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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

"The betting is that" nghĩa là gì?

Nghĩ tích cực thì chắc chắn cả ngày sẽ vui rồi. Photo by Binti Malu from Pexels

"The betting is that" -> nghĩa là điều gì (gần như) là sự thật hoặc chắn chắn sẽ xảy ra.

Ví dụ
"Nobody in the Conservative Party has the stature (tầm vóc) or the will (ý chí) to seriously challenge her leadership right now. The betting is that any real challenge will come after the next election." Yet eight days later, Thatcher had a formal challenger — Michael Heseltine, a former defence minister — to contend with on the leadership front.

The betting is that vaccines with 90 per cent or better efficacy (hiệu lực) would also prevent a significant number of asymptomatic (không triệu chứng) infections. If so, we can finally talk of the end of the pandemic.

The betting is that he will curtail (cắt bớt) drilling, first on federal lands and then on non-federal lands, by making rules that forbid excess methane. That's going to drastically cut the ability to drill because methane is a byproduct (phó phẩm) of oil exploration. If he makes federal rules about methane you can see fracking being almost obliterated (tắc nghẽn).

The betting is that the Raptors will try to sell Ibaka on a rich one-year deal that doesn’t complicate their salary cap picture going forward, recognizes what Ibaka can still bring and — with Gasol either out of the picture or in a lesser role — allows Ibaka to build his value and hit the market in the summer of 2021 when the cap will rise and more teams will have money to spend.

Ngọc Lân

"Have precedence over" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy : Sara Budhwani

"Have/take precedence over" -> nghĩa là có quyền ưu tiên.

Ví dụ
Again, the head-to-head outcome would have precedence over which team would win the No. 2 seed in the league title game despite the final winning percentage.

Subsequently, on March 21, 2013, the appeal (kháng cáo) against conviction (kết tội) was dismissed, holding that the TADA is a special purpose legislation (đạo luật) and will have precedence over any other Acts.

While the Court (tóa án) has jurisdiction (quyền lực pháp lý) over the interpretation (giải thích) and application (áp dụng) of the Treaty (hiệp ước), its decisions on the same have precedence over decisions of national courts on a similar matter.

Thùy Dương

"Bend the elbow" nghĩa là gì?

Ở đây có ai thích uống rượu không đấy :D . Photo courtesy : Adam Wilson

"Bend the elbow" hoặc "lift the elbow" = gập khuỷu tay -> nghĩa là uống rượu nhiều, quá độ.

Ví dụ 
You must have really bent the elbow at the party last night.

I put it to you that this impending (gần đến) summer, with Aussies (người Úc) emerging bleary-eyed from a long, hard, punishing winter, is the perfect time to go in with a couple of mates to bend the elbow and pray at the Esky altar (án thờ).

Restaurants and cafés around the city have launched innovative (cải tiến) initiatives (sáng kiến) to adapt to the pandemic (đại dịch), and now, with the potential to offer glassware for hire, cocktail equipment, coasters (đế lót ly), garnishes (đồ trang trí) and playlists, our favourite places to bend the elbow can now join the house party. 

Thùy Dương

"The rest is history" nghĩa là gì?

Này chắc ai cũng biết phải không? Photo courtesy: Lara Eakins

"The rest is history" = phần còn lại là lịch sử -> nghĩa là ai cũng biết sự việc này rồi.

Ví dụ
Then, when he was 17, he picked up a basketball, and the rest is history.

2020 was a year like no other and the first signs of impending trouble were in December 2019 which is when the first reports of a new pandemic emanating in Wuhan, China, became public. The rest is history and indelibly etched (vết khắc không thể xóa bỏ) in every human on earth as we have witnessed a year of disruption and change to a degree which was unimaginable only a few months previously.

