Journey in Life: 10/20/14

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Monday, October 20, 2014

"Leave someone holding the bag" nghĩa là gì?

Enron. Photo courtesy Jason Taellious.

'Leave someone holding the bag' (shared via VOA) có từ leave là rời bỏ hay để lại, to hold là cầm hay nắm trong tay, và bag là cái bao, cái túi. Leave someone holding the bag nghĩa đen là để cho một người nào đó phải cầm cái túi, tức là bỏ rơi người đó để họ phải chịu trách nhiệm cho những gì đã xảy ra.

Ví dụ
They don't want to be left holding the bag if you use those cards to run up a lot of debts you can't afford to repay.

When the steady market increases came to a halt, and the dishonesty of some in corporate America came to light, shareholders were often left holding the bag.

It was a great party (buổi tiệc) and it was sure going to take a while to clean up (dọn dẹp). But all my coworkers (đồng nghiệp) made some excuses (viện cớ) and went back to their desks leaving me holding the bag.

I don’t know why we have to pay higher taxes (thuế) for the new bridge (cầu). I suppose after the city spent too much on the new convention hall (hội trường) we were left holding the bag.

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