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•Sb's/sth's days are numbered (idiom) -

If someone or something's days are numbered, they will not exist for much longer.(来日无多)

Examples:  

1.The doctors have told me that my days are numbered.

2.The latest opinion polls suggest that his days as leader are numbered.

•Sail under false colours (idiom) -

To deliberately deceive people.(挂羊头卖狗肉)

Examples:  

1.A lot of politicians sail under false colours.  

2.You are not who you seem to be. You are sailing under false colours.

•To the utmost (idiom) -

If you say that something is done to the utmost, you are emphasizing that it is done to the greatest extent, amount, or degree possible.(极度,极端)

Examples:  

1.My limited diplomatic skills were tested to the utmost.  

2.The children were enjoying themselves to the utmost.

•Achilles Heel (noun) -

中文常译成“阿基里斯之踵”,意思是“致命弱点、致命伤”。该词源于希腊神话中英雄阿基里斯的故事。阿基里斯出生时,他的母亲海洋女神忒特斯(Thetis)抓着他的脚跟将他浸泡在冥河之中,使其全身刀枪不入。但由于被抓住的脚跟没有沾到水,便成为了他身上唯一的弱点。后来他也被射中脚跟而死。

•Cock-and-bull story (idiom) -

A hard-to-believe, made-up story or explanation; a lie. ((尤指用作借口的)荒诞故事、无稽之谈)

Examples:  

1. Don't ask him about his ancestry unless you want  to hear a cock-and-bull story.

2.I asked for an explanation, and all I got was your ridiculous cock-and-bull story!

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