“A Dog’s Dream” features two dogs who are bored at home as their owners are distracted playing Halo, busy on Microsoft Teams work calls, or crafting materials in Minecraft. One starts to dream about the possibilities if more dogs were part of video games or conference calls, and the rest is history. Just check out Master Chief’s reaction when one of the dogs fetches a grenade he just threw and returns it.

Cardi B is one of most transparent (minh bạch) rap artists on social media. Known for addressing her real-life situations on Twitter and Instagram, the Grammy award-winning rapper bares it all any chance she gets. After getting her start on television with appearances on Love and Hip Hop: New York, Cardi used the show to begin teasing her goal of having a rap career. After two seasons on Love and Hip Hop: New York, the Bronx native released her chart-topping hit "Bodak Yellow" in 2017 and the rest is history. 

Ngân Nguyễn

Bài trước: "On your mettle" nghĩa là gì?

"Many a little makes a mickle" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Daniel Taka

“Many a little makes a mickle” = nhiều cái nhỏ tạo nên cái lớn -> nghĩa là tích tiểu thành đại.

Ví dụ
PET is a generic (giống loài) product and the field is virtually open for anyone to enter. Although per-unit output does not yield (sản lượng) a big margin, many a little makes a mickle, said the chief executive.

In these instances, leaders who truly want to cultivate (trau dồi) psychological safety would be wise to draw on one of George Washington’s oft-cited Scottish maxims, “Many a mickle makes a muckle” (i.e., the accumulation of small amounts of something that over time becomes a large amount), which is echoed by recent research around tiny habits, The Progress Principle, small wins and atomic habits. Once small behaviors or habits begin to accumulate, they build on each other.

“Many a little, makes a mickle”. This Friday may not have lived up to the expectations (sự mong chờ) in terms of movie business for a re-opening day in the tricity. However, the fact that people walked up to theatres amid the ongoing pandemic (đại dịch) is in itself a commendable (đáng khen ngợi) affair.

"On your mettle" nghĩa là gì?

Tới bến luôn! Photo courtesy: Randall Cottrell

"On your mettle" có "mettle" là nhiệt tình, nhuệ khí = đầy nhuệ khí -> cụm từ này nghĩa là sẵn sàng làm việc hết mình, vì bạn biết mình đang được kiểm tra hoặc thử thách.

Ví dụ
The problem with this league is that the quality is not as high, but you just have to be on your mettle all the time.

“You had to be on your mettle, you had to bring something to the table (mang lại lợi ích). And you had to be funny. Wherever he went, he always upped the ante (đặt tiêu chuẩn cao).” Christa D’Souza remembers her dear friend, the journalist Adrian Gill.

He is old school (người truyền thống) in the best possible sense of the word — does his research, asks a question, waits for the answer, asks another one. If he spots a weakness, he goes for it; if he doesn’t, he moves on. You have to be on your mettle. But you know he will give you the time to make a point. Tough but fair. Often devil’s advocate, never shock jock.

The impression given is that it’s the most interesting job you could have, but simultaneously (đồng thời) the worst. Interesting because you’re on your mettle day and night, observing and analyzing, alert for the tiniest details and behavioral nuances (sắc thái). The worst because you have no life outside your work and the penalties for even one tiny slip range from amputation (chặt bỏ) to incarceration (tống giam), torture, rape, beheading and (if your captors (người bắt giam) are not Isis, but Russian) a bullet in the head.

Ngân Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Jump the shark" nghĩa là gì?

"Flavor of a week" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy : Matheus Ferrero

"Flavor of a week" = hương vị của một tuần -> nghĩa là điều gì đó tạm thời, thường được dùng để miêu tả những mối quan hệ lãng mạn thoáng qua.

Ví dụ
Jack: "Is that your new girlfriend?". Paul: "Nah just my flavor a the week!"

You change majors all the time, and Biology is just the flavor of the week, trust me!

"Chris F. has a new flavor of the week every week this week its Courtney, last week it was Jessie."

I wouldn't get too attached to Katie, she's just Ralph's flavor of the week—they'll break up in no time.

