Journey in Life: 11/25/19

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Monday, November 25, 2019

"Bring to a close" nghĩa là gì?

Happy Ending. Photo by  Wu Jianxiong

"Bring to a close" = Kết luận, chấm dứt và đưa ra kết quả cuối cùng của điều gì.

Ví dụ
This will bring to a close an often controversial (gây tranh cãi) 14-term career — though in many respects, King was what passes for a moderate Republican.

The fixture, which will bring to a close the tournament’s (giải thi đấu) 60th campaign, will be aired live free-to-air (FTA) via the broadcaster’s BBC Two channel, and also live streamed via its iPlayer over-the-top (OTT) service.

"And I think that, when I read Rian’s script, what I felt was that with everything that happens in that movie, and quite a lot does, nothing sort of obviated (ngăn ngừa, xoá bỏ) a sense of inevitability (không thể tránh được) where I thought the story could go." Somehow, Abrams is sure he can still bring to a close storylines he set up in Episode 7. Sadly, without Snoke, of course.

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"Be close to the mark" nghĩa là gì?

Trân trọng từng mỗi bước đi. Photo by  Noémi Macavei-Katócz

"Be close to the mark" = Rất gần với cột mốc -> Sắp chạm tới mục tiêu và kết quả mong muốn; gần đúng hoặc chính xác.

Ví dụ
She has since lowered it to 24.45 and may need to be close to the mark to win with Americans Margo Geer and Madison Kennedy being her biggest challengers.

"It's going to be crazy. If it's anything like it was on the weekend, it's going to be amazing." It is going to be very much like last weekend - but oh so much bigger. Add almost 60,000 more people to the crowd and you'll be close to the mark.

What we know about the planned Tesla truck is, basically, nothing. There are no actual clear images of the truck (xe tải), although it's possible some renderers such as Turkish car designer named Emre Husmen or Justin Duel James could be close to the mark with pictures shown here. The only basis for the renders though is a hazy (lờ mờ) image of what Tesla claims is the front of the truck.

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"At close quarters" nghĩa là gì?

Hình ảnh cảm động về hai chú voi con. Photo by Zachary Spears

"At close quarters" = Ở ngay sát nách, rất gần, gần sát nhau.

Ví dụ
Sean Murray continued: “Things were different in Belfast and Derry city for example where the conflict took place at close quarters.

The Portuguese came out the second round all guns blazing, just as he had in his fight against Bascome, careering towards Martínez and forcing him onto the ropes. However, the Mexican dealt with the attack far better than the Bermudian was able to, quickly re-establishing his jab and refusing to engage at close quarters.

Dybala has played alongside Ronaldo at Serie A champion Juve since the Portugal international's move from Real Madrid ahead of the 2018-19 campaign and has teamed up with Barcelona superstar Messi for Argentina over the last four years. Having seen both players at close quarters, the 26-year-old believes they share a lot of similarities. "Outside the pitch (sân bóng) they are two very quiet people, but inside they are two monsters (quái vật)," he told Spanish newspaper El Pais.

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"As one door closes, another opens" nghĩa là gì?

Mọi thứ vẫn chưa khép lại hoàn toàn. Photo by Dima Pechurin

"As one door closes, another opens" = Khi một cánh cửa đóng lại, cánh cửa khác sẽ mở ra -> Tuột mất cơ hội này thì vẫn sẽ có cơ hội khác đến với mình nên đừng nản lòng trước những thất bại.

Ví dụ
The Great Naugatuck Valley Supermarket Switcheroo is underway in Ansonia/Derby this week. As the saying goes, as one door closes, another opens, and that's the case as the Ansonia Big Y relocation (sự xây dựng lại) project comes to a close this Thursday when the Derby Big Y opens it's doors.

As one door closes, another opens; so it is with the Thrift Savings Plan. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is discontinuing the venerable (thiêng liêng, đáng tôn trọng) “Highlights” newsletter in favor of an electronic newsletter called the Thrift Savings Planner. The first issue of the Planner showed up in my inbox on July 11; and I assume that it showed up in your inbox that day too.

As one door closes, another opens, after all. Or, more pertinently (thích đáng) here, as two midfielders (tiền vệ) miss out an opportunity arises for their colleagues to force Bilic’s thinking in the longer term. Admittedly it’d take the mother of all displays from a midfielder to deny Livermore and Sawyers an instant return against Bristol City on Wednesday, so fruitful (có kết quả, sinh lợi) has their partnership been. They can certainly try, though.

