Journey in Life: 06/23/20

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

"Namby-pamby" nghĩa là gì?

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"Namby-pamby" -> nghĩa là thiếu năng lượng, sức mạnh hoặc can cảm, yếu đuối/nhu nhược trong hành vi hoặc biểu hiện.

Ví dụ
The ex-soldier and star of Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins opened fire on mollycoddled (nuông chiều quá) kids and said they need to be ready for life in the real world. He moaned (than vãn): “We can’t live in a namby-pamby world and have everything wrapped in cotton wool. We can’t.

In other words, we will strive (cố gắng) to avoid legal jargon and namby-pamby language that attempts to camouflage (ngụy trang) our views or to avoid controversy (tranh cãi).

Since we sit in the heart and soul of the African American community, we are able to talk about things and be real and quit all this namby-pamby political crap. You know, we're trying to get down the facts, so we can solve some problems.

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"Black Russian" nghĩa là gì?

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"Black Russian" là loại đồ uống mix đơn giản giữa vodka và rượu mùi cà phê, thường uống có đá.

Ví dụ
You've heard of the White Russian. Heavy with Kahlúa, guzzled (uống ừng ực) by Dudes, decadently sweet. The Black Russian is basically that, but less frivolous (phù phiếm).

One cake in particular is the top seller. Owner Amelia Stephens took a recipe from Southern Living magazine and tweaked (điều chỉnh) it to make the Black Russian Cake.

Despite the name the only thing Russian about this white Russian recipe is the vodka. Yes, while the origins are not clear, this take on the Black Russian features vodka and coffee liqueur. Just add cream or milk and you have yourself a white Russian.

Traditionally, White Russians are made with Kahlúa, Vodka and a splash of cream and served in an Old Fashioned Glass. Contrary to the name, the White Russian (or Black Russian - a White Russian minus the cream) did not originate in Russia. They were simply given the name due to the vodka.

Thu Phương

"You can't polish a turd" nghĩa là gì?

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"You can't polish a turd" = không thể đánh bóng cục phân -> nghĩa là không thể khiến những việc vặt vãnh trở nên hấp dẫn hơn, cố gắng vô ích mà thôi.

Ví dụ
“People said it couldn't be done, you can't polish a turd”, the President said. “But I've built a career on polishing turds. Coronavirus?

You can’t polish a turd, but you can do your darndest (do your best, làm hết sức) to make sure all your ducks are in a row, photographically speaking. To prove that you can make anything look good, I'm shooting an old potato.

The adage that you can't polish a turd holds true here, but a polished turd still looks a good deal better than one that's seen better days.

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"Roman holiday" nghĩa là gì?

Đấu trường La Mã. Photo by ugur uğur from Pexels

"Roman holiday" nghĩa là một sự kiện/hoạt động giải trí mua vui dựa trên sự đau khổ, bóc lột của người khác. Cụm từ được lấy cảm hứng từ bài thơ Childe Harold's Pilgrimage của Lord Byron, bài thơ đề cập đến đấu trường mà các đấu sĩ phải chiến đấu đến chết chỉ để giải trí cho khán giả.

Ví dụ
In 'The City of God' Augustine was much too canny (khôn ngoan) to commit himself on the point of whether the sack of the city, after the Goths' Roman holiday, meant the end of the Empire.

What a picture of cruelty (tàn ác) we see in the Roman age, with its amphitheatres (đài vòng), its gladiators (đấu sĩ), its horrors on a Roman holiday, and its slave quarters! No hospitals for the sick, no asylums for the poor and needy .

Well is it for the sitting Member if party exigencies (khẩn cấp) or family ties enable him to secure a "leader"; then will he be as popular as ever was a General with animals unknown before, or slaves from new races, gracing his Roman holiday!

Rome was now a Christian city, but some of the old sins (tội lỗi) remained. The gladiatorial (đấu sĩ) games continued to make a Roman holiday for the people. Christians were no longer thrown to the lions, but those captured in war had to fight and kill each other.

Thu Phương

"Roman hands and Russian fingers" nghĩa là gì?

