Jane:Our lease is up at the end of this year and we need to negotiate a new one.
Monty:I know, but if I bring it up first, the landlord will think I'm desperate to renew.
Jane:We are desperate to renew.
We've built our business here, and it would be really difficult to uproot it and reestablish it elsewhere.
Monty:I know, but given our antagonistic dealings in the past, I'm afraid the landlord is going to jack up our rent and we'll be forced out.
Jane:It's in the best interest of the landlord to keep a steady business leasing his property.
Monty:He might not see it that way.
He might see this as an opportunity to bring in a higher-paying tenant.
Jane:Or he may realize that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Monty:Or he might think, “Out with the old and in with the new.”
Jane:You won't know until you contact him.
Monty:Right, but I think I'll let him stew just a little longer.
bring it up 提起，提出
jack up 抬高
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush 双鸟在林不如一鸟在手
Out with the old and in with the new 旧的不去新的不来