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Sport idioms: Boxing 体育成语:拳击

Let's look at 3 English idiomatic phrases connected with the sport of boxing:

  • Below the belt
  • Take it on the chin
  • Throw in the towel

I suggest you watch the video for a few times:

  1. The first time you should watch it entirely, without reading the transcription;
  2. The second time you can watch it and read the trascription at the same time;
  3. The third time watch it again, without reading the transcription and try to remember all the expressions you've learned so far;
  4. The fourth time watch it and try to say the words at the same time as the presenter does. This is not a pause and repeat exercise - try to talk and listen at the same time;
  5. Repeat step 4. as many times as necessary, until you become fluent on this occasion.

Transcript of the video

Sport idioms: Boxing

Hello, I’m a very interesting and intelligent man.

And today… excuse me… I’m getting together with the sport of boxing to teach you some idioms in English.

I bet you’ve never been taught by the sport of boxing before! … Ahh!

Ah, my boss. He’s cut my pay, but I don’t care because I’m earning some extra money boxing… Argh!!

My boss laughed when I told him… Argh!

He said even a fly could beat me up!

That was below the belt!

In English… if someone says something very hurtful or unfair, we say ‘That was below the belt’.

Below the belt.

Actually, maybe my boss was right about this. I’m not very good at it.

I guess I’ll just have to take his comments on the chin… Argh!

In English, if we have to accept an unpleasant situation without complaining, we say you ‘take it on the chin’.

Take it on the chin.

I’m taking it on the chin… But I don’t think I can take much more of this.

I think I have to admit defeat.

That’s right. It’s time to throw in the towel.

In English, when you give up… or are about to admit defeat, we can say you ‘throw in the towel’.

I’m… throwing… in… the… towel.

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