Ô kìa cái tay. Photo by Anastasia Shuraeva from Pexels

"Roman hands and Russian fingers" là cách chơi chữ của cụm từ "roaming hands and rushing fingers", nghĩa là xu hướng tình dục (ở nam) thích sờ soạng trong vô thức, bàn tay hư hỏng.

Ví dụ
It's not uncommon problem for boys, probably a genetic defect (khiếm khuyết di truyền) passed on from generation to generation. My friends call it 'Roman hands and Russian fingers'. You're not alone in this, Alan, a lot of guys have this problem-you can't control your hands.

You heard the expression Roman hands and Russian fingers? Well. That was him. And in those days they didn't have laws against sexual harassment (quấy rối tính dục). A girl had to put up with some of that to keep her job. And if she couldn't handle her boss, it was her fault.

The show has been heavily praised for its writing, acting and design, and has taken home 15 Emmys. But its influence goes beyond just the entertainment world, as evidenced (bằng chứng) by the fact that even people who didn’t watch it still make references to it, whether discussing high fashion, workplace frustrations, or male co-workers with Roman hands and Russian fingers.

"What's that mean, 'Roman hands and Russian fingers'?" Emily asked.
"When young fellas begin taking a serious interest in girls, they sometimes touch a girl in ways they shouldn't. In my day we called that 'being forward'. Now I think it's called 'being fast' or something. Either way, nice girls put a stop to it immediately and stay away from boys like that."

Thu Phương

Hơi dị nhỉ

toilet của SpaceX's Crew Dragon ở trên đầu, và ko ai muốn nhắc tới nó...
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Ever since the first US astronaut visited space, 59 years ago, NASA has struggled to find clean, comfortable ways to get people restroom facilities in space.

The first options were rather crude, makeshift solutions (giải pháp tạm thời) that resulted in some big messes (hỗn độn).

Alan Shepherd, the first person to go, peed in his pants on the launchpad in 1961, but luckily was "totally dry by the time we launched," he later said. The Apollo astronauts had to use roll-on cuffs to pee, and plastic bags for everything else. Sometimes waste escaped, and floated around.

After the Apollo missions ended in 1975, engineers described defecation (ỉa) and urination (đái) as the "bothersome aspects of space travel."

Bớt căng

Coronavirus đã hạ mức nguy hiểm, và sẽ biến mất mà ko cần vắc-xin...
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Prof Matteo Bassetti, head of the infectious diseases (bệnh truyền nhiễm) clinic at the Policlinico San Martino hospital in Italy, told The Telegraph that Covid-19 has been losing its virulence in the last month and patients who would have previously died are now recovering.

The expert in critical care said the plummeting number of cases could mean a vaccine is no longer needed as the virus might never return.

Lỗi tại ai?

chuyên gia nói, biển đông mất vào tay tq vì obama, ko làm gì khi tq đi quá giới hạn - xây đảo nhân tạo, giờ biến thành căn cứ quân sự rồi, mỹ làm chi được nữa...
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China has militarised (quân sự hóa) several island chains (chuỗi hòn đảo) and shoals (bãi cát ngầm) in the region under Xi Jinping’s nine-dash line (đường chín đoạn) policy. Under the plan, China lays claims to several territories within the line although it runs from the mainland to within a few hundred kilometres of countries such as the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam. Although the historical claims to the islands and territories has long been mentioned within China, current President Xi Jinping is attributed with changing the passivity of the policy.

In order to show its presence in the region, the US has continued freedom of navigation operations while three aircraft carriers (hàng không mẫu hạm) were dispatched (phái, cử) to the waters this month.

However, despite the show of force (biểu dương lực lượng/sức mạnh) from the US, professor Steve Tsang from the School of Oriental and African Studies stated there was little Donald Trump could now do.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Tsang said the Obama administration had failed to address the creation of the militarised islands and now there was little that could be done...

Bài trước: Kỷ niệm nào buồn

"Bass-ackwards" nghĩa là gì?

Khác một trời một vực :D Photo by: Tom Barrett on Unsplash

"Bass-ackwards" -> nghĩa là hoàn toàn đối lập với những cách thông thường/thường lệ, rắc rối/khó hiểu.

