as thick as thieves 臭味相投、十分要好的朋友

說明:

as X as Y 是英文的比較用法之一。可以比較形容詞(名詞的屬性),也可以比較副詞(動作的特點)。這裏要比較的是形容詞 thick。thick 在十八世紀中葉時並不解作「厚」,而是解作「親密」、「老友」。所以,這句的意思就是中文的「物以類聚,臭味相投」,但英文卻用盜賊來形容,十分有趣。

例子:

Peter and Tom are as thick as thieves. They worked together. They stole together. And they went to jail together.


by Thomas Shum