Journey in Life: 06/11/13

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"Grind to a Halt" nghĩa là gì?

Graduation 1956 New York State Maritime College. Photo courtesy rickpilot_2000.

Động từ to grind trong thành ngữ này nghĩa là nghiền nát. Halt nghĩa là dừng lại, ngừng lại. Vì thế, 'grind to a halt' nghĩa là chầm chậm ngừng lại, không thể tiến hành được nữa.

Ví dụ
“Last year’s strike (đình công) by writers (các nhà viết kịch bản) in Hollywood had a significant impact. Without scripts, production on most television series and movies ground to a halt (từ từ ngưng hẳn). It took months of negotiations before a settlement was reached and filming started again.”

“His class was so big that they decided to hold the event outside. So there were about 1,000 students, parents and friends enjoying the commencement speaker when the skies turn dark and this thunderstorm rips through the area (sấm rền vang khắp nơi). Rain started pouring down and everyone runs for cover (lo chạy tìm nơi trú ẩn). Needless to say (không cần phải nói) the program ground to a halt.”

Huyền Trang
VOA