Ví dụ
It’s really a beautiful irony (mỉa mai), and exactly the kind of completely bass ackwards poppycock we’ve come to expect from 45. Good thing he’s a goner come Nov. I just hope the D also take the Senate so they can reverse Trump’s most egregious (quá xá) BS (bullshit - chuyện vớ vẩn) asap.

I will celebrate (kỉ niệm) the day surrounded by many shining examples of what motherhood can and should be. My mother-in-law, Bitzi, will host Sunday dinner for our family. I know that’s bass-ackwards and that we should be feting her, but that’s how mothers are and anyone that knows my mother-in-law knows that doing it her way makes life less complicated.

“Our justice system is like everybody is guilty until proven innocent and I just think that’s ‘bass ackwards,’” Stephanie Harper said. “The prosecutor (công tố viên) and the DA’s office is just worried about wins and losses and being re-elected. They don’t care whose life they destroy at all.”

Ngọc Lân

"The glass of fashion and the mould of form" nghĩa là gì?

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"The glass of fashion and the mould of form" = tấm gương của thời trang và hình mẫu của hình thức -> nghĩa là người được ngưỡng mộ.

Ví dụ
Roughly speaking, and adopting some of Kenneth Tynan's analytic (Phân tích) adjectives, Olivier was earthy, animal and extrovert, Gielgud airy, spiritual and introvert; peasant and poet, burgundy and claret (rượu vang đỏ), masculine and feminine. Both were indeed the glass of fashion and the mould of form, the observed of all observers.

Barry Egan's account of the career of Ronan O'Gara (Sunday Independent, February 2, 2014) was heartwarming, reassuring (làm yên lòng) and at times touching, even tender, embodying all of the ingredients for happiness and fulfilment: glittering success in his sport; a beautiful wife and lovely family; excellent prospects for the future; the observed of all observers, the glass of fashion and the mould of form, to paraphrase Shakespeare.

The slick, streamlined three-hour production stars Jude Law, who, at thirty-six, is genuinely “the glass of fashion and the mold of form.” There have been better postwar (hậu chiến) British Hamlets—such as David Warner and Jonathan Pryce—who put their fingerprints on the role for a generation.

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"Whip-round" nghĩa là gì?

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"Whip-round" -> nghĩa là cuộc quyên góp tiền để tặng hoặc mua quà cho ai.

Ví dụ
The atmosphere was sombre (ảm đạm) yet one of solidarity as Glasgow drivers said goodbye to their colleague. A whip-round for the family was taken at the service. Drivers applauded the hearse as it passed by.

Someone got up on stage and organised a whip round for them, raising £30. Despite that first festival not being as good as he’d hoped, Michael organised a second in 1971 with the help of a group of supporters.

Officers had a whip-round and gave Lacey her £20 plus a further £115 and Asda donated balloons and cake to help restore the young victim’s faith (lòng tin) in human nature.

Ngọc Lân

"The world is your oyster" nghĩa là gì?

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The world is (someone's) oyster = thế giới là con hàu của bạn -> cụm từ này nghĩa là (ai đó) có nhiều cơ hội tốt, điều tươi đẹp ngay trước mắt.

Ví dụ
The beauty of the concept is that the world is your oyster, so long as you have decent Wi-Fi access. But, not all cities are the same when it comes to affordable accommodation, co-working spaces, safety and more.

"Chance, as you think about life after high school, remember that the world is your oyster! Continue to laugh, as laughter is the best medicine for the soul! Don't forget to continue on with your love for hockey, as it was a huge part of your journey! Congratulations Son on your 2020 Graduation! Mom and Dad are so very proud of you! We love you!"

If you like either Thief or Dishonored, you’ll want to play this thing, because it’s basically a combination of those two franchises with bits of survival horror thrown into the mix. Sneak through poorly-lit corridors (yes, there’s a light gem!), stab people in the neck with a sword disguised (giả dạng) as a walking cane, or throw bottles to create distractions – the world is your oyster. There are also multiple pathways to take, hidden switches and secret tunnels to find, and plenty of opportunities for stealth, making the Thief fan in me squeal with joy. On the standard difficulty level, saving is also limited to designated save points, but hey, at least you don’t need ink ribbons, right?

Thảo Nguyễn

Bìa trước: "As a general rule" nghĩa là gì?

"On principle" nghĩa là gì?

