Journey in Life: 08/08/19

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

"Until hell freezes over" nghĩa là gì?

Lửa tình đóng băng. Photo by  Chinh Le Duc

"Until hell freezes over" = Cho đến khi nào hỏa ngục đóng băng -> Mãi mãi (forever), điều gì đó sẽ mãi mãi không xảy ra nữa.

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“I’m not on it; my phone won’t take it and I’m not getting on it,” he said “We’ll be in court until hell freezes over.

He believes the solution is to educate people on finances from a younger age, and to have companies get their heads out of their arses about how their employees live, but we don't expect that to happen until hell freezes over, so just cut back on the avocado toast and downsize to an unfurnished closet in the heart of London for about £1,500 a month, and you'll be alright. [Evening Standard]

Donziger knew that big corporations, faced with complex lawsuits and a media circus, often simply pay up rather than risk brand damage. Chevron, by contrast, and commendably, said it would fight Donziger until hell froze over, then continue fighting on the ice.

Bin Kuan

"As patient as Job" nghĩa là gì?

Lời Chúa là ngọn đèn cho chân tôi, ánh sáng cho đường lối tôi. Photo by  Tamara Menzi

"As patient as Job" = Kiên nhẫn như ông Giốp -> Ông Giốp là một nhân vật trong Kinh thánh, ông là người chịu nhiều đau khổ và thử thách để chứng minh đức tin và sự dâng mình cho Chúa. Ông được biết là người rất kiên nhẫn, điềm đạm và biết vâng lời.

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"I sort of had to leave Ireland to be as patient as Job"," Lowry joked ahead of the first FedEx Cup play-off event at Liberty National. "

Lost and alone in the jungle (trong rừng) for two weeks, a ranger (nhân viên lâm nghiệp) got through the ordeal (sự thử thách) by being as patient as Job and relying on what he had learnt from survival training.

“The hardest thing at the eWorld Cup is to be as patient as Job. You have to play your game. It’s not that you have to play better because in a tournament like this, you normally play worse than you usually do because you’re nervous. I tried to chill and play like I would play at home."

Bin Kuan

"Be on the front foot" nghĩa là gì?

Chuẩn bị tinh thần ăn mừng chiến thắng là vừa. Photo by Soroush Karimi

"Be on the front foot" = Về phía chân trước -> Đang trong tình thế thuận lợi so với đối thủ, dưới trướng của ai.

Ví dụ
The most recent developments in the Brexit debate may now have simply pushed that trend, which is especially apparent among Remain voters, a little further – such that Nicola Sturgeon may now find herself back at last on the front foot.

(Alliance News) - London stocks (cổ phiếu) started Thursday's session on the front foot as US-China currency (tiền tệ) war fears resided, with sentiment bolstered (bênh vực) by better-than-expected Chinese trade data.

With the rapid retraction (sự rút lại) of household names, replaced with online brands who occupy sheds rather than shops; retail is in a state of flux. Join us to debate its future, and learn how the property sector can be on the front foot with ever-changing trends and innovative uses of technology.

Bin Kuan

"Penny-wise and pound-foolish" nghĩa là gì?

Con gái, đôi khi có thể nhịn ăn cả ngày, tiết kiệm 3-4 chục, rồi tối lại uống trà sữa hết hơn 50k. Photo courtesy camknows 

"Penny-wise and pound-foolish" nói đến cách tiết kiệm tiền không đúng cách, vì tiết kiệm mà bỏ qua khoản quan trọng, cuối cùng lại phải chi nhiều hơn. 

Ví dụ 
The government might not have collected much LTCG taxes. A pro-investment (hình thức đầu tư) government should roll back (thu hồi) any tax which is 'penny-wise’ and ‘pound-foolish'. 

Sure, in addition to having a crappy name (tên dở), mental illness is cheaper to ignore in the short run, but government disinvestment (ngừng đầu tư) in this area is penny-wise and pound foolish. 

