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Friday, November 27, 2020

"Come to such a pass" nghĩa là gì?

"Come to such a pass" -> nghĩa là rơi vào tình huống khó khăn, rắc rối.

Ví dụ
Had the Government chosen consensus (đồng lòng)-building over confrontation with regard to the farm Acts, things wouldn’t have come to such a pass.

Prof Chakraborty said till a few months ago, the Trinamool Congress was confident of getting the support of the entire minority (thiểu số) community. He also pointed out that Mr. Pasha had been arrested by the West Bengal government in December 2019 for participating in violent anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests. “Now things have come to such a pass that Trinamool Congress is making a big deal about about a few AIMIM leaders joining them,” he said.

He sought to know whether the situation in the state has come to such a pass that a person's political behaviour was now being made a determining (quyết định) factor for accordance (phù hợp) of security cover.

Referring to the agencies summoning (triệu tập) LIFE Mission CEO U V Jose for a second time, Pinarayi said such actions would only help to demoralise (làm nhụt chí) officials.Things have come to such a pass that the central agencies are now attempting to take a call on all state government plans and policies.

Ngọc Lân

"Salami slicing" nghĩa là gì?

'Salami slicing' = (chiến lược) "cắt lát xúc xích" -> là một hình thức thực hiện những bước tiến nhỏ để đạt được một mục đích lớn.

Ví dụ
Dominic Raab has denied (bác bỏ) the Government is “salami slicing” all parts of the UK’s overseas aid spending (chi tiêu tài trợ ở hải ngoại) as he outlined the priorities for the slashed budget.

Kissinger has often said that his negotiating strategy (chiến lược đàm phán) involves making bold steps rather than countless (vô số, không đếm xuể)  piecemeal (vài phần, từng phần) concessions (nhượng bộ). "I always tried to determine (xác định) the most reasonable outcome and then get there rapidly in one or two moves," he has written, referring specifically to Vietnam. "Shaving the salami encourages the other side to hold on to see what the next concession is likely to be." But in fact, Kissinger kept subtly sweetening the American position in small doses.

A more muscular Quad might also sponsor deeper naval cooperation (hợp tác hải quân) through the creation of a kind of permanent Malabar. There is a perpetual need for search-and-rescue (tìm kiếm và cứu hộ), anti-piracy (chống cướp biển), and maritime security patrols (tuần tra an ninh hàng hải) in the Indian Ocean and the waters of Southeast Asia. Nearly every country in the region must also deal with China’s salami-slicing tactics to degrade target countries’ maritime sovereignty (chủ quyền hàng hải), often relying on irregular forces such as fishing fleets. Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite has actually suggested the reactivation of a U.S. First Fleet to be based in the area. But with Trump’s 350-ship Navy plan unlikely to be endorsed by President-elect Joe Biden, there is little chance that the ships required for such a fleet would be available—even if a country could be found to host the force.

Phạm Hạnh

"There is no such thing as bad publicity" nghĩa là gì?

"There is no such thing as bad publicity" = chẳng có gì gọi là công khai xấu cả -> nghĩa được dư luận chú ý tới luôn là điều tốt, cho dù đó là tin tiêu cực, không tốt đẹp.

Ví dụ
There is no such thing as bad publicity. That's the sentiment (quan điểm) being expressed by entertainment insider/music consultant Clyde McKenzie regarding the inclusion of Jamaican artistes Shenseea, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Skip Marley, and Koffee as well as radio personality ZJ Liquid on Tuesday's Hip Hop Awards, organised by American television network Black Entertainment Television (BET).

But, this is a multi-million dollar decision the Timberwolves have with the first overall pick in the 2020 draft. It’s not out of bounds (ngoài giới hạn) to wonder if there will be any long-term fallout from having a player’s basketball decision-making process corrupted by a father who is basically the physical embodiment (hiện thân) of the phrase, “There is no such thing as bad publicity.” 

As Connor Boyack recently discovered, there is no such thing as bad publicity. The creator of the popular Tuttle Twins children’s book series, which reinforces (củng cố) libertarian values and free-market principles, saw his book sales surge after an established progressive magazine wrote a lengthy feature article attacking the books.

"Mr Loch Ness", Willie Cameron of Loch Ness Marketing, said: "So Nessie has been dragged into the mire (vũng bùn) of American politics? "There is no such thing as bad publicity and at the present moment the more times Loch Ness gets a mention the better it is for the tourism industry in the Highlands, especially since Covid-19."

Ngọc Lân

Sao phải thế?

phản đối đóng cửa phòng gym (phong tỏa vì covid-19),

họ đến vì sức khỏe của họ, tôi mở, tôi ko ép họ đến...

It is my choice to remain open. I don’t force anyone to come into my gym. They’re doing it for their health, or well-being, or their mental health. There are going to be thousands of people going to the big box stores over the holidays, but I can’t have 10-15 people in here?

If I’m going to go bankrupt, I’m going to go down swinging.

DBx: You go, excellent sir! Much good luck to you in your struggle against this tyranny – this tyranny that is fueled by a truly horrific and virulent disease, CDS-20 (Covid Derangement Syndrome-20).

