Journey in Life: 01/23/16

Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Jet-set" nghĩa là gì?

T-50 Golden Eagle Demo flight. Photo courtesy Korea Aerospace Industries.

'Jet-set' nghĩa là những người giàu hay đi du lịch khắp nơi (bằng máy bay phản lực) (in journalism, jet set was a term for an international social group of wealthy people who travelled the world to participate in social activities unavailable to ordinary people. The term, which replaced café society, came from the lifestyle of travelling from one stylish or exotic place to another via jet plane).

Ví dụ
Four Seasons offers $132,000 golf vacation jet-setting from Miami to Costa Rica & West Indies.

Jet-setting Xi: With 14 global trips this year, China’s president is the country’s most-travelled leader since foundation of communist state.

Le Pen and her fellow populists claim that globalization was either an act of foolish generosity that helped the rest of the world at the expense of the nation, or a phenomenon that benefited only the elites and not ordinary people. For them, patriotism means being harder-headed about protecting the national interest and adopting more democratic policies that help the working masses, not jet-setting fat cats (những kẻ giàu có thích giao du).

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"Sit on one's hands" nghĩa là gì?

Barack Obama In Berlin. Photo courtesy Matthias Winkelmann.

'Sit on one's hands' nghĩa là ngồi khoanh tay không làm gì (to do nothing about a ​problem or a ​situation that ​needs ​dealing with), hoặc nghĩa khác là được vỗ tay thưa thớt.

Ví dụ
The President ​sat on his ​hands for three ​years and ​blamed ​Congress.

I'd rather be a naive optimist and try, than be a cynical pessimist and sit on my hands.

I won't sit down and sit ON my hands and just let this ALL go down without speaking On it.

Republicans have claimed that the new Every Student Succeeds Act clips the wings of my Department of Education. Do these extremists still not know me? My lawyers are smarter than their staff. I have many pens and a host of phones. I will not sit on my hands—I plan to keep doing for all children what we've done for those Opportunity Scholarship kids in DC, and to do for reform what we've done for the Common Core.

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