Journey in Life: 09/19/18

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

"Play into the hands of" nghĩa là gì?

...chỉ làm lợi cho các nước phương Tây muốn xâm lược Syria*. Photo courtesy William Proby.

'Play into the hands of someone' nghĩa là làm lợi cho đối thủ của mình (to do something that one does not realize will hurt oneself and help someone else playing into the hands of the enemy).

Ví dụ
Manchester United warned any squabbling (cãi nhau ầm ĩ, cãi vặt) could play into the hands of rivals City.

Any attempt to disrupt (phá vỡ, gây cản trở) this vital (quan trọng, sống còn, trọng yếu, nguy hiểm đến tính mạng; sinh động, đầy sức sống) project (dự án quan trọng này) will only play into the hands of those who do not want peace (hòa bình) and progress for the Afghan people.

Many analysts (nhà phân tích) here predict (dự đoán) such a backlash (phản ứng mạnh) will play into the hands of politicians eager to weaken, if not dismantle (tháo dỡ, hủy bỏ, bãi bỏ), the European Union.

The Russian delegation spokesperson said that the claims are only playing "into the hands of the Western countries that plan to carry out another aggression (gây hấn, xâm lược) against Syria, using a staged (dàn dựng) chemical weapons (vũ khí hóa học) incident as an excuse (là cái cớ)".

Phạm Hạnh

* A Free Syrian Army fighter throws a hand grenade inside a Syrian Army base during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighbourhood of Damascus February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic