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A watched pot never boils1
You wait, and you wait, and you wait, but waiting doesn’t really help. Things will move along at their own speed whether you wait or not.
 Mr. Dong wants to attend a seminar to be held in Singapore but the organizing committee asks each participant to present a research paper focusing on ESL teaching in China. However, this requirement puts Mr. Dong in a jam2.
 This morning he called me and said he had something urgent to talk with me. I was reluctant to leave the work at hand, but went to meet him in the office. He was all smiles to me and killed me with kindness3, leaving me dumbfounded. He made a point of making tea for me himself and asked me to be seated next to him. I felt even more perplexed and puzzled.
 I couldn’t tolerate being treated that way so I asked what the matter was. He got down to business and told me he was in dire4 need of a paper to present to the Singaporean Seminar. He asked me to do him another favor and promised to give me something in return for my labor. I didn’t dare turn him down but I insisted that it would take some time. But Mr. Dong was not happy about that and said, “No, sir. You know the deadline is due just next week, so you must get on with it5 straight away and give me the paper this Saturday night.”
 This time I was getting huffy6, saying roughly, “If time is short, I can ‘t vouch for7 the quality of your paper. You make your choice, quality or junk? Mr. Dong, a watched pot never boils.”
 这次我不高兴了，便没好气地说：“ 时间不够，我可不能保证论文质量。你自己定夺：质量还是垃圾？董先生，心急吃不了热豆腐。”
1. A watched pot never boils 心急水不开。
How can you urge me on like this? You know, a watched pot never boils.
2. put sb. into a jam [俚]使某人陷入困境
1) When he is dogged by creditors, he is loath to hide himself from them but he has to, because he has gotten into a jam.
2) I'm in a bit of a jam — I haven't got enough money to pay for this meal. 我有点儿小麻烦，我带的钱不够付饭钱。
3. kill sb. with kindness 用过分的殷勤使人不知所措
In the past the pretty lady treated the poor man like dirt but today she did an about face, treating him like a king and, of course, killing the man with kindness.
4. dire urgent; desperate 紧急的；急需的
☆ The farmers living in that area are in dire poverty.
5. get on with it 加紧干
Now that the task has been assigned to you, you just try to get on with it.
6. get huffy get angry or get outraged 怒冲冲的; 生气的
When I accused him of dragging his feet, he got huffy immediately.
7. vouch for 确信; 担保；保证
I am certain to vouch for Marston’s trustworthiness because we are bosom friends.