When the Ogdensburg City Council (Hội đồng thành phố) recently voted not to support the Fort de la Présentation Association in its quest (điều tra) to get grant funding (nhận tài trợ) to purchase the property that used to be the fort (đồn, pháo đài), it was penny wise, pound foolish.

Don’t let your client be pennywise and pound foolish. Instead of paying a lump sum up front (thanh toán một lần), a fixed-term licensing deal (thỏa thuận cấp phép có thời hạn) lets your client pay the settlement over time while continuing to generate revenue (tạo doanh thu) from the accused (cáo buộc) product. 

Thu Phương 

"On the never-never" nghĩa là gì?

Anh chẳng có gì ngoài vài ngàn tỉ đô trong thẻ. Photo by  Two Paddles Axe and Leatherwork

"On the never-never" -> Theo thể thức thuê mua, trả góp.

Ví dụ
But workers will have to wait longer for the full benefits to flow, a promise Labor has slammed as “tax cuts on the never never”.

“It’s one of those challenges where, it’s not a problem until it’s a problem,” “If you’re doing it card, if you’re doing it on the never, never as I like to say, it puts you in a financial risk and the last thing you want to be doing is coming back and not being able to pay that holiday back,” Scott Phillips from Motley Fools told 6PR Breakfast.

It seemed the prospect (khả năng thành công) of a second tunnel was on track in the near future - until Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter fired off a missive (công văn) to her senior portfolio minister, Phil Twyford. Now the prospect of a second tunnel's been put on the never-never and not surprisingly the National Party's transport spokesman Chris Bishop wants to know why.

Bin Kuan

"Not spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar" nghĩa là gì?

Giơ tay nếu bạn chưa được nhìn thấy cỗ xe ngựa ngoài đời thật! Photo courtesy Ann HS.

"Do not spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar" có từ "ship" là cách đọc lái của "sheep", ha'porth" viết tắt của "halfpennyworth" (đáng nửa xu), "tar" (hắc ín) được sử dụng để bảo vệ da cừu khỏi ruồi muỗi/ bệnh tật. Cụm từ này nghĩa là đừng mạo hiểm sự thất bại của một doanh nghiệp lớn bằng cách cố gắng tiết kiệm những thứ tầm thường. 

Ví dụ 
Our police force is only as incorrupt and unbribable (không tham nhũng, hối lộ) as the system and government that supports it. Let’s not spoil the ship for a ha’porth of tar. 

It would be a shame to spoil this ship for a ha'porth of tar. In days of ULEZ-enforcement (thực thi) there's something uplifting about the thought (thúc đẩy suy nghĩ) of stupidly big-engined chariots (cỗ xe ngựa) like this roaming (lang thang) the planet. 

The continuing pressure on the defence budget (ngân sách quốc phòng) is putting the government commitment (cam kết) to running both carriers at risk. This is really “spoiling the ship for a ha’porth of tar” negating serious investment in that capability. 

Thu Phương 

"Channel surfer" nghĩa là gì?

Mai chắc phải đập cái TV này để chữa cái bệnh lười. Photo by JD X

"Channel surfer" = Người lướt sóng kênh truyền hình -> Người nhanh thay đổi kênh xem và đổi liên tục, không xem kỹ kênh nào cả.

Ví dụ
This guy is the ultimate channel surfer. A French inventor on Sunday successfully flew across the English Channel on a jet-powered (năng lược vòi nước) hoverboard — that would make Marty McFly from “Back to the Future” envious.

The good news is that after constant use, the AirTV Mini never felt sluggish (uể oải, chậm chạp) or stuttered (cà lăm, nói lắp) while streaming. What does it mean to put a streaming device through its paces? It means being a channel surfer, or an app surfer.

Solution: While you expect a “no” response, keep trying to engage your partner in a walk or other low-key activity, because you’re leading by example. Don’t let your channel surfer talk you out of an activity to “relax and hang out.” There’s always time for that later. Accept that a physically active life might not be something you share with your partner (but keep trying!). If you’re not a solo exerciser, find a buddy or take a class.

