'Too close for comfort' có một từ mới là comfort nghĩa là sự thoải mái, dễ chịu. Thành ngữ này có nghĩa là gần sát một cách nguy hiểm.
“I should have been more careful. Driving home I was answering a phone call. I had only looked away from the road for a couple of seconds. But when I looked up, the car ahead of me had stopped abruptly. That was too close for comfort. I barely missed plowing into him.”
“I’ll never skip school again. When I stopped at a restaurant for lunch I saw the assistant principal sitting across from me. Luckily, I managed to slip out the door without being noticed. The risk of getting caught was too close for comfort. I learned my lesson.”
Điểm số của con trai đang kém dần nên yêu cầu nó bớt sinh hoạt ngoài giờ học trong ít lâu, khuyên như vậy mà thật vô ích.
Thành ngữ to no avail có nghĩa là không có hiệu quả gì, vô ích.
“I’ve certainly been making an effort to help out members of my family. For example, my aunt has been complaining of chest pains, so I suggested that she see a doctor right away. My son’s grades have been slipping. So I asked him to consider giving up some of his extracurricular activities for a while. I make all these suggestions, but to no avail. Nobody listened to me. Why did I even bother?”
“We warned our senator that he wasn’t doing enough to lower taxes. Our supporters held meetings with him, organized a massive e-mail campaign and staged protest marches throughout the state. After these proved to no avail, we started to look for a new candidate. This has been a much more productive strategy.”