Thùy Dương

"Yesterday wouldn't be too soon" nghĩa là gì?

 Có ai ghiền bày này như tui hem :P. Photo courtesy : ohmyorch

"Yesterday wouldn't be too soon" hoặc "yesterday wouldn't be soon enough"  = ngày hôm qua sẽ không quá sớm -> nghĩa là việc đang được thảo luận cần phải diễn ra càng sớm càng tốt, nhất là vì nó đã quá hạn chót.

Ví dụ 
Mary: Mr. Franklin, when do you want this? Fred: Well, yesterday wouldn't be too soon.

Alice: When am I supposed to have this finished? Sue: Yesterday wouldn't be too soon.

I need you to get me those financial reports, Brian—yesterday wouldn't be too soon at this point!

I've been saying for several years they should bring him back as a DB coach, and from what we've seen over the past few years yesterday wouldn't be soon enough.

Thùy Dương

"Don't bet on it" nghĩa là gì?

"Don't bet on it" = đừng đặt cược vào nó -> nghĩa là đừng mong điều đó xảy ra.

Ví dụ
Is there really going to be a baby boom nine months from now thanks to the coronavirus quarantine? Experts say don't bet on it. “I really don’t think [people are> saying, ‘Oh, let’s have a baby in the midst (giữa) of the greatest epidemic that the country has faced in 100 years,’”

Talent trumps all, though. The Giants have one of the smartest front offices in the game, and just might pounce (vồ, chụp) at the chance of adding a talent like Bryant. Don't bet on it, but don't count the Orange and Black out on what could turn into a Bryant sweepstakes in the near future.

 A Niners win and a Bucs loss kept the dream alive for all four NFC West teams to reach the playoffs together, but don’t bet on it. 

The obvious response was to wonder (tự hỏi): Does this mean USC football can play Notre Dame to ensure the rivalry continues uninterrupted? First of all, it’s not that simple. Second of all, it’s not advantageous for either team, so don’t bet on it.

Ngọc Lân

"Biological clock is ticking" nghĩa là gì?

"Biological clock is ticking" = đồng hồ sinh học đang điểm -> nghĩa là người phụ nữ sắp đến tuổi (quá già) không thể mang thai được nữa.

Ví dụ
How did she get the money? At her age, instead of humbling (hạ thấp) herself so she can get a man to marry, she’s busy throwing lavish (hoang phí) parties. She should better know her biological clock is ticking.

However, I now have my libido (cảm hứng dục tình) back and want sex. I also want kids but my biological clock is ticking very loudly, I need to fall pregnant ASAP. My husband would make a great father but I don’t find him sexually attractive. 

My biological clock is ticking – but having children seems an unaffordable luxury (sang trọng). Kids have always been expensive, but insecure housing and jobs markets have made becoming a parent more financially challenging than ever.

Of course it was a man who coined the term. Richard Cohen, now a columnist (người phụ trách) for The Post, wrote a 1978 column in the Metro section about what it’s like to sit across a lunch table with a woman whose biological clock is ticking. “You hear it wherever you go,” Cohen writes.

Ngọc Lân

"To a certain degree" nghĩa là gì?

"To a certain degree" -> nghĩa là phần nào, ở mức độ nào đó.

Ví dụ
“I’m still worried about my status,” she said. “They’re playing with us to a certain degree and it’s not right or adequate (đầy đủ). You’re playing with a society that’s giving back to the community.” The federal judge also ordered the government to put together a status report on the DACA program by Jan 4.

It saddens me to see headlines about the abuse that occurred with tens of thousands of boys over decades. Making matters worse, the list of abusive (quấy rối) leaders was known but kept secret, and many more boys were abused and traumatized. That is totally unacceptable. Now I see the potential demise of the entire organization - a sad end to an organization that I thought was a great influence on boys and men. And it was, to a certain degree.

