E: hi, Lander. What's wrong?
L: I can hardly make ends meet these days.
E: same here. I have't brought any new clothes for three months.
L: my income remains the same but prices just continue to rise.
E: true. The news says that there is a general increase in the price of daily necessilities.
L: difinitely. I have to spend 300 yuan more on food every month.
E: the biggest price jump is for pork, so most people have to turn to chicken.
L: is that inflation?
E: inflation is more than just the rising prices, I guess. But the central bank is warning about the risk of inflation.
L: has the government taken some measures to curb it?
E: yes. The government has banned price hikes in some key industries like energy.
L: but I'm afraid the price hikes will spill over from food into other areas of the economy.
E: you said it. I think we should tighten our budget and cut our spending.
E: for a start, we can take the public transport to work. You know, running a car is a big expense.
L: sounds a good idea.
Curb: to control or limit something, especially something bad 控制,抑制,限定,约束(不好的事物)
He needs to learn to curb his temper. 他得学着控制自己的脾气.
A range of policies have been introduced aimed at curbing inflation. 为了抑制通货膨胀实施了一系列的政策.
Spill over into sth: to start in one area and then affect other areas 波及
Unrest has spilt over into areas outside the city. 骚乱已经波及城市的周边地区.
The effects of stress at work can spill over into home life. 工作压力所造成的后果会影响家庭生活.