Journey in Life: 11/27/19

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

"Business before pleasure" nghĩa là gì?

Cố lên cô gái! Photo by Tran Mau Tri Tam on Unsplash

"Business before pleasure" nghĩa là làm xong việc đi chơi mới thoải mái; khổ trước sướng sau.

Ví dụ
It's their fourth time playing in Southaven and they know it's business before pleasure, "We win the first couple of games and then we have fun. We go out and eat, sight see, all sorts of things."

With a new law taking effect (có hiệu lực) in April 2019 requiring employees who are due 10 days or more of paid vacation to take at least five days off per year, Japan's workaholics (những người quá mê công việc) may be forced to put up their heels a bit longer. But changing business-before-pleasure mindsets (quan niệm) will not be easy.

We recently sent a 2016 Norco Revolver 9.2 FS to Mountain Biking Australia magazine, and reviewer Steve Hinchcliffe - who is admittedly (thừa nhận) not into XC racing - wrote about his impressions of the bike from a rider’s perspective. "It felt fast but not jarring, and surprisingly fun and engaging to ride; not a case of business before pleasure, but more like having a blast whilst you’re at work." - Steve Hinchcliffe

Thảo Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Mix business with pleasure" nghĩa là gì?

"Strictly business" nghĩa là gì?

Kinh doanh loại nước giải khát này cũng ổn chứ nhỉ anh bạn? Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash

"Strictly business" nghĩa là chuyện làm ăn, công việc hẳn hoi; đơn thuần là công việc; chính xác là kinh doanh (chứ không phải là vui chơi); người thạo việc, dành nhiều thời gian làm việc và không muốn tốn thời gian vô ích vào những chuyện, vấn đề không quan trọng.

Ví dụ
With all due respect to “The Godfather,” Michael Corleone was wrong when he declared: “It’s not personal, it’s strictly business.” When it comes to negotiating a salary with your current or future boss, it’s both!

Despite their deep history and the fact they’ve been lovers, on and off, for years, Kim made it clear the marriage was strictly business, and only occurred so she could protect her financial assets while she was banged up.

So when Canelo was specifically asked about it current (hiện tại) relationship with De La Hoya and the De La Hoya’s name popping up in the news, and not in a good way, the Mexican fighter made it clear that it’s strictly business between them at this point.

Thảo Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Mean business" nghĩa là gì?

"Try fortune" nghĩa là gì?

Khởi nghiệp từ cây nhà lá vườn. Photo by Milo Miloezger

"Try (one's) fortune" = Thử vận may -> Thử cố gắng liều làm việc gì để có được thành công, xem vận may mình tới đâu.

Ví dụ
Like many Irish jockeys then, he decided to try his fortune in England and was initially based in John Webber's yard in Oxfordshire.

"Take my case for instance," he said. "I speak good English, I am well-educated, and my trade is that of carpentry (nghề thợ mộc). At school at Naples I learnt a lot about Australia, and what a great place it is, and I decided to come out here to try my fortune, settle down (ổn định cuộc sống), and become a good Australian."

The girl modestly (khiêm tốn) chooses the smallest and least attractive box. When she reaches home and opens her box she finds it is full of gold. The bad girl is jealous (ghen tỵ) and resolves to try her fortune. She sets out in the same way that the heroine (nữ anh hùng) did. She haughtily (kiêu căng) refuses to help the animals or things she meets on the way and at the house either refuses to work altogether or does a very poor job. She greedily (tham lam) chooses the biggest box, which when opened at home, is found to be full of snakes.

Bin Kuan

"Mix business with pleasure" nghĩa là gì?

Vừa uống vừa bàn việc cũng tiện nhỉ! Photo by Elevate on Unsplash

"Mix business with pleasure" nghĩa là chuyện làm ăn gắn với vui chơi; nhập nhằng giữa công việc và vui chơi.

Ví dụ
It is not an easy job to run a company and startup founders say it is ok to mix business with pleasure when you are working 24 hours a day. And many a time founders end up meeting business partners on a dating site.