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"Close as two coats of paint" nghĩa là gì?

Có một tình bạn đẹp đến thế. Photo by Katika Bele

"(As) close as two coats of paint" = Dính nhau như hai lớp sơn -> Mối quan hệ rất khăng khít, không thể tách rời và gắn bó như keo sơn.

Ví dụ
Justin and Jrue Holiday are as close as two coats of paint. All that separates the two brothers is time — Justin is 14 months Jrue’s elder — and distance.

The pair are as close as two coats of paint. Seputla does a rhythmic whistle (huýt sáo nhịp nhàng) and Thapelo responds. “Watch, he's going to come to me,” he says.

“We started this language project and the project met a great interest. Our citizens with Albanian origins and Turks are as close as two coats of paint. Our citizens who have Balkan origins and other people are interested in Albanian and Bosnian classes,” the Turkish Minister said.

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"Close but no cigar" nghĩa là gì?

Hút nhanh kẻo gió thổi bay mất. Photo by  Nick Karvounis

"Close but no cigar (close, but no cigar)" = Suýt nữa là có điếu cigar hút rồi -> Gần đúng, gần thành công rồi nhưng cuối cùng vẫn thất bại. "Cigar" ở đây thường được dùng như "phần thưởng hoặc giải thưởng".

Ví dụ
Close, but no cigar. Haskins did pace all runners with 13 carries but he finished with just 44 yards rushing behind Zach Charbonnet's 46.

“Close but no cigar,” said Roy Hodgson, before going on to say he had no issue with the VAR call. “There was a push by Jordan and ultimately it’s a shame we didn’t get something from what was our best display of the season.”

It was close but no cigar for the Rockets as they fell 122-119 to the Los Angeles Clippers last week. A silver lining for Houston was the play of SG James Harden, who shot 5-for-11 from beyond the arc (hình cung) and almost finished with a triple-double on 37 points, 12 dimes, and eight rebounds (sự bật, nẩy lại).

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"Close ranks" nghĩa là gì?

1,2,3 bước đều bước. Photo by  Museums Victoria

"Close ranks" = Hãy dồn hàng lại; hãy siết chặt hàng ngũ; ủng hộ và giúp đỡ ai/điều gì.

Ví dụ
The General Manager of Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Rasheed Balogun, wants the supporters and fans of the club to close ranks.

Because close ranks they sure did, as Low Thia Khiang, former leader of the Workers’ Party and the longest-serving opposition Member of Parliament in Singapore’s history, recently joined his PAP counterparts on a trip to Jakarta, Indonesia to meet politicians there.

"I don't think we have a choice; we have to win" in 2020, she said, speaking alongside her daughter and co-author Chelsea Clinton at a sold-out event. She urged a supportive crowd of almost 2,000 people to "work hard for your preference in the primary" but "close ranks behind whoever is nominated (được đề cử)."

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"Honor among thieves" nghĩa là gì?

Bài hát của anh em trong ngành. Photo courtesy: FreezeTimeDigital

"Honor among thieves" = danh dự giữa những tên cướp -> cướp sẽ không cướp của nhau.

Ví dụ
"I grew up in the old school," Torres would often tell Cabral. "I got morals (đạo đức) and principles (quy tắc)." He had an odd reformulation (viết lại công thức) of the Golden Rule: "I have always believed there is honor among thieves. You respect the next thief."

Usually there is a place to complain about and weed out (loại bỏ) the miscreants (kẻ đê tiện) who defraud (lừa gạt) their own. This is a special section for "honor among thieves." When a deal between two cyber-criminals (tội phạm mạng) goes wrong, they seek justice from arbitrators (thẩm phán), who are usually forum administrators (quản trị diễn đàn). A forum admin can choose to ban an account of a cheater from the forum, destroying that person's hard-earned (khó kiếm) reputation (danh tiếng).

Completing a round of bounty hunting (săn tiền thưởng), the Mandalorian meets with Greef Carga (a charming Carl Weathers), the leader of a bounty hunting guild (yes, there is some honor among thieves) for a new job. This leads him into the employ of the Client, a mysteriously awesome Werner Herzog who might be slumming it (chọn sống ở nơi nghèo nàn), but hey, at least we get to hear him say the word “parsec (đơn vị đo khoảng cách các ngôi sao).”

