Journey in Life: 05/04/20

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Monday, May 4, 2020

"The eyes are the windows of the soul" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels 

"The eyes are the windows of the soul" = đôi mắt là cửa sổ tâm hồn.

Ví dụ
The eyes are the windows of the soul. No one knows the origin of this saying, but it is still used even as the most sophisticated (phức tạp) brain science continues to develop.

Shakespeare – among others – is credited with observing (quan sát) that "the eyes are the window to the soul." Maybe that’s one reason I’ve never been a fan of sunglasses. We lose so much, when we put "shade" between our eyes. 

Here in the U.S., in the grind of the pandemic, sound has become a shared experience (kinh nghiệm chung), in joy and sadness. The eyes may be windows to the soul, but these days, as isolation (cô lập) persists, the ears feel tethered (trói buộc) to our hearts.

“Eyes are the windows to the soul,” said Shakespeare, but he was only half right; what he neglected (hờ hững) to mention is that not only do we look into the windows of the eyes to see the soul, but we also look out of the windows of the eyes to see the world, for fully 80% of the information that comes into our brain passed through the eyes!

Thu Phương

"Pour your soul out" nghĩa là gì?

Tâm sự bên hồ. Photo by Toimetaja tõlkebüroo on Unsplash

"Pour (one's) soul out (to someone)" hoặc "pour out (one's) soul (to someone)" nghĩa là trút bỏ nỗi lòng, dốc bầu tâm sự với ai.

Ví dụ
I can pour out my heart about my soul inside, If you will teach me how to always abide (chịu đựng).

I pour out my soul to help another on life's way. Please Lord, let them hear what I have to say.

Prayer is the pouring out of the soul before the Lord. You say simple words, real words that come from your heart, expressing all that is inside you, led by the Holy Spirit.

The opening scene of ‘Astro B.O.Y.D.’ laser focused on Huey’s problems relating to other kids. His love of rules and order are made fun of and he’s teased (trêu) as being nothing more than a robot that can’t even act like a kid. It cuts right to the core of Huey and makes you pour out your soul for him.

Thu Phương

"Be the soul of" nghĩa là gì?

Biểu tượng của nước Mỹ? Photo by Pau Casals on Unsplash 

"Be the soul of (something)" là linh hồn của -> nghĩa là hiện thân/ví dụ hoàn hảo (của điều gì). 

Ví dụ
He has been described as the 'soul of Anzac'.

For generations fashion identity (danh tiếng) Joff Chappel was the soul of Adelaide's East End.

Last November, Vice President (phó tổng thống) Joe Biden tweeted, “This election (bầu cử) is about the soul of our nation—and Donald Trump is poison (thuốc độc) to our soul.”

Less than a year later, Poirier, whose racy read on artistic (nghệ thuật) and intellectual (trí tuệ) Paris in the 1940s, Left Bank, won many plaudits (tràng pháo tay tán dương), has produced a slim, vivid and engrossing (lôi cuốn) history both of that night and of the edifice (dinh thự) she calls “always far more than just a cathedral (thánh đường)… The face of civilisation (nền văn minh), and the soul of a nation”.

Thu Phương

"Not tell a soul" nghĩa là gì?

"Đừng nói với ai nhé!" Photo by fotografierende from Pexels

"Not tell a (living) soul" nghĩa là không nói cho ai (về bí mật này), không tiết lộ bất cứ thông tin gì cho ai.

Ví dụ
I could not fight back, because I knew that you would become more violent (bạo lực), Once again, I choose not tell a soul.

Lee:"You are not to tell a living soul, promise me that?"
Sam: "Cross my heart, I promise."

He grinned (cười toe toét) even wider; then made me “take an oath” (tuyên thệ) that I'd not tell a soul. Of course, I said that I wouldn't even think about telling anyone.

It’s okay to not be perfect, so you must tell another imperfect person you are depressed (trầm cảm). However, depression loves loneliness, so it is advising (khuyên) you to not tell a soul.

Thu Phương

"Every living soul" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Ingo Joseph from Pexels

"Every living soul" nghĩa là mọi sinh vật sống, mọi người.

