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英文片語 “Have someone up in arms” 是什麼意思?
撰文者: Wayne 發表日期: April 24, 2011 – 3:06 am

版主今天要說明一個英文用法 – have someone up in arms。光看字面真的是猜不出它所代表的意思。英文有許多這樣的用法,即便英文高手碰到這類由簡單單字組成、卻表示其他意思的片語也會摸不著頭緒。

版主在美國的書店買過一些敎俚語的書籍,美國作者都會請插畫家繪圖,利用影像來加深讀者對某些特殊用法的印象。版主目前手頭上沒有這套英文書籍,日後有機會再增加圖片來加深網友的記憶。

先在讓大家來看這個用法實際運用的場合:

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Don’t be alarmed.

But as you sit here reading this note, in your comfy chair in your home or office.

At the same time, somewhere inside the walls of a Maximum Security Prison (called a SuperMax)…
…is what they call the S.H.U. (Secure Housing Unit pronounced shoe)…

The S.H.U. is THE highest security unit within the SuperMax, and it’s where they house the ‘WORST OF THE WORST CRIMINALS’.
Among the murderers, rapists and terrorists also resides a particularly devious and cunning criminal.
…ruthless GANG LEADERS…

Recently there have been numerous news reports about how gang leaders have prison officials up in arms because they can NOT stop their criminal activities even WITHIN
the walls of the S.H.U.

For example:
On Sept. 1, 2010, a coalition of law enforcement agencies arrested 4 Nuestra Familia gang members for murder.
Where did the ‘hit orders’ come from?
From within a SHU!
But how?
How do they communicate?
How do these gang leader maintain their hierarchy from within cells where no communication is supposed to be remotely possible?

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以下是版主整理的解釋:

be up in arms: to be very angry and make a great protest (about something) (非常生氣)

** He is up in arms about the decision to close the road.
(他聽到封路的決定後十分惱怒。)

** The basketball fans were up in arms when their team got an unfair penalty in the last few minutes of the game.
(這些籃球迷看到喜愛的球隊在比賽終了前幾分鐘受到不公平的處罰時非常光火。)

**
A: How are you doing? (你怎麼樣啊?)
B: I’m up in arms! (我現在很火大。)
A: Why? (為什麼?)
B: I tried to get a ticket to go see my favorite artist, but the concert is sold out.
(我想去欣賞我最愛藝術家的演奏,結果音樂會的票賣光了。)

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上面郵件大致的內容是說:角頭老大即便關在全世界戒備最森嚴的監獄,依舊能夠在裡頭發號施令,叫手下四處犯案。當新聞披露這點之後,管理監獄的獄卒與官員臉上無光,於是非常惱怒…。

好了,今天就先說到這裡。祝大家有個愉快的一日,工作順利、事事順心。

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