Bin Kuan

"Make a hit" nghĩa là gì?

"Make a hit" -> Tạo ra một sự thành công vang dội và nổi tiếng khắp nơi.

Ví dụ
Chic legend Nile Rodgers has revealed how Bruno Mars had to remind him how to make their forthcoming collaboration (sự hợp tác sắp tới) sound like a hit song.

Born in London and raised in New York City, Ronson is often regarded as a musician who can morph (biến hình) his sound to fit the feel of any artist. Now, with his latest album, Late Night Feelings, the hit-maker is back to re-introduce fans to a sound his calls his own.

Oak Felder is a songwriter and record producer who is one half of Pop & Oak, who are responsible for crafting hits like Nicki Minaj’s “Your Love,” Alessia Cara’s “Here,” and Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry,” among many others. He splits his time between Atlanta, where his actual home is, and LA at this home studio on steroids. Even though celebs come in and out of this space regularly to make their next hits, if you look closely at the gear Felder uses to make all these songs you hear on the radio, it’s not much different from what bedroom producers use around the world. Instead of a big traditional mixing board, there’s a desk for his laptop, where he plugs in and works off of Apple’s DAW, Logic.

Bin Kuan

"Glass-eyed" nghĩa là gì?

Đích thực là thánh soi. Photo by Marten Newhall

"Glass-eyed" = Mắt thủy tinh -> Mắt đờ đẫn, say sưa và không sức sống.

Ví dụ
Should she open the glass case that houses the garishly (lòe loẹt) smiling glass-eyed conduit (đường dẫn) to the demon realm (vùng, vương quốc) also known as the doll Annabelle?

Many nervous fans rewatched that match, looking for cues, with several amateur neurologists (nhà thần kinh học nghiệp dư) retiring Bryan on Reddit citing Kofi Kingston's full-on head stamps and Bryan's glass-eyed selling of them. Well, it turns out that Bryan is simply the greatest pro wrestler alive, and he will per Dave Meltzer's report return to action "perhaps as soon as next week".

After it was done, I sort of stumbled out onto the dance floor in a glass-eyed daze, just in time to watch three of the best men taking turns to jump over a fire pit, which seemed like way more fun than trying to feed them had been. But, at the end of the day, I didn’t kill anyone with the food. Everyone had something to eat and seemed to enjoy it. So, I feel I can claim some kind of modest success.

Bin Kuan

"As sure as hell" nghĩa là gì?

Những điều ước vào đêm sao băng  sẽ chắc chắn thành hiện thực. Photo by  Zoltan Tasi

"(As) sure as hell" -> Tất nhiên rồi, chắc chắn luôn.

Ví dụ
Thoughts and prayers sure as hell aren’t working. Let’s start with limiting the number of bullets in a magazine. Oregon Fish and Wildlife’s cartridge (vỏ đạn) limit for birds is three rounds, and large game is five. If you need more bullets than that, you are either a terrible shot or looking to kill a lot of people.

That's a ridiculously good deal. It's also not at all unexpected, because it's going to create a guaranteed market not just for Disney+ — which sure as hell isn't going to have a hard time finding subscribers — but also for the other two services. You're going to see Hulu and ESPN+ significantly buoyed by this deal — by Disney, really. You're going to see the number of Hulu subscribers increase in a way that's going to make you ask what dumb thing some some other service did to lose so many folks.

How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom? “I will be peering out over the Pacific on Vancouver Island in Canada, taking hikes, fly-fishing and looking for grizzly (khóc nhè) bears with my husband while trying to do everything possible to forget about American politics … Oh, who am I kidding, I’ll be tweeting the entire time and I sure as hell better have Wi-Fi.”

Bin Kuan

"Bright as a button" nghĩa là gì?

