Journey in Life: 07/24/16

Sunday, July 24, 2016

"Cut the ground under his feet" nghĩa là gì?

JGSDF members, Marines brave elements, accomplish mission. Photo courtesy DVIDSHUB.

'Cut the ground under one's feet' nghĩa là nắm trước ý đồ của ai mà làm cho tâng hẫng (to make someone or their ideas seem less good, especially by doing something before them or better than them). Còn 'cut the ground from under sb's feet' nghĩa là bất ngờ không ủng hộ/hỗ trợ hoặc phá hủy nền móng của ai (unexpectedly withdraw support or destroy one's foundation, trip someone up).

Ví dụ
The opposition claimed today's speech was an attempt to cut the ground from under their feet.

Quite often, during job interview, recruiter can ask candidate vary embarrassing questions that can cut the ground under his feet.

Maybe Walter Scott had in mind his own story about William Wallace and Jane Porter had cut the ground under his feet. Indeed, he was to write one story himself but it would be a very short one and of a special kind too.

Overriding his veto, Congress cut the ground from under the President.

As attempts to cut the ground from under his feet gain momentum, the PPP leader is once again reaching out to Mr. Sharif. Pakistan’s political pot is bubbling up once again.

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