Every self-respecting American should be thankful for people such as Mr. Reiter.

Bài trước: Đã đọc chưa?

Người phụ nữ dám nghĩ, dám làm

đưa ảnh chân dung và số điện thoại của tình địch lên mạng hẹn hò... :D

Some of the men — who also sent nude (khỏa thân) photos of themselves to her cell phone — were responding to a fake (giả mạo) profile with an open invitation for brief sexual encounters (làm tình chớp nhoáng, đi "tàu nhanh"), deputies said.

A detective’s investigation (điều tra của thám tử) revealed the 36-year-old woman, who lives in Key West, had been the victim (nạn nhân) of Vanessa Marie Huckaba, 29, of Rockland Key, who had published her home address and mobile phone number on the fake profile,

Bài trước: Trái tim em xao động

Vẫn chưa hiểu tại sao?

hươu tấn công thợ săn và lấy súng chạy vào rừng... :D

...The man said one of the hunting dogs in his group startled (làm giật mình) a stag (hươu đực) in a wooded area, causing the panicked (hoảng hốt) deer to run directly toward him.

The deer's antlers ripped the man's sleeve and ended up snagged on his .22 Hornet rifle, which had been slung over his left hand at the time.

The animal ran off into the woods with the hunter's unloaded (tháo đạn) gun (súng) still attached to its antlers,

Bài trước: Lên tầm cao mới

"There is no such animal" nghĩa là gì?

Chỉ còn trong sách vở mà thôi. Photo by Adam Mathieu on Unsplash

"There is no such animal" = chẳng có con nào như thế cả -> nghĩa là điều đó không có thật. 

Ví dụ
The allegations (viện lý) were "a complete surprise" to the band, but "it still made you think about 'Well, what if this were to happen?'," he said to USA Today. "'Is there something to make people feel they've got someone to tell or someplace to go if there was some weirdness in the workplace?' There is no such animal. Yes, there's the cops and there's management, and that should be enough."

The mom says when she explained to the counselor and principal that her daughter is transgender (chuyển giới), the principal asked her for medical proof. “Instead of apologizing and correcting the behavior, they asked for medical proof that my daughter is transgender. There is no such animal as medical proof,” said Mehojah.

There is no such animal as “reverse racism”. Racism is as basic (cơ bản) as it ever can be, the recognition of one group as being superior to another. To select an applicant on the basis of ethnicity over competence is about as low as you can go.
He looked and looked, and finally decreed (ra lệnh), 'There is no such animal.' According to science, RNA viruses also shouldn't exist, but they do, and we have known them in the form of the SARS and MERS viruses. We knew there would be more. At BATM, we prepared for this."

Ngọc Lân

"Everything in the garden is rosy" nghĩa là gì?

"Everything in the garden is rosy" = mọi thứ trong vườn đều hồng hào -> nghĩa là mọi chuyện đều ổn, tốt đẹp. rosy (nghĩa bóng) là lạc quan, yêu đời, tươi vui; rất khích lệ, rất có hy vọng.

Ví dụ
“I see a gradual (dần dần) improvement as we go along and that’s what I’m looking for. “I like to win, I like to win games, I am not sitting here saying everything in the garden is rosy, but neither is it as bad as everyone is making out.”

Forget lockdown, go on a virtual (ảo) tour where everything in the garden is rosy, says Sandra Dick. The camerawork can sometimes be a tad (một chút) shaky (run run), there may well be occasional interruptions from the cat and the commentary might be a little bit breathless.

I do not wish to suggest that everything in the garden is rosy, though. As we embark upon (bước vào) the new decade, we must learn from the mistakes of the previous one. One of the most important lessons that we must take with us forward is to jettison the ‘growth-at-all-costs’ mentality.

“A ‘best of both worlds’ policy seems to be sensible and right.” However, he warned that despite the good news that has been coming out of the industry in recent weeks, there are numerous areas of concern for golf clubs. “Not everything in the garden is rosy,” he said. “Clubhouses remain closed, cash is tight and I’m not naïve to the prospect that the toughest times might yet lie ahead for many of our clubs.

Ngọc Lân

Danh thủ Diego Maradona qua đời

chỉ một tháng sau lễ sinh nhật thứ 60 sau một cơn trụy tim...
Diego Maradona, the Argentine who became a national hero (người hùng quốc gia) as one of soccer’s greatest players (cầu thủ bóng đá vĩ đại nhất), performing with a roguish (xỏ lá, gian giáo, tinh nghịch) cunning (xảo quyệt, gian giảo, láu cá) and extravagant (quá mức, quá cao, quá độ; ngông cuồng, vô lý) control (kiểm soát) while pursuing a personal life (lối sống cá nhân) rife with (có nhiều, đầy dẫy) drug and alcohol abuse (lạm dụng chất kích thích, rượu bia) and health problems (vấn đề về sức khỏe), died on Wednesday in Tigre, Argentina, in Buenos Aires Province. He was 60.

His spokesman, Sebastián Sanchi, said the cause was a heart attack (trụy tim). Maradona had undergone brain surgery (phẫu thuật não) several weeks ago.

