Journey in Life: 08/07/15

Friday, August 7, 2015

"Grapple with" nghĩa là gì?

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosted Secretary of State John Kerry at the Pentagon for a working lunch to discuss a range of national security issues. Photo courtesy Ash Carter.

'Grapple with' nghĩa là vật, vật lộn với (ai, khó khăn, thách thức...).

Ví dụ
Utah officers grapple with toy guns in public.

Chinese FM warns Japan not to "grapple with" China.

London commuters grapple with delays as Tube network crippled by strike.

“Vietnam and our shared journey from conflict to friendship crosses my mind frequently as I grapple with complex challenges we face today,” Kerry said.

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"Not have the first idea of" nghĩa là gì?

Secretary Hagel gave Secretary Kerry a painting depicting two Navy Patrol Craft Boats on the Mekong River Delta in the far south of Vietnam. Secretary Kerry commanded these types of vessels during the war. Photo courtesy Ash Carter.

'Not have the first idea of/about sth' có từ idea là ý niệm, quan niệm và cụm từ này nghĩa là không có khái niệm nào (về điều gì).

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There are so many celebrity dudes out there who don't have the first idea of how to find a girlfriend, and I think we can all admit we'd watch that.

Most people don't have the first idea of how a nuclear power station works, so they don't wish to expose their ignorance by discussing it.

The federal government, he said, is like a “greedy corporation,” “FEMA is the new F-word,” and they don’t have “the first idea of what they’re doing.”

“Standing here today, I’m reminded of conversations I’ve had recently with people who talk almost casually about the prospect of war with one country or another. And I’m tempted to say: ‘You don’t have the first idea of what you’re talking about’,” Kerry told an audience of civic and business leaders in a speech at a Hanoi hotel.

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"Call into question" nghĩa là gì?

Cần xem xét lại động cơ theo đuổi chương trình hạt nhân của Iran. Photo courtesy UNVIE U.S. Mission.

'Call/bring sth into question' nghĩa là kiểm tra hay xem xét lại chất lượng, giá trị của điều/vật gì (to examine or reexamine the qualifications or value of someone or something); nghi ngờ điều gì.

Ví dụ
Congressional representatives call SpaceX Falcon 9 launch certification into question.

Recent decisions by the Israeli authorities to further advance settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem "call into question the Israeli government's stated commitment to a negotiated two-state solution in the Middle East Peace Process,” an EU Spokesperson said yesterday.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker told us Tuesday that while Iran’s activity at Parchin last month isn’t technically a violation of the agreement it signed with the U.S. and other powers, it does call into question Iran’s intention to be forthright about the possible military dimensions of its nuclear program.

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