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Sunday, March 1, 2020

"The power behind the throne" nghĩa là gì?

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"The power behind the throne" = quyền lực đằng sau ngai vàng -> cụm từ này nghĩa là người hoặc nhóm người có quyền kiểm soát thực sự hoặc có ảnh hưởng lớn, nhưng không chịu trách nhiệm chính thức hoặc công khai.

Ví dụ
Peter Pellegrini may be the incumbent prime minister (thủ tướng đương chức) but it is his populist-left Smer-Social Democracy (Smer-SD) party colleague Robert Fico who is the power behind the throne.

The widow of Albania's former communist dictator Enver Hoxha, considered the power behind the throne and herself personally implicated in executions and deportations during his regime, died on Wednesday aged 99, her family said.

He added: "It's right that the prime minister is questioned by the committee, but also the person that's responsible - the power behind the throne - Dominic Cummings, who is having such an impact on government which has seen not just the removal of ministers but special advisers losing their job as he continues to play games in Number 10."

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Bài trước: "Power them with" nghĩa là gì?

"Preach to the choir" nghĩa là gì?

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"Preach to the choir" = thuyết giáo cho dàn hợp ca -> nghĩa là cố gắng thuyết phục những người đã đồng ý với bạn.

Ví dụ
Everything I do is a little off to the side. I didn’t come here with any expectations. Juries are always wildly unpredictable (khó đoán). I did not make the movie to preach to the choir either. This is an art film, but I knew at some point we would be met with people with different ideas about women’s reproductive rights. I didn’t expect it to be the head of the Berlinale jury!

Sure, they have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, but those tend to preach to the choir of their particular goal. No longer will county libraries possess (chiếm hữu) a tall stack of Sentinels for any and all to take, many for the first time.

Biden argued that the next president needs to focus on rallying the international community around tangible (hiển nhiên) climate action by taking some tangible steps domestically, especially after Trump’s withdrawal (rút lui) from the Paris accord. “You can’t very well preach to the choir if you can’t sing,” Biden said.

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"Think long and hard" nghĩa là gì?

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"Think long and hard" = nghĩ lâu và kĩ -> nghĩa là suy nghĩ/cân nhắc một việc cẩn thận, kỹ lưỡng và thấu đáo.

Ví dụ
Given the importance of beating (đánh bại) Trump, Democrats need to think long and hard about Sanders’ vulnerabilities (điểm yếu) before they settle on him as the nominee.

In a main event which saw Joseph Benavidez fall to Deiveson Figueiredo, who missed weight and thus became ineligible (không đủ tiêu chuẩn) to win the flyweight title, the final result means the UFC will have to think long and hard about the future of the division.

The rest of the field will be back on the track after the most frightening accident in NASCAR in nearly two decades — one that made many of them think long and hard.

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"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread" nghĩa là gì?

Đã treo biển thế mà vẫn xông vào -_- Photo by: Micaela Parente on Unsplash

"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread" = kẻ ngốc sẽ lao vào nơi thiên thần chùn bước -> nghĩa là những người thiếu hiểu biết sẽ hành động, đưa ra quyết định nhanh chóng mà không suy nghĩ gì.

Ví dụ
Anna Laura witnessed (chứng kiến) many scenes like this. Later she would write, “The requirements (điều kiện) for a worker at that time were physical strength, fearlessness, imagination, sense of humor, love of children...and a missionary spirit...I tackled (giải quyết) the job, much as fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”

It has been said that fools rush in where angels fear to tread. When it comes to trade (thương mại), there are few bigger fools than US President Donald Trump and his economic aides (phụ tá).

Love will endure (kéo dài) until the money runs out. I've written about money and I've written about love, but I don't think that I've written about money versus love. It's a dangerous path, a slippery slope where fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

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"A fallen angel" nghĩa là gì?

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"A fallen angel" = thiên thần sa ngã -> nghĩa là người đã từng cư xử tốt đẹp nhưng giờ thì tồi tệ, nghĩa khác là công ty hoặc tổ chức từng có thời kỳ thịnh vượng nhưng bây giờ thì đi xuống.

Ví dụ
WiseTech is something of a fallen angel these days. Six months ago, this was a company going for nearly $40 a share. After this week’s sell-off, WiseTech is asking just $16.11 at the time of writing.

Moody’s cut Ford’s credit rating one level to Ba1 from Baa3. If it’s downgraded (hạ cấp) to junk by either S&P Global Ratings or Fitch Ratings, it will officially become a “fallen angel,” with its debt (khoản nợ) sent away to high-yield indexes.

It’s hard to call MSFT stock a fallen angel stock (cổ phiếu) because it’s still up 34% year-to-date and it’s only 5% off of the highs. Nevertheless, it has had a tough time in the last trading week, and what makes it interesting is that it did this while the equity markets were rallying hard.

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