At Maradona’s feet, the ball seemed to obey his command (tuân theo sự chỉ huy) like a pet (cún cưng). (He was said to do with an orange what others could only do with a ball.) And he played with a kind of brilliant (xuất chúng, xuất sắc) camouflage (ngụy trang), seeming to be somnolent  (buồn ngủ, gà gật) for long stretches before asserting himself at urgent moments with a mesmerizing (mê hoặc, quyến rũ, thôi miên) dribble (dê bóng), astounding (làm kinh ngạc, sững sờ, sửng sốt) pass (đường chuyền) or stabbing (đâm như dao) shot (cú sút bóng).

...Wearing the traditional No. 10 jersey (áo thi đấu) of a playmaker, Maradona led Argentina to soccer’s world championship (vô địch thế giới) in 1986, scoring one of the game’s most controversial (gây tranh cãi) goals and one of its most celebrated in the span of four minutes during the quarterfinals against England.

All the fame and infamy (điều ô nhục, bỉ ổi; sự mất quyền công dân) that attended his career and his life were on display in that quarterfinal match, on June 22, 1986, when Argentina faced England at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Tension from the Falklands war between the two countries, four years earlier, still lingered (ở lại một thời gian dài, nán lại, không vui lòng rời bỏ; nấn ná, lần lữa, chần chừvẫn tồn tại mặc dù trở nên yếu hơn; sống lây lất).

Lên tầm cao mới

ăn mặc như chuột khổng lồ thay cho... khẩu trang...

“Buddy the Rat” — aka performance artist Jonothon Lyons — has been boring seen-it-all subway riders a lot these days as he perches on seats in all his rodent (loài gặm nhấm) regalia (những biểu chương, y phục của nhà vua), including a full-face mask and a long pink tail.

But TikTok loves him.

“Oh NYC is dead? Explain this,” self-described comedy writer Alison Williams posted on Twitter over a TikTok video of the human rodent boarding a No. 1 at 42nd Street that’s going viral.

Lyons, who wears a suit and nice shoes, plus gloves on his hands as he crawls (bò, trườn, lê bước), has posted about 30 other TikTok videos, and appeared in a few filmed by passersby (người qua đường), including one where he scampered (chạy vụt, chạy vội vàng, chạy láo nháo) across a city street.

Cẩn thận nôn

cảnh sát ý dùng siêu xe Lamborghini Huracan để chở thận (được hiến tặng) trên quãng đường gần 500km chỉ mất 2 tiếng...
In what may be one of the most Italian things that has ever happened, the Italian State Police rushed a donor kidney from Padua to Rome for a transplant in a Lamborghini Huracan. Last week’s journey is around 300 miles, but with the help of a specially-outfitted supercar, the police made it happen in just about two hours at an average speed of 143 mph—and that’s a journey that normally takes around six.

Yes, the Italian Police own a Lamborghini and use it as a regular ol’ patrol vehicle most of the time. It’s outfitted with lights, a police computer, and other equipment for traffic stops and arrests. That said, though, the machine isn’t exactly ideal for the day-to-day (where, exactly, do you intend to put someone that you’ve arrested?). It’s still cool as hell for these more extreme circumstances, though.

But for this specific instance, the frunk came in handy. The police force turned it into a refrigerated compartment for organ transport or the delivery of other temperature-sensitive medical supplies.

Tốt để barbecue mà

người dân china phát hoảng khi nước máy có thể bốc cháy vì khí ga rò vào nguồn nước...

Shocking footage shows the running liquid turning into a blaze after a local put fire under it in Panjin city, Liaoning Province. 

The Panjin authorities claimed today that the incident was a result of natural gas leaking into the groundwater, which was supplied to the local village.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

"Code of practice" nghĩa là gì?

"Code of practice" -> nghĩa là bộ quy tắc hành vi trong một ngành cụ thể.

Ví dụ
The Maritime UK Autonomous (tự động) Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG) published the first code of practice to global industry-wide acclaim in November 2017, with the second version following in November 2018 and third in November 2019.

A new code of practice is to be introduced for Guernsey's construction industry. The regulations (quy tắc) have been in development for more than a year, and are being introduced to include the latest best practice.

It's been over four months since the government published its Code of Practice for commercial property relationships. The Code is not legally binding (liên kết); it is a voluntary set of guidelines which encourage landlords and tenants to recognise the novel challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and 'to identify mutual solutions'. 

The new standard, PAS 7061 Batteries for vehicle propulsion (thúc đẩy) electrification – Safe and environmentally-conscious handling of battery packs and modules – Code of practice, outlines best practice from sourcing material, through to manufacturing, use and disposal (tiêu hủy).

Ngọc Lân

"Doesn't know which way is up or down" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by I.am_nah on Unsplash.

"Doesn't know which way is up or down" -> nghĩa là mất phương hướng, bối rối.

Ví dụ
This system allows you to sense gravity, and know which way is down. This system can sometimes become distorted (bóp méo) under diving conditions. Under these circumstances, the diver simply doesn’t know which way is up or down, a very dangerous situation.

