Journey in Life: 10/22/13

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"End of the line" nghĩa là gì?

Al Capone's soup kitchen, Depression Era. Photo courtesy David George.

'End of the line' có một từ mới là line nghĩa là tuyến đường. Thành ngữ này có nghĩa là cuối đường, mọi việc đi đến chỗ kết thúc.

Ví dụ
Al Capone became well-known for being a crime boss (trùm băng đảng) in Chicago when alcohol was illegal. From the early 1920s to 1931, he made a fortune (kiếm được rất nhiều tiền) smuggling and producing liquor. He reached the end of the line (dẹp nghề), not from those activities, but from trying to avoid paying taxes. His career was over when the government finally convicted (kết án) him and sent him to prison.

When I was a kid, my dad and I used to go fishing at the lake (cái hồ) near our house. Then we started to notice that there wasn’t much to catch anymore. The end of the line came when officials delared that the water was badly polluted (ô nhiễm nghiêm trọng). Nobody could enjoy it.

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