Ví dụ
But, let’s be honest, none of these events impacted every living soul with life-changing attitudes (thái độ), or new habits.

He said every living soul of Pakistan is standing with the people of Kashmir and will continue raising voice and fighting for the rights (quyền) of Kashmiris at all forums.

"Andrea Bocelli songs speak to the soul, especially in these devastating (tàn khốc) times. May God heal our land and strengthen every living soul on Earth. Lord, your children, are crying out for your love," says Youtube user Sydney Sikaundi.

“He used all the melodramatic (cường điệu) effects he had honed throughout his life,” said Kendrick. “The layout of the Requiem keeps stressing the ‘Dies Irae’ movement, with shrieking flutes (sáo) and sliding clarinets (một loại kèn) and an enormous orchestration (hòa âm) that is meant to terrify every living soul on earth.”

Thu Phương

"Slap on the back" nghĩa là gì?

Anh khen chú mà. Photo courtesy: Laurie Frisch

"Slap on the back" = vỗ lưng -> nghĩa là chúc mừng, khen ngợi hoặc tuyên dương.

Ví dụ
A slap on the back three years ago made McKeel Hagerty rethink his whole business and set the stage for a big expansion into Columbus.

“We’re 150 days out, and I needed to know where I can go, and this is a big one off my back. And give a slap on the back to NBC and NASCAR. This could be a new combination for the future.”

It's a clever construction (tạo dựng) but the design team in Cupertino also deserve a slap on the back for the way the iPad Pro clips so neatly (gọn gàng) into the case. Ludicrously (lố bịch) strong magnets snap the tablet in place every time and once inside you never feel as though your expensive tablet is going to come unstuck (rơi ra).

Ngân Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Clean your clock" nghĩa là gì?

"Free spirit" nghĩa là gì?

Hãy giống như những chú chim, tự do bay lượn trên đôi cánh của chính mình. Photo by Castorly Stock from Pexels

"Free spirit" = linh hồn tự do -> nghĩa là người tự do, hào sảng, không câu nệ chuẩn mực xã hội.

Ví dụ
Angie Miller was her niece who died at a young age. Judy would speak often of Angie’s kind heart and free spirit.

I love helping folks step outside their comfort zone (vùng an toàn) and do new things. Always been a very free spirit.

I see Kelli as a free spirit which includes her love of nature. She and her family live out in the country amidst the cornfields (cánh đồng ngô) of Logan County.

”He’s a good person,” she said. ”People say he’s a free spirit, but that’s not so true anymore. He’s taught me a lot of values (giá trị) that are important in life…my parents made it clear I have to work.”

Thu Phương

"If the spirit moves" nghĩa là gì?

Hãy cứ làm như bạn cảm nhận được. Photo by JTMultimidia from Pexels

"If/as/when the spirit moves" nghĩa là khi bạn cảm thấy mình nên làm gì, hoặc điều gì đó thôi thúc mình phải làm.

Ví dụ
As ever, godspeed (thần tốc) and best of luck in your fantasy endeavors (nỗ lực). If you have any questions regarding IDP, or fantasy football in general, you can send an inquiry to for a personalized suggestion (or two, if the spirit moves).

“We suggest that you sign or print your first name at the bottom of the note, and to be as colorful as you want with the note. Use stickers, crayons or markers, if the spirit moves you. Your notes can be as simple or complex (phức tạp) as you wish,” said Back 2 School Illinois CEO, Matthew Kurtzman.

Power vocalist (giọng ca) and human spangle Marty Thomas (Xanadu) hosts this weekly showcase for big-voiced girl singers who perform show tunes as well as pop gems. During the isolation crisis (khủng hoảng), he’s bringing the show to YouTube Live. (If the spirit moves you, you can tip him through Venmo at @MartyThomas.)

Thu Phương

"Lift your spirits" nghĩa là gì?

Âm nhạc chữa lành tâm hồn. Photo by Elena Buzmakova(borisova) from Pexels

"Lift/raise (one's) spirits" = nâng tinh thần -> nghĩa là làm tâm trạng của một người tốt hơn, thường là bằng cách nói hay làm một việc tử tế đối với họ.

