Journey in Life: 12/13/13

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Friday, December 13, 2013

"Force one’s hand" nghĩa là gì?

Chơi bóng rổ thì không nên ở trong nhà. Photo courtesy Israel Freire.

'Force one’s hand' có nghĩa là bắt buộc ai phải hành động sớm hơn dự liệu.

Ví dụ
I didn’t intend to announce my retirement (về hưu) quite yet. I’d told my buddy (bạn thân) at work not to say anything to anyone. But after a few too many drinks, he accidentally (vô tình) mentioned that I would soon be leaving the company. I know he didn’t mean to force my hand. But I had no choice (không còn cách nào khác) but to confirm (xác nhận) the news.

We shouldn’t have been playing basketball in the house. That’s how we broke a window in the living room. We must have looked guilty (có tội). As soon as mom and dad came home, they asked us what was wrong. We never had time to invent a story (tạo chuyện) because they succeeded in forcing our hands. Now we’ll have to do extra chores (việc vặt) for a month!

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