“I have a few reasons for not sleeping well but the main one is I don’t know which way is up or down,” she says. “Sometimes I will work at night and sleep in the day because I have very little contact with the world. “No routine (lịch trình) makes me just roll along like a tumble (đổ nhào) weed. Which is what I am at night. A tumble weed.”

So what, it is just a song. But, people like you don't say shit when people make movies showing black women strippers as heroes, black men drug dealers as kings, and black people as slaves, year round. Yet you don't trip. My Black people are so fucked up they don't know which way is up or down, so you enjoy the random festivities (vui mừng, hân hoan) of because it sounds.

Ngọc Lân

"We must learn to walk before we can run" nghĩa là gì?

"We must learn to walk before we can run" = hãy học đi bộ trước đã rồi hẵng chạy nhảy -> nghĩa là phải thuần thục các kĩ năng cơ bản trước khi tiến tới những cái phức tạp hơn. 

Ví dụ
He said: "We must learn to walk before we can run, and are not looking to pick a fight with the big boys. We need to find our niche (chỗ thích hợp). "We also have to spend any right to buy receipts we get within three years, or it gets taken from us by the government."

We must learn to walk before we can run. That said, Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School's fast-improving boys cross country team walked away with the first regional (địa phương) title in its history on Saturday by scoring 52 points in the Class 1A Eureka Regional.

As the famous saying goes, "We must learn to walk before we can run." Rose learned that in the most literal way possible during his rehabilitation (phục hồi). So in celebration of his comeback, let's take a look at all of those baby steps he had to take before he could finally leap out of a gym again.

Not only does the MH/LX eliminate the most often sited and valid (hợp lệ) objections that prevent Professionals from working together, it actually facilitates (làm thuận tiện) the process of helping them begin to work together, which is critical to the revitalization of our resale market.  Ultimately we believe that in some larger and higher priced markets, a full MLS may eventually be the right model because it imposes discipline, forces standardization, and can allow for more efficiencies in the sales process. However, like all industries, we must learn to walk before we can run, and the MH/LX provides a very simple, straightforward, and cost effective way to begin that process.

Ngọc Lân

"Woe is me" nghĩa là gì?

Kêu than cũng không khiến bạn hạnh phúc hơn. Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

"Woe is me" = khổ thân tôi chưa -> (từ cổ) nghĩa là cảm thán sự bất hạnh của bản thân. Cụm từ xuất phát trong Kinh thánh (Ê-sai 6:5) và vở Hamlet của Shakespeare (Màn 3, Cảnh 1)

Ví dụ
Regarding his visits to his mom, he stressed how dealing with things we cannot control places us in a vulnerable (dễ tổn thương) state. “Make sure the visits are very light-hearted (vui vẻ), that you accommodate them and not yourself. You really have to make this journey light and peaceful. You can go to visit with a mindset of ‘woe is me,’ or ‘woe is my loved one,’ or you can make it light and peaceful."

“At the same time, people who upgrade their skill-sets and broaden their thinking won’t be left behind. So instead of people saying, ‘How lost I am, how crushed I am, woe is me,’ this is an exciting time, especially for young people, who don’t have to wait 10, 20 or 30 years for their turn to be a business leader. They can make a generational jump by stepping up and embracing technology, and by understanding in the rubble (đống đổ nát) and chaos what kernels (phần cốt lõi) of business are sprouting up (hình thành).”

“We’ve tried to develop this team knowing COVID would be an issue and the respect that we have for COVID in terms of its effect on the program,” he said. “So now we need these guys that maybe haven’t played major roles to step up and step into the next-man-up mentality that you’ve got to create. It’s no different from any other type of injury that you have. So we’re not a team that’s going to make excuses, and we’re not going to go in and say, ‘Woe is me’ because of certain guys that we don’t have. As a coaching staff, I can tell you that we’re going to put together the best plan we can possibly put together and put our players in the best possible positions to make plays in all three phases.”

Thu Phương

Bài trước: "In weal and woe" nghĩa là gì?

"In weal and woe" nghĩa là gì?

Không được lơ là cảnh giác. Photo by 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

"In weal and woe" nghĩa là trong những lúc hạnh phúc cũng như đau khổ, thành công hay khó khăn.

Ví dụ
Why, after all, I was not alone. No, here was a friend indeed (teste Byron), who would be ever by my side in weal and woe.

They should also make it known to the enemy that under their master, both ministers and soldiers are equally safe and happy, and that their master treats his servants (đầy tớ) with parental care in their weal or woe.

And this hath ever been a comfort to me, that I chose Jesus to my Heaven, by His grace, in all this time of Passion and sorrow; and that hath been a learning to me that I should evermore do so: choose only Jesus to my Heaven in weal and woe.

As the COVID-19 pandemic (đại dịch) is still raging (hoành hành) across the globe, the human community shares weal and woe, and the interests and security of all countries are closely linked, Wang said at a joint press conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi following their meeting. (Japan-China-Meeting)

Thu Phương

"A battle of wits" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Engin Akyurt from Pexels

"A battle of wits" = trận đấu trí -> nghĩa là dùng trí tuệ để chiến thắng đối thủ (cuộc thi, tranh luận...)