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Bài trước: "Home stretch" nghĩa là gì?

"Odds and ends" nghĩa là gì?

Làm cảnh cho đời. Photo by  Pineapple Supply Co.

"Odds and ends" = Đầu thừa đuôi thẹo -> Đồ không quan trọng/không có giá trị, đồ vật linh tinh, phần còn lại.

Ví dụ
Val Paulisick of Murrysville is a maker. She sees a box full of paper scraps and odds and ends, and begins imagining the possibilities.

When I asked Butch Davis following Wednesday’s practice what was needed to upset Miami, he responded by emphasizing playing fundamental football and not having timely miscues (đánh trượt, mắc sai lầm). With all due respect to Davis, there’s no way he could have envisioned (mường tượng, hình dung) that his Panthers would turn it around like they did in Saturday’s 30-24 upset of the Hurricanes. Here are the odds and ends from the stadium on Saturday.

But Jansen's colleague Liezel Frick, director of the university's centre for higher and adult education, says it's important to remember the ultimate goal of a PhD. She tells Gould: "I get the point around flexibility but it's still a research focused degree. You still have to make an original contribution to your field of knowledge. Otherwise it becomes a continuing professional development programme where you can do odds and ends but never get to the core (phần cốt lõi) of it, which is a substantive (trọng yếu, thực sự) research contribution."

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"No end in sight" nghĩa là gì?

Mọi thứ vẫn luôn vận động. Photo by  Michal Pechardo

"No end in sight" = Không thấy cái kết -> Không thể thấy trước kết quả của việc gì, chỉ điều mà ai mong muốn nó cứ tiếp tục trong vô hạn/không hồi kết.

Ví dụ
The strike at CN Rail is entering its fifth day with tensions (sự căng thẳng) rising -- and still no end in sight.

Protesters (người phản đối, biểu tình) trickled back on to the streets across Lebanon on Saturday, despite army efforts to unblock roads, with no end in sight to a crisis (cuộc khủng hoảng) that has crippled (phá hỏng) the country for 10 days.

With the right rallying (củng cố, tập hợp lại) behind Netanyahu and the left-wing opposition (sự chống lại, phản đối) calling for his resignation (sự từ chức), the political stalemate (sự bế tắc) inflicting (giáng đòn, bắt phải chịu) Israel has no end in sight.

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"Meet a sticky end" nghĩa là gì?

Khi không có cảnh sát giao thông... Photo by  Tony Ross

"Meet a sticky end" = Gặp phải cái kết đau đớn -> Chết một cách đau đớn, thường là do hành động tự mình gây ra.

Ví dụ
in Dingle fans are terrified he will die during this week's dramatic episodes to celebrate Emmerdale's anniversary (lễ kỷ niệm). And they have evidence (bằng chứng) that the fan favourite will meet a sticky end.

It is no surprise, then, that the Magpies have also scored the fewest, too; just five goals. Taking those facts into consideration, they have done well to reach eight points, but if they don’t improve soon, the long, hard season will meet a sticky end.

It looks as though things definitely don't end well for Kel who Joe recently revealed is soon to be leaving the soap (loạt phim, kịch nhiều kỳ trên truyền hình). Actor Joe, who plays him, hinted (ám chỉ, nói bóng nói gió) that he will meet a sticky end as he recently spoke to Lorraine Kelly about his role.

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"Friend with benefits" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jeremy Banks on Unsplash.

"Friend with benefits" = bạn bè với lợi ích -> nghĩa là bạn bè thường quan hệ tình dục mà không phải chính thức yêu đương gì; mối quan hệ "trên tình bạn, dưới tình yêu", gọi là "bạn đụ" :D

Ví dụ
Whether you swap sexy selfies or drop a longwinded (dài dòng) message about lingerie (đồ lót nữ), messaging with your hookup before you hook up can get the fun. And if you're looking to turn up the heat in your inbox, these 20 sexy texts to send your friend with benefits may serve as the perfect inspiration.

Even though having a friend with benefits is an old concept (định nghĩa), dating back to when sexual expression became a bit more free than it used to be, it's implications (lôi kéo) and the way it should be carried out remains the same till date.

The idea of having a friend with benefits sounds amazing. After all, it's kind of the best of both worlds: you have a friendly companion with whom you can enjoy intimate (thân mật) experiences, yet you're perfectly free to see other people and you have no problematic conceptions of something happening long-term.

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