Journey in Life: 12/28/20

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Monday, December 28, 2020

"Silver-tongued orator" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jesse Paul on Unsplash

"Silver-tongued orator" = nhà diễn thuyết lưỡi bạc -> nghĩa là người phát biểu, diễn giả có sức thuyết phục, hùng biện. 

Ví dụ
Bryan was a silver-tongued orator who could charm (mê hoặc) birds out of the trees with his flowery speaking. In fact, the former congressman and failed Senate candidate from Nebraska unexpectedly won the nomination after delivering his “Cross of Gold Speech” at the Democratic convention, considered one of the most remarkable pieces of oratory in political history.

Biden has that same sense of decency (đứng đắn). His sense of empathy was forged through hardship — losing a wife and two children, not to mention his father having to uproot (buộc phải rời bỏ gia đình để kiếm sống) the family so he could find steady work — so he understands how quickly life can turn. Thanks to a lifetime struggle with stuttering, he is no silver-tongued orator. His connection to others is on a human level.

Frederick Douglass, one of our more brilliant and towering political figures, carved out numerous acts in his lengthy Shakespearean life, from enslaved (nô lệ) man to silver-tongued orator to global celebrity. 

Running Antelope was interviewed in 1883 by the Bismarck Tribune, which described him as “the silver-tongued orator of the Sioux nation.” The paper asked him about the extermination (tiêu diệt) of the buffalo and he predicted grimly “if the present slaughter by the white men continues, buffalo will not last more than two years.”

Ngọc Lân

"Stay the pace" nghĩa là gì?

"Stay the pace" -> nghĩa là vẫn giữ tiến độ công việc khi căng thẳng, áp lực.

Ví dụ 
Regardless of whether it is a heavy field or not, the need to stay the pace with the Lions is one of the reasons we have gone.

The St Nazaire displays on how we might create a different future, one dominated by green choices, hopefully inspire visitors who stay the pace, to rethink what they have seen at the pens, the yards and the Airbus assembly halls.

The failed abduction of her governor (thống đốc) sometimes in 2003 was one such issue that required less of the approach she employed in dealing with the problem. However, with sufficient dose of the Anambra spirit, she easily springs back from every crisis to stay the pace.

Thùy Dương

"Mend your pace" nghĩa là gì?

"Mend (one's) pace" = chỉnh tốc độ -> nghĩa là bắt đầu tăng tốc, đi kịp người khác.

Ví dụ 
Before Son mended his pace, no one could imagine what happened next. Of course, no one expected it to lead to a goal, even the Burnleys were always wary.

After that, a medium-sized, white middle-aged man could be seen approaching the young girl from behind. He mended his pace to catch up with the female student, before rushing in and performing a "terrifying attack".

In the remainder of the first half, the Vietnamese national team had some more opportunities but could not take advantage. In the second half, they mended their pace to put pressure. But again, U22 Vietnam suddenly took the lead.

Thùy Dương

Không gì thấp hơn

ở tù 6 tháng vì buôn lậu hải sâm...

John Jaimes Torres, 52, drove into the United States at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry last year with 101 undeclared (không khai báo) packages of sea cucumbers concealed (giấu) in the bed of his pickup truck (xe tải).

The cucumbers, which are protected under the Convention (hiệp ước) on International Trade in Endangered Species (động vật nguy cấp), require a certificate of origin and import/export licenses from CITES and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for lawful importation (nhập khẩu), none of which Torres possessed. The value of the cucumbers exceeded $60,000, prosecutors said.

"Mend my fences" nghĩa là gì?

"Mend one's fences" = sửa hàng rào -> nghĩa là cải thiện mối quan hệ.

Ví dụ 
Against this backdrop, the development is interesting as rumours are rife (tràn lan) in the finance ministry that Patel has finally mend his fences with the government and is ready to take up other roles in the government.

She makes a trip from New York City to her hometown and comes face to face with her past. It may finally be time for her to mend her fences with her family and put the past to rest. At the same time, she may get a chance to revive her long-lost true love.

