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Friday, October 23, 2020

"On the hush-hush" nghĩa là gì?

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"On the hush-hush" -> nghĩa là trong trạng thái bí mật với công chúng, chỉ một số người được chọn mới biết.

Ví dụ
Covid-19 has wrought lasting, horrific damage on the country—pushing millions of people out of work and killing more than 200,000, a disproportionate (thiếu cân đối) number of them people of color. But if the disease has upended our society, there are some slivers of Washington where people can afford an extra measure of comfort (on the hush-hush, of course). 

Apple is well known for picking up smaller startups on the hush-hush to augment (làm tăng lên) its business, and today news leaked out about the latest of these… nearly two years after the fact.

As many school districts across the river have kept COVID-19 data on the hush-hush, the Henderson County School District has created a dashboard to keep its families abreast (sát nhau) of the spread of the coronavirus among its students and staff.

The owners of Rise & Grind, Patchogue’s newest eatery (hàng ăn), kept the details of their new place on the hush-hush during its built-out over the last few months. Now the secrets out. The breakfast/lunch spot with a coffee bar opened today, Wednesday, Aug. 26, in the former Country Kitchen spot, located at 240 East Main Street.

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“With a light heart” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Radu Florin

“With a light heart” = nhẹ lòng -> nghĩa là vô tư thảnh thơi/hạnh phúc.

Ví dụ
The rasta is another avatar of this barbarism, maybe a hybrid (lai tạp, hỗn hợp) of positive and negative types. Since he has nothing to lose, he can go for broke: ‘When all the threads of the net you’ve woven start to come undone, grab them with your hands. And if this too should fail, know that you must be strong enough to abandon all of it with a light heart, to permit yourself anything.’ After all, ‘people suffer the likes of you because you cannot be ruined.’

Over the years, Lee Suhyun explained that her perspective of music has changed, and will continue to change. She talked about her experience on “K-Pop Star” where she learned that music was a prize big enough to make people cry if they were not able to do it. Lee Suhyun added, “Although it’s important to make music happily, I decided that I couldn’t do it with a light heart. I thought it was irresponsible to approach it lightly. At the same time, I think it’s okay not to always approach music very seriously.”

Deeming Limbo a comedy-drama arguably does a disservice (chơi xỏ, hãm hại) to the work of director Ben Sharrock and the multiple cast members that put their heart and soul into the film. Centring on the journey, or the lack thereof, of a group of asylum seekers, the narrative finds them stranded in a remote corner of Scotland receiving cultural awareness schooling as they wait for their immigration (nhập cư) claims to be processed. For Omar (Amir El-Masry) and the others, this state of nothingness becomes a source of frustration, but they must do what they can to pass the time until they are allowed to leave – or worse, are taken away and sent home. Limbo tells this story with a light heart, but what lies slightly obscured underneath packs a punch that slaps the smiles right off the audience’s faces.

Ka Tina

“With advance notice” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Chinh Le Duc

“With advance notice” -> nghĩa là theo thông báo/có dấu hiệu cảnh báo trước.

Ví dụ
The Census was still accepting electronic submissions of questionnaires after 5 p.m. yesterday. But that could be the end of this, with advance notice to no one. What a pathetic denouement (kết cục thảm bại).

The issue of teachers requesting a sick day when they are not sick has come up, Thies said. The union felt like it had numerous options available: a protest or walkout, or absences (sự vắng mặt) using sick days or personal days. He told Idaho Education News he encouraged members to request sick days in advance because it was a way to telegraph their intentions with advance notice so parents and administrators could plan for teacher absences.

It turned out that the district was only able to find one substitute teacher who was free last week, said Superintendent Stephen Grimm. By Wednesday, though, nearly enough substitutes had been lined up for the coming week, so school will definitely reopen Monday, he said. “With advance notice, it’s easier,” he said. “There’s still a shortage and it’s definitely less than it was pre-COVID.”

Ka Tina

“With bad grace” nghĩa là gì?


“With bad grace” có grace là thái độ -> nghĩa là cư xử không lịch thiệp, trơ tráo và thù địch.

Ví dụ
It recalls the time that Gerry Adams lost his West Belfast seat to Joe Hendron. They reacted with bad grace to that defeat, and need to beware not to repeat the same mistake. Humility will be needed, and a willingness to accept responsibility, neither of which comes naturally to republicans.