Bên ngoài xinh đẹp, bên trong học giỏi. Photo courtesy Pacific_PaHS_Alumni 

"Bright as a button/ new penny" = sáng như nút cài bằng đồng hoặc đồng xu mới -> ý chỉ sự thông minh, sáng dạ, đối đáp nhanh nhạy. 

Ví dụ 
As usual, she's bright as a button, although this time she's not smiling. 

I was not expecting her to be alive, but she was at the Observatory Village .. bright as a button and lovely to talk to. 

The campaigner (người tham gia chiến dịch) continued: “If you can imagine going for an interview where there are people in their 40s looking bright as a button and you stagger (lảo đảo) in on your arthritic leg (chân bị viêm khớp). 

Tiny, but bright as a button, Yardley had a sponge-like mind (trí óc linh hoạt, nhạy bén) for facts, as well as a ferocious work ethic. She got a scholarship (học bổng) to the local girls’ grammar school, but the school’s limited curriculum (chương trình giảng dạy giới hạn) meant she had to take classes in science and maths at the neighbouring boys’ school. 

Thu Phương

"Solicit for" nghĩa là gì?

Anh yêu em như chuột yêu gạo nên xin em đừng rời xa anh. Photo by Ricky Kharawala

"Solicit for (something)" -> Nài nỉ, cầu xin để có được điều gì đó.

Ví dụ
Last week, Kobach reportedly used an email list maintained by We Build the Wall to solicit donations for his Senate campaign.

“One way or the other, Kris Kobach appears to have violated federal campaign finance laws through this solicitation for contributions to his U.S. Senate campaign,” Ryan said.

The U.S. Air Force intends to solicit for artificial intelligence (trí tuệ nhân tạo) and machine learning technologies designed to support command and control activities.

The Sheriff's Office never calls to solicit for money for any reason, including for papers, missing court or failing to show up for jury (ban hội thẩm) duty.

Bin Kuan

"Might is right" nghĩa là gì?

Biểu tượng của sức mạnh. Photo by Patrick Brinksma

"Might is right" = Lẽ phải thuộc về kẻ mạnh, có sức mạnh thì có quyền -> Người có sức ảnh hưởng, quyền lực và có khả năng.

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PM Lee suggested multilateral (nhiều mặt) institutions should be reformed and brought up to date as the alternative - a world without international rules, where might is right - disadvantages all. "Such a world would be especially challenging for countries like Singapore," he added.

Without its shield, many websites—belonging to groups right across the political spectrum (sự phân bố theo độ lớn) as well as companies and government agencies—would be frequently crippled (bị phá hỏng) by distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, in which attackers flood a site’s servers with spurious traffic. In DDoS attacks, might is right: Only a few companies like Cloudflare have enough servers to soak up a concerted assault (cuộc tấn công).

“On this day millions of the citizens of Jammu Kashmir were not treated as members of humanity. This day will also be marked as a black day because on this day the BJP/RSS government, under the erroneous (sai lầm) rule of might is right, disregarded the international law and legality, and forcibly annexed a country and its people whose political status is yet to be determined by themselves through the exercise of their fundamental, inherent and inalienable (không thể chuyển nhượng) sovereign right (quyền lực tối cao) to self-determination,” it added.

Bin Kuan

"Slow boat to China" nghĩa là gì?

Lấy cái này để đi sang tận Trung Quốc cứ phải gọi là "trất'ss". Photo courtesy Tim Green 

"Slow boat to China" có nghĩa là (việc gì đó) mất nhiều thời gian, chậm chạp. Cụm từ xuất hiện trên tiêu đề của một bản nhạc ballad trữ tình do Frank Loesser sáng tác (1948). 

Ví dụ 
Dubbed (được mệnh danh) ‘a slow boat to China,’ the alternative experience (trải nghiệm thay thế) will culminate (lên đỉnh điểm) in an exhibition at the Chinatown-based centre next May along with two other artists yet to work their passage, which costs just under $3,000 each. 

