Translation of "nerve" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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nerve noun (BODY)

C2 [ C ] a group of long, thin fibres (= structures like threads) that carry information or instructions between the brain and other parts of the body

the optic nerve 视神经
a spinal nerve 脊神经
nerve damage 神经损伤
nerve fibres 神经纤维

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nerve noun (COURAGE)

C2 [ U ] the courage or confidence necessary to do something difficult, unpleasant, or rude

It takes a lot of nerve to be a bomb disposal expert. 当拆弹专家需要极大的勇气。
I wanted to ask her out, but I lost my nerve and couldn't go through with it. 我曾想约她出来,但我失去了勇气,说不出口。
[ + to infinitive ] I didn't have the nerve to tell him what I really thought of his suggestion. 我没有胆量告诉他我对他的建议的真实看法。

nerve noun (WORRY)

nerves [ plural ]

B2 worry or anxiety about something that is going to happen

I never suffer from nerves when I'm speaking in public. 我当众讲话从不紧张。
She was a bundle of nerves (= very nervous) before the audition. 她试演之前非常紧张。
I always have a cigarette to calm/steady my nerves (= make me less nervous) before I go on stage. 我在上台前总是抽支烟来稳定自己的情绪。
get on sb's nerves

B2 to annoy someone a lot

We really got on each other's nerves when we were living together. 我们住在一起时确实闹得不可开交。
Please stop making that noise! It really gets on my nerves. 请不要再发出那种噪声了!它吵得我很心烦。

nerve noun (RUDENESS)

C2 [ S or U ] the rudeness to do something that you know will upset other people

[ + to infinitive ] She's late for work every day, but she still has the nerve to lecture me about punctuality. 她天天迟到,居然还有脸教训我要准时。
That man has some nerve! He's always blaming me for things that are his fault. 那人真是无耻!有些事明明是他的过错,他却总来责备我。
UK also That man has such a nerve!
She drove the car into a tree and then told me it was my fault for not concentrating, of all the nerve! 她开车撞到了树上,却怪我精神不集中,真亏她说得出来!


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nerve yourself UK

to make yourself brave enough to do something

[ + to infinitive ] It took her several months before she eventually nerved herself (up) to invite him to her house. 她过了好几个月才终于鼓足勇气邀请他去自己家。

(Translation of “nerve” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)