Ví dụ
Many volunteers (tình nguyện viên) responded, but so did others keen to lift seniors’ spirits. One woman sent 12 different notes, Beesley said.

The intimacy (gần gũi) of the voices sounds better than the record, and you see the effect on the child. It’s magical (ma thuật), a real treat that lifts your spirit.

Nancy Oda said a phone call can raise the spirits of folks who are used to seeing each other daily. When a friend called her the other day, Oda said, “the energy I got from it was very uplifting (nâng cao tinh thần).”

Walking has numerous proven health benefits (lợi ích sức khỏe). It helps to manage weight, improves cardiovascular (tim mạch) health, reduces hypertension (huyết áp cao) and makes your bones stronger. Another advantage of walking is that it can lift your spirit when you are feeling extremely low.

Thu Phương

"Lose your spirits" nghĩa là gì?

Nếu y bác sĩ bỏ cuộc thì đại dịch chẳng bao giờ biến mất. Photo by DFID - UK Department for International Development

Lose (one's) spirits = đánh mất tinh thần -> làm mất tinh thần, sức sống, hy vọng hoặc quyết tâm của một người.

Ví dụ
I know I will never forget the patients I have seen and my thoughts go to the family and friends of those who were taken too soon. We must continue our fight and not lose our spirit or resolve (quyết tâm). Lets do this.

The face masks can be ordered online at or by calling the store at (225) 664-7386. According to its website, the deadline to make an order is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 22. “Practice mitigation (tối giản) in style with this full color face mask,” Sport-N-Center says on its order page. “Just because [you’re] masked, it doesn’t mean [you] have to [lose] your SPIRIT!!!”

There's more than one reason when we say that being a doctor is one of the most gruelling (mệt mỏi) and compelling (hấp dẫn) jobs in the world. Many doctors worldwide are also attending to patients in the lack of neccessary protective gear (đồ bảo hộ), PPEs and risking their own lives. Some even caught the disease (bệnh) from their patients. But that doesn't mean they have lost their spirit or are willing to give up.

Thu Phương

"That's the spirit!" nghĩa là gì?

"Làm tốt lắm bạn iu." Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

"That's the spirit!" = chính là tinh thần đó -> nghĩa là để khích lệ thái độ đúng đắn cần có của một người.

Ví dụ
The bowling attack (tấn công) really gelled – Brendon Julian did a great job for us at times – and they just kept us in games. That was the spirit we had among the team and the whole squad.

“When I see my family and I have the opportunity to celebrate with them it will be even more sweet because we didn’t have that time to celebrate on the day,” she told the Record-Journal. That’s the spirit. We can take all the celebrations to come and take that as our guide. And in the meantime, of course, offer our special congratulations (chúc mừng) to a special athlete (vận động viên), and a special person.

While multi-millionaire Victoria Beckham was attempting to get the taxpayer to subsidise (trợ cấp) her fashion business and the whiny pop singer Sam Smith was getting photographed looking miserable (khổ sở) in a mansion (biệt thự), Captain Tom was on his feet to raise more than £30million for the National Health Service as he approached his 100th birthday. That's the spirit this country had in the past, and can have once again.

Thu Phương

"Honest to Pete" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Taras Chernus on Unsplash

"Honest to Pete" = thành thật với Pete -> nghĩa là thành thật, chân thật.

Ví dụ
You know what would be a really great way for Ford to shush (làm im lặng) the chorus (điệp khúc) of voices angry that its all-electric Mach-E crossover is an honest-to-Pete Mustang? By following that up with an honest-to-Pete all-electric Mustang. With the introduction of the all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 concept, it feels that much closer to this becoming a reality.

“Surely they had concerned conversations in their bedroom, but honest to Pete, they never showed it to me,” she says. “The only conversation my mother and I ever had — and it was after we were engaged — was one day we got in the car and she teared up (khóc) and said, ‘I’m just afraid you’re both going to starve to death (chết đói).’ ”

The original intent (mục đích) is the foundation would maintain all of Fourth Street, but honest to Pete, Five Oaks has taken up all our time and money.

Ngọc Lân

"The moving spirit" nghĩa là gì?

