Journey in Life: November 2020

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Những ai là người hùng chống Covid-19?

những anh chàng "củ khoai tây lười" nằm dài trên ghế bành và xem phim trong nhà, ko đi đâu/ko làm gì hết á...
The short video begins with an elderly man recalling his "service" to the nation back in the day when he was a budding young student "in the winter of 2020, when the whole country's eyes were on us.''

"I had just turned 22 and was studying engineering," the narrator continues, "when the second wave hit.

"At this age, you want to party, study, get to know people, go for drinks with friends…Yet fate had different plans for us. "

The scene then switches to the narrator as a young man, accompanied by dramatic music: "An invisible danger threatened everything we believed in.

"Suddenly the fate of this country lay in our hands," he says. "So, we mustered all our courage and did what was expected of us, the only right thing.

"We did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Being as lazy (lười) as raccoons (gấu trúc),'' he says in a serious tone.

Thật không chuyên nghiệp

cô giáo say, ngồi trên đùi học sinh và tụt áo khoe ngực...

Later, she pulled her top down exposing (phơi bày) her breasts (ngực) while posing (tạo dáng chụp ảnh) with five pupils (học sinh) in a photo booth.

The flirty (hay ve vãn, tán tỉnh) teacher, who also shared a cigarette with a pupil, was so smashed she fell over while trying to sit on a pupil’s lap.

Mrs Lake — who started boozing with other teachers before the prom — said she was so drunk she could not remember the night.

She was sacked (bị sa thải) as head of PE at Reepham secondary school near Norwich in September 2019.

She admitted (thừa nhận) unacceptable (không chấp nhận được) professional (chuyên nghiệp) conduct (hành vi).

Bài trước: Chuyện như đùa

Eo ôi, khiếp!

lễ hội 'ném phân bò' ở ấn độ :D
Dozens of exuberant (cởi mở, hồ hởi) villagers scooped up (xúc, múc) handfuls of cow dung (phân bò) to mold (đúc, nặn) and toss (quăng, thả, ném, tung) at each other like snowballs this week for the Gorehabba festival, a local conclusion to India's most important festival (lễ hội), Diwali.

Similar to Spain's "La Tomatina" -- an eccentric tomato-hurling celebration of the local fruit -- residents of Gumatapura village instead fling something more earthy at each other: cow dung.

The festival is unique to a village where locals believe their god -- Beereshwara Swamy -- was born in cow excrement.

Some Hindus believe cows and everything they produce is sacred and purifying. Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pushed for greater protection of the beasts, and many Indian states have long banned (cấm) their slaughter for meat (giết lấy thịt).

"On your beam-ends" nghĩa là gì?

"On one's beam-ends" -> nghĩa là trong tình huống bấp bênh, không chắc chắc hoặc tuyệt vọng.

Ví dụ
Another dead giveaway for the Bavarian being on his beam-ends is a recent statement by his most prominent (nổi bật) supporter Angela Merkel, as the German chancellor cautiously said in regards to the election of Weber that “the current situation is more complicated than it was five years ago". 

Before he was acclaimed (ca ngợi) as a new-age sensation of Indian cinema, Nila Madhab lived a childhood on his beam-ends and studied entrepreneurship (kinh doanh) at India’s premier institute, IIM Ahmadabad.

The soft-coal industry like many another was on its beam ends. The Communist Party at that time was trying to organize its own trade unions (liên minh). With their flair (tinh mắt) for publicity, the Communist leaders induced (thuyết phục) a number of writers and journalists to serve as a committee to go to the Kentucky coalfields to see for themselves the violence that had met the efforts of Communist-trained organizers to form a union.

The government ought to give cast iron guarantees (đảm bảo) that the level of support which is currently available from Brussels will be maintained, not just until 2020 but so long as the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union. People are critical of the European Union and of the CAP, but there is absolutely no doubt that without that kind of financial support then farming in the United Kingdom would be on its beam ends.  

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Monday, November 23, 2020

"Motherhood and apple pie" nghĩa là gì?

"Motherhood and apple pie" = trách nhiệm làm mẹ và bánh táo -> nghĩa là những yếu tố rất tốt và quan trọng trong mắt người Mỹ.

Ví dụ
Sars is all motherhood and apple pie when all we really want is transparency (minh bạch). While Sars’s annual reporting is relatively meticulous (tỉ mỉ, kĩ càng), there are many little foxes in that vineyard that hide behind blank pages.

And after ongoing advocacy (bào chữa) by hundreds of civil (công dân) society groups from around the world, and several United Nations special procedures (quy trình), the final declaration of the summit (cuộc gặp thượng đỉnh) contains only reference to community-led development and human rights. There are no concrete (cụ thể) actionable commitments beyond business as usual dressed in the language of motherhood and apple pie.

There are motherhood and apple pie sentiments in the prospectus (cáo bạch) on climate change and protecting the countryside of course with which no-one can disagree.

