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Sunday, July 5, 2020

"Squash in like sardines" nghĩa là gì?

Nghi thức tôn giáo Photo by Haydan As-soendawy from Pexels

'squash (someone or something) (in) like sardines' nghĩa là ép/nén chặt như cá mòi -> rất chật chội, nhét rất nhiều thứ/nhiều người trong một không gian nhỏ.

Ví dụ
More than a dozen inner west schools are among the most overcrowded in the state, with no relief in sight for students squashed in like sardines from Sydney to Sydney Olympic Park.

This Saturday 80,000-plus people from all over England and Wales will be squashed in like sardines on London transport and congregate (tập hợp, tụ họp) in overcrowded bars and pubs with inadequate hand-washing facilities in and around Twickenham.

The smoking areas are usually rammed (đông đúc), we squash in like sardines because it’s on trend to hang out there. Whether you smoke or not you end up having to inhale (hít vào, nuốt khói thuốc) second-hand smoke, because if you can’t beat them, join them.

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"It's a cinch" nghĩa là gì?

Quá đơn giản Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

'It's a cinch' nghĩa là rất dễ dàng; chắc chắn.

Ví dụ
Pantry need restocking? It’s a cinch to select add-ons such as baked goods from the farm’s own kitchen, specialty beans, or local honey.

If you've mastered homemade peach cobbler, it's time to meet your next challenge: strawberry cobbler. Except it won't be a challenge at all because it's a cinch to pull together.

There are several options to control it, including with your voice, the remote or the Sonos app, to name a few. You can connect it to other Sonos speakers for surround sound or just use it solo. It’s a cinch to set up, with only two cords (dây nối) and automatic remote detection, so you’ll be good to go just minutes after opening the box.

HappyCow has long been a respected, popular source when it comes to finding vegan food around the world, and they have an app so you can easily take their recommendations on the go. With the information that spans 180+ countries and 108,000 establishments (including restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores), it’s a cinch to find something to eat whether you’re searching for a new place to try in your neighborhood or you’re abroad on a vacation.

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"Put a halt to" nghĩa là gì?

Em đứng đó anh phải vượt qua làm sao Photo by Elisa Guarneros

'put a halt to something' nghĩa là (nguyên nhân/lý do) làm việc gì đó dừng lại, chấm dứt, kết thúc.

Ví dụ
The coronavirus pandemic put a halt to most professional and collegiate sports starting in March. But the United States Specialty Sports Association has resumed (tiếp tục lại) its softball schedule.

This week Rod returned to volunteering at the Gracie Dixon Centre, after COVID-19 restrictions had put a halt to entertaining more than three months ago. Rod started playing at the Gracie Dixon Centre when he was 69 years of age, to fill a void (lấp chỗ trống) after retiring from the railway and to help keep him active in the community.

But the COVID-19 crisis has put a halt to field work, among other activities. Officials say the search for a wild rhino has also been hampered (cản trở) by locals who refuse to allow any rhinos captured in their areas moved to the Kelian Lestari sanctuary (khu bảo tồn). They have demanded authorities build another facility in the area where the rhino is found and captured.

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"The sky’s the limit" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Luc Dobigeon on Unsplash

"The sky’s the limit" = chỉ có bầu trời mới là giới hạn mà thôi -> nghĩa là không có giới hạn nào hết; mọi thứ đều làm được, đạt được, 

Ví dụ
The sky's the limit, it's up to him he knows what he should do, can do, and must do to continue playing, but that's between us.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the “sky’s the limit” for Mason Greenwood as the Manchester United teenager’s inexorable (không thể lay chuyển) rise continues. Having long been spoken about as one of the most exciting players coming through the club’s fabled academy, the 18-year-old has so far lived up to the hype.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn believes that the sky’s the limit for his ambitions (tham vọng) for the future of darts and that in ten years, it could be even more special than it is now.

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"Piss in the wind" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Joshua Reddekopp

"Piss in(to) the wind" = đái trong gió -> nghĩa là làm điều vô ích, vô nghĩa và không thể xảy ra được.

Ví dụ
I mean, my parents told me to always be kind and understanding to others. I think that one is gonna stand the test of time, even more than ‘don’t piss in the wind’.

Social media has exploded community involvement and information, Ladds said. They don’t like the institution of the public comment period, although they use it regularly. “It is effective in Newport when there is media present and a camera present … otherwise you might as well piss in the wind,” Ladds said.

It is alarming to read that 4.5 billion people worldwide live without household toilets and hence body waste which needs to be disposed off properly, deface our environments and result in epidemics (bệnh dịch). Realising the Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure that everyone has access to a household toilet by 2030 in Nigeria is near impossible. There is a total disconnect in policies to adequately manage waste, punish offenders, coupled with landlord’s insensitivity (tính không nhạy cảm). And tenants (người thuê) who don’t know their rights in Nigeria are legion (nhiều vô số kể, đám đông), plus around us are staffers of coordinating and enforcement agencies who do nothing but to piss in the wind.