Làm chủ tịch trẻ tuổi cảm giác thế nào nhỉ?. Photo by Moose Photos from Pexels

"The moving spirit" nghĩa là người sáng lập hoặc đứng đầu của một nhóm, tổ chức.

Ví dụ
And the moving spirit will remain unsuspected (không bị nghi ngờ), a man of account in the trade all the time! Admirable (đáng ngưỡng mộ)!

For Adenuga (Jr.) who at 35 became the moving spirit of DEVCOM Merchant Bank as the chairman (chủ tịch), life surely begins before 40 and he has no regret.

Kyari was believed to be the moving spirit behind the law which gives Nigeria more share of the revenue (doanh thu) from offshore (ngoài khơi) and inland basin (lưu vực) production.

The moving spirit behind this particular idea is actually the Centre, which seems to have suddenly decided that the promotion of the Green Revolution requires ‘meaningful’ designations (chỉ thị) for new seed strains.

Thu Phương

"Spirit away" nghĩa là gì?

Số tiền bị đánh cắp. Photo by Amy Bell

"Spirit away" hoặc "spitit off" nghĩa là làm biến mất, chuyển nhanh, đưa biến đi, cuỗm nhẹ.

Ví dụ
It helped me too, helped take bad crocodile (cá sấu) spirit away from me
This is the same area your father spirited away a good deal of the missing cattle (gia súc) we spoke of, a little while ago.

Irish Catholics were murdered (sát hại), thrown off their land, or "spirited away" to the Caribbean. An estimated (ước tính) 100,000 Irish people, mostly women and children, were sold to sugar plantation owners (chủ đồn điền) and literally worked to death.

Heavenly Father, I come against all the powers of darkness that spirit away my money and other possessions (tài sản) to manifest in Jesus name. I command both spiritual and physical agents of Satan responsible (chịu trách nhiệm) in spiriting away my money to be bound (trói buộc) and chained with fetters (gông cùm) of iron in Jesus name, Amen.

Thu Phương

"Honest and aboveboard" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Jon Tyson on Unsplash

"Honest and aboveboard" -> nghĩa là hoàn toàn thành thật, thẳng thắn, không giả dối.

Ví dụ
Obviously, the investigation has yet to reach any conclusive findings about the mysterious lack of logbook (sổ lộ trình) entries; have all other motives been eliminated other than deceit and perhaps criminal conspiracy (âm mưuu)? Could there be a perfectly honest and aboveboard explanation for the oversight?

And herein lies the problem for the DOJ and the FBI. Let's assume (cho rằng), for a moment, that everything they're doing now is totally honest and aboveboard — that there's no attempt to "get" President Trump and they're just following where the evidence leads.

You have to be completely honest and aboveboard even though sometimes honesty is not what people want to hear.

Ngọc Lân

"A parting shot" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

"A parting shot" = phát bắn chia tay -> nghĩa là lời nhận xét chua cay, gay gắt, không thân thiện của một người khi họ rời đi.

Ví dụ
Michael O'Neill has ended his career as Northern Ireland boss with a parting shot about the eligibility (đủ tư cách) issue (vấn đề) in international football and called on Uefa and Fifa to change the rules regarding young players switching allegiance (lòng trung thành).

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” at those who imply that Americans who want their country to open are hellbent (đòi bằng được) on making the coronavirus pandemic worse.

It concludes with a parting shot: “US: We are always correct, even though we contradict (mâu thuẫn) ourselves” “China: That’s what I love best about you Americans, your consistency (tính kiên định)”

Ngọc Lân

Còn dám bén mảng ra ngoài không?

thị trưởng Messina  dùng thiết bị bay ko người lái chở loa và... chửi những ai ra đường khi thành phố đang thực hiện cách ly...
Drones (thiết bị bay không người lái) have been used in many parts of the world to help with the current coronavirus outbreak (đợt bùng phát), from spraying (bơm, phun, xịt, xì) disinfectant (thuốc tẩy uế, chất tẩy uế) in China to posting drone footage on Twitter of UK citizens flouting the lockdown.

A mayor in Italy has taken another novel, drone-based approach to encouraging Messina residents (cư dân) to stay indoors during the coronavirus crisis, which has affected Italy worse than any other country.