The rest of the statement is what the Americans call ‘motherhood and apple pie’ — in other words, platitudes (vô vị), such as, there was agreement “to earnestly (nghiêm túc) implement (thi hành) the important consensus (đồng lòng) reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communications on the ground… avoid taking action that may complicate (làm phức tạp) the situation.”

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"Vote of confidence" nghĩa là gì?

"Vote of confidence" có confidence là sự tin tưởng/tín nhiệm -> cụm từ này nghĩa là 'bỏ phiếu tín nhiệm'.

Ví dụ
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had a telephone conversation with his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Haneef Atmar on Saturday. During the phone call, Foreign Minister Zarif congratulated Atmar on winning the Afghan parliament’s vote of confidence and being elected (bầu cử) as the country’s foreign minister.

The return of England's cricket team to Pakistan next year -- their first visit since a deadly 2009 attack on Sri Lanka's team -- is a vote of confidence in the country's improved security, but analysts (nhà phân tích) say challenges remain.

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Barisan Nasional-Bagan Datuk) today called on the government to make the vote of confidence a priority, adding that an emergency declaration should not be considered as an option (lựa chọn).

It is my view that the minister of law has no role whatsoever in determining whether a vote of confidence in the Dewan Rakyat can be tabled (đệ trình). To suggest that such an important issue is subject to the agreement of the minister of law is unconstitutional (trái pháp luật) and a serious breach of the autonomy and independence of the Dewan Rakyat from any form of control by the executive.

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"Honest to a fault" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

"Honest to a fault" có to a fault là vô cùng, hết sức -> cụm từ này nghĩa là rất trung thực, thành thật. 

Ví dụ
Following the game, Farrell was honest to a fault about his own performance - ruing a try-scoring chance he could not finish off and letting Jonny May skin him for his second try - but he also pointed out how tough it was in the backline with a lack of fast, clean ball from set-pieces.

No one is more brutally honest than Schmidt. A self-proclaimed Sagittarius, Schmidt is honest to a fault. He doesn't do it to hurt his friends, but to help them. Schmidt is always there when his friends need him, and he would be more than happy to figure out ways to hang out with his new Gemini pal (người bạn) that actually interested them.

Kasuga is honest to a fault and never lets go of his values (giá trị), even after serving 18 years of jail-time. What he believes in is his law, and you’d be sure to remember it. Your other party members function like the signature party members in any RPG, covering different fronts and building bonds with your main character. 

Malhotra somehow makes her status-obsessed, honest-to-a-fault character winsome (hấp dẫn). Shruti is blithely blunt (lỗ mãng), telling Akash “You’re really not photogenic (ăn ảnh) at all” when they first meet (she means he looks better in person). Even better is her frank assessment of his prospects: “The problem isn’t that you aren’t rich. It’s that you will never be rich.”

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"Generous to a fault" nghĩa là gì?

"Generous to a fault" có to a fault là vô cùng, hết sức -> cụm từ này nghĩa là rất hào phóng, rộng lượng.

Ví dụ
In the 1960s and 70s he helped organised ceilis in Brackagh hall and invited Santa for the children, and when St Patrick's, Maghera were in football finals he was always on hand with refreshments for the boys and girls. He was generous to a fault, a man who grew up in hard times and wouldn't hesitate (ngần ngại) to reach out the hand to someone in trouble.

He grew into being a staunch (trung thành) supporter of the LGBTQ community in Idaho Falls and beyond. He had a heart the size of Texas and was generous to a fault. He laughed and cried at the drop of a hat. His love of God and love of being at daily and Sunday mass was as deep as the ocean.

In 2012, Zach married his college sweetheart, Lisa, who was the love of his life. He was an amazing son and the epitome (ví dụ hoàn hảo) of a big brother, always looking out for his younger siblings. He was intelligent, inquisitive (hay học hỏi), driven, and generous to a fault.

Allison had a wonderful fashion sense and was always impeccably (hoàn hảo) dressed. Never one to crave the spotlight, she was the epitome of class and grace. Generous to a fault, Allison loved to shower her family and friends with thoughtful, elegant gifts.

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"A beam in your eye" nghĩa là gì?

"A beam in one's eye" = cái xà trong mắt (trong kinh thánh: “sao anh thấy cái rác trong mắt của người anh em, mà cái xà trong con mắt của mình lại không để ý tới?) -> nghĩa là lỗi lầm, khuyết điểm của bản thân lớn hơn những khuyết điểm của người khác; tiên trách kỉ hậu trách nhân.

Ví dụ
Nice to see someone pointing out at missing proofreading (đọc và sửa) while writing "your going" instead of "you're going". In Italy we say "guarda la trave nel tuo occhio prima della pagliuzza nell'occhio di tuo fratello", which could be translated as "look at the beam in your eye before looking at the tiny particle (hạt) in your brother's eye". It means you should try making yourself better before you criticize others.

Racial (chủng tộc) superiority might be something you’d like to pin on Hitler, but actually it’s a pretty common fallacy (dối trá, ngụy biện) today (and was an extremely common one in the past). That you fail to see the beam in your eye over this issue is, as I said, very funny.

