2017年4月22日 星期六

influx, trueable. buckle under sth, trueing up


簡單的英文不簡單
今天社區免費修理腳踏車,老師傅換了破的內胎,經過一番調整檢查,寫下的評語是:
"Front wheel is bent, may not be true-able."
最後半句話如不在現場可真不好懂。
原來兒子的越野車大概經過衝擊,前輪輪軸已扭曲,轉動起來歪歪扭扭,無法在一個平面上。true除了作 "真實" 解,還可作 "正確" "端正" 解。這句話的意思是 "前輪扭曲,可能無法矯正。"

At what point does a wheel cease to be trueable?

Postby Phil_D » Thu Feb 23, 2012 09:49 am
How confident are you workshop boys of giving a diagnosis over the phone without seeing the said wheel. The conversation goes like this:

Me: My rear wheel is a little buckled and needs trueing up. Can you do that for me?

LBS: How buckled is it? Can you see that it's out of shape?

Me: I can see that it isn't true

LBS: You need a new wheel.

Have I got an extremely capable technician?




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influx 
noun [U]
the arrival of a large number of people or things at the same time:
Turkey is expecting an influx of several thousand refugees over the next few days.


buckle (BE DEFEATED) verb
buckle under sth to be defeated by a difficult situation:
But these were difficult times and a lesser man would have buckled under the strain.

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