Journey in Life: 09/03/19

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

"Thirty pieces of silver" nghĩa là gì?

Anh em mình là một gia đình, đừng vì mấy đồng bạc mà rời xa nhau. Photo by Ryan McGuire 

"Thirty pieces of silver" là biểu tượng của sự phản bội. Thuật ngữ này xuất phát từ Kinh thánh, khi mà cái giá Judas phải trả vì đã phản bội Chúa Jesus là ba mươi đồng bạc (Matthew 26:15). Kể từ đó cụm từ này đã tượng trưng cho sự phản bội. 

Ví dụ 
Churches need checks and balances (kiểm soát và cân bằng) because anyone is capable of falling into temptation (cám dỗ) and stealing the offering from God. Jesus knew all along what Judas was doing. Judas was following his heart. We see that in the betrayal of Christ for a mere thirty pieces of silver! 

Jay-Z’s agreeing to a lucrative partnership (hợp tác sinh lợi) with the NFL was sufficient provocation (khiêu khích) for some progressive African-American writers to compare him to Judas: At The Root, Angela Helm writes that Jay-Z has received “half of his thirty pieces of silver,” amid rumors that Jay-Z will soon acquire a “significant ownership interest” (lợi ích sở hữu đáng kể) in an NFL team. 

Needless to say, this organised criminality (phạm tội có tổ chức) has turned many young people across the country into zombies. That, for thirty pieces of silver, people bestowed (ban cho) the noble responsibility (trách nhiệm cao cả) of protecting the lives of Kenyans turned a blind eye (làm ngơ) as the criminals rode roughshod over (hà hiếp, chà đạp) the country with their lethal merchandise (hàng hóa gây chết người) is most disgraceful. 

Thu Phương 

"Say your piece" nghĩa là gì?

Đừng ngần ngại nói bất cứ điều gì. Photo by Antenna on Unsplash

"Say one's piece" có nghĩa là nói lên ý kiến. 

Ví dụ 
Begin it with “Dear Mom,” say your piece, and end it with “Love and hugs". 

You might say your piece on a matter—say what you have to say about it, express your opinion. 

Have you ever had the experience of needing to say your piece to someone regarding a particular feeling or conflict? 

We all know it is important to dress for the occasion. The same thing applies in the spiritual life (đời sống tinh thần). But you—up on your feet and get dressed for work! Stand up and say your piece. Say exactly what I tell you to say. 

Thu Phương 

"One day chicken and the next day feathers" nghĩa là gì?

Mong rằng kiếp sau sẽ không làm kiếp con gà nữa. Photo by Hari AV

"One day chicken and the next day feathers" = Một ngày làm gà và ngày sau chỉ còn lại những cọng lông -> Những điều quý giá/điều mà chúng ta trân trọng có thể dễ biến mất một cách chóng vánh.

Ví dụ
Chicken one day, feathers the next, as the saying goes. But in the case of a member of an Oklahoma co-op, it was still chicken the next day, thanks to quick-thinking line crews (toàn bộ thủy thủ, ban nhóm).

Since we have an extra weekend day on Monday, check out the Chick-fil-A 5K on September 2nd benefiting Junior Achievement of Memphis. You've heard it's chicken one day and feathers the next — this event is all chicken with a post -ace party at AutoZone Park.

This phrase, “Chicken One Day and Feathers the Next” was used by my grandmother to express how life was always giving her something that looked real good, hence the “chicken” and then spoiled (cướp đoạt) her good fortune (or what she perceived (nhận biết) as good) with nothing more than the “feathers”.

Bin Kuan

"Day-tripper" nghĩa là gì?

Nắng Hawaii. Photo by Pineapple Supply Co.

"Day-tripper" = Người dạo chơi ban ngày -> Khách du lịch chỉ thực hiện chuyến đi một ngày và không ở lại qua đêm.

Ví dụ
As a day-tripper to our region, there wouldn’t be a more frustrating way to arrive — late and hot under the collar (cổ áo).

Last July, as Britain basked (phơi nắng) in its hottest summer on record, the 64-year-old Welshman was acting just your typical day-tripper likes to – digging (đào bới) into a delicious packet of steaming hot chips.