In a video from Euronews, mayor Cateno de Luca can be heard shouting profanities (lời tục tĩu) at Italians venturing (mạo hiểm, đánh bạo) outdoors through speakers attached to a drone.

“Where the **** are you going? Go home,” he tells two men in the video, who run in apparent fear from the drone...

Chắc đủ qua mùa dịch

lính cứu hỏa ở indiana đợi trợ cấp 1.700 usd từ chính phủ thì thấy 8,2 triệu usd trong tài khoản khi rút tiền từ atm :D
A volunteer firefighter (lính cứu hỏa tình nguyện) in Indiana recently had the surprise of a lifetime (ngạc nhiên cả đời).

Charles Calvin, of New Chicago, Ind., told WGN 9 he withdrew $200 from his checking account at an ATM last weekend.

He glanced down on his receipt and noticed a few more zeroes than usual. He told the station his bank account balance was $8.2 million.

Calvin was supposed to receive $1,700 from the stimulus payments (khoản chi trong gói cứu trợ kích cầu) going out to Americans to help assist those impacted (bị ảnh hưởng) by the coronavirus.

The volunteer firefighter said he ran his card through the ATM again to make sure it was accurate (chính xác), and there it was: He was a millionaire (triệu phú). Calvin told the station that he immediately (ngay lập tức) called his bank to report his newfound wealth, but by the time they investigated (điều tra), the money was gone. His bank did inform him that his $1,700 stimulus payment was deposited, although he's still wondering if the mistake was a fluke or if taxpayers in the U.S. aren't receiving the right amount.

Suy nghĩ ngoài chiếc hộp

tự tạo bản sao điện tử để ngồi họp zoom thay cho bản thân...
in order to reclaim (lấy lại, giành lại) some of my precious time (thời gian quý báu) I built a Digital Twin of myself that uses the latest in advanced AI Speech Recognition and Text-to-Speech to handle my Zoom meetings for me.

As it turns out, cloning oneself is actually much easier than Westworld would lead you to believe. I took a few screenshots of myself after opening Quicktime and doing File -> New Movie Recording. Next I just built a very-well-coded webapp that uses an open source library called Artyom.js to listen and respond. I programmed it to listen for phrases like...

"How are you?" replies "I'm doing great thank you for asking"
"Did you get that?" replies "I'm having trouble hearing you"
"Bye" replies "Talk to everybody later. Be safe"
...while cycling through those still shots of myself in a very choppy fashion; obviously Zoombot has a bad connection. I then set up a Virtual Webcam with the webapp as the source using some software called ManyCam. That creates a system wide video input that you can set your Zoom webcam to.

Now just crank up those speakers, fire up Zoombot, and freely go forth and enjoy all those other things you'd rather be doing than sitting on video conferences all day.

Để đạt được tham vọng lên Mặt Trăng định cư

các phi hành gia có thể xây trạm trên mặt trăng bằng... nước tiểu :D
The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the Moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee. European researchers have found that it could be used as a plasticizer (chất làm mềm dẻo) in the concrete (bê tông) of the structures.

NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and its Chinese counterpart plan to build moon bases (trạm nghiên cứu trên mặt trăng) in the coming decades, as part of a broader space exploration plan (kế hoạch thăm dò không gian) that will take humans to more distant destinations (các diểm đến xa hơn), such as Mars (sao hỏa).

However, the colonization (định cư) of the Moon poses problems such as high levels of radiation, extreme temperatures, meteorite bombardment (sao băng) and a logistical issue: how to get construction materials there, although it may not be necessary.

Transporting about 0.45 kg from the Earth to space costs about $10,000, which means that building a complete module on our satellite in this way would be very expensive. This is the reason why space agencies are thinking of using raw materials from the moon’s surface, or even those that astronauts (phi hành gia) themselves can provide, such as their urine (nước đái)...

88 phần trăm còn lại rất cảm ơn

điều tra về làm việc tại nhà cho thấy 12% cbnv sẽ tắt camera khi đang họp vì... thiếu vải :D

Mentimeter, an interactive presentation tool, announced it commissioned a survey of 1,500 people working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic and found 12 percent of respondents admitted to keeping their video cameras off during meetings on Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts because they were naked (khỏa thân) or only partially clothed (chỉ mặc áo).