Mấy anh thật là nguyên tắc quá đi! Photo by Dylan Gillis on Unsplash

"On principle" nghĩa là về nguyên tắc; theo nguyên tắc.

Ví dụ
"That shouldn't necessarily be an exclusion on principle," he said. Of course, if somebody in the circle is experiencing symptoms, experts are encouraging them to get tested and only re-enter the bubble when they receive a negative result.

Whether it is based on principle is a moot point (vấn đề có thể bàn). Once DAP loses sight of its values and sacrifices principle at the altar of realpolitik, it loses its raison d'être and it has cheapened and betrayed its founding ideals and the rakyat.

The country has also agreed on principle to let citizens of Singapore and Brunei enter Malaysia without immigration approval, coronavirus testing or home quarantine, although that agreement is subject to the other countries agreeing to extend the same courtesy to Malaysian citizens, with discussions between foreign ministries still ongoing, he said.

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Bài trước: "Armchair general" nghĩa là gì?

"As a general rule" nghĩa là gì?

Thường cuối tuần thì cháu về thăm ông bà! Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

"As a general rule" nghĩa là trong phần lớn các trường hợp; theo lệ thường.

Ví dụ
“As a general rule, a campaign should be aware that, in most cases, the more closely a song is tied to the ‘image’ or message of the campaign, the more likely it is that the recording artist or songwriter of the song could object to the song’s usage by the campaign,” ASCAP says.

There is no “recommended” reliance rate for everyone, But, as a general rule, the higher your reliance rate, the more sensitive your portfolio may be to fluctuations in investment prices. What can you do, then, to either lower this rate or, at least, moderate the risk level attached to it?

To protect their privacy, individuals in all levels of management have to be extremely cautious before opening emails or alerts that appear to come from health experts, government agencies or businesses. And as we now know, consumers should be equally cautious (thận trọng) when responding to videoconferencing meeting invitations. As a general rule, if you aren’t expecting the email, then don’t open it! When in doubt, check the email address against the senders’ website before clicking or reach out to the sender directly.

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Bài trước: "Keep your opinions to yourself" nghĩa là gì?

"Armchair general" nghĩa là gì?

Anh lúc nào chả đúng! Photo by Chris Hardy on Unsplash

"Armchair general" nghĩa là một người tuyên bố ngạo mạn về điều mình không chắc chắn hoặc thiếu hiểu biết.

Ví dụ
He was a world traveler who rarely left home, yet he plotted a course through history for Britain. George III, who reigned (trị vì) from 1760 to 1820, was a pathbreaking monarch and an armchair general whose thirst for knowledge led him to collect more than 55,000 maps, charts, prints and manuals to savor in his private library.

Perhaps you wish to bark your orders like an armchair general, rather than fiddle around with the rather clumsy army command controls? If so, then the Screamerlord mod lets you yell your commands to each squad with the use of a microphone. It works really well in general, though it does struggle if you have quite a quiet voice.

“I think this is the same mistake President [Barack] Obama made in Iraq when we withdrew the troops that actually created a vacuum and created ISIS and the caliphate,” Palazzo said. "And we had to go back and spend more blood and treasury to kind of defeat this enemy. And I’m hoping, not trying to be an armchair general, but I’m hoping this isn’t going to create another vacuum, that there’s generals in a room and that they have a plan. "

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Bài trước: "Considered opinion" nghĩa là gì?

"Keep your opinions to yourself" nghĩa là gì?

Không thèm nói chuyện với mấy người này nữa! Photo by Andreea Pop on Unsplash

"Keep (someone's) opinions to (oneself)" nghĩa là ngừng đưa ra quan điểm cá nhân.

Ví dụ
“I didn’t understand the meaning then. Six years later as I look back, I realise that I haven’t obeyed most of such diktats (mệnh lệnh).

You won’t keep your opinions to yourself. If there’s something on your mind, talk to someone about it so they can guide you toward a solution.

There are certain hierarchies in sets, says Neeraj. You have to be obedient and should be ready to keep your opinions to yourself. “The reality is that talent and hard work is not what matters the most in movies.”

Keep your emotions tucked away someplace safe. Offer compassion and understanding, and you will find it easier to keep your opinions to yourself. A positive attitude will encourage others to pitch in and help you improve your current situation.