Improving our infrastructure (cơ sở hạ tầng) and cleaning up downtown (looking a little shabby), paying for the trolleys (xe đẩy hàng hóa) to bring tourists into town (which are currently free), covering city expense (chi phí) of the hordes (lũ, đám) of day tripper visitors (fire, police, lifeguards (vệ sĩ, người cứu đắm), public works), enhancing and supplementing (đẩy mạnh và bổ sung) law enforcement (sự bắt tuân theo luật lệ) at main beach, and paying for undergrounding utilities (in spite of voter rejection at the ballot box (thùng bỏ phiếu kín)).

Bin Kuan

"A black day" nghĩa là gì?

Hôm nay là ngày gì sao mà tối đen mù mịt vậy? Photo b Sven Read

"A black day" = Ngày đen tối -> Một ngày đánh dấu một sự kiện đau buồn/thiếu may mắn và có điều kinh khủng xảy ra.

Ví dụ
A black day for the international showjumping (môn thể thao cưỡi ngựa vượt chướng ngại vật) and breeding community (cộng đồng chăn nuôi). Both Narcotique II de Muze and Filou de Muze passed away (qua đời).

Thousands of people took part in a "Black Day" march (cuộc biểu tình) in Islamabad, protesting against (phản đối) India's decision to revoke (hủy bỏ, rút lại) autonomy (sự tự trị) in Indian-administered Kashmir. A similar protest was also held in Swat, northwest Pakistan.

Pakistan will observe (tiến hành, cử hành lễ hội) August 15 as a ‘black day’, Qureshi told parliament (quốc hội) on Wednesday. The foreign minister (bộ trưởng bộ ngoại giao) also informed the house of the decisions taken in the meeting of the National Security Committee (ủy ban an ninh quốc gia).

Bin Kuan

"All day and every day" nghĩa là gì?

Tình yêu vẫn y nguyên và mãi không thay đổi. Photo by Ivan Cabañas

"All day and every day" = Cả ngày và mỗi ngày -> Vẫn luôn luôn như vậy/lúc nào vẫn vậy và không bao giờ thay đổi trong suốt một thời gian dài.

Ví dụ
If you're a frequent traveler, the answer may be all day and every day. So if you are carrying your laptop around, how are you doing it?

"Both our childhoods were traditionally Welsh, we talk Welsh to one another, and we brought up our two children in the Welsh language." Mr Jones added: "We always speak Welsh to each other all day and every day. We rarely use English."

I drive for Uber/Lyft, and I find that large pick-ups have the most aggressive (hung hăng, hùng hổ) drivers — too many of them seem to feel because they’re big, the rules don’t apply. I drive around all day, and every day is the same — everyone is in too much of a hurry and cares nothing about the fellow (bạn, đồng chí) driver. Why can’t everyone just be nice, slow down and put down the phones?

Bin Kuan

"A stopped clock is right twice a day" nghĩa là gì?

Người của bóng tối cũng sẽ tìm thấy ánh sáng nơi cuối con đường. Photo by  Kid Circus

"A stopped clock is right twice a day" = Đồng hồ ngừng quay vẫn đúng hai lần một ngày -> Thậm chí người hay làm sai/mắc sai lầm thì đôi lúc họ vẫn làm điều đúng đắn dù chỉ vô tình hay làm một cách ngẫu nhiên.

Ví dụ
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day — or as they say in Alabama and elsewhere, even a blind pig (con lợn mù quáng) finds an acorn (quả đầu) now and then.

If you focus on the signal and not the wildly gyrating (hồi chuyển) noise, President Trump has gotten China policy about right. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. It was time to draw a line in the sand against Xi and his overreach (sự vượt quá xa).

Tiresome (mệt nhọc) clichémongers will tell you that even a stopped clock is right twice a day (unless it's digital, in which case its chronoscope (máy đo tốc độ tên đạn) chimes (đánh giờ, chuông) correct just once). Anyway, the point of this banality (tính chất vô vị, sáo rỗng) is that not everything that initially seems hopelessly wrong is, despite how it may seem.

Bin Kuan

"Throw off the scent" nghĩa là gì?