You may have trouble with one of your peers if you try to mix business with pleasure. Set boundaries (ranh giới) and do what’s expected of you, and success will be yours. Use your intellect when dealing with sensitive issues (những vấn đề nhạy cảm).

Who said Capricorns are all work and no play? The weekend’s astro climate will compel (khiến, thúc ép) you to paint the town red (gây náo loạn, quấy phá)! You’ll enjoy catching up with old friends and will take a renewed interest in meeting people some of which have the potential to be lifelong friends. This is the perfect time to mix business with pleasure.

Thảo Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Business is business" nghĩa là gì?

"Try a fall with" nghĩa là gì?

Hai soái tây đang vật nhau kìa. Photo by  Chris Chow

"Try a fall with (someone)" = Vật thử một keo với ai -> Thi đấu/cạnh tranh với ai hoặc chọi nhau.

Ví dụ
"As proven as she has been, I know she embraces hard work and that she will be ready to try a fall with her teammates to earn a spot.".

“The proper way to unseat a National Team member is to defeat him/her in the Philippine National Games. This kata player that they are replacing me with had the opportunity to try a fall with me in front of World Karate Federation (liên đoàn) referees at the last PNG Senior level in 2018 and he chose not to,” De Los Santos wrote.

In one small-town restaurant, he came across gallo en chicha, a homey, rustic (mộc mạc, thô) sweet and sour chicken stew that's rapidly vanishing from restaurant menus in El Salvador and is a rare find in restaurants in the United States. Salguero pleaded with the chef for her recipe (công thức nấu ăn), promising he wouldn't try a fall with her business in El Salvador. Elsewhere, a farmer showed him how to use wood embers to make tamales pisques, lending them a smoky flavor (mùi khói).

Bin Kuan

"Try my patience" nghĩa là gì?

Tha cho tôi đi mà. Photo by Timur Romanov

"Try (one's) patience" = Thử sức kiên nhẫn của ai -> Quấy rầy, chọc tức ai để thử sức chịu đựng của họ.

Ví dụ
“Please sir, do not try my patience. There is no room here for complacence (bằng lòng, thỏa mãn). “I’ll remind you here that you testified to us before.”

Other peoples' agendas (những việc phải làm) may not be immediately obvious and might try your patience. You can choose not to take on other peoples' issues.

An impractical (không thực tế) friend will try your patience. You're tired of having to fix their mistakes and the best thing you can do is keep out of their way. LEO.

Bin Kuan

"Try your hand at" nghĩa là gì?

Cảm giác lần đầu nắm tay người ấy như thế nào? Photo by Joe Yates

"Try (one's) hand at (something)" = Thử bắt tay vào việc gì -> Thử cố gắng làm điều gì mới mẻ, thử lần đầu làm điều gì đó.

Ví dụ
I set out to try my hand at the Rolled Chicken Tacos Bisque, and while I found it easy to make, the final product left a lot to be desired.

Though Scott will always love Jenner and only wants the best for her, it's time he'd follow in his ex's footsteps (theo vết xe đổ, bước chân cũ) and try his hand at dating again.

With the recent release of iOS 13, it's as good a time as ever to try your hand at creating an app for iOS. The Complete iOS 13 & SwiftUI Developer Bundle is a set of courses that aims to familiarize (phổ biến với, quen với) you with this process. It can also help software developers update their knowledge of Apple's operating systems and take advantage of new features.

Bin Kuan

"Try for size" nghĩa là gì?

Test độ bền của đôi giày mới hốt về thử. Photo by dan carlson

"Try (something) for size" = Thử kích cỡ của cái gì -> Thử kiểm tra sự phù hợp của cái gì; thử/dùng hoặc xem xét cái gì để đưa ra quyết định hoặc ý kiến cho nó.

Ví dụ
Our young-at-heart testers try it for size. Hyundai has added some character to its Elantra sedan.

First in the queue (đứng xếp hàng) to try it for size? That was Bruno Senna, after whose World Champion uncle, Ayrton, the 208mph machine is named.

Of course YT is a direct-sales brand, so you can't try it for size in your local bike shop. But it's undeniably (không thể chối cãi, không phủ nhận) a whole lot of bike for the money.

