読者です 読者をやめる 読者になる 読者になる

続 今日の英語

はてなダイアリーで地味に続けていた「今日の英語」の続き。日常出会った気になる英語表現を、オンライン辞書の例文などとともにメモしています。

It’s easy for you to write friendships off.

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(友情を見限るのは簡単なことです。)
 yasmin bolandの西洋占星術今週の山羊座予報より。いつもいつもあなたを悩ます人がいるのなら…という文から続き、…でもその前に自分の行いを見直して、というような文脈へ。

  • write someone/something off の形で「〜を見限る」(to decide that someone or something is useless, unimportant, or a failure (= dismiss)/to drop someone or something from consideration.)
    • After six months of work, we eventually wrote the project off as a non-starter.
    • The manager wrote Tom off for a promotion.
    • I wrote off that piece of swampy land as worthless. It can't be used for anything.
    • I had to write Jill off as a future executive.
    • The company wrote off the electric automobile as a dependable means of transportation.
    • He would never work out. We wrote him off.