Âm nhạc là tất cả. Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst 

"Throw/put (one) off the scent" nghĩa là đánh lạc hướng sự theo đuổi của ai đó hoặc để lèo lái cuộc điều tra/nghi ngờ đi sai hướng. Cụm từ này là biến thể của "throw a dog off the scent", ý chỉ đánh lạc hướng những con chó săn bằng một mùi khác, khiến chúng nhầm lẫn dấu viết lần theo. 

Ví dụ 
It was his clever movement from a throw-in (ném biên) that threw Yerry Mina off the scent and allowed Raul Jimenez to ghost in at the far post for their equaliser (bàn gỡ hòa) on 75 minutes. 

“I went into (the show) pretty confident in myself and that I would make the right decision for me.” During an interview with Kyle and Jackie O, Matt also admitted to deliberately (cố tình) trying to throw fans off the scent of the winner. 

Pop music saved my a-- as a kid, paid the bills (trả hóa đơn) in my earlier career. And I love to make fun of it. Good pop music, truly of its moment, should throw older adults off its scent. It should clear the room of boring adults and give the kids some space. 

Thu Phương 

"The villain of the piece" nghĩa là gì?

Có làm có chịu. Photo courtesy wolfkann 

"The villain of the piece" có nghĩa là người chịu trách nhiệm, vật chịu trách nhiệm (về một số điều rắc rối, thiệt hại..). "Villain" nghĩa đen là kẻ hung ác, tên côn đồ, tội phạm. 

Ví dụ 
If you want to imagine Axel, the villain of the piece in the latest show from Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, think “Hitler mixed with Elton John gone wrong!”, says Tom Lunn. 

While Irene awaits an investigation (cuộc điều tra) to see whether charges will be laid at her door, Tommy finds himself under arrest as he regains consciousness (lấy lại ý thức). But as rumours (tin đồn) start swirling around (xoay quanh) the Bay, Irene finds herself branded the villain of the piece. 

While that might make sense if the Indian automotive industry (ngành công nghiệp ô tô) was suffering from self-inflicted harm (thiệt hại tự gây ra) by making vehicles no-one wants, the fact is that the slowdown in sales is due to a Government created problem. Let us begin with the villain of the piece, demonetisation (hủy bỏ). 

Thu Phương 

"First see the light of day" nghĩa là gì?

Chờ bình minh lên Photo by Samuel Silitonga from Pexels

'First see the light of day' = lần đầu tiên thấy ánh sáng ban ngày -> (người) được sinh ra, (vật) vừa được tạo ra

Ví dụ
Apart from their names, it is not known if there is any difference between N7+ and N7 Pro. It is thought that Kirin 985 will first see the light of day in Huawei’s Mate 30.

While Land Pride is still determining which of its more than 350 implement offerings will be produced at the facility, Hall teased a new product that will first see the light of day under Abilene skies.

First and foremost, I want to point out that this is not an official image of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk, nor do we have any real idea of when the Hellcat-powered SUV will first see the light of day. Rumors indicated that it would debut this week in New York, but some of the folks insisting that the Trackhawk would debut this week have now backed off of that in light of the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk – which is a far cry from a 707hp terror.

“The problem that we have had in this country is probably our governance structure because all authority is almost vested (trao cho) in the President. He decides what objectives he is going to pursue. The President will say ‘I want to go this direction’ and that’s the direction you have to go. No matter how brilliant your ideas are, they will not see the light of day if they don’t first see the light of day with the President,” he explained.

Bích Nhàn

"Fathom the depths of" nghĩa là gì?

Thiền định là liều thuốc cho tâm hồn Photo by Lucas Pezeta from Pexels

'Fathom the depths of' có từ 'fathom' = tìm hiểu, thăm dò, đo mực nước bằng sải (1 sải = 1,82m) -> khám phá, hiểu thấu, thâm nhập tới vị trí sâu nhất hoặc cốt lõi của vấn đề

Ví dụ
“The people of Puerto Rico are suffering,” Mr. Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor. “They have received a sliver of the funding they need. It’s hard to fathom the depths of cruelty (tàn ác) that it takes for the president to treat the people of Puerto Rico this way.”

To fathom the depths of US interference (can thiệp), one needs only look to Latin America, where US intelligence, taking advantage of social unrest (náo động), successfully plotted and overthrew several governments. Or the Middle East, where in the "Arab Spring" eight years ago, Washington was the string puller behind mass uprisings that eventually led to regime change in various countries and plunged the region into unrest and instability till this day.