On a side note, I am happy to hear you support Trump. God uses all kinds of sinners (người gây ra tội ác) (of which Trump is one) to accomplish good things. He is a man with a beam in his eye. But despite those foibles (nhược điểm), he is still doing Gods work. Much like your first prophet. Joseph smith: an extremely flawed man, but did many great things.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

"Broad brush strokes" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Al Soot on Unsplash

"Broad brush strokes" -> nghĩa là chỉ đưa ra những ý chính, không đi vào chi tiết.

Ví dụ
As the Greens have found out over the past week that has meant that what she wanted was a Labour-alone Government. Thus the Co-operation Agreement with the Greens has been painted in very broad brush strokes and keeps them outside Cabinet and away from the power portfolios (giấy tờ)..

“I genuinely think this is the most important budget in the history of SA… we’re moving away from broad brush strokes to a more nuanced (sắc thái) approach.” The Government’s stimulus (tác nhân kích thích) commitment has doubled to $4 billion – although the Opposition has pointed to last month’s Auditor General’s report which showed only $282 million of the initial $1 billion stimulus announced in March had been spent by mid-year, with Shadow Treasurer Stephen Mullighan declaring “announcements means nothing unless this money is actually spent”.

Broad brush strokes were what was required. Clear and certain narratives. The rejection of all this should not have come down to the nitty gritty (những điều cơ bản nhất của một vấn đề). Barack Obama called it the most important election of his lifetime. It was equally important it had a clear answer, but that did not happen.

It is difficult to answer these questions because to draw a contrast with Trump, Biden only needs to paint in broad brush strokes. He knows his connection to Barack Obama is an asset (vốn quý), and no political benefit exists in distancing himself from the former president. 

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"Before you know where you are" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Murilo Viviani

"Before you know where you are" = chưa kịp xác định mình đang ở đâu -> nghĩa là nhanh chóng hoặc rất đột ngột.

Ví dụ
“As can happen in those situations, people pair up and before you know where you are, you end up being engaged and getting married and buying a house and raising children.”

"Before you know where you are there are 12 or 20 people who have been exposed to the virus. "They go home, they are maybe living with parents and siblings, and, before you know where you are, you have got another outbreak that needs to be dealt with."

“It’s funny because when you’re actually up there it’s just about putting one foot in front of the other and thinking: ‘I know I can do ten steps, so if I do ten of those in a row that’s 100 steps’, and then before you know where you are you’ve done a kilometre."

Ka Tina

"The mixture as before" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Quaid Lagan

"The mixture as before" = sự kết hợp như trước -> nghĩa là điều gì, hành động hay hoàn cảnh tương tự như trước đó.

Ví dụ
This year it’s the mixture as before, but with a little inspired tweaking. Chris Hannon is donning the crazy gowns and elaborate head-dresses for the tenth time at Wakefield, but for the first time he has written the show, too, and you don’t need to read his programme note to know that he has, in his own words, “put a spin” on the story.

It’s the mixture as before and yet it isn’t. The opportunities to bring the premise up-to-date have not been missed — in the lengthy detour (sự chệch hướng) that traps the protagonists (vai chính) in a detention centre on the US border and in the allusions to omnipresent (có mặt ở khắp mọi nơi) electronic surveillance (sự giám sát, theo dõi), suggesting that the machines have already taken over.

The show was already sumptuously (xa hoa, lộng lẫy) produced, and its original cast members return to many previously seen settings, so the movie essentially is what Maugham might call “the mixture as before.” Also, only one year has passed at Downton even though four have gone by for us, so there’s no big “Avengers: Endgame”-style time jump. (Incredibly, that’s only the first of two Marvel references in this review—which either says something about the current state of the movie industry, or about Yours Truly.)

Ka Tina

"Tears before bedtime" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Koshu Kunii

"Tears before bedtime" = chưa ngủ đã khóc -> nghĩa là có chuyện tồi tệ/rắc rối xảy ra.

Ví dụ
THE Cold Feet finale didn't disappoint and there were more than a few tears before bedtime. The last episode of season nine had us all on an emotional roller-coaster.

Tears before bedtime. In an age of competitive mothering, parenting websites have become emotional battlegrounds and a magnet (nam châm) for trolls.

More cause for celebration with the return of Talking Heads (BBC1, Tuesday). Alan Bennett’s brilliant monologues have been remade with a new cast to cheer us up in these virus times. Between Imelda Staunton’s poisonous letter writer in A Lady of Letters, and Sarah Lancashire as a mother with a shocking secret in An Ordinary Woman, pain and loneliness ran through these first dramas. It ought to have meant tears before bedtime, but Bennett gave us laugh out loud writing besides. That, plus superb performances, make Talking Heads a must see once more.

Ka Tina

"Don't cry before you are hurt" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Aliyah Jamous 

"Don't cry before you are hurt" = đừng chưa đau mà đã khóc -> nghĩa là đừng buồn trước khi chuyện xảy ra.

Ví dụ
Don't cry before you are hurt, babe. Everything will be not as worse as you think.

She's very sensitive, so don't let her be alone. Also, you should encourage her by saying that "don't cry before you are hurt".