The Bench Book advises that transgender defendants (những bị cáo chuyển giới) should be addressed by the pronouns of their choice and that ‘self-definition is the most important criteria’ (sic). At least one victim of violence by a transgender woman has been reprimanded in court for using male pronouns while describing the attack. Finding the defendant guilty, the judge refused the victim compensation, saying that when asked to refer to the defendant as ‘she’, the victim had done so with ‘bad grace’ or continued to use ‘he’.

The lobby journalists Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire, who are responsible for another book, which is just out – Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour under Corbyn – seem to agree with me that Corbyn is not anti-Semitic, and is genuinely hurt and perplexed (bối rối, phức tạp) that anyone should think he is. But they show how some of those round him saw the need to engage with the issue. And they chart relentlessly his persistent and incomprehensible failure to do so, seeming to give ground inch by inch, reluctantly and with bad grace.

Ka Tina

"And I don't play one on TV" nghĩa là gì?

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"And I don't play one on TV" = và tôi không diễn vai đó trên TV -> câu nói hài hước dùng khi ai đó bàn luận, đưa ra quan điểm về điều họ không hề có kiến thức chuyên môn.

Ví dụ
Well, I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV but this strikes me as not a good development. Obviously, there are people who get sick and they are able to stay at home and rest and recuperate (phục hồi). And we have been told, I have become a little bit of an expert on this in the last 12 hours, because I'm going to have to get a COVID test since I was on that debate stage as well. 

I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV.  That said, I’ve picked up a few things while covering the coronavirus epidemic in China that might help as people in the U.S. and Europe begin to cope with (đương đầu với) outbreaks now spreading in their home countries. 

I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV. What I am is someone who has been taking hydroxychloroquine for the last five years for autoimmune (tự miễn dịch) disease, so I know about the drug from my research and personal experience.

Asked to elaborate (tỉ mỉ) on the chances that a Texan could die from the virus, Abbott deferred to medical professionals. “I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on TV. I would have to leave it to the medical professional to discuss what the potential death rate would be,” he said.

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“With bloody hand” nghĩa là gì?

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“With bloody hand” = bàn tay vấy máu -> nghĩa là (bằng chứng) có tội rành rành.

Ví dụ
Do you know that "you came to this world with clean hands and you will leave this world with bloody hand ??? 

While the PM is shaking his friends hands, including the hasty Nobel guys with bloody hand because he wanted to get Jawar out of his way.

The Romans even used bloodstain (vết máu) pattern analysis and footprints to solve crimes. Roman jurist Quintilian describes how a blind son was accused of (bị cáo buộc) killing his father to gain inheritance (gia tài), with bloody hand marks leading from the body to his bedroom and a blood-covered sword. But Quintilian’s defence is that the stepmother (mẹ kế) probably did it, as the hand prints are intact and a blind man would have left drag marks instead.

Ka Tina

“With the best will in the world” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Chinh Le Duc

“With the best will in the world” -> nghĩa là bằng tất cả ý chí (để đạt được điều gì).

Ví dụ
The Vibes and Scribes team has upped its game with a book offering to become available online in the coming week which Ms Lucey said is “great to be able to offer”. Asked if she would reopen in the run-up to Christmas following a level 5 lockdown, she said that with the best will in the world she would open “because the customers would want it”.

With the best will in the world, there isn’t all that much to talk about. The distancing arrangements from the Galway hurling board are excellent but big gusts of October wind cause the marquee to flap wildly and so, at times, O’Neill can’t hear the questions and GAA generalities are yelled across the room. Because, as he says, the league feels like another year, there are no co-ordinates. The 2020 championship is the blankest page imaginable. O’Neill spent the weekend watching the football league games just to get a sense of what operating under the new dispensation (sự sắp đặt) will be like.

Ka Tina

“With wild abandon” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Vineeth Vinod

“With wild abandon” -> nghĩa là đầy nhiệt huyết/hăng say; hấp tấp/bốc đồng hoặc điên cuồng.

Ví dụ
The common pitfall (khó khăn, nguy hiểm) of beneficiaries, however, is squandering the fortune. When money is not hard-earned, the tendency is to spend it with wild abandon. It would be best to pay debts or reinvest the inheritance for money growth.

Kansas City’s defense in those playoffs was reflective of their defense in the regular season. Over those two years, the Royals were definitively the best defensive team in baseball. They combined that with what was also the best bullpen in baseball and backed that up as the league’s most prolific base stealing team. If the Royals had the lead by the time the sixth inning came around, you could go ahead and close the book—that game was over. And if the Royals were behind? They kept the line moving. They stole bases with wild abandon, and they struck out less than any other team in baseball.