I have not said the right words to a grieving (đau buồn) friend, nor made amends (sửa lỗi) with others. My symphony (bản nhạc giao hưởng) is far from finished! The certainty of this situation is that I have no guarantee that I will reach my goals or mend my fences and accept that I am finished.

Thùy Dương

"Have an easy time of it" nghĩa là gì?

Không cần nhìn luôn!! Photo by Pratik Gupta on Unsplash

"Have an easy time of it" = có khoảng thời gian thoải mái -> nghĩa là làm việc gì dễ dàng, không gặp khó khăn; nghĩa khác là trong tình huống có lợi thế. 

Ví dụ
The AFI All-Pandemic Team selection committee (hội đồng) did not have an easy time of it in choosing a quarterback. There were some terrific (tuyệt vời) performances during this pandemic season and that led to some heated debates. However, for consistency (kiên định) on a high level, Dacia Vienna Vikings quarterback Jadrian Clark was at the top in almost every category in leading the Vikings to the Austrian Football League title, beating the Projekt Spielberg Graz Giants in three straight games..

Adam Beechey took a decisive (quyết định) win, however he didn't have an easy time of it, starting on the outside of pole-positioned Callum Harper and as they went into turn one Beechey took the lead.

In 2019, farmers didn’t have an easy time of it. There was a lot of volume (có rất nhiều) on the market. That put prices under pressure. That left many growers wondering if they should continue with this product. Kakis used to be an important product for Spain. That was before the 2014 Russian boycott.

Thompson was the fourth round pick of the Seattle Seahawks back in the 2017 NFL Draft and played his first three NFL seasons there. Thompson is still only 25-years-old and should have an easy time of it finding a new job—at least as a rotational pass defender and special teams player, the same role (vai trò) he filled in for K.C.

Ngọc Lân

"Know forwards and backwards" nghĩa là gì?

"Know sth forward and backward" = biết ngược biết xuôi -> nghĩa là rất am hiểu chủ đề, lĩnh vực cụ thể (sách, phim, nhạc).

Ví dụ 
She has read this book so many times, she knows it backwards and forwards.

You should ask Andre about the issue—he knows car engines backwards and forwards.

We ourselves know it backwards and forwards: every year we participate in helping foster (bồi dưỡng) the Vietnamese team to compete at the International Astronomy (Thiên văn học) and Astrophysics (Vật lý thiên văn) Olympiads. It is a pleasure to be able to contribute to training such strong students. But when we asked about their next aspirations, all answered unanimously that they wanted to study abroad.

Thùy Dương

"Backward about coming forward" nghĩa là gì?

"Backward(s) about coming forward" có backward là ngần ngại, come forward là nêu ý kiến -> cụm từ này nghĩa là ngần ngại đưa ra quan điểm, không dám nói lên ý kiến.

Ví dụ 
Richardson has always been a strong personality who has never been backward about coming forward.

He told delegates at the conference, "Manufacturers can be backward about coming forward. Don’t underestimate the power you have over events."

Apple has never been backward about coming forward, in both her music and her life, and Fetch The Bolt Cutters is no exception, speaking her mind in the exact way she wants.

North Queensland MP Bob Katter's bizarre (kỳ quái) reaction to the same-sex marriage postal survey has gone viral. The independent member for Kennedy is not known for being backward about coming forward but this outburst, that featured on yesterday’s episode of ABC’s Insiders, has raised plenty of eyebrows.

Thùy Dương

"On mature consideration" nghĩa là gì?

"On mature consideration" -> nghĩa là suy nghĩ rất lung.

Ví dụ
At Bezwada, I asked Mr. Venkayya to give me a design containing a spinning wheel on a red (Hindu colour) and green (Muslim colour) background. His enthusiastic support enabled me to possess (sở hữu) a flag in three hours. It was just a little late for the presentation to the All India Congress Committee. On mature consideration, I saw that the background should represent other religions also.

“We went in with confidence (tự tin) that the courts would agree with us,” he said. “This move by the city suggests that on mature consideration, they think that would be the outcome as well.”