I understand Novia has a new (hopefully) improved system since April, so we'll try it for size for our clients to see if it works better for how we and our clients work compared to the old system which just didn't do what we needed.

Bin Kuan

"Close in for the kill" nghĩa là gì?

Tội nghiệp con nai vàng ngơ ngác. Photo by Nick Fewings

"Close in for the kill" = Tới gần với mục đích để giết ai/cái gì -> Tiếp cận ai/cái gì vì mục đích muốn đạt được điều gì đó.

Ví dụ
But as they were about to close in for the kill, Joker47jk activated their Tactical Ability to avoid the grenade’s blast. Something that Bloodhound and Pathfinder couldn’t.

The Smoke Grenade is a godsend (Chúa ban) for anyone who hates being picked off from a distance by snipers (người bắn tỉa). It effectively lets you close in for the kill without exposing yourself too much. It can also be used to cover movement and help you and your teammates reach a better tactical (mưu lược, chiến thuật) position.

New weapons set for integration (hội nhập, mở rộng cho mọi người) most notably an improved model of the Mica short-to-medium range air-to-air missile (có thể phóng ra), which has a range of forty-nine miles. The Mica can be launched without initially being locked and guided remotely by a data link on the fighter before engaging either an infrared (tia hồng ngoại) or AESA radar seeker to close in for the kill, using a vector-thrust motor to pull off tight maneuvers (thao diễn, điều động).

Bin Kuan

"Close enough to use the same toothpick" nghĩa là gì?

Bạn hữu sinh ra để thương mến nhau. Photo by Becca Tapert

"Close enough to use the same toothpick" = Thân đến mức dùng chung que tăm xỉa răng -> Mối quan hệ rất thân thiết, gần gũi và không thể tách rời.

Ví dụ
We are close enough to use the same toothpick but have known each other only for about a year. We are both going through divorces (ly hôn). (She recently found out that her husband is trans (người chuyển giới), and gay.)

We talk about it all the time. We are close enough to use the same toothpick. "We've all got all of our family, our kids, and we love doing stuff together, but it is difficult getting us all to get together to approve things and to make sure we all want to do the same thing."

"No. I've played without Lane before, and yeah, we are close enough to use the same toothpick. We're similar in a lot of ways — similar in almost too many ways sometimes — but I've played without him before. Like I said, you can't replace a talent like that. But adding to my stress level? No, I don't think so."

Bin Kuan

"Close eyes and think of England" nghĩa là gì?

Nước Anh xinh đẹp vẫn luôn chờ ta. Photo by M N

"Close (one's) eyes and think of England" = Nhắm mắt và nghĩ về nước Anh -> Cam chịu/chịu đựng nỗi đau, sự khó chịu hoặc trải nghiệm tồi tệ bằng cách nghĩ đó là bổn phận và trách nhiệm của mình, nghĩ về lợi ích/mặt tốt của việc mình đang trải qua và cố gắng suy nghĩ theo hướng tích cực.

Ví dụ
Donald Trump remind me of the advice to young 19th-century brides fearing the marriage bed: “Just close your eyes and think of England.”.

I said to Susan, “How do you do it?” I don't recall exactly what she answered me but it was something like “Close my eyes and think of England.

Of all the virgin (còn trinh) brides in history, she was the one you'd think most likely to lie back, close her eyes and think of England. But she did no such thing.

"When I close my eyes and think of England, I'm not in a fancy restaurant in Knightsbridge, but am instead lolling, scantily clad (quần áo chật bó), in front of a roaring fire, surrounded by four labradors (loại chó tha mồi) and Rupert Campbell-Black," Hurley said, referring to a character from Jilly Cooper's Rutshire Chronicles romance novels (tiểu thuyết lãng mạn).

Bin Kuan

"Close around" nghĩa là gì?

Vòng xoáy ảo diệu. Photo by Jeremy Perkins

"Close (in) around (someone or something)" = Bủa vây xung quanh, di chuyển xung quanh, gần quanh ai/cái gì.

Ví dụ
I let the walls close in around me, and sadness turn into anger. How did they still see me as a girl? I could function as a boy in this world.

