Journey in Life

Saturday, September 22, 2018

"Take your courage in both hands" nghĩa là gì?

Courage is Contagious, sitdown at Bourks st - Refugee Action protest 27 July 2013 Melbourne. Photo courtesy Takver.

'Take one's courage in both hands' = nắm can đảm trong cả hai bàn tay -> nghĩa là lấy hết can đảm (để làm gì...) (nerve oneself to do something that frightens one).

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Even if you feel a little anxious and afraid of criticism, this is the time to take your courage in both hands and present your creations to the world.

Expect good things to happen this month. Not just in your personal or romantic life, but in all areas. Especially if you've worked hard creating solutions over the last few months. Take your courage in both hands and go after what you want. Make appointments with people you have been afraid to approach. Write a blog about something that has challenged you. This is one of the strongest cycle months of the year. Make good use of the power available to you. Size up situations with your keen vision, and be confident that you are able to organize for your own benefit.

If you are a Hazara from Afghanistan, you will almost certainly be assessed as a refugee. But when your one-month visa expires, you have to hide, because if you are found by the police, they will jail you. You cannot work or send your children to school, because if you are found, they will jail you. If the UNHCR has assessed you as a refugee, you can wait in the shadows until some country offers to resettle you. That might take 20 or 30 years. Now, for just one minute, imagine you are that person. Will you wait in the shadows for 20 or 30 years, or will you take your courage in both hands and get on a boat? I have never met an Australian who would not get on the boat.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

"Show her hand" nghĩa là gì?

để lộ bàn tay... Photo courtesy Beryl_snw.

'Show one's hand' nghĩa là tiết lộ ý định/kế hoạch của mình, nhất là từ trước đến nay vẫn đang giữ bí mật (to make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those that were previously hidden or kept secret).

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New York's Attorney General Shows His Hand Against Exxon Mobil.

Sky's the limit as Murdoch shows his hand but Comcast is not out of this bidding war yet.

Viewers will either crack a satisfied smile or feel utterly taken for a ride when Shani finally shows his hand as a crafty (lắm mánh khóe, láu cá, xảo quyệt) manipulator (người lôi kéo, vận động (bằng mánh khóe)) of a narrative that’s less linear than we expect.

After the "chaotic" first day of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination hearing, Wednesday saw the 53-year-old appellate judge bombarded with questions from senators. The AP describes him as "treading carefully," and highlights some of the biggest issues raised during the second day of the hearing. Kavanaugh "didn't show his hand" when questioned about abortion rights (quyền phá thai), for example, though he did call Roe v. Wade "important precedent" that has "been reaffirmed many times over the past 45 years."

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

"Put her hand into her pocket" nghĩa là gì?

Goldfinger, Sean Connery, 1964. Photo courtesy Raoul Luoar.

'Put your hand into your pocket" nghĩa là sẵn sàng chi tiền, cho ai đó hoặc làm từ thiện (to give money to someone or to charity).

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People are more inclined to put their hands in their pockets to help children.

We have schools that are desperately short of money and having to ask parents to put their hands in their pockets to stay afloat.

Optometrist (người chuyên đo thị lực để bán mắt kính) Michael Connor had been "waiting for someone to put their hands in their pockets" and he said Primark's donation was a welcome one.

There's a wealth – if you'll pardon the pun (sự chơi chữ) – of personal finance tools out there, but many of them involve having to put your hand into your pocket, dig deep and part with some hard-earned cash.

Popular resorts with lots of all-inclusive hotels are much more comprehensive now than they used to be too. “You really don’t need to put your hand into your pocket,” says Porter, “and let’s face it, after the whole build-up of a wedding, sometimes just flaking and being pampered has the desired effect.”

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