The president also refused to help enforce (tăng cường) the Supreme Court's decision. On the contrary, Jackson's secretary of war stated that the president, "on mature consideration," believed that state legislatures have the "power to extend their laws over all persons [that is, Indian tribes included] living within their boundaries."

Ngọc Lân

"Of mature years" nghĩa là gì?

"Of mature years" có mature là chín chắn, trưởng thành -> cụm từ này nghĩa là tuổi già. 

Ví dụ
Among her papers has been found a first draft (bản phác họa) for a film titled Cakes on a Train, in which a dour (khắc khổ) woman of mature years suddenly finds fame as a television chef on a programme that travels round Britain on a steam train.

"This was a crude (thô thiển) and opportunistic (cơ hội) sexual offence by a man of mature years against a vulnerable woman in her workplace," Queensland Appeal Court Justices Walter Sofronoff, Anthe Philippides and Thomas Bradley said in a judgment published on Friday.

This was a softly-spoken man of mature years, not some venom-spitting (phun độc) member of a feral youth movement. He summed up the consequences of not winning the league by saying: “Next season there’ll be flags over the seats where people used to sit.”

Therefore, the best course of action was to adopt(nhận nuôi). One could adopt a son at any age. In fact, many people preferred to adopt a man of mature years, someone with a sense of responsibility (có trách nhiệm) and someone trustworthy (đáng tin cậy).

Ngọc Lân 

"Sit idly by" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Christian Chen

"Sit idly by" -> nghĩa là ngồi không, chẳng giúp gì.

Ví dụ
Iris Mittenaere is shocked but did not sit idly by. LDPeople tells you the reaction of the beauty queen, her anger more than justified.

“My immediate priority will be to address bread-and-butter, kitchen table and pocket book issues facing families in the district,” she said. “If I was not confident of winning, I would not be running. I could not sit idly by and watch my community struggle in pain and go to hell in a basket.

A bipartisan (lưỡng đảng) group of senators and members of Congress, including Congressman Tom Reed, are asking President Trump to take action on the emergency relief bill. In a letter sent to the President, Reed and his colleagues say, "Now is not the time to sit idly by. Please do the right thing and sign or veto (quyền phủ) this bill immediately."

Ka Tina

"Speak by the card" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Lea Khreiss 

"Speak by the card" = nói theo hải đồ -> nghĩa là nói rất chính xác.

Ví dụ
I don't require a degree to speak by the card on things such as these.

They come not single spies", "we must speak by the card" (where we should say "we must speak by the book") and "the tune of the time".

What might be less trustworthy, of course, is how mathematical models are shared, construed, or even misinterpreted (hiểu sai, dịch sai) when they are reported on by nonexperts, such as government officials, journalists, and denizens (cư dân) of social media. Of greatest consequence, says Shelton, is that “we must interpret models appropriately. We have heard from some who seem to speak with authority but seem to lack the expertise to speak by the card.

Ka Tina

"Two-by-four" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by George Bonev

"Two-by-four" = hai nhân bốn (như cái thước kẻ) -> nghĩa (lóng) là rất bé, chật hẹp (tòa nhà, giường, v.v...).

Ví dụ
"Why is this two-by-four from Idaho? Why is this pine from Georgia? Why is this cedar from the North West?" Lumbery's main focus is Maine.

The first year was rather simple, a tree in the box with a sandbag to hold the front, a two-by-four to prop up the top of the tree at the back, and bungee cords to hold it steady.

That’s how McIlwaine, her husband Rich, brother Bob Gunter and a few other volunteers started adorning the south tower lantern room with a Christmas tree that isn’t really a tree. “It’s a light installation, basically,” explained McIlwaine, consisting of 14 strands of C-9 colored lights (the ones with the big bulbs) strung from a two-by-four and draped into a tree shape, each string secured to the grated floor.

Ka Tina

"Pale by comparison" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Dietmar Becker

"Pale by comparison" -> nghĩa là kém quan trọng, bị lu mờ (khi bị so sánh).