Since the beginning of Christianity, the Church has always championed (bảo vệ, đấu tranh, bênh vực) the promotion of the arts. Artists, through the use of songs, music, words, sculpture and painting inspire (truyền cảm hứng) humanity to appreciate the beauty of creation and thereby lead people to connect with the Sacred and the Transcendence. Through his works, the artist communicates his values and thoughts about life. He seeks to fathom the depths of the human soul (tâm hồn) and the mystery of life.

Bích Nhàn

"Until your dying day" nghĩa là gì?

Có những nơi rất gần gũi nhưng ta vẫn chưa từng đặt chân qua và cho đến cuối đời mới hối tiếc. Photo by  Matthew Henry

"Until (one's) dying day" = Cho đến ngày chết -> Trạng thái còn nguyên vẹn về sự sống của ai/miễn là vẫn còn đang sống.

Ví dụ
Anything you can do to keep them around, you'd do until your dying day. Like she did.” “She was a warrior queen (nữ hoàng chiến binh),” the rock fan says.

If the internet were a book, we'd urge (nài nỉ) you, with every fibre (sợi quang) of our being, to tear this page out and keep it in your breast pocket until your dying day.

Not a best friend that will hang around for a while and then leave when life changes, but a best friend that will stick with (dính, gắn bó) you until your dying day.

“I can’t wait until your dying day so you can forever perish (chết, bỏ mạng),” the letter said, addressing Kache. “You left my little girl ... with a humiliation (sự làm nhục) that she was worth nothing.”

Bin Kuan

"Like a kid with a new toy" nghĩa là gì?

Mẹ ơiiiiii Photo by Pixabay on Pexels

'Like a kid with a new toy' = giống như trẻ con chơi đồ chơi mới -> rất hào hứng, phấn khích hoặc gắn bó với thứ gì đó

Ví dụ
"I'm like a kid with a new toy," he says on Sunday after observing 45 of his horses parade (diễu hành) for around 200 attendees on Sunday, including Countryfile's Adam Henson.

“I’m not sure how it will be organised, I’m hoping the officials aren’t going to treat it like a kid with a new toy, which you can often see in football, they might be too keen to use the new rule.

Theresa Doering was acting like a kid with a new toy. The Clarendon Hills Middle School Spanish teacher said she pretty much felt that way, even though it was her 20th first day of a new school year at CHMS, which opened in August of 2000 following passage of a $12.8 million referendum in November 1997.

There’s a good burst of color too. The orange-accented blaster, wheels and cables are enough to make me feel young. But it’s the blaster’s ability to shoot gel beads or flashing lights (infrared beams (chùm tia hồng ngoại)) that really made us feel like a kid with a new toy. (More on that in the Battling section below).

Bích Nhàn

"Take things one day at a time" nghĩa là gì?

Cứ an nhiên mà sống. Photo by  Lộc Nguyễn

"Take things one day at a time" = Giải quyết mọi việc một ngày một lần -> Xử lý/giải quyết mọi sự một cách từ từ/dần dần và không tập trung vào kết quả cuối cùng/không quan tâm hay lo lắng chuyện gì xảy ra trong tương lai (trong văn nói).

Ví dụ
“Let go of expectations and take things one day at a time," says Katherine Brevard, a certified physician assistant and mother of two boys.

"Stay close, stay connected and take things one day at a time," Dr. Gudmundsen advises parents. "They don't have to tolerate that pain (chịu đựng nỗi đau) forever, and it won't last forever."

I have told myself (and others) that I’m not going to worry about it and just take it one day at a time. After all, I rationalize (hợp lý hóa) I could be hit by a car tomorrow and die. Worrying does nothing and I have absolutely no control. So, I am not worrying.

Bin Kuan

"Baby needs a new pair of shoes" nghĩa là gì?

Ối mẹ ơi người đi đâu rồi Photo by Aidan Roof from Pexels

'Baby/mama/daddy needs a new pair of shoes' = em bé/mẹ/bố cần một đôi giày mới -> cụm từ này thường được nói với hi vọng cầu may mắn trong trò chơi may rủi, cơ hội

Ví dụ
The 2019 Home Run Derby field consists of both veteran and young sluggers. And if the young guns in the 2019 HR Derby field believe that their “baby needs a new pair of shoes” you may well want to place investment on that particular player and get your share of the home run champs rewards.

