Journey in Life

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"Take time by the forelock" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Kate Brady.

'Take time by the forelock' có từ forelock là tóc mái trước trán, bờm trước của ngựa -> giống như nếu thời gian được hình dung có forelock thì ta sẽ tóm lấy khi nó đến, chứ không phải khi nó rời đi -> cụm từ này nghĩa là hành động dứt khoát, không do dự, không bỏ lỡ cơ hội (to act decisively; to accept an opportunity without hesitation).

Ví dụ
The Philadelphians are taking time by the forelock, and have already made out a programme for their part of the inaugurating ceremonies in March.

Both Mr. Darnton and Mr. Borneman seem to be surprised by the way in which the East Germans ultimately seize time by the forelock, boot out the old slippery mob of leaders and embrace West Germany.

It may be thought heartless to allude (ám chỉ, nói bóng gió) to the fact, but the 1st of May, -- the day most dreaded of the 366 in the leap-year calendar, -- is upon us. To-day families who have not appeased (nhân nhượng, nhượng bộ) landlords (chủ nhà) by submitting to the threatened addition to their rent, must take up their beds, carpets, sofas, and chairs, and travel to new abiding places. The clear sky yesterday tempted many to take time by the forelock, and cartloads of furniture were to be seen traversing the City in every direction.

Phạm Hạnh

Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Stall for time" nghĩa là gì?

Muốn eo thon, dáng đẹp, đừng trì hoãn tập belly dance. Photo courtesy Garry Knight.

'Stall for time' nghĩa là câu giờ, trì hoãn (to cause a delay intentionally).

Ví dụ
To stall for time until a professional negotiator arrived, Tsang began talking to the man.

We also need to gerrymander (sắp xếp gian lận những khu vực bỏ phiếu để giành phần thắng trong cuộc tuyển cử) along racial lines to guarantee wins, then stall for time before complying with the unamimous court decision.

The piece also mentions that Anthem, and in particular Jeff Jarrett, are currently looking to stall for time in the hopes of dissuading (can gián, can ngăn) the Hardys from pursuing the matter any further.

Those who would rather stall for time and argue that it is wise to wait for greater certainty will find instead that the climate system is moving into new unexpected regimes.

Phạm Hạnh

Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Have a rare old time" nghĩa là gì?

Quá vui. Mud Festival 2008. Photo courtesy Hypnotica Studios Infinite.

'Have a rare old time' = có thời gian xưa cũ hiếm hoi -> nghĩa là có khoảng thời gian vui thú ở một bữa tiệc hay điều gì đó tương tự (a fine and enjoyable time at a party or something similar).

Ví dụ
Dr Jones was high up in the Lancashire hills, watching other people’s fireworks displays for free and having a rare old time.

Johnny Hayes was having a rare old time delivering crosses into the danger area but the breakthrough owed everything to the tenacity (sự ngoan cường, kiên trì) of young Christie.

At a time when Trump's team was accused (bị lên án, kết tội) of colluding (thông đồng, cấu kết) with the Russians in the recent election, the photos showed the president having a rare old time with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and the Kremlin's man in Washington, Sergey Kislayak.

Phạm Hạnh