Journey in Life: 07/30/18

Monday, July 30, 2018

"With bated breath" nghĩa là gì?

hồi hộp chờ đợi cuộc giải cứu. Photo courtesy Michael Coghlan.

'With bated breath' có từ bate là bớt, giữ lại (hold, restraint) -> = 'nín thở' -> nghĩa là náo nức, hồi hộp (eagerly or anxiously = "holding one's breath"; today it is also used somewhat ironically, indicating one is not all that eager or anxious).

Ví dụ
Thai cave rescue had the world thralled (cảnh nô lệ, lệ thuộc; bắt phải phục tùng, áp chế) with bated breath.

Cayetano engaged us in small talk while we all waited with bated breath for the presidential debate (tranh luận giữa các ứng cử viên tổng thống) to start.

The world has been waiting with bated breath for more than a decade for an album from dancehall's newest queen, Spice.

There is something compelling about such rescues and the race against time. Those old enough will remember the ill-fated (xấu số, bất hạnh, bạc mệnh) Apollo 13 mission and how the world watched with bated breath as the spacecraft (tàu vũ trụ) was guided back to Earth.

Phạm Hạnh

Đến khi em nhận ra

Memento Park (Hungarian: Szoborpark) -- an open-air museum in Budapest. Photo courtesy Frédérique Voisin-Demery.

There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... imitation is suicide.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Có thời điểm trong sự học của mỗi người khi anh ta chợt hiểu rằng... bắt chước là tự sát.