Don't cry before you are hurt. You see, they are just kidding you! Your girlfriend is still with you and forever. No need to get upset about what they joked.

Ka Tina

"Carry the world before you" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Philippe Oursel

"Carry the world before (one)" = nhanh chóng giành cả thế giới -> nghĩa là sớm đạt được thành công lớn.

Ví dụ
“To carry the world before them really speaks highly of their dedication, character and willingness to get better every day,” Skiera said of the 11 Firsties, who became the largest class of women's lacrosse players commissioned into the Army to date. “I can’t say enough great things about what they’ve done for our program.”

“Deaf and Stellar” was written, produced, and sung by Tirea himself and creates the standard for his signature sound. The chill vibes are set from the beginning in this feel-good tune, allowing the listener to completely immerse themselves. This release follows “Hold Me” from October and an impressive “House of Chill” guest mix on SiriusXM Chill. Due to carrying the world before him, Rob Tirea has quickly earned support from respected online publications like Dancing Astronaut and more.

Rashmika Mandanna is a popular actress and model who works in Telugu and Kannada films. She has carried the world before her and has become the highest-paid actress in the industry. She made her acting introduction with the Kannada film Kirik Party in 2016. The actress has appeared in several popular films such as Kirik Party, Anjani Putra, etc. She has given back to back movies, and that has made her one of the most successful and popular stars in the industry.

Ka Tina

"Carry all before" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Wade Austin Ellis 

"Carry all before (one)" nghĩa là giành chiến thắng/vượt qua tất cả.

Ví dụ
A fit-again De Bruyne is set to carry all before him. When he is on song, the whole show goes up a level.

Let us celebrate the steadfastness (tính kiên định, vững chắc) of Palestinian women, who give us hope, wherever we are. They are the embodiment of the Arab woman, the woman of all struggles combined. They carry all before them with their presence, resistance and beauty, as they stay defiantly in their homeland determined to live a full life. We do not need to mention that they also carry an acute sense of belonging and identity.

Installed as favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the back of that taking performance, it was a success that suggested that Colin Tizzard's latest chasing star could carry all before him in the staying division last winter. However, clearly things didn't go to plan thereafter, as the Flemensfirth gelding was pulled-up in the King George and swiftly sent for wind surgery, which undoubtedly helped him to secure a solid third placed finish in the Gold Cup in March - on a week when the Tizzard horses were running well below form.

Ka Tina

"Bow down before" nghĩa là gì?

"Bow down before (one)" = cúi đầu trước ai -> nghĩa là tuân lời, cam kết trung thành hoặc phục tùng ý muốn của ai, nhất là theo cách tôn kính hoặc như nô lệ.

Ví dụ
Bitcoin rose on Friday as traders refused to bow down before Steven Mnuchin decided to end some of the Federal Reserve’s crisis-fighting facilities.

"I bow down before the greatness of of these people," Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said on Wednesday regarding the 10 nurses who voluntarily transferred from Crete to Thessaloniki to help their colleagues in the battle with Covid-19.

Julie Cooper-Nichol from The OC: Julie Cooper-Nichol is the ultimate social climber – she came from a poor trailer park background, but that didn’t stop her clawing her way to the top of Newport Beach society, and going from rich man to rich man. The Real Housewives wishes it could serve up moments as iconic as “China has alopecia (hói/rụng tóc).” Bow down before her.

Ka Tina

"Before you know it" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Murilo Viviani

"Before you know it" = chưa kịp hiểu (mô tê gì) -> nghĩa là diễn ra nhanh chóng hoặc đột ngột.

Ví dụ
Sure, you might start off discussing the latest restaurant to go out of business due to the pandemic, but before you know it, you and your aunt are debating the accuracy of CDC statistics and the effectiveness of face shields.

We were assured by the president of the United States that it was akin (thân thuộc, bà con, họ hàng) to a passing flu bug and would be gone before you know it. And heck, by Easter, he said it might be out of here. Well, we know what happened.

We are in the final stretch of 2020, and before you know it, the new year will be here, bringing all sorts of superhero shows back to our televisions. Whether it be shows like The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, or the final season of Supergirl, fans of the genre are going to be quite busy for the foreseeable future (tương lai biết trước).

Ka Tina

"Before I can blink" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Luis Villasmil

"Before (one) can blink" = không kịp chớp mắt -> nghĩa là rất nhanh/đột ngột.

Ví dụ
It is no longer an interview but just a pleasant chat between two Scandinavians. Jiji interrupts to ask when they should go out for dinner, and before I can blink, they have asked me to join them. Seafood is on the menu – how could I possibly say no?

He is not a fool to realize that if he sells Messi or kicks him out, he will be off the Club before he can blink. But if he can agitate and frustrate the Argentinian just enough, the Captain may opt for the free transfer in the summer and just leave. Bu Bartomeu doesn't realize that any President who does not let Messi retire at the Club, will be automatically booted out. His ego is so much that it blinds him from that reality.