“Yet again Lexi’s getting bullied. And this kind of thing makes it celebrities never want to leave the house never want to meet people. Please keep your opinions to yourself so Lexi can grow up in the free world. She’s a normal human being and she’s a child.”

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Bài trước: "A difference of opinion" nghĩa là gì?

"A difference of opinion" nghĩa là gì?

Em đã nói là đi hướng kia mà không chịu? Photo by Brad Pearson on Unsplash

"A difference of opinion" nghĩa là sự bất đồng về ý kiến.

Ví dụ
On Thursday that same court issued a ruling forbidding the Defendant from taking the issue to the Eleventh Circuit on an interlocutory appeal. The Court found the issue of whether ringless voicemails were subject to the TCPA to be so clear cut that there is no “substantial” grounds for a difference of opinion on the subject.

Resolving them, Israeli and American officials say, requires resolving a difference of opinion between two close confidants (bạn tâm tình) of the president: Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, and David M. Friedman, the United States ambassador to Israel, who was Mr. Trump’s longtime bankruptcy lawyer.

We are expending more effort to generate hate than we take to understand an opposing opinion, the history and basis of the any historical responses. I once wrote that I long for the time when I could have a difference of opinion with someone, talk about our varying views and still be able to have a drink or share a meal after recognizing, respecting and learning from that different view.

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Bài trước: "Matter of opinion" nghĩa là gì?

"Matter of opinion" nghĩa là gì?

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"Matter of opinion" nghĩa là vấn đề có thể gây tranh cãi trong dư luận.

Ví dụ
Kunal Kumar, the mission director of Smart Cities at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, first trivialised (tầm thường hóa) the criticism that Nagpur’s 24×7 water supply project has attracted as just a matter of opinion.

WWE RAW had a lot of high points this week, but I have to say that I wasn't entirely thrilled by some of the stuff that happened during the show for sure. As always, this review is just a matter of opinion and if your opinion of RAW was different from mine, I encourage you to voice your thoughts and views in the comments section right below.

Juneteenth stems from June 19, 1865, when Union troops under Gen. Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas. Granger’s men marched through the city reading General Order No. 3 at municipal buildings and churches, declaring that all slaves were now free. African American leaders held the first celebration to mark the day on June 19, 1866. Trump’s assertion that he made the day famous is a matter of opinion, but we can fact-check his claim that "nobody had ever heard of it."

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Bài trước: "In my humble opinion" nghĩa là gì?

"In my humble opinion" nghĩa là gì?

Đẹp thật sự!! Photo by Evie S. on Unsplash

"In my humble opinion" nghĩa là theo ý kiến chân thật của tôi; theo quan điểm khiêm nhường của tôi.

Ví dụ
In my humble opinion, the Confederate statue should go. Not to erase history, but to correct it. That statue, frankly, propagates a myth in its current location on the Caldwell County Courthouse lawn.

I'm not usually one for mushy (ủy mị, sướt mướt) feelings, but in my humble opinion, Father's Day is a perfect opportunity to tell your dad you love him (I love you Dad) and be thankful for the affection and guidance your parents have given you.

Australia is on fire. Smoke is blanketing our towns. World War 3 may be just around the corner. If you need something to distract yourself from the news with over this weekend, then in my humble opinion, there’s nothing better than a good TV show.

Remember this, have fun with each other. You can’t be the best or win at everything in life. Keep up with your baseball, basketball, football and swimming. Hopefully you both inherit your Uncle Noah’s athletic skill. If not, know I had to work a little harder at sports but still managed to make the teams and do pretty well (in my humble opinion).

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Bài trước: "Hazard an opinion" nghĩa là gì?

"While away the hours" nghĩa là gì?

Rảnh quá mà. Photo by Jaroslav Nymburský from Pexels

"While away the hours" hoặc "while a period of time away (doing something)" nghĩa là giết thời gian, dành một khoảng thời gian hoặc hoặc bỏ ra vài giờ để làm gì (vì rảnh rỗi).

Ví dụ
Painting, baking, gardening and exercising have helped us while away the hours of leisure.

Video game play has surged in popularity due to the COVID-19 outbreak as gamers on lockdown have turned to online entertainment to while away the hours.