Ví dụ
In the long-drawn (kéo dài) battle of wits between the Federal Government and the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of the Universities, ASUU, this column cannot afford to sit on the fence (trung lập) any longer.

Let other sports rely on brawn (sức mạnh) and speed - chess is about strategy (chiến lược) and mental acuity (sắc bén). Every contest is a battle of wits. Who can resist the opportunity to show off how much smarter they are than their opponent?

As I continued to go to business dinners with successful businessmen, my drink has now also turned into wine. It has turned into a battle of wits and knowledge. All of us are good at our job in the NBA. But when you go to dinner with a businessman, he is just as successful as you in his alley. 

Board games are my favorite hobby, and since introducing my family to a ton of great games, it's often what we end up doing for hours when we get together for big events. There's nothing that brings me as much joy as coming around the table and trying to crush my family members in a battle of wits.

Thu Phương

Cây cao tỏa bóng

Photo by William Zhang on Unsplash.

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. 
~ Greece proverb

Một xã hội sẽ tốt đẹp khi những người lớn trồng nên những cái cây mà họ biết rằng mình sẽ không bao giờ ngồi dưới bóng mát của nó.

Mua xổ số thật phí tiền

ông bố 3 con ở indonesia thành triệu phú vì thiên thạch trị giá 1,8 triệu usd rơi vào nhà...

Josua Hutagalung, 33, was at home when the football-sized meteorite smashed through the veranda (hiên, hè, hành lang) at the edge of his living room (phòng khách).

Experts have hailed the 4.5billion-year-old space rock as one of the most significant meteorite finds ever - saying it could contain elements which give clues (manh mối) to the origins of life (nguồn gốc sự sống).

Josua, of Kolang, in North Sumatra, has already sold the rock to a specialist collector - given him enough money to retire and build a new church in his village.

...He was given the equivalent of 30 years' salary for the 2.2kg rock.

Người vượn hiện đại

cấy gene người vào bào thai khỉ -> não chúng to hơn...
In an experiment (thí nghiệm) that could portend (báo trước, điềm báo) a real-life Planet of the Apes situation, scientists spliced human genes into the fetus of a monkey to substantially increase the size of the primate’s brain. And it worked.

Researchers from Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany and Japan’s Central Institute for Experimental Animals introduced a specifically human gene, ARHGAP11B, into the fetus (bào thai) of a common marmoset monkey, causing the enlargement (mở rộng, tăng lên, khuếch trương) of its brain’s neocortex.

Bài trước: Như trong phim

Như trong phim

gã đàn ông bị truy nã trong vụ lừa đảo đa cấp 35 triệu usd cố chạy trốn fbi trên xe trượt nước...
He’s more “swim risk” than flight risk.

First, 44-year-old Matthew Piercey jumped into a pickup truck when agents went to arrest him on Monday, leading them on a wild chase before eventually abandoning the vehicle on the shores of Lake Shasta, according to federal prosecutors (công tố viên) in California.

He then grabbed a Yamaha sea scooter — a motorized submersible device that pulls users at about 4 mph — and took it into the cold waters, staying there for about 25 minutes,

Bài trước: Chuyển nhà thôi

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

"Big and bold" nghĩa là gì?

Đã đủ rõ chưa các bạn?? Photo by Steve Harvey on Unsplash

"Big and bold" = to và đậm nét -> nghĩa là to lớn, dễ gây chú ý. 

Ví dụ
Going big and bold is a mantra (thần chú) that we have in the business, and I have a personal belief that all brands need to be big and bold all the time but you have to make sure you balance that with the short term as well.

This hope is about living in an inclusive (bao gồm) society — an idea rooted deeply in the founding of this nation and called out explicitly in the Declaration of Independence, which Megan gets to study in her AP Government. For her, this hope is also about dreaming big and bold, as Harris pointed out in her speech — ‘Dream with ambition, lead with conviction (tin chắc), and see yourself in a way that others might not see you.’

Catherine Lynn, chief customer officer at Parkdean Resorts, said: "We wanted to do something big and bold to grab the nation's attention and encourage everyone to play their part in helping protect hedgehogs (nhím).

Although she has not yet revealed the identity (danh tính) of her mystery man, Pollard did not hesitate to gush about how amazing he is. She said that he is a big part of her life. She revealed that she picked out her ring because it was big and bold.

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"As bold as brass" nghĩa là gì?

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"As bold as brass" có bold là dũng cảm, táo bạo, brass là đồng, thau -> cụm từ này nghĩa là có thái độ trơ trẽn, táo bạo, cứng đầu. 

Ví dụ
She added that if you have a family member or a neighbour or a colleague (đồng nghiệp) who has just had a baby, the first thing you should say is congratulations. She said that Jinny is doing great, and is "as bold as brass". She added: "Jinny is fabulous, she's probably the best craic out of anyone I've ever met.

Scott Morrison and Dan Andrews don't have a lot in common — but they are both as bold as brass when it comes to grabbing (nắm bắt) for power. As we saw this week. Morrison announced a plan to obtain the right of veto (phủ quyết) over all agreements with foreign governments — read, the Chinese government — concluded or proposed by Australia's state, territory and local governments and public universities.

