Journey in Life: 05/04/17

Thursday, May 4, 2017

"Oil the wheels" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Hans Splinter.

'Oil the wheels' = tra dầu vào bánh xe -> nghĩa là làm cho công việc được suôn sẻ bằng cách đối xử tế nhị hoặc khôn khéo; đút lót (to make it easier for something to happen); chính là "bôi trơn" đấy các bạn :)

Ví dụ
The main result of Abe's visit to Moscow was a move (động thái) to oil the wheels of the rusty (lỗi thời, lạc hậu) dispute over the Kurile Islands.

While the original cards were designed to help artists get out of a creative rut, Buxton’s are made to oil the wheels of conversation — and they work beautifully.

Alan Johnson MP would go on to hold several ministerial positions, including Home Secretary. Even in opposition, he would help oil the wheels of the deal which brought Siemens to Hull.

Stamping out corruption, as the President has promised, also suffers from the weakness of the regulatory environment and institutional structures. Processes are designed to force the payment of grease money (tiền bôi trơn, hối lộ) to oil the wheels of government.

Phạm Hạnh