标题关于bridge的不寻常表达 (1)VOA慢速英语[词汇典故] 分类13 查看1254 上传34
Hello and welcome to the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories.
Every language has common words that are used in uncommon ways. Today we focus on the word "bridge."
A bridge is a structure that provides passage over something -- such as a river, train tracks, a highway or a deep, wide opening in the ground.
The word "bridge" can also be used to join things you can't touch, such as cultures or activities. For example, you could say music and art can bridge cultures. And language can be a bridge between two people.
But let's get back to the bridges you can actually cross – or drive a tank over.
Bridges often play an important role in warfare.
An army that attacks across a river may decide to burn the bridge after crossing it. By burning the bridge, the army prevents its enemy from using it.
However, the army also destroys its own chance to go back across the river. Burning a bridge leaves the army open to attack.
The expression "burning your bridges" means to act in a way that destroys any chance of returning to the way things were. When you burn your bridges, there is no going back.
破釜沉舟(burning your bridges）意思是断掉退路。当你烧毁了桥梁，你也就没有后退的路可以走了。