Journey in Life: 06/27/16

Monday, June 27, 2016

"On someone’s tail" nghĩa là gì?

Làm sao để cắt đuôi kẻ si tình? Photo courtesy John Flannery.

'On someone’s tail' nghĩa là theo sát ai, theo đuôi ai (following someone closely).

Ví dụ
'Supergirl' episode 14 spoilers: Kara has a lot of villains (kẻ hung ác, tên côn đồ) on her tail.

With the police and a shifty (quỷ quyệt, gian giảo) reporter on her tail, Sheridan travels all over the city in search of clues, finally winding up in a nightmarish (như một cơn ác mộng) carnival (cuộc vui trá hình) by the sea.

Even when she came back to Belfast, the police were on her tail every day. She was so often in prison that I think that was the reason for her bad health in later life.

I knew it was my last race ever, I knew Karina was right on my tail and she wanted it just as bad as I did. I just went out and ran my heart out and left it all on the track.

Phạm Hạnh

"On someone's watch" nghĩa là gì?

Philadelphia City Hall, as seen from the southwest corner. Photo courtesy Kevin Burkett.

'On someone's watch' nghĩa là đang phiên trực của ai (while someone is on duty).

Ví dụ
Back then, being a stockbroker wasn’t a mundane (cõi trần, thế tục, trần tục) career, but it wasn’t an amazingly glamorous (đẹp say đắm, đẹp quyến rũ) one either. That all changed on your watch. Financiers rose to become “masters of the universe.” Now they are often vilified, albeit very well compensated.

If something bad happened, it wasn't going to happen on his watch. And if it did, he was going to find out who did it and hold them accountable for it. He felt that way about the entire community.

But this was not the only security related fiasco to stain the brief Barak incumbency (nhiệm kỳ). After all, it was on his watch that the 2001 Second Intifada erupted. The ensuing violence lasted over five years, bringing dread and death to Israel’s streets, cafes and buses—and resulted in the murder of about 1000 Israelis and the maiming (làm thương tật) of nearly 10,000.

Phạm Hạnh