The company also said 44 percent of those surveyed admitted they dressed in more professional attire (trang phục chuyên nghiệp) specifically for video meetings, while 16 percent said they had re-arranged their homes to look more professional in the background (bối cảnh, hậu cảnh) of a video call.

Ngoan và đáng yêu quá

anh chàng mexico bị phong tỏa vì virus đã nhờ chó cưng đi mua hàng, kẹp tiền và giấy kê hàng vào cổ chó... :)
People around the world are being told to stay at home in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Although many of us are still allowed out to pick up essentials, those in self-isolation are often left relying on others for help.

But what about those non-essentials, the treats we get a craving for which won't go away until it's been satisfied - important things like crisps?

One man who developed a serious hankering (ao ước, khao khát, thèm muốn) for some Cheetos devised a plan to turn his dream into reality, with a little help from a self-isolating man's best friend.

Antonio Muñoz from Mexico was just three days into his stint (sự hạn chế cung cấp; sự hạn chế cố gắng, sự không làm hết sức mình; phần việc) at home when he enlisted the help of his pet chihuahua to run him an errand.

Thế đã đủ sợ chưa?

thợ sửa oto làm xe hình virus corona để mọi người nâng cao nhận thức (tự giác ở nhà)...
A carmaker in India has created a coronavirus-shaped car to raise public awareness about preventing infections. The custom-made automobile was unveiled (bỏ mạng che mặt; khánh thành (tượng đài), bỏ màn (trong một buổi lễ công cộng); trình bày công khai, tuyên bố công khai; để lộ, tiết lộ) on Wednesday in Hyderabad.

Sudhakar plans to later donate (tặng, cúng) the car to Hyderabad police so that they may further educate the city about the coronavirus.

...In the past, the local public figure has built other vehicles to promote diverse social messages. He engineered a condom bike (xe đạp hình bao cao su) to support AIDS awareness, a cigarette bike for a “stop smoking” campaign, a helmet car to highlight road safety, and a cage (lồng chim) car to spread the message not to cage birds.

Bài trước: Đùa với công an

"Big-ticket item" nghĩa là gì?

Trông có vẻ đắt đỏ. Photo by: Subtle Cinematics on Unsplash

"Big-ticket item" -> nghĩa là mặt hàng đắt tiền, xa hoa.

Ví dụ
The other big ticket item is a €2 billion fund (quỹ) to be run by the Irish Strategic Investment Fund to invest in medium and larger businesses, defined as those with more than €50 million in turnover (doanh thu) or more than 250 employees.

Floridians’ opinions of their personal finances now compared with a year ago decreased 10.9 points from 84.5 to 73.6. Opinions as to whether now is a good time to buy big-ticket item like an appliance (thiết bị) or a car showed the greatest decline in this month’s reading, plummeting (tụt thẳng xuống) 28.7 points from 76 to 47.3.

A home warranty (bảo hiểm) covers service, repair, or replacement of your major home systems and appliances. It provides a financial buffer in case a big-ticket item malfunctions (trục trặc), and it can extend the protection of manufacturers’ warranties after they

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"An honest broker" nghĩa là gì?

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"An honest broker" = nhà môi giới trung thực -> nghĩa là người giúp đỡ hai bên đạt thỏa thuận chung.

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It has previously facilitated (làm thuận tiện) US-Iran communication. And both sides have typically considered it an honest broker. Oman has a military cooperation agreement with the US, and jointly operates a military commission with Iran.

Drew’s rapid rise to a leadership position came due to his smarts, hard work and ability to serve as an honest broker between all the disparate (khác nhau) views held in the House Chamber. I will lean on his wisdom during this campaign as I do in Washington.

Trump’s pro-Israel moves have paralyzed (làm tê liệt) the diplomatic (ngoại giao) process, erased America’s claim to serve as an honest broker and exacerbated (làm trầm trọng) Washington’s already tense (căng thẳng) relations with Europe and much of the world.

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"Fighting spirit" nghĩa là gì?

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"Fighting spirit" nghĩa là tinh thần tranh đấu.