A ridiculously over-the-top announcer is also present to give the game unnecessary commentary (chú thích, dẫn giải). In a deep, exaggerated voice, he’ll, quite literally, announce your every move, even shouting “PAUSE!”. He’ll also give you some encouraging commentary in combat or when you pick up items like “cha-ching”, or “mama needs a new pair of shoes.”

If you had Gladys Knight and the 'over' for Super Bowl LIII ... baby needs a new pair of shoes. For Super Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Georgia native Knight played the ultimate role in settling one of the most popular Super Bowl prop bets – the length of the national anthem (thánh ca). Right before kickoff, the final duration stood at 1 minute, 50 seconds.

Come on, baby, mama needs a new pair of shoes! Wait, scratch that - mama needs a new pair of everything. And for €18,915,872.81, you can buy a LOT of shoes, plus whatever else you want, and still have surplus cash to last a lifetime or two! 'Cause when a jackpot this big hits, it's official: you just had yourself every gambler's wildest dream come true - to be an overnight millionaire!

Bích Nhàn

"Three squares a day" nghĩa là gì?

Anh ăn gì vại? Photo by Louis Hansel

"Three squares a day" = Ba bữa ăn chắc nịch mỗi ngày -> Ba bữa ăn đủ dinh dưỡng cho một ngày đó là bữa sáng, trưa và tối.

Ví dụ
I earn three squares a day just sitting in a chair, typing. I don't hear much from the members of the 1960 Bauxite Miner football team.

Food drove a logging (đốn gỗ) camp, so feeding a dozen or more hungry men three squares a day was a big responsibility for a teenaged girl.

Stopping eating for a long stretch of time daily, as more-moderate versions of intermittent-fasting (chế độ ăn uống có chu kỳ ăn và nhịn ăn) plans demand, stands in stark (khắc nghiệt) contrast to the 24/7 buffet most Americans feed themselves today. A 2017 scientific statement from the American Heart Association (Hiệp hội tim mạch Hoa Kỳ) published in the journal Circulation noted that adults in the United States have moved away from the traditional three-squares-a-day and now “eat around the clock."

Bin Kuan

"Add a new wrinkle" nghĩa là gì?

Sen bị làm sao thế nhỉ? Photo by Tookapic by Pexels

'Add a new wrinkle' có từ 'wrinkle' là đề xuất, lời khuyên, hoặc vết nhăn, 'add' là thêm vào -> thêm, bổ sung một khía cạnh, phương thức, chiến lược mới và thường không ngờ tới cho thứ gì đó

Ví dụ
If you just want to add a new wrinkle to your regular game of Legion, however, you can certainly do that. You can battle outside or inside the Bunker, as the door opens up to allow your units inside. This opens up plenty of options and once you throw in the terminals you've got another fun night of tabletop ahead of you.

One of the biggest questions now is: How will Washington respond to the latest allegations (viện cớ, cáo buộc)? It isn’t likely that fresh sanctions (trừng phạt) will do anything as the federal government has already tapped that well. This could add a new wrinkle to the ongoing U.S.-China trade talks as Chinese President Xi Jinping has repeatedly said he wants the ban (cấm đoán) on Huawei in the United States lifted before any trade deal comes to fruition.

Other than that, when it comes to the plot, your guess is as good as mine. Rumors (lời đồn đoán) continually flood the Internet almost every week as to how Craig’s version of Bond will conclude. Will he die? Will he not die? Does he have no time to die? The biggest rumor to date is that newcomer Lashana Lynch will play 007 after Bond leaves MI6. She’s not replacing the character of James Bond, but she’ll add a new wrinkle to the franchise (quyền kinh doanh).

Bích Nhàn

"The day of reckoning" nghĩa là gì?

Bức ảnh khó hiểu. Photo by JJ Ying

"The day of reckoning" = Ngày thanh toán/ngày đền tội -> Ngày phải đối mặt và không tránh được.

Ví dụ
The day of reckoning will be tomorrow. MPs will seek to take control of the legislative timetable in order to pass a bill mandating (ủy thác) an extension.

