中英對照讀新聞》German firefighters ‘free’ high-school exam from locked safe 德國消防員從上鎖的保險箱「解放」高中考試
Firefighters in the western German town of Bocholt received an unusual distress call Friday from a local high school after teachers were unable to open a safe containing the questions for a final-year exam that students were due to take.
Firefighters raced to the scene to find that the lock had jammed and set about sawing open the safe, the Bocholt fire department said.
“That way the students were able to sit their exam with about an hour’s delay,” it said.
While teachers cheered the firefighters for saving the day, the reaction from students was mixed.
“Some of them would probably have enjoyed a sunny day off instead,” said fire department spokesman Matthias Hanne.（AP）
distress：名詞，指悲痛、苦惱、憂傷、貧困；動詞，指使悲痛、使苦惱、使憂傷、使貧困。例句：Ten people were rescued by helicopter from a fishing boat in distress off the coast.（直升機從海岸附近一艘遇險漁船救出10人。）
set about：片語動詞，指散布謠言等、開始著手進行、考慮。例句：She set about her adversary in strong language.（她用強硬言辭攻擊對手。）
save the day：片語動詞，指轉危為安、扭轉頹勢、化險為夷。例句：He saved the day by picking me up in his car!（他開車來接我真是救了我！）