She insists their marriage is a love match and that will not happen, but they don’t buy it, chasing her into the pantry of her castle where she holes up with her children, awaiting English aid from her brother. Ultimately, it comes via Catherine in the form of Thomas Howard and a small party focused on diplomacy. Meg hopes to go to Stirling to discuss it all, but before she can blink, Angus and the other lords seize her children and cast her out.

Ka Tina

"Act like you've been there before" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jannik Skorna

"Act like you've been there before" = làm như trước đây bạn đã tới đó -> nghĩa là đừng hả hê/khoe khoang khi bạn thành công, đặc biệt trong thể thao. Cụm từ này liên quan đến huấn luyện viên bóng đá nổi tiếng của Mỹ tên Vince Lombardi.

Ví dụ
As my high school soccer coach once told me, “When you score a goal, act like you’ve been there before.” Of course, I hadn’t been there before; in fact, after I scored my first goal, I’d never go there again. I could have learned a lot from Winston Churchill: “In war: resolution; In defeat: defiance (sự thách thức, bất chấp); In victory: magnanimity (tính hào hiệp, cao thượng); In peace: goodwill.”

After Notre Dame's 47-40 double-overtime win over top-ranked Clemson last Saturday, the Irish jumped to a No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll but entered a potential trap game Saturday at Boston College. Leinart, a former USC quarterback from 2003-05, questioned the Notre Dame focus after an emotional victory against the Tigers. "You know the phrase, 'Act like you've been there before,' the only problem is that Notre Dame has never been there before," Leinart said. "We'll see how they react."

Colin Cowherd: “There's an old saying of ‘Act Like You’ve Been There Before.’ The Philadelphia Eagles are imploding, and yesterday Carson Wentz had to answer questions because reportedly the practices are lousy, people are screwing off, and it manifests (tuyên ngôn) itself on bad Sunday games. Wentz had to address stories that the Eagles’ practices are a clown (chú hề) show. Do quarterbacks’ run practices?? The coaches do. Who hired them? It wasn’t Carson Wentz. This is a coach issue… Philadelphia won a Super Bowl and they partied for a year.

Ka Tina

"In between times" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by David Vives

"In between times" nghĩa là giữa lúc ấy/trong khoảng thời gian ấy.

Ví dụ
In between times, Serbia nearly responded when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic rose at the back post but powered his header into the side-netting.

"We gave her a bit of a break in between times, and we’ve been happy with her since she came back into work. This race at Awapuni on Saturday is definitely not her end goal. We’re just sending her there to try to further her education a little bit. She was pretty erratic (thất thường) in her first race, so we’re hoping to see a bit of improvement there.

In between times, however, the Wallabies won 13 straight at home, 10 out of 14 in Argentina and all three matches played at neutral venues. Generally speaking, Australian coaches would pencil in Rugby Championship wins against Argentina even before the start of the season, which perhaps explains why Michael Cheika went mental at half time in the sheds at Salta in 2018 when the Wallabies astonishingly found themselves 31-7 down. Post-spray, they put together a 38-3 second half to overhaul the Pumas 45-34. But once all the backslapping and brow-wiping had been attended to, the Wallabies and their supporters paused to reflect on how close they had come to disaster.

Ka Tina

"Betwixt and between" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Kamil S

"Betwixt and between" -> nghĩa là xung khắc, không thể quyết định giữa hai sự lựa chọn.

Ví dụ
On a pragmatic (thực dụng, thực tế) level, these fixed points which are lodged throughout Barbeau’s lyrics serve to orientate the listener, as the quietly confessional narrative unfolds betwixt and between the unlikely pairing of Berlin and Sacramento. But they also work to cultivate charm and mystery. All in all, Barbeau’s mastery of melody, playful obscurity, and the earworm place him in the venn diagram of the present, between White Fence, The Oh Sees, Ariel Pink, and Tim Burgess.

“The purpose of the capstone project is to challenge ourselves to do something we would not normally do; to go above and beyond our usual limits,” said Graceann. “My hope is to remind everyone that we all have the power to say and do things that can positively impact someone else’s life.” Graceann believes her artistic message is one that is uniquely applicable to middle school-age students, who find themselves betwixt and between childhood and young adulthood.

Gars En Noir is in great form. He’s a fine big horse but he’s only a novice until the end of this month so when December rings in he’s in open company. He’s a little bit betwixt and between as a four-year-old. Willie Mullins won’t go chasing with him as a four-year-old so he’s a chaser for this time next year who will run in this race. There is another race quite similar to this one at Limerick at Christmas and I imagine he will go there as well, but he is a horse for the future. He’s a horse we like but he has very few options over hurdles.

Ka Tina

"Between the hammer and the anvil" nghĩa là gì?

"Between the hammer and the anvil" -> nghĩa là đối mặt với hai khó khăn/thách thức ngang nhau, tránh cái này thì đụng cái kia; 'trên đe dưới búa'.

Ví dụ
International engagement is not new for Mongolia — especially in military training and arms procurement (mua sắm vũ khí). But the current and future focus of its engagement needs to be on promoting peace in the region and beyond through global humanitarian operations. Far from just being between the hammer and the anvil, Mongolia has proven itself to be a contributor to global peace and stability and should continue on that path.