He scored for Real against Arsenal yesterday morning (Singapore time) to remind suitors that he can compete at elite level (cấp độ xuất sắc vượt trội). That's where he belongs. His legacy should be a final flourish (khởi sắc cuối cùng) in a league like the Bundesliga, not a slow boat to China. 

Slow boat to China deal: Those signals jibe with (đi đôi với) the idea that the world’s two biggest economies are taking it slow with restarting negotiations (đàm phán lại), and the White House is doing some digging on why (tìm hiểu lý do) Beijing balked (chùn bước) at the almost complete deal in May. 

Thu Phương

"Between you and me" nghĩa là gì?

Điều anh muốn nói Photo by Designecologist from Pexels

'Between you and me' = (Chuyện xảy ra) giữa cậu với tớ (và không nói với người khác) -> giữ bí mật, kiểu như bạn bè mình vẫn hay nói 'ê tao kể cho mày cái này, nhưng đừng cho ai biết nhé' :D

Ví dụ
I want to start by asking you to think about what you pack or eat for lunch. Depending on your lunch period length, it probably varies between you and me.

When asked what he thought about getting the honor he said “I’m surprised that they even picked me. Just between you and me, I hope this isn’t a trick by my class and that they’re just doing it to throw water balloons at me.”

A viral petition (kiến nghị) at urges President Trump to issue an executive order and make it the law of the land. The petition’s sponsor hopes to collect the required 75,000 signatures by press time. Between you and me, this would be by far the craziest thing he’s ever done.

OK, don’t panic, but I’m going to bring up a word that may make you uneasy (không thoải mái). I mean, it’s just something we shouldn’t talk about—at least not in public. We’ve been taught this. We’ve been conditioned this way. Generations have stuck to this pact of sworn secrecy (bí mật), but I’m about to break it. Luckily, this is just between you and me. Don’t tell anyone. So, here’s the word: profit.

Bích Nhàn

"Bird of passage" nghĩa là gì?

Young and free! Đặc quyền làm những đứa 'đã lập gia đình' GATO Photo by Nina Uhlíková from Pexels

'Bird of passage' = chim di cư -> người luôn di chuyển, không ở cố định ở một nơi nào đó lâu dài.

Ví dụ
“I never understood the kind of happiness I was longing for,” she recalls in the film. “We finally got a house, fixed it up the way we wanted. But then that bird of passage started to flex (gập cánh lại) its wings again.”

“I’ve also noticed transients in Forest Park that have stayed several days,” he said. “I once saw a Gray-cheeked Thrush (chim họ hoét), which is a bird of passage in St. Louis, but this one had a white feather in its wing, so I could recognize it.

Ahmed’s passion for photography is also pictured through his Instagram account. Being a bird of passage, Ahmed takes stunning (ấn tượng) images of iconic landmarks, that can serve as an authentic universal postcard while showing the contrast between Arab culture and cultures around the world.

Isabel Golay was born in Morocco to two Swiss (Thụy Sĩ) parents but has lived in Argentina since 1980. For her, having an Argentinian passport is linked to values. “I live here, I get involved here, I have a commitment (cam kết) to Argentinian society – I am a part of it, not just a bird of passage,” she said.

Bích Nhàn

"Bosom friend" nghĩa là gì?

Ơ, con hâm này cười gì, ảnh xấu thì đừng có kêu nhé Photo by from Pexels

'Bosom friend' -> người bạn mà bạn rất quý mến, bạn thân; mối quan hệ thân thiết, gần gũi

Ví dụ
The Eagles' Captain, who was in the company of his team mate and bosom friend since Kano Pillars' days, Abdullahi Shehu, said: "I want to own (sở hữu) a Cosgrove home."

The week before Xi's (Tập Cận Bình) birthday he visited Putin in Russia. Prior to his visit he gave a lengthy interview to Russia's state-run TASS news agency, in which he called Putin his "best and bosom friend."

To his supporters, the handshake (bắt tay) has given him a lifeline (sợi dây cứu sinh), an opportunity to reinvent (tự đổi mới) himself, which has seen him become a bosom friend of the ODM leader and one of his key generals in ensuring that the ideals of the handshake remain intact.

