Journey in Life: "Keep one's powder dry" nghĩa là gì?

Friday, May 19, 2017

"Keep one's powder dry" nghĩa là gì?

Bà May ứng phó như nào trước cuộc biểu tình này? Photo courtesy Alisdare Hickson.

'Keep one's powder dry' = giữ cho thuốc súng thật khô -> nghĩa là cẩn trọng, sẵn sàng trước một tình huống khẩn cấp có thể xảy ra (remain cautious and ready for a possible emergency); sẵn sàng ứng phó.

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She's likely to keep her powder dry until early next year as she monitors Clinton's progression on her pet issues.

Usually a frontrunner, she is trying to keep her powder dry for the final 50m in a bid to prevent fading at the finish.

Until Article 50 is triggered and there is some indication on Britain's future relationship with the EU, Ms Sturgeon should keep her powder dry.

Trudeau wise to hold fire over Trump’s trade tirade: The prime minister needs to keep his powder dry until it’s clear just what the U.S. president will do next.

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