Many people do not know the extent of their abilities until they are put to the test. The best results occur when they are squeezed into a corner when it is a matter of life and death. Today, many survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi passed through that stage of survival, where they found themselves between the hammer and the anvil.

Of course, similar principles apply to every economic activity that needs people to be physically present. That would include shipping, logistics and agriculture. For example, agriculture contributes 2% to 4% of GDP to southern EU countries, which is twice that of northern members. These governments are basically stuck between the hammer and the anvil – hence the need for urgent assistance.

Ka Tina

"There is no daylight between" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Sandy Millar 

"There is no daylight between (two things)" = không có khoảng cách -> nghĩa là hai điều hoàn toàn liên quan với nhau.

Ví dụ
"This is 100% false. There is no truth to this report whatsoever," Miller tweeted. "[Chief of Staff] Meadows, Dave Bossie, Jared Kushner, Rudy [Giuliani], myself and everybody else are on the same page—we all work for Donald Trump and follow his lead, and there is no daylight between us."

Trump's team claims there is "no daylight" between them and the White House — chiefly senior adviser Jared Kushner and current Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. "We all have the same goal in mind, which is using the legal process over the next many days and weeks ahead to make sure that the president is re-elected," one adviser said.

This is not to say that there is no daylight between President Trump and Biden on Palestine. The Biden administration, for example, could reinstate U.S. aid for Palestinian refugees (người tị nạn), and it will allow the reopening of the Palestine Liberation Organization Mission Office in Washington; it also wants to include Palestinians back in negotiations (cuộc đàm phán).

Ka Tina

"Between hay and grass" nghĩa là gì?

"Between hay and grass" = giữa cỏ khô và cỏ xanh -> nghĩa là rất khó/không thể phân loại.

Ví dụ
Our sound is broad, eclectic and between hay and grass. Is “Migajas” part of an album? When can we expect the rest? Yes, it is.

Women are multidimensional (đa chiều); we are between hay and grass as the world would like to have us seem. We are vines shaped every day by our experiences. We twist, turn, adapt, grow, and continually bloom through different seasons of life.

Abrupt changes (sự thay đổi đột ngột) to the microbial (thuộc vi khuẩn) families in faeces (cặn, phân) were chronicled in ponies undergoing sudden dietary (chế độ ăn uống) switches between grass and hay. Writing in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, researchers reported that a dietary change — either from grass or hay, or hay to grass — can have a profound effect within the first few days of transition (sự biến đổi).

Ka Tina

"Be a go-between" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Brett Jordan 

"Be a go-between" = người đi giữa -> nghĩa là người đưa tin cho hai bên/nhóm.

Ví dụ
While each of the candidates say they are ready for the job, former Lt. Gov. Owen also noted the importance of the new lieutenant trung úy) governor being open to listen to constituents directly. “You should utilize your position of influence to be a go-between for people facing serious problems with government and the private sector,” Owen explained, although he cautioned that sometimes you can be successful and sometimes you can’t.

Divorce conflict can harm your children. Research shows that children who see their parents engaging in destructive conflict are more prone to mental health challenges, behavioral issues, and unhealthy relationships of their own. Involving your kids in conflict by encouraging them to be a go-between can also damage their relationships with both parents. Before, during, and after your divorce, try to avoid nasty fights or arguments in front of your kids and badmouthing (phỉ báng, bôi nhọ) the other parent behind their back.

“Luminal began back in 2016 mainly to address the needs of filmmakers, to address the struggle of not being able to really connect with their [intended] audiences,” John told Free Times. “Most Black filmmakers make their films for every audience but you know, with a specific like, especially like Black audience in mind, but what happens is, they don’t always get to reach the people, because if the people don’t come out to things like film festivals. So we decided to kind of be a go-between, to bridge the filmmakers and audiences.”

Ka Tina

"A thin line between love and hate" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Ben Mater

"A thin line between love and hate" -> nghĩa là khoảng cách/sợi dây rất mỏng manh giữa yêu và ghét.

Ví dụ
Perhaps there really is a thin line between love and hate? With new head coach Nate Bjorkgren working closely with team management to assemble a staff of multi-taskers, ESPN’s Tim Bontempts reports that long-time Pacers defensive coordinator Dan Burke is headed further East to join the Philadelphia 76ers, also known as the team he once said he hated.

According to Radar Online, the two reconciled for good after Kunis decided to bury the hatchet following Kutcher's split from ex-wife Demi Moore. "She could see Ashton was going through a tough time and reached out to him," a source claimed in 2014. From there, their friendship bloomed into a full-fledged romance and their feelings turned into love — especially after the actor's divorce from Moore was finalized in November 2013. Kutcher and Kunis were engaged in February 2014, married in July 2015, and welcomed daughter Wyatt and son Dimitri in October 2014 and November 2016. You know what they say: there can be a thin line between love and hate!