Bích Nhàn

"Behind bars" nghĩa là gì?

Cháu nào phạm tội để xích cả thể nào Photo by Pixabay on Pexels

'Behind bars' = sau chắn song xà lim -> vào tù, nhà giam.

Ví dụ
A 22-year-old homeless (vô gia cư) man is behind bars, accused of raping (hiếp dâm) and murdering (giết người) an 89-year-old woman in her home.

A pair of Forth Myers teens are back in the headlines and behind bars for their accused crimes. Fort Myers police said 17-year-old Jerry Adam and 16-year-old Jermaine Bursey have been busy breaking into cars this summer.

Wales has the highest rate of citizens locked up of any country in Western Europe, shocking new figures show. One in every 667 people in the country is behind bars, according to the research carried out by the Wales Governance Centre. Critics condemned (chỉ trích) the findings, saying they proved that having Wales' justice system managed from London was not working for the country.

Bích Nhàn

"The beau monde" nghĩa là gì?

Quan trọng là thần thái Photo by Godisable Jacob from Pexels

'The beau monde' = thế giới tốt đẹp trong tiếng Pháp -> tập hợp những người giàu có và thời thượng; những người xinh đẹp.

Ví dụ
The paragon (mẫu mực, hoàn hảo) of Parisian chic (sang trọng), champion of haute couture (thời trang cao cấp), guardian of the famed maisons d’art, and a pioneer in women’s fragrance (hương thơm) and beauty, Chanel has always been the fashion house for the beau monde.

Ever since The Standard hotel launched (khai trương) on New York’s High Line 10 years ago, it's been a magnet (nam châm, sự thu hút) for the beau monde. Tomorrow, the brand will open its first hotel outside America in London’s King’s Cross, an area chosen by CEO Amar Lalvani for its potential.

While Portofino and Cinque Terre are the best-known spots on the Italian Riviera today, Rapallo is a destination that can provide all you want for a perfect weekend (or longer) getaway. As one of Italy’s first modern seaside resorts, a place the beau monde flocked to (kéo tới) in the early 20th century, it has glamour (quyến rũ) and history, along with incredible seascapes.

Bích Nhàn

"Blue blood" nghĩa là gì?

Phòng view ra biển nhé Photo by Roberto Nickson from Pexels

'Blue blood' = máu xanh. Từ này bắt nguồn từ tiếng Tây Ban Nha, để chỉ dòng máu thuần chủng của giới quý tộc, không bị lai với những người Moor. Theo đó bọn họ có da trắng nên các đường mạch máu hiện lên xanh hơn với những người Tây Ban Nha có máu lai. Cụm từ này được dùng phổ biến tại Anh từ đầu thế kỉ 19 -> gia đình quý tộc, giàu có, tầng lớp thượng lưu hoặc để chỉ tổ tiên.

Ví dụ
The multi-millionaire owner of the Love Island villa has been revealed as the husband of a blue-blood relation of the Queen - who has her own distant claim to the British throne (ngai vàng).

Some might not consider Michigan basketball a blue blood, at least not in the same way as Kentucky but it’s clear that highly-rated players are interested in the Wolverines, including Ware who is ranked 47th overall and seventh among power forwards.

Not only do all reputable (danh tiếng) recruiting service outlets have Greg Brown pegged as a five-star caliber (phẩm chất) recruit, but most agree he’s one of the six (or so) best players in the entire 2020 recruiting class. It’s why all the blue-blood programs are after his services.

Those moments are to be cherished, especially by those of us old enough to remember his whole career from Florida prep star, to Carolina blue blood, to dunk contest (cuộc thi đánh bóng vào rổ) hero. What the highlights and viral clips don’t show is the work it took to maintain his athleticism (kĩ năng thể thao)

Bích Nhàn

Bài trước: "Baby blues" nghĩa là gì?

"Baby blues" nghĩa là gì?

