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  Speak one's mind (idiom) - To say frankly and exactly what one thinks or feels.(说出心里话,直言不讳)

  Examples:  1.She's not afraid to speak her mind, even if it upsets people.

2.Please let me speak my mind, and then you can do whatever you wish.

Give/pay heed to sth (idiom)–To listen to and consider; to pay attention to.(注意,留意,在乎)

  Examples:  1.They are not paying heed to what I told  them.

2.They gave little heed to the rumours.

Like getting blood out of/from a stone (idiom)  - If making someone give or tell you something is like getting blood out of a stone, it is very difficult.(缘木求鱼,做不可能做到的事)

  Examples:  1.Persuading Chris to buy a round of drinks is like getting blood out of a stone.  2.Collecting the rent money from him each month is like getting blood out of a stone.

Civil disobedience (noun)-“公民抗命”,或译“公民

不服从”,其含义是当公民发现某一条或某部分法律、行政指令是不合理时,主动拒绝遵守政府的若干法律、要求或命令,而不诉诸于暴力,这是非暴力抗议的一项主要策略。这种理念源自美国作家梭罗(Henry David Thoreau,1817–1862) 发表于1849年的短文《论公民的不服从》。

Stand the test of time (idiom) - If something stands the test of time, it is still popular, valuable, strong, etc. after a long time.(经得起时间的考验)

  Examples:  1.Which songs from the last year will stand the test of time?

  2.Their friendship has stood the test of time.

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