Journey in Life: "Not do a hand's turn" nghĩa là gì?

Saturday, September 29, 2018

"Not do a hand's turn" nghĩa là gì?

chẳng làm gì, cả ngày chỉ cafe chém gió. Photo courtesy www.Pixel.la Free.

'Not do a hand's turn' có hand's turn = a small amount of work; an act of manual labor; especially : a single usually small expenditure of effort -> cụm từ ngày nghĩa là thảnh thơi, chẳng nỗ lực tí nào.

Ví dụ
The disgruntled (bực tức, cáu kỉnh, cằn nhằn, bất mãn) visitors who don’t like the food and complain the bed is too hard and won’t do a hand’s turn to help with the dishes or buy the odd loaf or bottle of wine.

It’s a black joke that the person who is trying to force the farm onto her children as a responsibility, insisting that it is bigger than they are, does not do a hand’s turn apart from lift a wine glass and ferry out nibbles.

At the age of 30, I remember sitting next to a man at dinner who asked what I did. 'I've got three children under four,' I said, beaming with self-importance. He was unimpressed. 'My mother was exactly like you,' he retorted. 'Never did a hand's turn of work all her life - except raise the six of us.' But I look back on the years I spent with my children as being the most fulfilling of my life. And it was only when my youngest began senior school that I realised I was teetering on the brink of becoming a desperate housewife unless I 'got a life'. And so, having happily put all my eggs in one basket, it was time to take a few out. And scramble them. To my amazement, the moment I decided to re-enter the workplace, I discovered my apparent lack of ambition had simply been masking a deliciously long pregnant pause. At 40, a sense of drive asserted itself.

Phạm Hạnh

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