Librarian：Oh, well I guess you might think that. But when I saw it back then it was anything but boring.
注：近似词组nothing but意为“只不过是”,例如：It's nothing but a joke.
2.in such short notice
Student：Hi, thanks for seeing me in such short notice.
Manager: Right, the choir. It’s nice to finally meet you in person. So, you are having problems with...
Pro: Ok, basically they have to offer things that most people can find anywhere else, you know quality, that means better exercise equipment,high-end stuff, and classes-exercise classes may be aerobics.
Therefore, it’s best to be a non-conformist – to do your own thing, not worrying about what other people think. That’s an important point. He really drives this argument home throughout the essay.
Student: I went off to the stack and found some really good material for my part, but when I got back to our table, they were just goofing off and talking. So I went and got materials for their sections as well.
7.go down the drain
Student: I know, but I didn’t want to risk the project going down the drain.
8.start from scratch
Student: But we’ve got all the sources and it’s due next week. We don’t have time to start from scratch.
9.come down to
It’s been shaped by constraints over vast stretches of time, all of which comes down to the fact that the best foraging strategy for beavers isn’t the one that yields the most food or wood.
I am afraid we don’t have any openings at lunch time. A lot of students want to work then, so it is really rare for us to have an open spot at that time of day.