To while away the hours at the hospital, dad would read the newspapers to mum. Then they'd watch television together, and chat for a bit in between receiving visitors. Most of the time was spent in companionable silence.

With 144 pages of long-form storytelling and beautiful imagery, it’s designed to offer a break from the noise and an opportunity to while away the hours in joyful solitude this summer in your favourite beach spot or quiet headland perch (mũi biển trên cao).

Thu Phương

"Six degrees of separation" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Perry Grone on Unsplash

"Six degrees of separation" = sáu độ cách biệt -> nghĩa là bất kỳ hai người nào cũng có thể có mối liên hệ với nhau qua nhiều nhất là 6 người khác mà thôi. Đây là khái niệm được phát hiện đầu tiên trong câu chuyện 'Lancszemek' ('Chuỗi xích', xuất bản năm 1929) của tác giả người Hungary Frigyes Karinthy, một nhân vật đặt cược với những người bạn đồng hành rằng anh ta có thể kết nối với bất kỳ ai trên trái đất mà họ chọn thông qua không quá năm người quen, chỉ một trong số đó anh ta phải đích thân biết.

Ví dụ
The American film star is so prolific (phong phú), the idea goes, that every working actor is always just six degrees of separation—or fewer!—away from Bacon.

These are our neighbors, these are people we’ve gone to school with, people that we hang out with, and it's not even six degrees of separation. We’re next door neighbors (hàng xóm) when it comes to this stuff.

It’s common knowledge that ‘internet personalities’ all know each other. The perfect portrayal (miêu tả) of that was when YouTubers, Zak and Jay, recently attempted to test the six degrees of separation theory.

Ngọc Lân

"While you are at it" nghĩa là gì?

Món ăn không thể bỏ qua. Photo by Valeria Boltneva from Pexels

"While you're at it" nghĩa là khi bạn ở đó, đang thực hiện hành động, cụm từ thường kèm theo hành động khác thực hiện đồng thời.

Ví dụ
Childhood memories don’t have to be things of the past. Relive (sống lại) the good old days this summer in Itawamba County. And make some new memories while you’re at it.

You’re invited to make the trip to Western New York where you’ll have a chance to see Niagra Falls, taste the chicken wings that are a regional specialty (đặc sản khu vực) with a national reputation and catch a football game while you’re at it.

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Prices start at just $13. Among some of the discounted summer styles up for grabs include lightweight jeans, jean shorts, white denim and even a pair of overalls (yếm). And while you’re at it, you may as well stock up on some fall essentials, like dark-wash jeans and denim jackets — look at you planning ahead!

Thu Phương

"Quite a while" nghĩa là gì?

Tài sản thừa kế sau lưng. Photo by Orest Sv from Pexels

"Quite a while" nghĩa là khá lâu, thời gian khá dài.

Ví dụ
This building is a place that has been owned by Amy’s family for quite a while. It was previously owned by her dad, so she decided to put it to good use.

CEO Elon Musk has been hyping (cường điệu) a potential battery day for quite a while now, and it looks like we should see it happen within the next few months.

Blue Lion Fitness is one of the gyms raising its prices to survive the pandemic. If it's any solace (an ủi) for members, Roth and fellow Co-Owner Ryan VanBergen haven't paid themselves "in quite a while," Roth said.

In an interview with Insider, the creator of Emmy-nominated TV show "Empire" said: "I have been trying to get a superhero movie going for quite a while. At the height of 'Empire,' I was trying to get a superhero movie going — a gay superhero movie going."

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"It was fun while it lasted" nghĩa là gì?

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"It was fun while it lasted" -> nghĩa là niềm vui tuy không kéo dài nhưng đáng giá và thú vị.

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The karaoke came to an end because of the noise, but it was great fun while it lasted.

Lucy said: “It was so much fun while it lasted but it's time for us to go back to work and Sydney will be heading back to school.”

It was fun while it lasted. For the first time in over two months the price of a gallon of gas topped the two-dollar mark – at least it did nationwide.

“It’s rough to think about, I worked four years to get past regionals and we were right there, I felt like we could have won that game,“Miller said. “We were ready to go and the decision came down literally that day to not play. It was tough, but it was fun while it lasted.”

