Journey in Life: 10/19/15

Monday, October 19, 2015

"A drowning man will clutch at a straw" nghĩa là gì?

Fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) drive a tank in the al-Zohour neighbourhood of northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on 2 August. Photo credit: AFP.

'A drowning man will clutch at a straw' nghĩa là sắp chết đuối thì vớ được cọng rơm cũng bám lấy.

Ví dụ
It is as a result of this hope that Ghanaians have held on to promises made by the President and officials tasked with ending the darkness being experienced the way a drowning man will clutch at a straw to stay afloat.

Granted, as the famous saying goes: ‘A drowning man will clutch at a straw, however, will the alliance with PKK affiliated group serve its purpose and remedy the IS epidemic in Syria proper in the medium to long run?

And like the saying, a drowning man will clutch at a straw, it was no doubt that few apologists of this drowning government will clutch to the postponement of elections, or more self-defeating – engineer an extension of President Koroma’s term for another two years, with the postponement of both the Census and the Constitutional Review.

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"Face down" nghĩa là gì?

Kiên quyết đối đầu với cảnh sát. Photo courtesy Elvert Barnes.

'Face down' (nhìn xuống) nghĩa là kiên quyết/cương quyết đối đầu với ai đó (confront someone in a resolute or determined manner).

Ví dụ
Springboks face down colour politics.

Swiss luxury watch industry smart enough to face down challenges.

Is the world moving toward regional blocs that perform the role of states in the Westphalian system? If so, will balance follow, or will this reduce the number of key players to so few that rigidity becomes inevitable and the perils of the early twentieth century return, with inflexibly constructed blocs attempting to face one another down?

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