Journey in Life: 08/11/16

Thursday, August 11, 2016

"Have one foot in the grave" nghĩa là gì?

Tuổi già vui thú du lịch khắp nơi. Photo courtesy Toms Baugis.

'Have one foot in the grave' = đặt một chân vào mộ, nghĩa là sắp chết, gần đất xa trời (to be almost dead, to be very old and likely to die soon).

Ví dụ
You better get yourself on a plane; your grandmother has one foot in the grave and the other one on a banana peel.

Nearly 10 months ago Bendesky weighed 415 pounds. “I was one foot in the grave,” he says. He realized it was time for a change, one that would radically save his life.

Our vehicles are almost synonymous with our freedom. Giving up driving is like putting one foot in the grave. Even people with clear signs that they should not be driving are not willing to turn in their licenses.

In practice, public funding in such cases is so limited and tight-fisted that only those with one foot in the grave are likely to meet the stringent conditions set by the state, which in any event usually apply to people in dire financial straits only. All the rest have to manage on their own.

Phạm Hạnh