Journey in Life: 04/25/13

Thursday, April 25, 2013

"Millstone around his neck" nghĩa là gì?

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Millstone có nghĩa là đá cối xay. 'Millstone around one’s neck' có nghĩa là gông cùm đeo vào cổ, hay gánh vác trách nhiệm nặng nề.

Ví dụ
“After years of study, my brother finally earned his law degree and landed (kiếm được) a position at a good firm. The problem is he’s always working late and on weekends, and doesn’t have enough time to spend with his family. And because of the debt he incurred to pay for school, he can’t afford to leave his job. It’s a millstone around his neck (Đây quả là một cái cùm anh đeo vào cổ).”

“My husband and I were happy to host his nephew while he was looking for a job. But now it’s been weeks since he arrived. We’d probably be more understanding (Có lẽ chúng tôi sẽ thông cảm hơn) if he offered to help out around the house instead of watching T.V. all the time. Frankly, he’s become a millstone (gánh nặng) around our necks. We can’t endure him much longer.”

VOA