But once the doctor realised it was genuine (thành thật), the duck proved he was no chicken. “He looked at me as bold as brass, and cocked his head as if to say 'what's your problem?'

The look of love in the eyes of Peter when he first held her is indelibly (không thể xóa được) etched in my mind. Then, te real fun began. As bold as brass she sat, in her carry cot (võng), between us on the church pew, her little head swivelling (xoay) so as not to miss a trick.

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"Tuesday's child is full of grace" nghĩa là gì?

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"Tuesday's child is full of grace" -> nghĩa là những người sinh ra vào thứ ba thường lịch sự, dễ chịu, lễ phép trong tính cách và hành vi.

Ví dụ
When she emerges, Jessica no longer believes her father is dead and instead believes she needs to follow a coded (mã hóa) message to track down Artemis. She continuously mutters (thì thầm), “Tuesday’s child is full of grace,” and the date, Tuesday the 14th.

According to idiom, Tuesday’s Child is “full of grace, agreeable, gracious and polite”, a description which aptly (thích hợp) fit Terry, whose sweet disposition (tính tình) and considerate nature won her many loyal friends, both at work and socially.

If Tuesday’s Child is full of grace, on Tuesday SL Green Realty Corp. was graced announcing two substantial (lớn lao) Midtown deals. Hewlett Packard Enterprise signed a 10-year, 17,945-square-foot-lease for the entire eighth and 10th floors at 461 Fifth Ave.

It is said Tuesday's child is full of grace and that she was. Even when in pain she was always gracious, courageous and kind... Encouraging us not to worry about her and did not want us to be stressed (căng thảng). So let us not mourn (than khóc) like those who have no hope. Instead, live intentional lives for God's glory.

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"Incline your ear" nghĩa là gì?

"Incline your ear" có incline là nghiêng mình, cúi đầu -> cụm từ này nghĩa là chăm chú, chú ý lắng nghe ai nói. 

Ví dụ
My son, if you receive my words, and treasure (quý trọng) my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom (trí khôn), and apply your heart to understanding ... Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

“Incline your ear to wisdom,” Solomon said. Wisdom does not simply reside (tự có) in us. It requires effort on our part to gain it. This is what he meant when he said, “apply your heart to understanding.” We must have a sincere (thành thật) desire (mong muốn) for wisdom as something necessary for our lives. This desire ought to be so great that it makes us “cry out for discernment (sáng suốt).”

The Medrash (Bereishis Rabbah 39:1) discusses this nisayon. Rabi Yitzchok quoted a posuk: “Hear O daughter and see and incline your ear: forget your people and the house of your father” (Tehillim 45:11) Hashem’s intention in telling Avrohom “lech lecha” was not merely (chỉ là) to leave his home and surroundings physically, but rather to become a totally different person. 

That colossal (to lớn) atmosphere (không khí) with its overwhelming and eye-catching costumes whispers us a lot. But you need to incline your ear to hear it. Here is what I could hear and even see.

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Khi nào nên 'lướt ván trên không'?

ngay khi nhận được coupon (bạn trai tặng), càng sớm càng tốt, nhé,
Dear Dan,

For my birthday, my boyfriend (bạn trai) gave me a rather expensive (đắt đỏ) coupon for tandem sky diving (lướt ván trên không). I could have used the coupon that weekend, when the sky diving season ended, but I chose instead to wait a few months for the new season to begin. My thought was that I'd be braver (can đảm hơn) in the future and somehow mentally prepare myself. But can someone really prepare for something like this?

When we think about experiences, we need to think about three types of time: the time before the experience, the time of the experience and the time after the experience. The time beforehand can be filled with anticipation (phập phồng, thấp thỏm) or dread (kinh sợ, kinh hãi); the time of the experience itself can be filled with joy (vui sướng) or misery (đau khổ); and the time afterward can be filled with happy or miserable memories. (The shortest of these three types of time, interestingly, is almost always the time of the experience itself.)

So what should you do? In your case, the time before your sky diving experience will certainly not be cheerful. The time of the experience will also probably not be pure joy. At a minimum, you're going to ask why you are doing this to yourself. But the time after the experience is likely to be wonderful (assuming that you get out of this alive), and you will get to bask in the way you conquered your fears (chinh phục nỗi sợ) and relive the view of Earth from above.

So your best strategy was to make the time before the experience as short as possible. It is too late now, but you should have just gone sky diving the moment you got the coupon, which also would have signaled (ra tín hiệu) to your boyfriend how much you appreciated the gift.

Lý do đồ ăn trong mini bar tại phòng khách sạn thường đắt

vì nó thuận tiện thôi,

chứ ko phải giá đắt thì trải nghiệm sẽ hơn đâu...
Dear Dan,

During a recent hotel stay, I tried to resist temptation (cưỡng lại cám dỗ) but gave in (chịu thua) and bought a $5 bag of M&M's from the minibar. I know from research on pricing that paying a lot for something often makes you experience it as especially wonderful (rất tuyệt vời)—but that didn't happen with the M&M's. Why?