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"Come to a halt" nghĩa là gì?

Mau đi sắp tới giờ làm rồi Photo by Snapwire

'come to a halt/standstill' nghĩa là dừng lại; chậm dần rồi dừng lại (có thể dừng hẳn hoặc tạm thời); đi đến bế tắc.

Ví dụ
With the spike (gia tăng số lượng) in COVID-19 cases across the Coastal Bend, the city-county public health district said our local testing efforts have come to a halt because of a lack of testing supplies.

The question of whether the rise in life expectancy will come to a halt – or possibly even be reversed (đảo ngược) – does not only stem from (xuất phát từ, bắt nguồn từ) the expected deaths of many older adults directly from the pandemic. It is also rooted in the consequences of the deteriorating (làm giảm) quality of life of older adults who are required to be isolated during and after the crisis. This might shorten their lives even more than the disease itself.

Even in the midst of a pandemic and a lockdown, education cannot come to a halt. Across the country higher education institutions have conducted online classes and even online exams for their students. Recall that hundreds of students from Goa who were studying elsewhere in the country returned to their homes in March, but their classes did not abruptly stop. They continued to learn from home via online classes and some even managed to answer the theoretical exams from their homes. Practical exams of course would require that the students be present in the institution along with the teachers, which at the current time and situation is not advisable.

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"Fight like a lion" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Mika Brandt on Unsplash

"Fight like a lion" = chiến đấu như con sư tử -> nghĩa là chiến đấu rất quyết liệt và dũng cảm.

Ví dụ
I fight like a warrior, I fight like a lion. I fight with everything when I fight. I’ve always had to do that, I’ve always had to prove myself, I’ve always had to prove (chúng tỏ) I was the better fighter, I’ve always had to prove I was the better person, I’ve always had to prove I was the better father.

“Whether you fight like a lion or like a kudu (linh dương) people will always talk,” he said. “I have got my own style, whether I win or lose. What people don’t want to realise is that I have won more than 20 fights with the same style, beating good boxers in Italy, in Burkina Faso and Russia.

Tom Hunt has not had a great start as Ipswich's MP. He promised to "fight like a lion" for the town but when it comes to standing up to Conservative County Councillors cancelling the Northern Bypass or fighting to keep services at Ipswich Hospital he is squeaking (rít lên) like a mouse.

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"Swinging the lead" nghĩa là gì?

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"Swinging the lead" -> nghĩa là giả vờ ốm để trốn việc.

Ví dụ
You have to think carefully before disciplining (kỉ luật) people on this, but then again if I had some teachers who were swinging the lead I would tell them I'm having that conversation with HR and you'll be in breach (vi phạm) of contract.

“People have been allowed to get away with swinging the lead or not working as hard as they should be.” Mr Mold told the panel of an incident in which an officer let a handbag snatcher (giật túi) off with the crime because he did not have the time to deal with it.

As employers, there is a lot more that we can and should do. I recognise (nhận ra) this is not easy. Employers are often worried about people ‘swinging the lead’, claiming to be stressed when they aren’t.

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"Strike pay dirt" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

"Strike pay dirt" -> nghĩa là tìm được, nhận được cái gì giá trị hoạc hữu dụng.

Ví dụ
“Unethical” job agencies strike pay dirt from COVID-19. Last month, Per Capita released a report arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic would be a financial boon (lợi ích) for employment agencies that are members of the federal government’s Jobactive program.

Anyone lucky enough to stumble (vấp vào) on dinosaur fossils (hóa thạch) is likely to strike pay dirt: Some investors are willing to pay more than $2 million a pop for mostly intact skeletons (much to the chagrin (sự chán nản, sự buồn nản; sự thất vọng; sự tủi nhục) of paleontologists (nhà cổ sinh vật học) and fellow scientists everywhere).

A roughing the punter call deep in Clemson territory was another brutal penalty and one the Tigers would later strike pay dirt on.

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"Sing like a canary" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: Stephanie LeBlanc on Unsplash

"Sing like a canary" = hót như chim hoàng yến -> nghĩa là trình báo tất cả những hành động sai trái tới công an.

Ví dụ
Maxwell was a close friend of Prince Andrew and allegedly introduced him to Epstein. If found guilty, she is looking at 35 years in jail and could decide to sing like a canary to cut a deal and ensure a reduced sentence (giảm án).

My most exciting involvement with stool pigeons came when I helped slightly with legal representation of men charged with importing drugs. They were all eager (thiết tha) to sing like a canary in exchange for lighter sentences.

"The new regime (chế độ) only started in 2013, and caused mayhem (lộn xộn). I'm going to sing like a canary. "I was the senior man, and the one working hardest to keep the link with QUB - and it's been devastating to see what has been done."

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