While no gardener likes to see quackgrass or ragweed sprouting up, such native nuisances are simple enough to keep at bay. But other invaders are far more, well, invasive. Casting seed with wild abandon or spreading relentlessly through underground runners, they can jump physical barriers and withstand years of eradication (sự nhổ rễ, trừ tiệt) efforts. In fact, there are more than 100 nonnative plant species that spread so rapidly and so ferociously that they’re illegal to buy, sell, trade, or plant in Massachusetts because of the ecological (thuộc hệ sinh thái) and economic damage they can cause.

Ka Tina

“Wouldn't be caught dead with” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Afif Kusuma

“Wouldn't be caught dead with (someone)” = không thể bị chết cùng với ai -> nghĩa là không bao giờ dành thời gian hay giao du với ai.

Ví dụ
President Trump, like Lamonby, often expresses his affinity (mối quan hệ) for Jews in politically incorrect ways. The same organizations that were falling over themselves to tell DeSean Jackson about the Holocaust wouldn't be caught dead with Trump. Like Lamonby, he's another old white male. Politically incorrect.

A few years ago, you wouldn’t be caught dead with a Cleveland Browns ticket. But this isn’t the same Browns team. Baker Mayfield finally looks like his Oklahoma self. Odell Beckham Jr. proved he still has the breakaway speed to change a game. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt make up the best backfield in the NFL. Myles Garrett might be the best pass rusher in the league.

So while other beloved famous faces make easy livings doing episodic sitcoms or crime-of-the-week procedurals (thủ tục), Bacon chases the writing wherever it goes. “The Following,” no matter how much you liked it, was far from your average network cop show. “I Love Dick,” his Amazon series opposite Kathryn Hahn, was so odd and experimental it only lasted one season. Even similar roles to Jackie Rohr — like when he played Boston FBI agents in “Black Mass” and “Patriots Day” and a Boston cop in “Mystic River” — were all easily distinguishable from each other. (For instance, Sean Devine wouldn’t be caught dead with Jackie Rohr.) Some are good cops, some aren’t. Bacon is trying to find the honesty in each portrayal, warts and all.

Ka Tina

“With the best of them” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by 浮萍 闪电 

“With the best of them” -> nghĩa là cũng chỉ như người khác thôi.

Ví dụ
While Columbia struggled and needed him to do much of the scoring, U-M has more options. Davis noted Smith can score with the best of them but said he’s also a more than willing passer.

He fights alongside Superman and Superboy in the Reign of the Supermen against Cyborg Superman. He may not share Superman's extraterrestrial (ngoài trái đất) origins, but he was able to keep up with the best of them.

This is where some old-school thinking is certainly worth considering and it was noticeable that Frank Lampard made just such a point after the game against Southampton. As they pressed us high, though it may look like another era (kỷ nguyên), there is absolutely nothing wrong with hoofing the ball over the top of their midfielders, missing them out completely. We have the perfect forwards to play this way when necessary. Tammy will chase, Olivier will battle and hold it up with the best of them and in Timo Werner we now have a player with the pace, power, intelligence and skill to frighten the life out of any defence in any era.

Ka Tina

“With one accord” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Clay Banks

“With one accord” -> nghĩa là đồng lòng/nhất trí.

Ví dụ
Before Jesus ascended to heaven (được thăng thiên), he commanded the first disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit when they would receive the power to become his witnesses. (Acts 1:4-8) They had no idea what was coming or when it would happen. So, what did they do when they didn’t know what to do? All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. (Acts 1:14)

Speaking with one accord, God’s anointed (xức dầu) Leaders promised to take such engagement that is of national interest very seriously, adding that government should help them with copies of the entire COI report, including the White Paper so that they can be in a better position to relay the needed information to their people.

Fortunately, our remarkable alumni community is finding many ways to interact, draw upon one another’s spirit, and build solidarity (sự đoàn kết) without proximity. Eventually, we will embrace again in person and celebrate the bonds that unite us as one AAAADC family. In the meantime, I am confident that AKAMORIANS everywhere will continue to do the small things that make a difference in our students’ lives to promote their academic achievement with pride and hope with one accord. All of us have made and kept commitments especially during these difficult times, proving over and again that YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

Ka Tina

”With broad strokes” nghĩa là gì?


”With broad strokes” = vẽ đại/thoáng/khái quát -> nghĩa là chung chung, mơ hồ và không cụ thể.

Ví dụ
With broad-strokes approach, St. Paul sidesteps 2040 plan controversy. The lack of criticism of St. Paul’s plan is a dramatic departure from the long, heated debate among Minneapolis residents over its 2040 comprehensive plan.

