Journey in Life: 07/16/15

Thursday, July 16, 2015

"Tack away" nghĩa là gì?

'Tack away' có từ tack là đổi hướng chạy của một con thuyền (change course by turning a boat’s head into and through the wind); và vì thế có nghĩa là thay đổi đường lối/chính sách.

Ví dụ
Though he plans to tack away from what he believes will be divisive issues, the long-serving Iowa senator also made remarks that are sure to infuriate Democrats.

BHP Billiton Ltd.’s diversification across commodities from aluminum to oil earned it darling status in an industry where many of its rivals were shackled to the fortunes of a single commodity. This week, though, investors expect CEO Andrew Mackenzie to shed more light on his proposal to tack away from that strategy as BHP completes plans for one of the largest spinoffs in mining history.

“If [Mr. Tsipras] uses the opportunity to tack away from the left platform, and tries to change public administration, attack vested interests and oligarchs and modernize Greek governance, it could be a turning point for a country that basically craves a European identify rather than that of a failed Balkan state,” independent economist George Magnus, former chief economist of UBS, said in an e-mail.

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"Call off" nghĩa là gì?

'Call off' nghĩa là đình lại, hoãn lại; ngoài ra còn có nghĩa là gọi ra chỗ khác (please call off your dog), hay làm lãng đi (to call off one's attention).

Ví dụ
Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge call off their engagement.
Call off strike or face action, FTII students told.
Villagers call off economic blockade.

Dive teams call off search for man who may have jumped off Marion County bridge.

Manmohan Singh wanted to call off Nuclear deal after US’ killer proposals.

Yet where factions within a state adhere to different concepts of world order or consider themselves in an existential struggle for survival, American demands to call off the fight and assemble a democratic coalition government tend either to paralyze the incumbent government (as in the Shah’s Iran) or to fall on deaf ears (the Egyptian government led by General Sisi — now heeding the lessons of its predecessors’ overthrow by tacking away from a historic American alliance in favor of greater freedom of maneuver).

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"At your leisure" nghĩa là gì?

Tranh thủ đọc sách lúc rảnh rỗi. Photo courtesy Andrew Bardwell.

'At your leisure' có từ leisure là thời gian không phải làm việc hoặc nhiệm vụ khác, thời gian rỗi; vì thế cụm từ này nghĩa là trong lúc/khi rảnh rỗi, nhàn rỗi, không vội vã, nhàn nhã... (at your convenience, when it suits you, in your own (good/sweet) time, without haste, unhurriedly).

Ví dụ
Each one of these ideas is scrumptious (ngon tuyệt) as a stand-alone, so make your way through the list at your leisure.

If those users have linked (liên kết) those emails to their social accounts, then you can now advertise to them at your leisure.

The rest of the week from a Wednesday to Sunday you can explore all four floors at your leisure.

The George is still the city’s biggest and best gay pub, with music and dancing for the younger crowd and a more stately (trang nghiêm, trịnh trọng) Dublin pub (affectionately (âu yếm, trìu mến) known as Jurassic Park) for the more mature (trưởng thành, chín chắn, sung mãn) visitor who prefers drinks and good conversation, but there are a host of other gay bars and clubs to explore at your leisure.

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"Hark back" nghĩa là gì?

Trở lại ngày đầu thuộc địa, Afghanistan airlift. Photo courtesy The U.S. Army.

'Hark back' nghĩa là quay trở lại (vấn đề gì), tương tự như (cái gì/hiện tượng gì) đã có trước đây (mention or remember something from the past). Ngoài ra, còn có nghĩa là lần đường ngược lại đánh hơi tìm dấu vết thú săn.

Ví dụ
A year and a half from now, vehicles with engines based on concepts that hark back to the Battle of Britain could start to hit the road.

Boko Haram’s area of operations is predominantly Sunni Muslim, but the tightly-knit operational core consists mainly of Kanuris, who hark back to their golden pre-colonial era.

The agreement, which was approved by 83 per cent of workers in a ballot this month, scraps (loại ra, bỏ đi) legacy conditions that hark back to Aurizon’s days as the state-owned QR National. The legacy conditions included no forced redundancies, free rail passes and rostering (bảng phân công) restrictions.

With the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the age of total war — the mobilization of a nation’s entire resources — had arrived. The scale of bloodshed and devastation harked back to the Thirty Years’ War.

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Cẩn trọng từ việc nhỏ

Muốn bay cao, cần cẩn trọng chắp cánh ước mơ từ sớm. Photo courtesy AbigailT.

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
~ Albert Einstein

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