Rather than dwelling on the circumstances of Snow’s death, Moments Like This ends with home video of him frolicking (vui nhộn, nô đùa) with his young daughter, Secret. Could the artist have found redemption if he had left New York and his circle of hangers-on and enablers? Dunn seems interested in the question. As LCD Soundsystem’s bittersweet “New York, I Love You” plays at the beginning of the film, Snow admits that although he loves the city, it’s “the worst place to be if you’re not happy there. It’s a thin line between love and hate.” Later, Fitzpatrick asks him if he ever thinks about leaving, and Snow imagines buying an island for himself and his friends— though he admits that plan, too, would just become part of the “never-ending spiral of weirdness.”

Ka Tina

"What's between friends?"

Photo by ConvertKit

"What's (something) between friends?" = giữa bạn bè với nhau mà -> nghĩa là đừng bận tâm tới số tiền tầm thường này làm gì vì mình là bạn bè, thường dùng để từ chối việc bạn bè muốn trả tiền cho bạn vì nó không bao nhiêu cả.

Ví dụ 
Saudi Aramco targeted by climate action investor group -What’s a few trillion (nghìn tỷ) between friends?

Who said TVs were getting cheaper? LG just declared that it would bring its 105-inch Ultra HD set to the U.S., and named its price at one hundred large. Well, $99,999, but what's a dollar between friends? Besides being, well, huge, LG's 105UC9 LCD TV is stretched out wider than your typical screen: It has an aspect ratio (tỷ lệ) of 21:9, intended to match the widest films at the cinema. That brings its total resolution to 5120 x 2160—11 million pixels. The TV incorporates a 150-watt sound system and, yes, it's curved. 

Ka Tina

"Keep it between the ditches" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Donnie Rosie

"Keep it between the ditches" = giữ nó ở giữa các rãnh -> nghĩa là lái xe an toàn; hoặc hành xử phù hợp, tránh xa những rắc rối/sai lầm.

Ví dụ
If in this world only we have hope. We are most cursed of men. Don’t cry for me ole buddy. I’m in a better place. Hold ‘em in the road and keep it between the ditches.

With Doug’s excellent leadership, he made a good farmer out of Evie with never fail instructions: “Please be seated in the tractor. Pay close attention. This is the steering wheel, the clutch (nối trục), the throttle (bộ điều chỉnh), and the brake (cái phanh). Keep it between the ditches and have a great day! Don’t forget to check the oil and fuel when necessary.”

Homes sales didn't hit the skids in April, just a patch of black ice, but everyone managed to keep it between the ditches. Like black ice, the effects of the coronavirus on housing were invisible at the end of March, although we expected hazardous (may rủi) conditions. Like people who hit black ice, keep it together and live to tell about it, everybody slowed down, kept a deft hand on the wheel and drew on experience.

Ka Tina

"Hit right between the eyes" nghĩa là gì?

"Hit (one) (right) between the eyes" = đập ngay giữa mắt -> nghĩa là bỗng trở nên rõ rành rành với mình.

Ví dụ
“I think it hit him right between the eyes this summer,” Swinney said. “He really worked his tail off, transformed, changed his body composition.

Howarth went on to enjoy a 30-plus-year career in FM radio and still does a Sunday morning show called “Acoustic Sunrise” on San Francisco’s KFOG. Monterey Pop, she said, hit her right between the eyes. Three weeks after the festival, she hitchhiked up to San Francisco and became one of legions (đội lính) of underage runaways arriving in the City, answering the clarion call of Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” – a song written by Monterey Pop co-producer John Phillips as a promotion for the festival.

My top pick in this race is drawn just to their outside. Edge of Fire (#3) hasn’t sprinted since his debut, which although it didn’t earn him a flashy speed figure was a very good performance, and I think he’s been crying out for a turnback in distance. In his second start he actually split the very talented Money Moves and Sprawl going a mile at Gulfstream Park, and he struck the front at one point only to fade a bit in the stretch. I think this distance is going to hit him right between the eyes and if he’s improved at all with age he’s going to be a major player.

Ka Tina

"Consume mass quantities" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

"Consume mass quantities" = tiêu thụ lượng lớn -> nghĩa là ăn, uống rất nhiều. 

Ví dụ
Have fun this Halloween, be safe and we hope you get and consume mass quantities of the good candy. You know, the "fun size" stuff or bigger. Be sure you listen to the Wake Up Crew with Jim & Lisa weekdays from 6-10 AM on Kicker 102.5!

Chickadees and tits living above the Arctic circle consume mass quantities so they “have enough stored fat to keep their body temperature (nhiệt độ) above freezing throughout the long winter night.”

Dad also showed me how to keep score at basketball games. Years later, armed with that scorekeeping confidence and fascination with statistics, I had no trouble approaching the sports editor of my hometown newspaper for a job as a sports clerk/writer. Other dads might have taught their offspring (con cái) how to consume mass quantities of beer at Wrigley, mine, unwittingly, handed me the keys to a career.

