Journey in Life: 05/24/13

Friday, May 24, 2013

"Beat her head against the wall" nghĩa là gì?

Cố đấm ăn xôi*? Photo courtesy James Gordon.

Ðộng từ to beat nghĩa là đánh đập. 'Beat one’s head against the wall' nghĩa đen là đập đầu vào tường, tức là phí thì giờ để cố làm một việc gì nhưng không thành công.

Ví dụ
“My sister hasn’t had much luck with relationships (chuyện tình cảm) lately. She dated a guy for a couple of months, but he broke up with (chia tay) her and got back together with his old girlfriend. My sister couldn’t get over (quên) it. She spent weeks thinking about what she could have done differently. Why bother (sao lại tự làm khổ mình)? I hated seeing her beating her head against the wall (cố đấm ăn xôi).”

“History is filled with examples of inventors who were beating their heads against the wall. Like the pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia who was frustrated (nản lòng) when he couldn’t find a cure for a headache. Then he created something accidentally that made him world-famous: Coca-Cola.

VOA

Bài trước: "Money doesn't grow on trees" nghĩa là gì?

"Beat around the bush" nghĩa là gì?
"To pop your head out" nghĩa là gì?
"Old head on young shoulders" nghĩa là gì?
"A big head" nghĩa là gì?
"Turn on its head" nghĩa là gì?
"The writing's on the wall" nghĩa là gì? 

* Bashar al-Assad mural along the Damascus to Aleppo highway.