인생에 살면서 큰 프로젝트를 수행해야할 때가 많다.
피와 땀이 소모될 것이 뻔히 보이는 그런 프로젝트를 눈앞에 두고 있을 때가 많은데
- 결혼 준비를 한다거나
- 35장 파이널 에세이를 써야한다거나
- 누구를 구출하는 미션을 수행하거나
- 투자자나 클라이언트를 감동시켜야할 임무가 있거나
- 5년간 다룰 박사과정이라던가
등 말이다.
이럴 때 이런 상황을 영어로 어떻게 표현할까?
have one’s work cut out for one
[Definition] To face a large task or project.
  • If he plans to translate all the idioms, he has his work cut out for him.
[From Movies]
  • No time to talk. Bucket Brigade starts in five. We got our work cut out for us. 
  • And I can’t, as of yet, account for the blue color but If that is our competition we have our work cut out for us so to speak.  (Breaking Bad )
  • Looks like Earl’s got his work cut out for him. (Batman)
  • Lucy, we’ve got our work cut out for us. (Dracula)
  • They have their work cut out for them. That’s what they’re paid for. (Murder By Numbers)
[From News]
  • If she is to impress her countrymen, Park Geun-hye has her work cut out for her (Economist)
  • Managers trying to integrate newly acquired companies and divisions have their work cut out for them (NYT)
  • In all, the younger Mr Lee has his work cut out for him. Samsung-watchers wonder if he has it in him… (Economist)
  • I can see I’ve got my work cut out for me here.
  • Unfortunately, we have our work cut out for us.
[From Twitter]
  • It’s a really tough place to win. Patriots have their work cut out for them right now.
  • Christian Bale has his work cut out for him in this Exodus movie. Everyone know Ramses is #1.
  • I’d like to save the planet, but I’ve got my work cut out for me trying to save my soul.
1. have work cut out for me 는 “일이 많다는 것”이다! 즉 일이 잘 준비되어있는 양상을 생각하면 된다. 
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