Absinthe (áp xanh) is a high-proof spirit (45 percent to 70 percent ABV, typically) like tequila and gin, he said, so if you drink enough of it, your mind could enter a drunken stupor. “The truth is it’s a very tasty spirit that’s not hallucinogenic (gây ảo giác) unless you consume mass quantities of it,” Klebahn said, “and then it’s going to be just the strength of the alcohol that’s causing it.”

Ngọc Lân

"Benevolent overlord" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jehyun Sung on Unsplash

"Benevolent overlord" -> nghĩa là 'lãnh đạo nhân từ'.

Ví dụ
I've adopted all my pets over the years, and they all have their own quirky personalities (tính cách): they've been goofy, sweet, loyal, sometimes crabby (cáu kỉnh) but always lovable little companions -- even the cat who kind of wanted to murder my husband (but in a cute, "I'll someday take over the world and will not be a benevolent overlord" kind of way)

Thank you for being a kind and benevolent overlord of my safety. Thank you for shaming (làm ô nhục) me.... Long live Governor Overlord Polis. Will you come to my house and watch me eat and tell me if I am doing it correctly?

Apple might be getting into the podcast-making business. Is its reign (ngôi vị) as the industry’s benevolent overlord coming to an end? “There remains a lot we don’t know, and I have strong feeling we’re witnessing a little shard (mảnh vỡ) of a much larger, complicated soul-searching process.”

It also may depend on whether Apple will be a benevolent overlord or rule the MagSafe ecosystem with an iron fist, and we don’t know the answer to that yet. Magnets themselves aren’t proprietary (độc quyền), so theoretically case and mount makers could easily take advantage, and the Qi wireless charging standard also isn’t under Apple’s control.

Ngọc Lân

Saturday, November 21, 2020

"Few and far between" nghĩa là gì?


"Few and far between" -> nghĩa là hiếm hoặc ít được thấy.

Ví dụ
Coronavirus: 'It's scarier, last time cases were few and far between'. By Tara Mills BBC News NI. 

Voting hurdles for a halfway house resident, a private fire truck with Trump signs: Election Day issues in Massachusetts were few and far between but still present.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Local officials continue to seek clarity on what Foxconn is planning to produce in Mount Pleasant, and what the timeline for that is. But clear answers remain few and far between, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ka Tina

"Between the jigs and the reels" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Heather Morse

"Between the jigs and the reels" = giữa máy sàng và máy guồng -> nghĩa là xảy ra ở giữa hoặc bởi những rắc rối, hỗn loạn hay giữa điều này với điều kia.

Ví dụ
Between the jigs and the reels, the replay took 14 weeks to get played and in Dublin. So on November 14, 1897, at Jones’ Road, Cork suffered a heavy defeat on a scoreline of 7-9 to 2-3.

There were excursions, too, into Dubliners-style urban folk, as best demonstrated by the hard-bitten, pipe-driven ‘Pat Reilly’. Between the Jigs and the Reels is a fascinating collection, by turns melancholy (u sầu) and rambunctious (sự đi ngao du, sự nói dông dài) and, 40 years on, the music’s rebellious swagger endures.

“I was always kind of fascinated by the idea of guys moving from one sport to another,” Liddy says, “and between the jigs and the reels, in the course of my research I fell into conversation with Eddie O’Sullivan (the former coach of Ireland and the US Eagles) about this, and we discussed the psychological attributes that would be required for a player to learn a new sport from scratch. That’s kind of where this project started.”

Ka Tina

"Between life and death" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Adi Constantin

"Between life and death" = giữa sự sống và cái chết -> nghĩa là đang trong tình cảnh nguy hiểm/lâm nguy và có thể dẫn đến cái chết.

Ví dụ
Many of us will throw on a jacket without a second thought. But for a billion others across the world, this could be the difference between life and death. While sketching a new winter fashion collection, Dutch designer Bas Timmer realised the treacherous reality people face living on the streets.

On Feb. 3, 2019, at around 3 a.m., Grand Junction Police Department officers responded to a reported stabbing in Orchard Mesa. Schreiner was the first officer to arrive on scene. His actions that morning were likely the difference between life and death for an 18-year-old man in the community.

Echoes of that arresting memory resurface years later in “Kala Azar,” which centers on a young couple (played by Pinelopi Tsilika and Dimitris Lalos) living on the outskirts of an unnamed city in the south of Europe, collecting and cremating dead pets and returning the ashes to their owners. The fragile barrier between life and death is ever-present in the film, as is the task of caring for the remains of the dead, and making sense of their loss.

Life tests Shapia Baloch, a 12 year-old thalassemia patient from Buleda, Turbat, with tough challenges in her regular life. She visits Turbat city from the under-construction Turbat-Buleda road amidst poor financial background. She hangs in-between life and death with her hereditary disease (bệnh di truyền) as she needs blood transfusion (sự truyền máu) after every 25 days. Due to poverty she cannot have a proper treatment outside the city, whereas facilities do not exist in her town. Consequently, she cannot afford to get an education; her poor health condition enhances more of her worries about an education. She weeps with the moon every night pondering if she gets a good health in future or not.

Ka Tina

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