Journey in Life: 10/09/19

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

"Crosses are ladders that lead to heaven" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Simon Alibert

"Crosses are ladders that lead to heaven" = Thập tự giá là nấc thang lên thiên đàng -> Vượt qua/chịu đựng được sự khó khăn thử thách sẽ có thể giúp bạn trở thành người công bình, có đạo đức tốt và thiện lành hay dẫn bạn đến những điều tốt đẹp.

Ví dụ
I have to stay strong to get over the cancer because crosses are ladders that lead to heaven.

Life tests me a lot of things and I've never ever avoided it all, it's because it makes my life vivid (sinh động) and interesting and all my experiences prove that crosses are ladders that lead to heaven.

There's no reason to escape from (thoát khỏi) obstacles (thách thức) in your lives. Every single day is a gift for you with no matter how it is, just keep moving forwards and stay calm to get through everything. Eventually, crosses are ladders that lead to heaven.

Bin Kuan

"A heaven on earth" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Joshua Sortino

"A heaven on earth" = Thiên đàng nơi trần gian -> Điều gì đó tốt đẹp, rất thích thú và có  nhiều niềm vui hoặc chỉ nơi nào đó rất tuyệt vời và lý tưởng.

Ví dụ
A “day of the Lord” was coming on which God would raise up the house of David and establish a heaven on earth for all time.

Even though the valley (thung lũng) is so beautiful that it is sometimes referred to as a heaven on Earth, life for the residents of Broghil is far from easy.

“Besides, I need to worry about nothing other than my education here. For a student like me, it is a heaven on earth.” “The hostel helped me get rid of (loại bỏ) the pain of traveling around 50 kilometres every day to come to Gulshan from Narayanganj to attend my classes,” said Maruf Kamal Rabby, a management student of Government Titumir College.

Bin Kuan

"Chin music" nghĩa là gì?

Hôm nay ăn gì? Photo courtesy: Ian Brumpton

"Chin music" = nhạc cằm -> từ lóng về nói chuyện, luyên thuyên.

Ví dụ
After listening to chin music all afternoon, I was ready for the sounds of silence.

Having dealt some chin music to Secretary Pompeo, which apparently touched off the presidential* tantrum (cơn giận), Schiff moved on to Rudy Giuliani.

Back in April, Cincinnati Reds slugger (võ sĩ nhà nghề) Derek Dietrich admired his home runs, leading to retaliation (trả đũa) from the Pittsburgh Pirates and a bench-clearing brawl (cãi lộn). Fast forward to Tuesday: Pirates hurler Keone Kela unleashed (giải phóng) some chin music at Dietrich.

Ngân Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Laughing stock" nghĩa là gì?

"Smell to high heaven" nghĩa là gì?

"Smell to high heaven" = Bốc mùi thấu tận trời xanh -> Mùi khó chịu/nặng mùi, điều gì đó mờ ám/tình nghi/xấu xa.

Ví dụ
That doesn't necessarily trigger (khởi sự, gây ra) cause for concern. (After all, my husband's feet smell to high heaven after a hot workout (tập luyện), but that's normal.).

While the entire affair does smell to high heaven, I still remain skeptical (hoài nghi) that this was anything other than a suicide (tự sát) accomplished because of bureaucratic incompetence (sự kém cỏi của giới quan chức) at the jail.

A 43-year-old mother of two from Sheridan, Indiana, has found renewed confidence in herself after suffering for years from a rare genetic (thuộc gen di truyền) condition that caused her to “smell to high heaven” after eating certain foods.

Bin Kuan

"Hell for leather" nghĩa là gì?

Chạy nhanh lên đi ba! Photo courtesy: Betsy Fenik

"Hell for leather" -> nhanh nhất có thể. Cụm này có nguồn gốc từ việc đua ngựa với tốc độ cực nhanh và từ "leather" (da) chỉ yên ngựa hoặc roi da.

Ví dụ
Horrified witnesses saw them kicking him as if they were taking a penalty kick and carrying on the attack ‘hell for leather’.

But don't worry, we know exactly what you're thinking: what if Messi and Ronaldo just sorted it out (giải quyết) the old fashioned way and went hell for leather in a cage? Wait, what?