The plan also relies on anticipated (hưởng trước) income (thu nhập) from gambling and legalized marijuana (cần sa). "The day of reckoning is certainly coming,” Redfield said.

Bluster and going around promising extra spending on everything will not last long. The day of reckoning is coming fast. Leaving without a deal will put huge strains (sự căng thẳng) on the population, on the Government and Boris and his fellow travellers will have to make many compromises (sự thỏa hiệp) to stay afloat (hết nợ).

Bin Kuan

"See in new light" nghĩa là gì?

Mẹ ơi con muốn cưới em này :(( Photo by Pixabay on Pexels

'See someone/something in new light' = thấy ai/cái gì dưới một trạng thái mới -> hiểu được, nhận thấy, nhìn nhận ai hay điều gì đó theo một cách khác trước kia (thường theo hướng tích cực)

Ví dụ
The celebration of the laneways would be a way for locals to see the city in a new light, Gray said. "You do something a little bit different, people perceive the city slightly differently."

“Based on this work, perovskites will be seen in a new light as versatile (linh hoạt, nhiều tác dụng), high-performance materials for supporting roles in not only OLEDs but also other organic electronic devices, such as lasers, memory devices and sensors,” Adachi predicts.

"I hope that climbers (người leo núi) and anyone who is fortunate (vận may) enough to stand in the shadow of this stone giant will see it in a new light moving forward," said coauthor Paul Geimer, another Utah graduate student. "As with the desert landscape in which it resides, Castleton Tower is dynamic and energetic (mạnh mẽ, đầy nghị lực), subtly responding to changes in the surrounding environment."

BALTIMORE ORGANIZATION, TRUUNITY, INSPIRES BLACK AND BROWN STUDENTS TO SEE THEMSELVES IN A NEW LIGHT. TruUnity, a Baltimore-based organization that uses its resources to help black and brown students achieve success, announces the kickoff of it’s “Buy One, Give One” t-shirt campaign. For every Future Millionaire shirt purchased, another shirt will be donated to youth in Baltimore City and Lancaster City, Penn., to help break the stigma (dấu vết, vết nhơ) around minority success.

Bích Nhàn

"My day on a plate" nghĩa là gì?

Ăn như này mà vẫn không gầy nỗi thì tôi lạy tôi thiệt. Photo by Hisu lee

"(One's) day on a plate" = Bữa ăn trong ngày của ai -> Chế độ/thói quen ăn kiêng hằng ngày của ai.

Ví dụ
Today show entertainment reporter and City2Surf ambassador (đại sứ) Brooke Boney, 32, shares her day on a plate. Reporter Brooke Boney.

Heidi Dening, speaker, author and educator, shares her day on a plate. 7.15am I have rolled oats (yến mạch) with banana, blueberries, flax seeds, pepitas, soy milk and coconut yoghurt.

Musician Hayden James, whose debut (lần đầu ra mắt công chúng) album Between Us is out now, shares his day on a plate. 9am Having flown into New York from Sydney the previous night, I head to SoHo for breakfast at Sadelles. I opt for 150 grams of smoked Scottish salmon, tomatoes, pickles and capers (cây bạch hoa) on a bagel (vòng, nhẫn).

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"Plumb new depths" nghĩa là gì?

Mỗi ngày tôi chọn một niềm vui Photo by Leah Kelley from Pexels

'Plumb new depths' = dò tới đáy/vực sâu mới -> hiểu, khám phá, trải nghiệm, bày tỏ thứ gì một cách rõ ràng chi tiết; tới mức độ tột cùng, cực độ của gì đó

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It’s ironic (mỉa mai) that just as Deutsche’s shares plumb new depths, those of the London Stock Exchange Group Plc are hitting record highs, boosted in part by the successful lobbying of regulators to protect cross-border euro clearing under any Brexit scenario.

The near-term direction is quite clear — Asian export growth will plumb new depths before bouncing back once there is a US-China trade deal. But the longer-term prospects for trade are awkward (khó khăn) unless European and Asian countries can find common ground and build new mechanisms to protect their interests (lợi ích).

America cannot afford another four years of Trump. The damage to the civil rights (dân quyền) movement would be unimaginable. America’s image abroad – already severely tarnished (làm lu mờ) – would plumb new depths. Perhaps worst of all, some of his worst ideas might become a reality. He was elected on the platform of repealing (hủy bỏ) Obamacare and building a wall.