Steve's behaviour grow, and Anton sinks deeper and deeper into criminality (sự phạm tội) with him, she finds the walls beginning to close in around her.

Some of his troubles seem to come near the rim (mép), where he's not an audacious (táo bạo) finisher and tries to improvise (ứng biến) when the trees close in around him.

Bin Kuan

"Up close and personal" nghĩa là gì?

You look so beautiful in white tonight. Photo by Andre Hunter

"Up close and personal" = Siết lại gần nhau và đầy riêng tư -> Rất là thân mật, thân mật hơn cả sức tưởng tượng của ai.

Ví dụ
We got lots of up-close-and-personal looks at some neat species; check out the amazing photo, and video, evidence on our Flickr site.

A fly-on-the wall film following the Queen and her family for a whole year with cameras going behind palace doors, up close and personal.

Tadhg Beirne has barely (hiếm hoi) met Donnacha Ryan but will get up close and personal with the former Munster ace at Thomond Park tomorrow.

As comedian Stephen Colbert notes in this installment of the Best of Late Night, the impeachment (luận tội) saga (trường thiên tiểu thuyết) of President Donald Trump has allowed America to get up close and personal with some very ... um ... interesting people. After all, how else do you describe two of Trump's most ardent (mãnh liệt, sôi nỗi) supporters, personal attorney (luật sư riêng) Rudy Giuliani and Republican Rep. Devin Nunes?

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"Close enough for government work" nghĩa là gì?

Mỗi khi chạy deadline. Photo by  Christin Hume

"Close enough for government work" = Gần đủ cho công việc nhà nước/chính phủ -> Thực hiện/hoàn thành một việc tạm ổn, chỉ vừa hài lòng hoặc gần đầy đủ. "Government work" ở đây ngụ ý chất lượng công việc bình thường, không được quan tâm thực hiện hay không đáng tự hào lắm.

Ví dụ
Maybe legendary baseball manager Leo Durocher didn't exactly say, “Nice guys finish last,” but it was close enough for government work.

It's election as sham (giả). Remain would win with a plurality (phần đông), which is close enough for government work. Here the response wasn't a new election.

I blush (đỏ mặt vì thẹn) to disclose that the final tally appears to be 5,137, an error of 37 votes on my part, which should be “close enough for government work.

“The Pentagon’s basically saying that Microsoft’s cloud platform (nền tảng, mô hình đám mây) is just as good as Amazon’s, or at least close enough for government work” in awarding the company a $10 billion defense contract, CNBC’s Jim Cramer says.

Bin Kuan

"Close as the bark to the tree" nghĩa là gì?

Hạnh phúc quá har. Photo by Jonathan Leppan

"Close as the bark to the tree" = Dính nhau như vỏ cây với thân cây -> Mối quan hệ rất gắn bó, thân mật, bền chặt và không tách rời.

Ví dụ
He always enjoyed spending time with his five children, they're close as the bark to the tree.

Justice is close as the bark to the tree with his younger brother, Julius. The siblings are seeking to be adopted together into their forever home.

He's a brother – Chelsea star speaks about a relationship with Man United player, it's close as the bark to the tree. By Sport Witness Team -. 25th November 2019.

Bin Kuan

"At close range" nghĩa là gì?

Bình tĩnh ngắm trúng mục tiêu. Photo by Sebastian Pociecha

"At close range" = Khoảng cách rất gần, độ tiếp cận rất gần. Thường mô tả khoảng cách từ vị trí bắn súng tới mục tiêu.

Ví dụ
During the announcement of the truck - which looks like a armoured vehicle with angular sides (các bên góc) - Tesla design chief Franz von Holshausen tried to prove the glass was 'shatterproof' (được làm để cho không vỡ) by throwing a heavy metal ball (bóng kim loại) at close range.

A pro-democracy protester (người biểu tình phe dân chủ) was shot at close range and a counterprotester was set on fire as violence continued to engulf (nhấn chìm) Hong Kong on Monday morning, with the disturbing images of street fights and escalating attacks from both sides drowning out an appeal by the city's embattled (dàn quân thành thể trận) leader for an end to demonstrations (cuộc biểu tình).