While the first episode of 'The Last Dance' was all about setting the stage with broad strokes, the second episode took a deeper dive into the origin stories of both Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The episode began with Pippen and delved into his childhood and rise as a basketball star.

Sort of? Let’s start with broad strokes. The movie’s protagonist (vai chính)—identified only as the Protagonist (I know)—is a CIA operative, played by John David Washington, recruited by a highly secretive organization called Tenet, whose purpose is to prevent the end of the world.

Ka Tina

"Band-aid treatment" nghĩa là gì?


"Band-aid treatment" = băng tạm vết thương -> nghĩa là phương pháp che đậy vấn đề hời hợt hoặc tạm thời, thay vì giải quyết chúng triệt để; 'biện pháp chắp vá'.

Ví dụ
If authorities are serious about long term results, issues have to be addressed at the roots (gốc), enough of band-aid treatment and knee-jerk reactions.

Law enforcement around the world is now aware of a systemic wound that has been festering for generations. This wound will only be healed through drastic systemic change for the betterment of the community as a whole. A band-aid treatment of minimal change will only spawn distrust and destroy what hope and peace that remain.

The amount of spacers (miếng đệm) we’re selling – we’re telling people they’re getting 50% more medicine through spacers. And reminding people that there’s better ways to manage bronchoconstriction (co thắt phế quản) by salbutamol, which is really a band-aid treatment. We recommend they go to the doctor, get an action plan, be diagnosed and prescribed with corticosteroids.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s hint of a $40-a-day allowance for casuals and the Australian Council of Trade Union’s demand of a legislated 14-day sick pay entitlement (quyền) for all workers may provide some temporary (tạm thời) relief. But, they are still band-aid treatment.

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"Foot-in-mouth disease" nghĩa là gì?


"Foot-in-mouth disease" = bệnh chân trong mồm -> nghĩa là thói quen vô ý nói bậy, văng tục/ngu xuẩn. 

Ví dụ
Apparently, all that Hickenlooper — known for his quirkiness (mưu mô) and a chronic (kinh niên) case of foot-in-mouth disease — has needed to do to fend off Gardner’s attacks is point to the president. “The bottom line is: He’s been with Donald Trump 100 percent of the time,” Hickenlooper said in the candidates’ first debate.

Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday said the Dalit girl in Hathras of Uttar Pradesh had not been raped and she “was murdered (sát hại) to hide the truth”, the comment once again establishing his foot-in-mouth disease that often embarrassed the party.

Commander-in-chief or commander-in-gaffe? Joe Biden has had a long history of chronic foot-in-mouth disease, famous gaffes (câu nói hớ) and attempting to walk back the stupid things that come out of his mouth. Most recently, Biden had an exchange with CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett, who questioned the former VP about whether he has taken a cognitive test. “No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man. That’s like saying you, before you got on this program, you take a test whether you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?” Biden told Barnett. Current and past gaffes show weakness and will ultimately result in a third failed presidential bid.

Today earlier I said something stupid. Foot in mouth disease I suppose (cho rằng). I made an inappropriate and deeply regretful comment, that hurt my friend Joe’s feelings. I am never as hurt as when I hurt someone else.

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"Talk at cross purposes" nghĩa là gì?


"Talk at cross purposes" -> nghĩa là nói chuyện với nguời khác theo kiểu khiêu khích hay kéo dài mâu thuẫn/xung đột.

Ví dụ
Educators and business people tend to (có xu hướng) "talk at cross purposes" when it comes to creativity, said R. Keith Sawyer, a professor of educational innovations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of the 2019 book The Creative Classroom.

In my view, the fragmentation (vỡ ra) of culture in the postmodern era means that the progressives and theists have carved out subcultures for themselves, where crosscurrents and intellectual (học thức) exchanges are rare. More often than not, segments from these subcultures talk at cross purposes, each guarding its own narrative. It is for this reason that the ulema are often trying to convince their own target audience, for instance, by exhorting followers to attend the Friday prayer in even greater numbers.

Try to understand what a very agitated (xúc động) person wants to convey. Don't talk at cross-purposes. Focus on continuing to move out of restrictive circumstances in a systematic manner.

The path of the generational (thế hệ) collision (va chạm) is a well-trodden (thường xuyên) one, but Donoghue dances along it with customary lightness. Thrown together against their will, as the pair travel around Nice they clash, talk at cross-purposes and ultimately learn from one another – but Donoghue is far too wise to force them into an unearned happy ending.