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Distilleries (nhà máy rượu) and vineyards (vườn nho) in particular rely on footfall to sell tours and beverages (đồ uống). However not everyone has given up the fighting spirit just yet. Many are coming up with innovative (đổi mới) ways to keep business afloat (thịnh vượng) and customers happy.

Talking about the song Bhushan Kumar says, "We, at T-Series believe that when words fail, music speaks. 'Jeetenge Hum' represents the fighting spirit of India and we are happy to present Dhvani Bhanushali in this anthem (bài hát ca ngợi) that reiterates (nhắc lại) the key message - that we will overcome this."

’As soon as we heard that, I started to worry how things might turn out. But she kept getting better and better.’ She was the subject of a special tribute by Chief Minister Howard Quayle, who praised her ’remarkable resilience (khả năng phục hồi) and fighting spirit’ during Monday’s daily press conference (họp báo).

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"Guiding spirit" nghĩa là gì?

Bức ảnh truyền cảm hứng tập gym. :D Photo by Anush Gorak from Pexels

"Guiding spirit" nghĩa là người truyền cảm hứng.

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When it comes to fitness, Christian Martinez is a mentor (cố vấn), a support system, and a guiding spirit for several years; however, these days his services are limited.

Although Shah has never run any kind of aid operation (hoạt động viện trợ) before, he has a guiding spirit: Mother Teresa, whom he said he met more than three decades ago in Nairobi.

We hoisted ourselves atop two bar stools (ghế đẩu) in the center of the long, uneven wooden bar and surveyed (khảo sát) the menu. It was a list of old friends that never let you down, most of them invented by the bar’s co-founder and guiding spirit, Audrey Saunders.

Please forgive us God, Jehovah, Allah, Yahweh, or whatever we each respectfully (tôn trọng) choose to call the Universe’s guiding spirit. We’ve ignored the multiple warnings (cảnh báo) that you’ve shared and are destroying (phá hủy) our wonderful blue haven for warm blooded creatures.

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"The spirit of the law" nghĩa là gì?

Luật có sự uy nghiêm của luật. Photo by Giammarco Boscaro on Unsplash

"The spirit of the law" = tinh thần của luật pháp -> ý chỉ bản chất hoặc ý nghĩa thực sự của luật pháp.

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When learning of the gathering of the congregation (tập hợp) at the Lordship Church in Bonners Ferry for two weeks in spite of Idaho Governor Brad Little's March 26 "stay-home," order, Bonners Ferry Police were concerned (lo ngại). And while the letter of the law may have been broken, in this case, it's the spirit of the law they are looking at.

On Friday, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called on the SBA to review the loans (khoản vay) made to Bennett’s companies. “This runs against the spirit of the law to provide much needed funds (quỹ) to truly small or family-owned businesses around the country that are in dire need of assistance (trợ giúp),” the New York senator (thượng nghị sĩ) said.

We therefore note with abhorrence (ghê tởm) certain overseas politicians (chính trị gia)’ request that the HKSAR Government should drop the charges against the arrested (bị bắt) individuals. If we were to accede (thừa nhận) or to be seen to yield (đầu hàng) to such unreasonable demands (yêu cầu vô lý), we would not only be unfair and unprofessional but would also act in violation (vi phạm) of the spirit of the rule of law – a core value in Hong Kong.

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"A kindred spirit" nghĩa là gì?

Người bạn có tiền cũng không mua được. Photo by Bas Masseus from Pexels

"A kindred spirit" hoặc "kindred soul" nghĩa là bạn tri kỷ có tâm hồn đồng điệu.

Ví dụ
I was praying to meet a kindred spirit. God works in mysterious ways.

Brad Pitt has found a "kindred spirit" in friend Alia Shawkat, as the pair's friendship continues to blossom (nảy nở).

I had answered Roger's September email, thanking him for his personal story, and added that I thought we were kindred spirits. We have continued to exchange emails from time to time.

We made trips to Arkansas to hunt the Grand Prairie, we got a lease (thuê) on a private duck pond and continued to hunt Sparkleberry until the ducks stopped coming there. Jimmy was eaten up with it, and so was I. We were kindred spirits.

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