And do you care about security? The clear lack of expertise (chuyên môn) within these ‘cheap’ VPN providers poses (đặt ra) a big risk to their users. It’s not enough just to create a VPN service and go hell-for-leather after new customers; you have to continuously maintain and improve the service which includes investing in hack-proof technology, employing the smartest (and most expensive) minds and paying for expensive and more secure servers.

Ngân Nguyễn

Bài trước: "One for the road" nghĩa là gì?

"My heavens" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by  Matthew T Rader

"My heavens" = Ôi trời ơi... Thể hiện sự ngạc nhiên, tức giận, rối bời hoặc sự phóng đại lên.

Ví dụ
“Mom, remember that yellow salad spinner (máy ép)? “Oh my heavens.” “I still have it.” “That was a wedding gift.” (Note: my parents got married in 1977).

"Oh my heavens!" no one said. "You poor folks, saddled with (trĩu nặng, cong xuống như yên ngựa/đòn gánh) the responsibility of running a rental business the way you're supposed to.".

But, oh my heavens, whether you know about him or not, I encourage everyone to see Dolemite is My Name, one of the most hilarious (buồn cười), joyous (vui mừng), and uplifting movies I’ve seen all year. Beyond Fest came through again.

Bin Kuan

"One for the road" nghĩa là gì?

Đã uống rồi thì không được lái xe nha! Photo courtesy: Paul Thibodeau

"One for the road" = một cho con đường -> một ly cuối cùng, đặc biệt là thức uống có cồn trước khi về nhà.

Ví dụ
He's thinking that with a bit of luck I'll be out of his hair (ngưng làm phiền) and his life in a very short while, so why not one for the road?

Most of the time when people talk about “one for the road” they’re referring to a beverage to take along with them on the way out of the door. But in this example the one for the road included not one but four adults…destination New Orleans, LA. I’d never been but had seen different facets (khía cạnh) of the city on TV. Each member of our caravan (đoàn người) had their own piece of the city carved out in their minds as a favorite tourist’s attraction.

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Ngân Nguyễn

Bài trước: "In his cups" nghĩa là gì?

"Move heaven and earth" nghĩa là gì?

Sự sống bất diệt. Photo by Patrick Hendry

"Move heaven and earth" = Làm đất trời chuyển động/long trời chuyển đất -> Làm tất cả mọi thứ đều có thể xảy ra với sự cố gắng hết sức lực của mình.

Ví dụ
Some people would move heaven and Earth for a good cause. In Boothbay, Pat Farrin simply moves earth.

“Reinie” could be counted on for a listening ear (máy trợ thính), a practical solution or a hardy hug (cái ôm thật chặt) and would move heaven and Earth to help others.

The Ambassador acknowledged the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations (quan hệ ngoại giao) between the Holy See and the United States, saying: “When you get the U.S. Government and the Catholic Church (giáo xứ) working together strongly in a particular area, like Pope Saint John Paul and Ronald Reagan did – you literally move Heaven and Earth”.

Bin Kuan

"Manna from heaven" nghĩa là gì?

Nguồn sự sống. Photo by Jonny Swales

"Manna from heaven" = Lương thực từ trời -> Sự giúp đỡ/hỗ trợ bất ngờ khi đang trong hoàn cảnh khó khăn, không biết trước được. Đây là một cụm liên quan về một câu chuyện trong Kinh Thánh khi Chúa cung cấp lương thực một cách diệu kì cho những người I-sơ-ra-ên đang đói khát trên hoang mạc.

Ví dụ
The line was manna from heaven for reporters searching for a golden soundbite (một tuyên bố ngắn, hấp dẫn đáp ứng yêu cầu chú ý ngắn của tin tức truyền hình).

Indicators are showing signs of distress (cảnh túng quẫn, nghèo nàn), surplus monsoon (gió mùa bội thu) is manna from heaven as it will boost agri-sector income (gia tăng thu nhập trong lĩnh vực nông nghiệp) in the near future.

To a marketer, the idea of unbridled (buông thả, không kiểm soát) access to an individual's consumer (người tiêu thụ, tiêu dùng) and financial transactions (giao dịch tài chính) is manna from heaven, but the Cambridge Analytica scandal (vụ bê bối) showed that regulation is lagging in this area, so companies engaged in data analysis on a personal level will need to try and second-guess legislators (người lập pháp).

