Journey in Life: 05/23/17

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Hang him out to dry" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Ronald Saunders.

'Hang someone out to dry' nghĩa là trừng phạt ai; để ai phải rơi vào tình thế khó khăn/dễ bị tấn công; để ai phải 'giơ đầu chịu báng'.

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Will Trump Hang His Trio of Generals Out to Dry?

DARYL Gibson has been given full support by the Waratahs amid calls for his sacking, with the club’s chief executive Andrew Hore saying they would not hang the coach out to dry for issues that are systemic in Australian rugby.

One Beijing-based Western diplomat said that while China might be pleased to see Trump hang ally South Korea out to dry with his criticism of their free trade deal and demand that Seoul pay $1 billion to host a U.S. anti-missile system that China has strongly opposed, China should not have any illusions.

In a “zero tolerance” policy, Trump had been prepared to separate children from their parents (or people claiming to be their parents, but who were frequently human traffickers) at the border, as prior Administrations, including Obama’s, had done. But under political pressure (áp lực chính trị), Trump reversed himself, in effect hanging Nielsen and Sessions out to dry.

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"Leave her high and dry" nghĩa là gì?

High and dry. Photo courtesy www.pipjohnson.com.

'Leave someone high and dry' nghĩa là bỏ mặc ai trong tình huống khó khăn, không giúp đỡ (to leave someone unsupported and unable to maneuver; to leave someone helpless); khiến ai phá sản (to leave someone flat broke).

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House Republicans leave America's sick and old high and dry.

Budget aftershocks leave arts students high and dry.

GM has assured owners of Chevrolet and Opel vehicles that they won't be left high and dry following the company's shock decision.

Watching “Mariah’s World” is a little bittersweet as we know that will not end happily for the singer. She will perform a successful tour, but her billionaire fiancé will leave her high and dry.

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"Exciting as watching paint dry" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Pedro Ribeiro Simões.

'Exciting as watching paint dry' = hấp dẫn như chờ sơn khô -> nghĩa là buồn tẻ, quá buồn tẻ (very, very dull).

Ví dụ
For the past three years, Formula One racing has been about as exciting as watching paint dry.

Distances on TV are deceiving, so golf on TV for most people is about as exciting as watching paint dry.

This game between the New York Islanders and the Colorado Avalanche was about as exciting as watching paint dry.

Most of the time watching the Senate in action (if you can call it that) still will be as exciting as watching paint dry.

Phạm Hạnh

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