A video captured by local media shows a police officer firing three live rounds at demonstrators in Sai Wan. The footage shows an officer struggling to subdue (khuất phục, đánh bại) one protester (người biểu tình) before shooting another in the torso (thân mình, phần chính cơ thể) at close range. The protester falls to the ground before the officer fires twice more. The video, taken by Cupid Producer, was circulated widely online on Monday morning after protesters blocked public transit stations during the morning rush hour (giờ cao điểm).

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"A close-run thing" nghĩa là gì?

Chạy cho vui thôi. Photo by Quino Al

"A close-run thing" = Khoảng cách nhỏ/rất hẹp giữa chiến thắng và thất bại (chiến thắng với điểm số sát nút); những điều/kết quả không vừa ý, rắc rối và nguy hiếm thì khó tránh khỏi được.

Ví dụ
It was also a close run thing for the minor places, Andrew Kilby taking third place with 12lb 14oz, and Don Green fourth on 12lb 2oz, just in front of Steve Borrett’s 11lb 12oz.

Scheer's victory in the 2017 leadership race was a close-run thing. It took 13 ballots (lá phiếu) for Scheer to defeat Maxime Bernier by the narrowest of margins (khoảng cách hẹp, sát nút nhau).

“When the doctors first looked at it, they said the chance of Tommy coming back was slim to none (không có, rất mong manh),” he said. Indeed, the whole affair was a close-run thing for Tommy, who underwent five surgeries (phẫu thuật) in two weeks to repair the leg.

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"Close your ears to" nghĩa là gì?

Bớt cười bớt vô duyên. Photo by Lauren Rader

"Close (one's) ears to (someone or something)" = Bịt tai lại -> Kiên quyết không muốn nghe điều gì, làm ngơ điều mà ai đang nói.

Ví dụ
"Trump needs to close his ears to people like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo and start listening to those counseling a pragmatic (thực tế, thực dụng) approach.".

"I also pray that you close your ears to the negativity (tiêu cực) that surrounds us and always know for a fact that I am your true friend who wishes you well.

“I have learned the negativity is what brings me down, and as a teacher, it’s important to stay positive and optimistic (lạc quan). Most importantly, close your ears to any rumors (tin đồn), negativity or unkind words you hear. It will only make you feel worse and the goal is to remove any type of negativity.”

Bin Kuan

"Sail close to the wind" nghĩa là gì?

Căng buồm trước gió. Photo by Ludomił

"Sail close to the wind" = Căng buồm gần gió -> Làm điều liều lĩnh và mạo hiểm; gần trái với luật pháp hoặc điều không thích hợp.

Ví dụ
WR were always going to ensure some sanction (sắc lệnh, phê chuẩn). The relatively low fine of £70,000 should be enough, as Dodson’s words did sail close to the wind at one point, but the dynamic at work here is illustrated by WR’s insistence (sự khăng khăng, cố nài) on a “meaningful apology” from Scottish Rugby.

Anvil drummer Rob Reiner explains in RAMZine UK why the indefatigable (không biết mỏi mệt) Canadian metal trio has titled an upcoming 2020 album so: Legal At Last celebrates “the legalisation (hiến pháp) of the Anvil bong because Canada changed its marijuana (cần sa) laws last year, which means we no longer sail close to the wind all the time.”

Despite being in the “final touches” stage before rollout (sự giới thiệu sản phẩm ra thị trường bằng các cuộc triển lãm), as Espina put it, the five to seven year plan is currently just that—a plan. “We sail close to the wind on our finances,” admitted President Bradley. The success of the proposed construction ventures (việc kinh doanh mạo hiểm) depends upon donor support; nothing is set in stone. “There will still be plenty of opportunities for students to weigh in on and provide feedback on how some of these things take shape,” said Alamo-Pastrana. As such, current students, whether they support or oppose aspects of the plan, will be encouraged to construct a 2020s Vassar that fits their values.

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"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" nghĩa là gì?