Bin Kuan

"Heavens opened" nghĩa là gì?

Khi ông trời rơi lệ. Photo by Christopher

"Heavens opened" = Thiên đàng mở cửa -> Bắt đầu một trận mưa lớn/trận mưa như trút nước xuống.

Ví dụ
Flooded Brum - it was the day the heavens opened and Birmingham was turned into a water park.

And just as quickly, the heavens opened and dumped just under two and a half inches of rain on Lexington in two days.

In Bali, if you’re outside when the torrential (dòng chảy xiết, xối xả), tropical rains (mưa nhiệt đới) start, there’s little you can do to avoid getting soaked (ướt đẫm). Or so I thought, until I was hiking in the Ayung Valley, near Ubud, when the heavens opened, and my guide, Eca, chopped down (chặt xuống) a banana leaf to use it as an umbrella. It was surprisingly effective.

Bin Kuan

"Heaven forbid" nghĩa là gì?

"Heaven forbid" = Lạy trời, đừng để điều không mong muốn xảy ra, lạy trời...đừng để chuyện đó xảy ra!

Ví dụ
"Not that I wish to convey (chuyền, truyền đạt) the impression that I regard photography purely as a business. Heaven forbid. But artists, like other men, must live, and, in order that they may do so, it is essential for them to have both feet firmly on the ground.

Prioritizing goofy (ngu ngốc) faces with my best friend over the Washington Monument wasn’t easy, but back then, sometimes the best choice wasn’t always the easiest one to make. Heaven forbid someone snatch (chộp, giật lấy) your camera and waste a photo.

And heaven forbid a plane piloted by a woman careen (lật nghiêng, chạy loạn xạ) into a fatal crackup (suy sụp không tránh được). A male pilot lost to a crash lived on as a tragic hero, whereas a woman who met the same fate simply died a tragedy (bi kịch). Sheinkin has no qualms (mối lo ngại, day dứt) about calling these behaviors and attitudes exactly what they were: “patronizing (ra vẻ bề trên, kẻ cả) and stupid.”

Bin Kuan

"Heaven help me" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Ryan Tauss

"Heaven help (one)" = Trời giúp ai -> Biết rằng/e rằng mình có thể gặp rắc rối, điều không tốt lành sẽ đến.

Ví dụ
I look at these characters I've known for, heaven help me, the better part of a half-century, and they're still young and fresh and dynamic (năng động, tràn đầy sức sống).

If Davis isn’t intrigued (làm ngạc nhiên, có mưu đồ) by the thought of teaming with Williamson and Jrue Holiday then heaven help him. He must be motivated by more than simply winning, because that Big Easy 3 would inflict (giáng đòn, gây ra) serious damage on their Western Conference rivals.

But will these two professional politicians agree to serve out their four-year terms (nhiệm kỳ bốn năm) if elected? And, heaven help us if either of these fiscally irresponsible politicians is elected mayor (thị trưởng), will they agree to pay for the special elections to fill the empty council seat (vị trí, ghế hội đồng còn trống)?

Bin Kuan

"Man of ideas" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Kaleidico on Unsplash

"Man of ideas" = người đàn ông đầy kế hoạch -> cụm từ này nghĩa là người lắm mưu nhiều kế, người có tài xoay.

Ví dụ
Jefferson, the man of ideas, wished for future generations to know him by the “self-evident truths” (sự thật hiển nhiên) that he would pass down to them, not by the practical compromises of his political career.

Mr. Pullman is a storyteller, not a lyricist (nhà thơ trữ tình); his writing is clear, clean and forceful (đầy sức thuyết phục), never striving for effect and all the more effective because of it. He’s also a man of ideas, which gives great savor (hơi hướng) to his work even if the ideas themselves are not universally congenial (thích hợp).

“He was a man of vision, a man of ideas who stuck to his principles. Sometimes he said things that people didn’t like, but he never made any compromises (thỏa hiệp) on his principles. He didn’t like that the Velodrome (which he also designed) became the Biodome. He said, ‘Better bicycles than penguins.’ But the guy was a genius, and it’s sad that we’re losing a friend of Montreal.”

