Polly:Are we still on for the 1)double date tonight, Jackie? Frank’s really excited about it.
Jackie: Nope. It’s all over.
Jackie: Me and Vanessa.
Polly:You broke up?
Polly:Whoa. Sorry, buddy. ①Who broke it off with who?
Jackie: I ended it. She was 2)two-timing me. She wouldn’t tell me who it was, just that ②she’s falling in love with this other guy she was seeing on the side.
Polly:That sucks, man. You’ve had a rough year, haven’t you? First with Sharon, then Nikki and now this.
Jackie: I know. ③I think I’m ready to pull the plug on love.
Polly:Don’t be too quick to give up on love. Actually, I was in your position a few years’ back: really doubting myself,
3)bitter at the love gods for striking me down.
Jackie: And then, along came Frank.
Polly:You got it! ④The breakup will eat away at you for a little while, but in no time at all, ⑤you will be back on your feet and ready to put yourself out there again. Trust me.
Jackie: I hope so. I just wish I knew what I was doing wrong. All these women are dying to get away from me. What am I doing that is 4)scaring them away?
Polly:Don’t 5)stress over it too much. If there’s no connection, there’s no connection. You can’t force a relationship to happen. There’s someone out there for you. ⑥Get back on the horse and see what’s out there.
Jackie: Gee, aren’t I allowed to 6)wallow for at least a day? Cut me some 7)slack.
Polly:OK, twenty-four hours, then I wanna see a smile on your face. Hey, why don’t you try a dating agency if you are so 8)keen to find love?
Jackie: Are you serious? Aren’t they only for 9)weirdoes?
Polly:No, they are really popular these days. You’d be surprised at their success rates. My brother met his wife through an agency.
Polly:Yeah. They match up your personality with a suitable partner—you’ve got much more chance of meeting someone 10)compatible.
Jackie: Hmm. ⑦I might look into that.
① Who broke it off with who? 是谁先提出分手的?
Who broke it off with who?: Who took the initiative to end the relationship?(是谁先提出分手的?)
break it off with sb.: end a relationship with sb.(与某人断绝关系)。例如:
I broke it off with my best friend after what he did last month.
② She’s falling in love with this other guy she was seeing on the side.她爱上了另一个家伙,还偷偷地约会。
on the side: do sth. in addition to the main thing(另外,此外)。例如:
Freelancing is my dad’s way of making some extra money on the side.
③ I think I’m ready to pull the plug on love. 我想我已经作好放弃寻找爱情的准备了。
pull the plug on sth.: stop doing sth.(停下来)。例如:
Having lost three times in a row, Noel was ready to pull the plug on his running career.
④ The breakup will eat away at you for a little while.分手会在短期内给你带来挫败感。
eat away at sth.: gradually destroy sth. (消耗,侵蚀)。例如:
The recession is eating away at their savings.
⑤ You will be back on your feet.你可以重新振作起来的。
back on one’s feet: to be back to one’s normal position, usually after a difficult period(通常指经历一段困难时期后,重新恢复过来)。例如:
Nicolas needs time to be back on his feet after the divorce.
⑥ Get back on the horse.重整旗鼓。
get back on the horse: start doing sth. again after failure(重头再来)。例如:
Don’t give up. Get back on the horse and finish up your project.
⑦ I might look into that.待我去了解了解。
look into: examine an issue and its relating facts(调查,检查)。例如:
Obama started to look into the war on terror before he became President.