Journey in Life: 12/27/15

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"Be up a tree" nghĩa là gì?

Up a tree. Photo courtesy Randy.

'Be up a tree' nghĩa là bối rối, không rõ ràng (confused; without an answer to a problem; in difficulty); say rượu, quắc cần câu (intoxicated); và nghĩa khác là ở vào một tình huống rất khó khăn, không có lối thoát, bị dồn vào chân tường (in a difficult situation without escape, helpless; cornered).

Ví dụ
Only two glasses of booze and he was up a tree for sure.

In situations like that, if I am up a tree, or whatever, I have this mantra, a sort of loop of safety checks: ‘what will I do if such and such happens?’ A lot of people get into trouble and lose their lives in natural environments because something happens that they didn’t see coming.

"I would like to know if my being a black man would have anything to do with the action of (his predecessor). I would like to know if my being a pugilist has had anything to with the denial of the application. ... I am up a tree as to why I should be denied and other men released, men whose criminal records are almost as black," Johnson wrote, "as the ace of spades."

Phạm Hạnh