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"Put a new complexion on" nghĩa là gì?

Wow! Thật là phong cách Photo by Rob Gamble from Pexels

'Put a new/different complexion on something' = đem đến diện mạo mới cho thứ gì -> thay đổi hình thức, diện mạo, nhận thức hay cách hiểu về cái gì đó

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Events moments after the break put a new complexion on the game and Birmimgham took full advantage of the good fortune (vận may) they were handed.

Though fresh allegations (lý lẽ) of use of taxpayer money by Andrew Broad on a trip to Hong Kong alleged to have involved a "sugar baby" certainly put a new complexion on things.

As the story unfolds, the dubious (đáng ngờ) and outright fraudulent (lừa dối, lừa gạt) practices at Ranbaxy and a clutch of other Indian companies that are enumerated (liệt kê) in the book put a different complexion on India's generic drug boom and its moniker (biệt danh) of ‘pharmacy of the world’.

The jury might, not extravagantly (quái gở), have felt that this evidence put a new complexion on the case. It is true, of course, that this evidence does not alter (thay đổi) the underlying (cơ bản, nằm bên dưới) facts of the killings. But many of those facts are highly contentious (gây tranh cãi), and the evidence could well have influenced the jury’s assessment of them.

Bích Nhàn

"New brooms sweep clean" nghĩa là gì?

Chụp nốt con ảnh này rồi em làm nhiệm vụ mẹ giao Photo by Jorge Fakhouri Filho from Pexels

'New brooms sweep clean' = chổi mới thì quét sạch -> người mới (quản lý trong một cơ quan, tổ chức, công ty) sẽ mang lại luồng gió mới, năng lượng mới làm việc hiệu quả; người mới thường làm việc tốt, chăm chỉ để chứng tỏ năng lực

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The signs included messages like "diversity is a code-word for anti-white," "refugees (người tị nạn) not welcome" and one warning of "white genocide." Another depicts President Donald Trump with the caption "new brooms sweep clean."

New brooms sweep clean, as the saying goes, but not very easily in Indonesia, where there are more than 300 ethnic groups and 700 different living languages, 6,000 inhabited (có người ở) islands (many more uninhabited), and where democracy is a relatively new concept.

Are you a distraction (xao lãng, rối trí)? Have you become the story? New brooms sweep clean. But leaders who linger (chần chừ) after messes surface can get stuck on a failed approach, and they can appear more interested in keeping their jobs than helping the organization achieve its mission.

New brooms sweep clean as the saying goes. When new managers take control, it is often the case that they want to make changes and to make their mark (dấu ấn) on the organisation. While this is a natural action of a new manager or executive in a business, it is one that should only be contemplated (suy ngẫm) after careful consideration.

Bích Nhàn

"Paint a black picture" nghĩa là gì?

Một màu đen đen, một màu trắng trắng Photo by Pavlo from Pexels

'Paint a black picture' = tô/vẽ một bức tranh bằng màu đen -> mô tả, miêu tả ai, cái gì hay sự kiện, hành động nào đó là cực kì tệ, xấu, không có hi vọng hoặc khó chịu

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Off late, Bollywood films have been facing a lot of trouble to get a go-ahead for a release from Pakistan's censor board. Recent films like Bajirao Mastani and Neerja had problems in receiving a no objection from the board, solely because our neighbours believed that Bollywood films paint a black picture of Pakistan.

The editorial went on to state, “He will be forced to pay dearly for his blasphemy (lời báng bổ) any moment,” and noted that “[t]he second on the list of his hideous crimes is that he malignantly (hiểm ác) hurt the dignified (có phẩm giá, đáng tôn quý) DPRK and Korean-style socialist system.” It added, “The third of his thrice-cursed crimes is that he spouted a load of rubbish to paint a black picture of the happy life of the great Korean people.”

The prime minister said the ratification (sự phê chuẩn) would not negate (phủ nhận) Malay rights nor undermine the monarchy (chế độ quân chủ), but said the government was forced to bow out due to political pressure from opponents who spread unnecessary fear and confusion in public. “Because I see this as a way to blacken my face, because they know that they cannot out me very easily, so they have to paint a black picture of me.

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