Bạn với chả bè. Photo by Brooke Cagle

"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" = Giữ bạn bè gần gũi, giữ kẻ thù gần hơn -> Coi chừng và nhận thức về thái độ và hành vi của kẻ thù để ngăn hoặc tránh những hành động gây ác hiểm.

Ví dụ
Which brings me to option number four — my preferred option. I think there’s something in the phrase ‘keep your friends close and your enemies closer’. The thing to do here is to invite her to lunch and get her on side. Make an ally of her.

There's an old saying: Keep your friends close, and your "enemies" closer. The Giants seem to have adopted this mindset, having brought in a President of Baseball Operations, Farhan Zaidi, who previously spent half a decade (nửa thập niên) helping to turn the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers into a perennial (tồn tại mãi mãi) World Series contender as the team's general manager.

The old saying goes, ‘keep your friends close, and your enemies closer’. China is certainly doing its best to buddy up (làm bạn) to Washington and it’s not because they want a Thanksgiving dinner invite. With the Dec.15 deadline to impose a new round of tariffs quickly approaching, China is throwing the kitchen sink at negotiations (cuộc đàm phán) to avoid these new tariffs (thuế xuất nhập khẩu) which would further damage their economy.

Bin Kuan

"Keep close tabs on" nghĩa là gì?

Paperwork-haters. Photo by  Kelly Sikkema

"Keep close tabs on (someone or something)" = (thông tục) kiểm tra; kiểm soát (sổ sách chi tiêu..); theo dõi, giám sát ai/cái gì thật kỹ và cẩn thận.

Ví dụ
According to football outlet 90min, he has told super-agent Jorge Mendes to keep close tabs on both players in Portugal to see if any other clubs make moves after Christmas.

The FSS said it will keep close tabs on loan delinquency (món nợ không trả đúng kỳ hạn) trends to prevent rising market interest rates (tỉ lệ lãi suất) from leading to more overdue loans (nợ quá hạn).

Manchester United have reportedly been keeping close tabs on top transfer target Erling Braut Haaland. The 19-year-old forward has attracted interest from clubs in Europe after impressing for RB Salzburg in the Champions League and Austrian Bundesliga this season.

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"Keep a close watch on" nghĩa là gì?

Mẹ ơi, tha cho con với. Photo by Manki Kim

"Keep a close watch on (someone or something)" = Để mắt thật kỹ tới ai/cái gì -> Trông chừng, giám sát ai/việc gì một cách rất cẩn thận.

Ví dụ
All fans can do right now is keep a close watch on Weber's and all of the contestants' social media accounts to see if anything else pops up.

Japan’s exports (xuất khẩu) and production were showing prolonged weakness because of a slowdown in overseas economies (sự suy thoái trong nền kinh tế nước ngoài). Want to keep a close watch on the impact of weakness in overseas economies on the employment, income and investment situation.

As well as the aforementioned (đã được nói trước đây, ở trên) deal, we might well expect some chunky discounts to spring up with the S145 when Black Friday rolls around, so be sure to keep a close watch on our constantly updated roundup of the best Black Friday laptop deals, where you’ll see all the top discounts picked out (not just Lenovo-related ones).

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"Business is business" nghĩa là gì?

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"Business is business" nghĩa là công việc là công việc (không để tình cảm cá nhân xen vào); quân pháp bất vị thân.

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But business is business, and greedy entrepreneurs (nhà doanh nghiệp) who see a new opportunity to make even more money, will always try to ingratiate themselves with (lấy lòng) politicians who, in turn, desperately need those magic Euros to finance their campaigns and get themselves elected.

The backbone of every business is a strong, cohesive (dính liền, cố kết) team. Always look to build up those around you, guiding them through challenges and helping them to reach their potential. Publicly praise those who are deserving, and don't point fingers when things go awry (thất bại, không như ý muốn). While business is business, remember to stay human too.

There's a strain of conventional wisdom that says that business is business, and family is family, and the time and energy devoted to one area shouldn't overlap (chồng chéo, lấn lên) with the other. It's a nice idea, but by and large, we've found that life as married CEOs just doesn't work that way. There's going to be overlap. There are going to be “gray areas” when business life extends into family life, and vice-versa (ngược lại).

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