Journey in Life: 06/02/19

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

"Old stomping ground" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash.
Cụm từ "(One's) old stomping ground" có từ "stomping" nghĩa là bước dậm chân (hành động mạnh). Cụm từ này ý chỉ một nơi/ địa điểm yêu thích của ai đó mà họ thường lui tới. 

Ví dụ
At the end of the month, the Nats will visit the Motor City and the Detroit Tigers.  This means Max Scherzer will return to his old stomping ground, Comerica Park.

The Ballarat I remember was cold and dull (chán ngắt, buồn tẻ). It’s still blipping freezing (ý chỉ nơi lạnh lẽo) but the town has transformed into something of a regional (khu vực) eating hot spot, one which lends (phù hợp) itself perfectly to day trips on the train. I need to make sure I get back to my old stomping ground more often.

Well actually I was born in London, and moved to Newcastle when I was a child. I know I sound like a Geordie, but I’m actually a Southerner! My old stomping ground was near to the Royal Albert Hall, and when I’m down that way now I tell the lads (các chàng trai) [in the band] that I actually know this area. But when the family moved to Newcastle, it was a very drab (buồn tẻ) and grey working class city.

Thu Phương

"Hold no brief for" nghĩa là gì?

ủng hộ hay không là tùy bạn. Photo by History in HD on Unsplash.
"Hold no brief for sb/sth" nghĩa là không ủng hộ, không thích, không sẵn sàng hỗ trợ ai đó/điều gì (ý tưởng, câu chuyện...).

Ví dụ
We condemn (lên án) this jailbreak (trốn tù, vượt ngục) and hold no brief for the people who perpetuated (duy trì, tiếp tục) it. But we observe that the deeper problem of endless delay continues to place pressure on finite resources (nguồn tài nguyên hữu hạn) to the extent that those resources are literally buckling. 

This column holds no brief for Williamson, aka (as know as) Private Pike, who appears to be overly ambitious, over-promoted and overly pleased with himself. But his account certainly seems to have the ring of truth (cái đúng) about it. Sedwill has a reputation (danh tiếng), in which he revels, for bullying (đàn áp, ức hiếp) ministers (bộ trưởng). 

I hold no brief for the way the British press (báo chí) is reacting, nor for the rather uncertain reaction of the United Kingdom Government, but I believe that the original decision (quyết định) to allow full free movement was and is economically (về mặt kinh tế), politically (chính trị) and morally (đạo đức) right.

Thu Phương

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