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Sạt lở đất tại Quảng Trị vùi lấp nhiều cán bộ, chiến sĩ

22 binh sĩ...
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A landslide in Vietnam on Sunday killed (giết, sát hại) at least 20 military personnel (binh sĩ) and left two missing (mất tích), following weeks of torrential rains (mưa như trút) and flooding that have devastated (tàn phá) parts of the country and killed dozens of people.

The mudslide (lở đất) began in the early hours of Sunday morning and leveled the soldiers’ barracks (doanh trại) in Huong Phung Commune, in the central coastal province of Quang Tri.

...The deaths could be the country’s largest military loss in peacetime (tổn thất quân sự lớn nhất trong thời bình), officials said, and came just days after another landslide killed 13 people, most of whom were also members of the military, in neighboring Thua Thien Hue.

...Rapid development and deforestation (phá rừng) have exacerbated (làm trầm trọng thêm) the damage (thiệt hại) caused by seasonal flooding (lũ theo mùa). Floods in 2018 killed more than 20 people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

“Vietnam has the perfect storm,” Adam Switzer, a sedimentologist (nhà trầm tích học) at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, said of Vietnam’s susceptibility (tính nhạy cảm, dễ xúc cảm, dễ tự ái) to flooding and landslides. “It has seas, rainfall, it has very heavily vegetated steep slopes, and it has seismic (động đất, địa chấn) activity.”

Mất trí hết rồi

xây cầu dành riêng cho sóc qua đường...
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Hungry red squirrels (sóc), who once risked their lives (mạo hiểm tính mạng) to feast on hazelnuts in the woods, can now dine safely in Northumberland.

Every day already endangered (gây nguy hiểm) squirrels would make the treacherous (lừa dối, xảo trá, không tin được; nguy hiểm) trip from their home in East Cramlington Nature Reserve across the busy road to Seghill woods.


Màn khởi đầu tốt

các nhà nghiên cứu tiến thêm một bước gần hơn tới việc điều khiển châu chấu đánh hơi bom...
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...Previous research from Washington University in St. Louis has demonstrated (chứng minh, giải thích) both the ability to control (khả năng điều khiển) the locusts (châu chấu) and the ability to read their brains (đọc não), so to speak, to discern (phân biệt) what it is they are smelling.


They were also able to optimize (tối ưu) a previously developed biorobotic sensing system that could detect the locusts' firing neurons and convey that information in a way that told researchers about the smells the locusts were sensing.

Bài trước: Hàng xóm tốt

Trông có vẻ hợp pháp đấy

bị từ chối phục vụ bia, nam thanh niên tuyên bố mình là thanh tra y tế và dọa sẽ đóng quán...
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Officers were dispatched (gửi đi, phái đi, cử) to Earl’s Hideaway Lounge in Sebastian Saturday morning at approximately 1:35 a.m. about a man causing a disturbance (sự làm mất yên tĩnh, sự làm náo động; sự quấy rầy, sự làm bối rối, sự làm lo âu; sự làm xáo lộn) after the bar was closed.

Lance Waters, 27, entered the bar at approximately 1:25 a.m. and asked the manager for a drink. When the manager advised the business was closed, Waters said he was a health inspector (thanh tra y tế) and threatened (đe dọa) to shut down (đóng cửa) the business.

...When the manager gave another command for the subject to leave the business, Waters continued to argue and stated his father was the Chief of Police at Palm Bay Police Department.

"Case of the jitters" nghĩa là gì?

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"Case of the jitters" có jitter là bồn chồn, hốt hoảng -> cụm từ này nghĩa là trong trạng thái lo âu/lo lắng tạm thời.

Ví dụ
The Rams once more were plagued with (bị quấy rầy) poor tackling, bad angles, and what very much appeared to be a case of the jitters in this one. But the defense did regroup at halftime once more, allowing just three points to the 49ers in the second half.

I believe you’ll feel more grounded and confident if you spend some time preparing for this transition (chuyển đổi). You may not be able to completely avoid a case of the jitters, but here are a few ideas that will help make your first days on the job rewarding and a little less stressful.

Markets promptly (ngay lập tức) suffered a case of the jitters on the back of Mr Powell's remarks with indexes in both Europe and the US falling. Unsurprisingly, LPL Economics' Ryan Detrick and Scott Brown write that caution is warranted.

Garrett Sams is a senior with the University of North Florida basketball team and has played in his share of big games over the last four years. But he’s not immune (miễn dịch) from a case of the jitters. Certainly not with the stakes on Thursday when Sams stepped to the foul (lỗi) line with 1.5 seconds left in a tie game with Liberty at UNF Arena, after being iced when Flames coach Ritchie McKay called a timeout..

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