Thảo Nguyễn

Bài trước: "What's the big idea?" nghĩa là gì?

Nón giải khuây

một thanh niên bị phát hiện thủ dâm với nón cảnh báo trơn trượt ở nhà ga wigan :D

Trevor Smith, 38, was found in a lift with his trousers (quần dài) and undies (quần xịp) around his ankles (quanh mắt cá chân) while thrusting (đẩy mạnh, xô đẩy) his hips (hông, khớp háng) at the cone (nón, tín hiệu báo bão (hình nón)). When he was stopped, police noticed a white substance (chất trắng) on the floor (trên sàn) that was not cocaine. Smith, from nearby St Helens, admitted to police that he was worse for wear and had snorted (khịt khịt mũi) white powder that was given to him by friends to help perk him up.

...He was arrested for possession of a Class A drug but later de-arrested when it turned out the white substance was not a drug at all. Instead he faced charges of outraging public decency.

"What's the big idea?" nghĩa là gì?

Mấy người trên sân khấu đang diễn gì mà không có trong kịch bản thế kia? Photo by Wonderlane on Unsplash

"What's the big idea?" có nghĩa là nuôi ý định điên rồ gì trong đầu thế. Câu hỏi này bày tỏ sự thất vọng và khó chịu về điều đang xảy ra và muốn hỏi nguyên nhân hoặc động cơ phía sau hành động đó là gì.

Ví dụ
And this week Sara Cox returns to the great outdoors to play Cupid as she's back on the BBC with a second series of her farm-based dating show, Love In The Countryside. But what's the big idea behind it all and how does it work?

At times (thỉnh thoảng) Pinsky has been more interested in “what’s the big idea?” than in nurturing “little baby nascent ideas,” says Rebecca Selden, a marine ecologist (nhà hải dương học) who joined the lab in 2015. (Pinsky concurs, noting that he once had a reputation as “Dr. No.”)

What’s the big idea?” asks Nanny, and the collective speaker (diễn giả) of the novel thinks, “That was the question, really. The thing is, we were all caught in the flood of time but without a back-pool or sluggish eddy or swamp root or anything to catch on, to get a grip on (lôi cuốn, thu hút), to stop long enough to have a look at what we were becoming or had become.”

Thảo Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Bounce an idea off" nghĩa là gì?

"Gone with the wind" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Pixabay on Pexels

"Gone with the wind" = bay theo làn gió/cuốn theo chiều gió -> nghĩa là biến mất hoàn toàn.

Ví dụ
Barney also said he hasn’t heard much discussion about taxes — which he said have continued to go up since Mitchell took office - or other controversies (cuộc tranh luận) that have occurred during Mitchell’s tenure (nhiệm kì). “It’s like these things come and go with the wind,” Barney said.

I don’t think this song has any deeper (ẩn sâu) meaning (ý nghĩa) to be discovered. It’s about a guy who’s jumping on a train to get away. Leaving this woman behind. He doesn’t know where he’s going…he just knows he’s got to get away. That’s it. “Train roll on. On down the line. Won’t you please take me far away?…..Tuesday’s gone with the wind….my woman’s gone with the wind.”

What I feared losing the most, the press card issued (phát hành) by the UAE National Media Council that said I was an accredited (được công nhận) journalist (nhà báo), was gone with the wind as was my Emirates ID, my driver's and vehicle licence.

Ngọc Lân

"Marriage made in heaven" nghĩa là gì?

"Marriage made in heaven" = Hôn nhân được Chúa tạo dựng -> Hôn nhân hạnh phúc viên mãn.

Ví dụ
One could call it a marriage made in heaven, but a connection suited for the track. Kerry-Lee Ricketts and Shanieka Ricketts epitomise (cô lại, hình ảnh thu nhỏ) just that.

"That combination is almost like a marriage made in heaven," Ms Beh added. "We still want an allocation (chỉ định) that is more Asia-Pac-centric. 60:40 in favour of Asia-Pac. That has always been our strategy (chiến lược)."

Last season Colm O’Donoghue was doing the Harrington driving and that seemed a marriage made in Heaven. He formed a terrific relationship with her superb (xuất sắc, tuyệt vời, nguy nga) Alpha Centauri and they won four Group 1’s, including the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Bin Kuan