its head, and now you're contradicting yourself.

  •Mete out (phrasal verb) - To give or order a punishment or make someone receive cruel or unfair treatment.(给与、施加(惩罚…))

  Examples:

  1.The same treatment should be meted out to politicians who break the rules.  

  2.In the past, schoolteachers regularly meted out physical punishment to their pupils.

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