Journey in Life: 11/07/16

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Monday, November 7, 2016

"Pull his punches" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

'Pull (one's) punches' nghĩa là tấn công không mãnh liệt bằng khả năng có thể có của mình, không thẳng tay (be less forceful, severe, or violent than one could be); hạ giọng, bớt gay gắt v.v...

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A sharp-tongued critic who doesn't pull his punches.

Mr Obama delivered his biting rebuke at the White House, where he hosted Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for a state visit. The President initially said he would pull his punches when it comes to politics, respecting the official setting. But when he was asked about Mr Trump's rhetoric, he did not hold back.

The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s leading left-of-centre newspaper, with a circulation of 7.3m, is battling for its reputation after a third embarrassing retraction. On September 14th it admitted that it had faked an interview with the boss of Nintendo, a video-game company. In August and September it withdrew two, more consequential, articles. The first had to do with the army’s wartime use of “comfort women”, ie, women forced into prostitution. The second had to do with the catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in 2011. The fear is that the Asahi, the most forceful of Japan’s establishment-minded big dailies, will in future pull its punches.

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"Pull the wool over my eyes" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Craig Sunter.

'Pull the wool over someone's eyes' = lấy cuộn len che mắt ai, nghĩa là lừa ai (deceive someone); -> 'vải thưa che mắt thánh'.

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They've tried to pull the wool over my eyes and I'm worried they're going to try to scam (mưu đồ bất lương) more people.

In the week leading up to it, Dentsu, a big agency, admitted overbilling by its digital-ad division in Japan; and Facebook, a tech giant, said it had inflated the average time people spent watching video ads. Such revelations have reinforced existing concerns among advertisers that they are having the wool pulled over their eyes when it comes to online advertisements.

An Inuk artist in Labrador says the province’s latest response to the controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project isn’t good enough to end his hunger strike. “You can’t pull the wool over my eyes,” said Billy Gauthier. “We obviously cannot rely on our provincial government to do the right thing for the people of Labrador.” On Tuesday, day six of Gauthier’s hunger strike, the province announced it will require its energy corporation Nalcor to remove more trees from the reservoir at Muskrat Falls.

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