I understand that the current settings are limiting to a certain degree in terms of the options that the police have, but that doesn't mean that they can't do their job and actually do it well.

The situation weighed on James “to a certain degree in the summertime, but this is a huge state and there are huge cities,” she said. “That’s where you tend to get the hotspots (điểm nóng). Jupiter is a smaller community,” she said during a phone interview from the southeastern Florida town.

Ngọc Lân

"The bell tolls for" nghĩa là gì?

"The bell tolls for someone or something" = rung chuông (ai đó chết, đám tang) -> nghĩa là sự kết thúc/chấm dứt, thất bại, hủy hoại của ai đó/điều gì đang đến gần.

Ví dụ
Hejaaz’s case is no outlier (ngoài cuộc). It reflects both the danger faced by lawyers who dare do the work of justice, and the indifference of many others who care not to question injustice. So it is not just Hejaaz who is on trial right now. The bell tolls for the entire profession. 

He followed this by asking, “For whom does the bell toll? The bell tolls for our departed Veterans who are serving on the staff of our supreme (tối cao) commander, and for those who have joined HIM this past year,” Bonitz said. “There are 65 names to read of Veterans who have passed this past year.”

Shipowners should become early movers as the bell tolls for Libor. With regulators determined to axe (cắt bớt) the scandal-plagued benchmark (điểm chuẩn), shipping players face heightened financial and legal risks

The bell tolls for the EU for sure and there are very serious doubts about how it would muddle (lẫn lộn) through, stumble (sẩy chân) or take bold steps to deal with the crisis. But there is always a hope for its constituents (phần tử) as neighbours get along much better than roommates.

Ngọc Lân

“Crime doesn't pay” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Astrid

“Crime doesn't pay” -> nghĩa là tội phạm luôn bị trừng phạt vì tội ác của chúng; 'ông trời có mắt'.

Ví dụ
“This taskforce (lực lượng đặc nhiệm) will truly prove that crime doesn’t pay,” said Katrina W. Berger, who oversees Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operations in Georgia and Alabama. “HSI Atlanta and its partners are committed to hunting down these criminals that are stealing the resources and benefits that have been set aside to help people in our communities.”

Crime doesn’t pay, but California pays criminals. A few days before Thanksgiving, a group of district attorneys revealed that at least 20,000 inmates (bạn tù) in California’s prisons and jails could give thanks for the state’s chronically inept Employment Development Department. The department approved at least $400 million in payments on pandemic (đại dịch)-related unemployment claims filed under the names of inmates between March and August. The claims included 133 of the 700-plus inmates dwelling on death row.

Crime really doesn’t pay, especially if would-be criminals aren’t exactly rocket scientists. There’s a good reason why the declaration (lời tuyên bố) that “crime doesn’t pay” has become an adage (châm ngôn). Statistics would indicate that attempts at committing a crime usually are unsuccessful. Sure, there are exceptions to that statement, but, more often than not, it’s not the case....

Anh Thư

"Cat burglar" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Sean Walsh

“Cat burglar” có cat là đi uyển chuyển, nhẹ nhàng như mèo -> cụm từ này nghĩa là tên trộm đột nhập vào nhà rất khéo léo, không bị chú ý.

Ví dụ
Mysterious ‘Cat burglar’ pilfers (chôm chỉa) CryptoKitty from digital art installation. Crypto-artist Kevin Abosch on a recent ‘crime,’ the state of digital art, and a new generation of art collectors.

For those that don’t remember, the first two Home Alone films revolved around (xoay quanh) Kevin McCallister, played by McCully Caulkin, but the third iteration changed things up. Alex Pruitt replaced Mcallister in Home Alone 3, and Joe Pesci and jeff Daniels’ cat burglar duo was switched out (loại ra) with a foursome of wanted international spies.
A California neighborhood is dealing with a literal cat burglar. Neighbors say the sneaky (lén lút) feline breaks into homes and slips away with whatever he can carry. His name is Jax.

Anh Thư

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