Research does indeed show that higher prices (giá cao, giá đắt đỏ) can increase our expectations (nâng kỳ vọng), and these increased expectations can spur us to more fully enjoy an experience. But there are limits. First, you have probably had lots of M&Ms in your life and have rather set expectations about how good they can be. Second, some high prices are just annoying (gây bực mình).

"You had me at hello" nghĩa là gì?

Alo, crush à! Photo courtesy: Kissmyscars

"You had me at hello" = tôi đã yêu em từ câu xin chào -> nghĩa là yêu một người từ cái nhìn đầu tiên, "hello" được nói khi ta mới gặp nhau nên khi mới chào nhau thì đã "dính tiếng sét".

Ví dụ
They added that rather than saying goodbye to "our beloved cinema", they would simply say "you had me at hello".

Every phrase has to start somewhere, and "you had me at hello" started with Jerry Maguire. When it's uttered by Renée Zellweger to Tom Cruise, it's one of those big on-screen moments that lovers of romantic comedy-dramas will still be talking about decades from now — as they have been for the nearly quarter-century (1/4 thế kỷ) since the Cameron Crowe-directed movie first arrived on screens.

There’s so little genuine (chân thật), starry eyed you-had-me-at-hello romance in American movies today that when a new love story pops up, it’s hard not to root for it (cổ vũ). That’s the case with “The Photograph,” about parallel affairs of the heart. One is hindered (cản trở) by ambition and miscommunication while the other suffers from familiar fears of commitment. Movies like this tell us that falling in love is easy — cue (ám chỉ) the thunderbolt looks, passionate kisses and surging orchestration — but if it really were that simple there wouldn’t be much to tell, so also bring on the agonies, tempests (giông tố) and tears.

Ngân Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Tag along with" nghĩa là gì?

"Tag along with" nghĩa là gì?

Mình đi đâu thế bà ơi! Photo courtesy: Shawn Harquail

"Tag along with" có "tag" là đi theo = đi cùng -> cụm từ này nghĩa là đi theo một người hoặc nhóm, nhất là khi họ chưa mời đi cùng.

Ví dụ
Surely, the aim of any human rights advocacy (người ủng hộ) is to be heard by citizens of the country being criticised, and we won’t be heard if we just tag along with America.

Processing the pheasant (gà lôi) photos reminded me of a day a few weeks ago when I tagged along with state Department of Environmental Conservation personnel releasing pheasants. During the hunting season, birds raised at the DEC game farm in Ithaca are taken to various public areas across the state and released for hunting. Hunters are not allowed to hunt on the days the birds are released (two days a week); that way the birds can get adjusted to their new habitat and disperse (phân tán).

The cardiac injury was enough to get me admitted, but it didn't necessarily explain the headaches and dizziness (chóng mặt). The doctor suggested a lumbar puncture (chọc dò cột sống), since hospitals have been seeing the coronavirus cause viral meningitis (viêm màng não) in some patients. My prior bout (cơn bệnh) with meningitis didn't make me more or less likely to have it, he said. It's simply a condition — painful inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membranes (màng) — that can tag along with COVID-19. He stayed in the room and talked to me about books while another doctor performed the spinal tap.

Ngân Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Get the sniffles" nghĩa là gì?

Công nghệ ngu lắm

cần phải có trở lại kỹ năng gì đó, thông minh hơn công nghệ chứ,

hệ thống máy tính mới tự động chặn những từ thô tục,

-> bệnh viện Scunthorpe ko nhận được thư mới nào trong cả ngày đầu, vì có từ CUNT (lồn)...
This has become known in computer circles as ‘the Scunthorpe problem’.

The problem was the new system’s profanity filter (lọc những từ dung tục), it was geared to spot obscene (thô tục, bỉ ổi) words and block them.

...The most obscene of these words was the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th letters of Scunthorpe’s name.

The name that was on every email the staff sent out.

...Systems all over the world were, and still are, rejecting strings of letters they believe to be offensive (chướng tai gai mắt, làm phiền, làm khó chịu; kinh tởm, gớm ghiếc) words.

Belgian political candidate, Luc Anus, was blocked for this reason.

So was Jeff Gold’s website, Shitake Mushrooms.

Arun Dikshit had the same problem, so did Ben Schmuck, also Mike Dickman, Craig Cockburn, Douglas Kuntz, James Butts, and Brian Wankum.

Places like Penistone, Middlesex, Clitheroe, and Lightwater were rejected for the same reason.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was blocked for tits, cocks, boobies and shags.

Manchester Council planning department had problems with emails mentioning erections.

A councillor from Dudley was blocked for telling visitors the local faggots were tasty.

Even Arsenal football club and French TV station Canal Plus had similar problems.

Chuyển nhà thôi

nước đái đóng băng rơi từ máy bay xuống trúng nóc nhà...

...Andy and Gaynor were in their garden in 2006 when an 18 inch-wide block of frozen urine  (nước đái đóng băng) crashed on to their roof – just 4ft from where Andy stood.

At the time, Andy said: “There was a big bang and it hit the ridge tiles on the roof, then the patio (hành lang lộ thiên, sân trong).

“It would have killed me if it had hit me, without a doubt.”

The lump of blue ice caused hundreds of pounds of damage to their roof, scattering tiles on to the patio below.