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"Make it worthwhile" nghĩa là gì?

Công sức được đền đáp. Photo by Luis Alberto Cardenas Otaya from Pexels

"Make (something) worth (one's) while" nghĩa là đảm bảo điều gì là xứng đáng, bõ công, đáng giá. "Make it worth one's while" còn có nghĩa là để tiền tip, boa cho ai.

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“When you get the testimonials (giấy chứng nhận) that we get back it’s unbelievable,” Markel said. “It makes it all worthwhile.”

What we have to do is get over old prejudices (định kiến) about productivity, costs, and risks associated. The cost savings, employee benefits, and energy savings by both the employee and the company make it worthwhile.

And it's so important to get councils on board. If we're going to get businesses to change, we need to make it worth their while to do so, which means we need to be using the new recycled product in sufficient volume. Councils can help with that.

“The juice has to be worth the squeeze,” he said. For example, when a manufacturer (nhà sản xuất) proposes a value-based agreement for a diabetes drug (thuốc trị tiểu đường) it claims will lower total cost of care but it is only willing to risk for 2% of the spend on the drug, “that really doesn’t make it worthwhile, and it’s hard for us to invest resources.”

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"After a while, crocodile" nghĩa là gì?

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"After a while, crocodile" nghĩa là cách chào tạm biệt vui vẻ, tương tự "see you later, alligator". Từ "crocodile" hay "alligator" thêm vào sau chỉ cho có vần điệu mà thôi.

Ví dụ
A: "See you alligators later," I shouted as I walk away.
B: “After while, crocodile,” Danny called after me.

“After a while, crocodile,” she replied as the four Grabers headed for the door. When she returned to the table, Rosemary was taking the last pie from her wagon. “Where did that come from, the part about the alligator and the crocodile?" she asked.

“Nice car,” Mom says, peering out the window. I give her a quick hug and say, “See you later, alligator.”
“After a while, crocodile,” she answers. She started this when I was little and petrified (chết điếng) to go to school because I was afraid she was going to up and die while I learning addiction, like my dad did. "We don't say good-bye because we know we're going to see each other again soon, right, Rinnie?"

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"Even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while" nghĩa là gì?


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"Even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while" = ngay cả con lợn mù đôi khi cũng tìm được thức ăn, mèo mù vớ cá rán -> nghĩa là những người gặp vận may bất ngờ, đúng một cách bất ngờ hoặc giàu lên bất ngờ. Lợn hay mèo thường dùng khứu giác để tìm thức ăn nên dù có mù cũng không ảnh hưởng đến khứu giác của chúng.

Ví dụ
If you're having a tough time finding something, remember that even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while.

Q: "Homicide Hunter” has been a hit domestically and abroad. Did you ever imagine the show being so successful?
A: Absolutely not. I am living proof that even a blind pig finds an acorn every once in a while.

Using an old, time worn analogy (phép loại suy): Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while. So, my question is: Why is it that a politician can never find anything good about the opposing party? Is there some rule that condemns (lên án) you for life if you do so?

It’s not as if the government can’t do anything right. After all, even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while, as my father used to say. But finding worthwhile (đáng giá) engineering projects and funding them appropriately is not one of our government’s core competencies (năng lực). I’m not sure it’s any government’s competency.

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"Every once in a while" nghĩa là gì?

Đôi khi cần sống chậm lại một chút. Photo by Oziel Gómez from Pexels

"(Every once) in a while" nghĩa là thỉnh thoảng, đôi khi.

Ví dụ
When your opponent (đối thủ) says as many outrageous (xúc phạm) things as Donald Trump does, you just stay inside and maybe come out every once in a while.

Every once in a while when I ran into D-rock, he would ask me to film him. I would do it, shooting him and anyone who was with him then pulling stills from the footage.

Onyejiaka said her customers who have returned are buying casual dresses to wear around the house. “Every once in a while, somebody will walk in to make sure that I don’t go out of business,” she said.

“I promise you that all throughout your life you will face adversity (nghịch cảnh). The question is how will you respond to the challenges you face,” said Winsman. “Work hard through the struggles you will certainly face and take time to recognize your accomplishments (thành quả) and stop and smell the roses once in a while.”

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