Journey in Life: 06/07/20

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

"Take the helm" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Frank Eiffert on Unsplash

"Take the helm" = nắm tay lái -> cụm từ này nghĩa là nắm quyền chỉ huy, nắm quyền lãnh đạo.

Ví dụ
Lonza recently grabbed headlines with its coronavirus vaccine manufacturing (sản xuất) partnership with Moderna. Now, the CDMO has found a new chief executive to see the deal through. Pierre-Alain Ruffieux, currently head of global pharma technical operations at fellow Swiss pharma Roche, will officially take the helm on Nov.1, Lonza said Friday.

Boris Johnson must take the helm and steer us out of troubled waters, says LEO McKINSTRY. In Hamlet, William Shakespeare wrote that "when sorrows (nỗi buồn) come, they come not single spies but in battalions." That is certainly true of Boris Johnson's beleaguered (bị bao vây) government, which looks increasingly under siege.

Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin will take the helm of the struggling (chật vật) airline. He will be replaced at Petronas by the company's chief financial officer, Muhammad Taufik Aziz, who will be promoted (thăng chức) to president and CEO.

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"Go haywire" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: John Cameron on Unsplash

"Go haywire" có từ haywire là rối rắm, mắc mứu -> cụm từ này nghĩa là hỏng hóc, gặp vấn đề, nghĩa khác là bối rối, mất bình tĩnh, phát điên.

Ví dụ
Javier uses his social skills to help Sofia in a campus atmosphere (môi trường) where chaos (hỗn loạn) prevails and relationships between students go haywire.

With lupus, the immune (miễn dịch) system goes haywire and attacks the body’s own tissues (mô) and organs. It is less understood why hydroxychloroquine helps with these types of conditions, but it’s thought the drug inhibits certain aspects of the immune response — a good thing for the purposes of treating something like lupus. But it might not be a good thing for preventing or treating a respiratory illness like COVID-19.

In our industry, you often meet people who promise you a certain remuneration (thù lao, trả công) and then if something goes haywire, you do not always get the promised amount. But here was a man who would see to it that whatever amount of money he had promised to pay you, reached your home.

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"Same old same old" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Sebastian Herrmann on Unsplash

"Same old same old" -> nghĩa là những chuyện cũ luôn lặp lại, thường là những chuyện không vui.

Ví dụ
And that’s our job. That’s our civic (công dân) responsibility to make the change happen. Voting is one way that that takes place, but the reform (cải cách) is going to have to be far more thoroughgoing and reach far more deeply into these systemic disaster zones if it’s going to be effective. It can’t be the same old, same old.

If you’re an advertiser (người quảng cáo), CTV is booming, it’s drawing in all sorts of viewers who are tired of the same old/same old and the 16 minutes of advertising per hour that come with it. And it’s all addressable.

You know what, New South Wales will keep doing things and we will keep doing things and we will keep doing the same old, same old.

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"Hem and haw" nghĩa là gì?

Buổi hẹn đầu tiên Photo by Immortal Shots from Pexels

'Hem and haw' = nói ấp úng, không chắc chắn, nói lẩn tránh, nói à, ờm, ờ...

Ví dụ
They ask for tips, and while I have a sackful (rất nhiều) of them, I hem and haw because the very basic requirement is to surround the students with books. But where are the books?

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Brown acknowledged that police who are awfully good at pursuing violent criminals often get cold feet (quá sợ hãi, lo lắng) when it comes to policing themselves. “We hem and haw. We pull our thumbs," he said. "We have to do a thorough investigation with evidence staring us in the face, and we don’t apply the same standards of swiftness of justice.”

For those who aren’t living together, breaking up is much the same as before, only now through a screen. It used to be considered crass (ngớ ngẩn, ngốc ngếch) to break up over the phone, but these days have their own, unique standards. If you have a tendency to hem and haw your way around confrontation (đương đầu), you’ll need to focus on being more direct over the phone, where you lose nonverbal communication cues.

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"Neat as a pin" nghĩa là gì?

Nhà sạch thì mát Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels

'Neat as a pin' = sạch như lau như li, gọn gàng, ngăn nắp.

Ví dụ
The engine bay is neat as a pin and highly symmetrical (cân đối). The heater and wiper motor have been removed for a super-clean firewall. The reservoirs (bình chứa) on the engine are for power steering and radiator overflow, while the painted tanks behind the headlights are a fuel chiller and more radiator overflow.

This one-bedroom rental on the top floor of a Neo-Grec row house in Park Slope appears neat as a pin and has historic appeal with details such as a mantel (mặt lò sưởi) and wood floors with an inlay (khảm, dát) border. Just a short walk from Prospect Park, it’s located at 1222 8th Avenue, in the Park Slope Historic District Extension.

Neighbor Mary Byrnes recalled Thursday how Mila Mangold was “always neat as a pin” in her pastel dresses that buttoned from the hem (viền) to the neckline and were belted at the waist. Her hair was always coiffed and she wore “half stockings,” which ended above her knee, that Byrnes would see when Mangold bent over to put her oranges into paper or plastic Safeway bags.

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"Slim her down" nghĩa là gì?

Muốn khỏe mạnh thì hãy tập thể thao Photo by Valeria Ushakova from Pexels

'slim someone down' = làm ai đó giảm cân, mảnh mai hơn.

Ví dụ
Despite daily walks, Peaches struggles to run and play like other dogs due to her weight, which is one of the main reasons her owner wants to help slim her down.

Plump (béo, bụ bẫm) the owl was handed in to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary who put her on an intensive two-week diet to slim her down. An owl found in a ditch had become so fat she was unable to fly after gorging (ngốn, nhồi nhét) on mice and voles (chuột đồng) and had to be put on a diet.

While Rebel Wilson is busy celebrating her cover shoot for Vogue Australia, social media users are claiming her photos have been doctored (điều chỉnh) to ‘slim her down’. The photos will appear in the next issue (số báo kế tiếp) of Vogue Australia, and Wilson took to Twitter to promote the shoot.

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"Slim pickings" nghĩa là gì?

Em không có gì để mặc ấy Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

'Slim pickings' = có rất ít hoặc hạn chế sự lựa chọn.

Ví dụ
Looking for a San Diego home to buy during COVID? It’s slim pickings.

After a few months of slim pickings, the U.S. initial public offering market is expected to reopen with a bang this week with the biggest deal of the year pricing early Wednesday

But travelers who had thoughts of travel abroad this summer will find slim pickings. American said that this summer it will only operate about 20 percent of its peak (cao điểm) summer flights to international destinations.

It is worth noting that by this time last year I would have had hundreds of campaigns to discuss in this column. 2020 is very different and so far it’s slim pickings. Big brands have had their marketing budgets slashed (cắt bớt) because of the huge impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and this may mean Pride campaigns have fallen by the wayside.

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