Bố nhớ quan tâm hai mẹ con con nha Photo by J carter from Pexels

'Baby blues' là từ dùng chỉ một quãng thời gian ngắn những người phụ nữ sau sinh trải qua. Họ thường cảm thấy buồn phiền, lo lắng, tâm trạng lên xuống thất thường và nhạy cảm hơn trước kia.

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The Vampire Diaries actress, 31, recently opened up about experiencing the baby blues after welcoming son James on March 28, and revealed she feared she was in over her head.

Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby has finally given birth to her rainbow baby after two miscarriages (sảy thai). The reality star recently opened up about her first time experiencing the baby blues.

"After I had Navy I definitely had the baby blues... I was just down. An unexplainable sad feeling," she wrote. "I was prescribed (kê đơn) anti depressants (chống trầm cảm) by my amazing doctor but decided to try a few alternative methods first by working out and eating better... thinking happy thoughts, daily.

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"Behind closed doors" nghĩa là gì?

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'Behind closed doors' = (thứ) đằng sau cánh cửa đóng kín -> trong bí mật.

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Israelis and Arabs say one thing in public and another behind closed doors. Politicians and pundits (học giả, chuyên gia) need to understand the difference.

Universitatea Craiova have been ordered to play their next two European games behind closed doors after a referee (trọng tài) from Northern Ireland was hit by an object thrown from the crowd.

Preston geared up (sẵn sàng) for Saturday’s game with Wigan Athletic by giving some fringe (ngoài rìa, bên ngoài) players a run-out in a behind-closed-doors game against Salford City at Springfields.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and one of the most high-profile freshmen members -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York -- met behind closed doors Friday following a few tumultuous (ầm ĩ) weeks for the Democrats that have exposed a rift (nết nứt, bất hòa) between party leaders and more progressive lawmakers new to Capitol Hill.

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"The brains behind" nghĩa là gì?

Bức họa Stan Lee - cha đẻ của các nhân vật siêu anh hùng trong vũ trụ Marvel Photo by Con Karampelas on Unsplash

'The brains behind something' = bộ não đằng sau cái gì -> người chịu trách nhiệm chính cho một kế hoạch/hành động; người lên kế hoạch, ý tưởng cho người khác

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The former star of The View hasn’t been seen in public for three years. Now 89 and suffering from advanced dementia (chứng mất trí), according to sources, the brains behind the talk show is said to rarely leave her bed and doesn’t even recognize her famous friends.

For those not familiar with Thomas Keller by name, you've probably heard of his restaurants. He's the brains behind Bouchon (which has bakery, cafe, and restaurant outposts in Napa Valley, New York City, and Las Vegas) and a number of other high-profile spots you most definitely know of: Per Se in Manhattan and The French Laundry and Ad Hoc in Napa Valley.

Describing Nayeri’s alleged (được cho là) co-conspirators (đồng phạm) – former high school classmates Kyle Handley and Ryan Kevorkian – as “morons,” Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy made his case to jurors (bồi thẩm đoàn) that Nayeri was the brains behind the kidnapping of a dispensary (trạm phát thuốc) owner in order to find a non-existent $1 million they wrongly believed had been buried in the desert.

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Chùa Bạc Ginkakuji – ánh bạc từ mặt trăng

ảnh chụp 11:22 ngày 08/8/2009.

Ginkakuji Temple: chùa Bạc, là chùa phái Thiền tại chân núi Higashiyama của Kyoto. Chùa được biết đến với tên chính thức là Tozan Jishoji.

Năm 1482, tướng quân Ashikaga Yoshimasa xây dinh thự trên nền đất của chùa hiện tại. Sau đó vài năm, chùa Bạc, được mô phỏng theo chùa Vàng được xây dựng. Tuy nhiên kế hoạch che phủ khuê các bằng bạc đã không được thực hiện. Sau đó dinh thực được chuyển thành chùa phái Thiền sau khi Yoshimasa mất vào năm 1490.

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