“It looks like frozen wee. I would think it’s chemically treated (xử lý bằng hóa chất), but when it thawed (tan chảy) out on the patio it didn’t smell very pleasant.

Bài trước: Eo ôi, khiếp!

Vừa mới vào

thành phố Oudenburg của Bỉ trang trí đèn giáng sinh hình nến, mà trông như... con CU...
The Belgian city of Oudenburg was getting into the Christmas spirit, and it prepared to unveil (trình bày công khai, tiết lộ) a lights display on scores of columns set up to look like festive candles scattered around one of its districts.

But when the switch was flipped, something else appeared: instead of candles, the 80 columns looked more like a certain part of the male anatomy (giải phẫu) topped with blue lights, illuminating (chiếu sáng) bus stops (bến xe buýt), green spaces (khoảng không gian xanh) and even the surroundings of a church (quanh nhà thờ).

The display in Oudenburg, 10 miles west of Bruges, was quickly noticed with amusement (buồn cười, hài hước) by local residents (cư dân địa phương), and then picked up gleefully (vui vẻ, hân hoan) by Belgian and international news media.

The mayor of Oudenburg, Anthony Dumarey, said the city was making the best of the situation, and he hoped that the display, and all the attention it had received, would cheer up local residents dispirited (buồn chán, mất tinh thần) by the coronavirus pandemic (đại dịch).

"Read the handwriting on the wall" nghĩa là gì?

"Read the handwriting on the wall" = đọc chữ viết trên tường -> nghĩa là nhận biết/hiểu những dấu hiệu rõ ràng báo hiệu điều gì sắp xảy ra, nhất là chuyện xấu hoặc không may. 

Ví dụ
No, the firm offered no public outlook moving forward. How can they really, as the pandemic and its economic impact (ảnh hưởng) worsen? So much for the mall, which is where most Apple Stores are. Yet some guidance was there if you read the handwriting on the wall, or listened to the call. 

I have not said so. Read the handwriting on the wall. You will know that his days are numbered in the Government House. Many Ondo people do not think he has done well enough to be re-elected. Many of them believe he is being influenced by external factors outside the state. And the people seem verily averse to such godfather overshadowing image in the background.

Having read the handwriting on the wall that he faces a monumental (to lớn) defeat and electoral (thuộc bầu cử) opprobrium (sỉ nhục) on the 19th of September, Obaseki aims to illegally strike what he deems the head and important political leaders of our party with the hopes of subverting the election.

The good news is that CalPERS’ lawyer, Matt Jacob, read the handwriting on the wall and quickly withdrew (rút lui) Item 7(b), the Consent Calendar Delegation Resolution. I have absolutely no doubt that it was the pushback from beneficiaries in Public Comment that produced the result. Good for the troops. 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

"The old gray mare ain't what she used to be" nghĩa là gì?

"The old gray mare ain't what she used to be" = con ngựa xám già không còn như xưa -> nghĩa là đã già, cũ kĩ, lỗi thời.

Ví dụ
You could say rider and steed (chiến mã) have a lot of miles on them, because together, they add up to 100 years. They're ready to make their "Century Ride," serving as an inspiration to many. "This is sort of like, 'The old gray mare ain't what she used to be,' but we're still movin' on," said Wiggins. And they'll be movin' on, trotting right into the Dressage Foundation's Century Club, with the help of trainer Suzanne Graham.

Jess Brown, a political science professor at Athens State University, said the education association doesn't have the close personal relationship with its members that it had in the past, and the law will cause it to take a hit in membership, although it's too early to say how many. "AEA will remain an influential (có tầm ảnh hưởng) player on Goat Hill, but the old gray mare ain't what she used to be," said Brown, who has been a member in the past.

We took a completely un-scientific poll of our fellow High Gear Media staffers to devise (nghĩ ra) a short-list of the best and worst car commercials in memory. And by "memory", we generally mean "recent memory", because, you know, the old gray mare ain't what she used to be. We know we're going to leave out a few of your faves, but here goes.

Roberts Cosmetics has designed a line of products called Pd46 to enhance (tăng cường) grays, not eliminate them. Because, per the line’s catch phrase, the old gray mare ain’t what she used to be. "Gray should be an option not an affliction (nỗi khổ)," said Cristina Bartolucci with Roberts Cosmetics. "You should be able to be a blond, or a brunette, or a redhead or gray."

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Độc chiêu bán hàng mới của KFC

đưa ‘xe tải gà’ không người lái xuống phố, bán hàng không cần nhân viên, thanh toán QR code...
While the world is still battling (chiến đấu/chống chọi với) the COVID-19 pandemic (đại dịch), everyone is still encouraged to practice social distancing (giãn cách xã hội) and to opt for contactless payment (thanh toán không tiếp xúc) and delivery as much as possible. In China, it appears that KFC has started deploying 5G autonomous (tự động) vehicles which allow customers to purchase their finger licking good meals without human interaction (tiếp xúc con người).

...The vehicles are from Neolix and it appears to be identical to the 5G-connected vehicles that are used in hospitals in Thailand for contactless delivery of medical supplies (thiết bị y tế).

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