Ví dụ
This President has done when compared to the hacks and products of party machinery whose lack of accomplishments pale by comparison.

COVID-19's tentacles (tua cảm) were so deep into everything that all other stories pale by comparison. The seriousness of COVID-19 really hit home for me on the day they announced March Madness was canceled.

Hess, who seems at this point to have figured out that these two troopers are perhaps not who they appear to be, decides to amplify his callousness (sự tàn nhẫn) by promising to use the Rhydonium to “create havoc (sự tàn phá) that’s gonna make Burnin Konn just pale by comparison.” Mayfeld, who served during Operation: Cinder at Burnin Konn which saw tens of thousands of his comrades perish (diệt vong), is unable to keep his cool and shoots Hess at point-blank range. Before the other troopers (lính thiết giáp) in the canteen can react, Mando and Mayfeld rain blaster (ngòi nổ) shots upon them before escaping.

Ka Tina

"Miss by a mile" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Arthur Mazi

“Miss (something) by a mile” -> nghĩa là 'sai một ly đi một dặm'.

Ví dụ
"I had to come back to, 'I've done everything I can. This is my moment.' This is supposed to be fun. I'm just going to let it fly. And if I'm going to miss, I'm going to miss by a mile. I'm not going to be afraid to miss. That was kind of my mindset … We worked too hard for me to miss that kick.

Last stay with that nonsense: I played horribly the last time out. I was missing shot after shot. An encouraging playing-partner tried to cheer me up. “Think positive about your next round.”
“Come on,” he continued, “what are you gonna shoot next?!”
“My swing coach?!” I joked.
“He's safe. You'll miss by a mile.”
So much for the encouragement.

"We've been less assertive (quả quyết, khẳng định) by the young nature of those players," he said. "The more veteran you are, the more willing you are to make mistakes. The younger you are, the more you want to hold onto your job. But you can lose your job by holding onto your job. We want them to get aggressive. You can miss by a mile, but [that's okay if] you were trying to do something dangerous. That was the message this week: get more assertive and get more aggressive."

Ka Tina

“Desires are nourished by delays” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Laura Chouette

“Desires are nourished by delays” -> nghĩa là ham muốn (thèm muốn, khát khao) càng chậm đến thì càng háo hức.

Ví dụ 
Mirrabell: How long have you stayed here to get an iPhone 12 Pro max? 
Jack: 12 hours, I guess! Desires are nourished by delays.

The longer I wait for my wedding, the more eagerly I want to marry her. Yes, desires are nourished by delays.

Desires are nourished by delays. I hope so bad to have a Gucci handbag when I was 18, then I will buy one for this Christmas.

Ka Tina

“Death by spell check” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Rae Tian

“Death by spell check” = tiêu tan vì kiểm tra chính tả -> nghĩa là kết quả tệ hại do sai chính tả (tác phẩm, đơn xin việc).

Ví dụ 
Most applicants are death by spell check, so they cannot be accepted to take our interview.

She's very careful and good at English grammar. Obviously, she can avoid being death by spell check.

Having a good résume is the first impression with employers. So, don't make any spell errors or suffer death by spell check.

Ka Tina

“Damn by association” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Glen Carrie

“Damn by association” -> nghĩa là mất uy tín, xấu mặt vì dính líu tới ai/điều gì.

Ví dụ
Political context of the contact, how long ago it was or how brief – then damn by association.

This is a crucial distinction (sự phân biệt độc ác). Once we understand the problem with chill and loudness doesn’t lie in the music itself, we can start to disentangle (gỡ rối) their negative connotations (ý nghĩa tiêu cực) from the musical qualities that they damn by association. There should be loud music, and there should be relaxing music. With so much music out in the world, there should be space for music to be both loud and relaxing without being the product of corporate interference. In short: there should be music like Life Metal.

Ka Tina

“Abide by a decision” nghĩa là gì?

“Abide by a decision” -> nghĩa là tuân thủ, làm theo quyết định (của tòa án v.v...).

Ví dụ
The department would need to decide on the consequences for failure to abide by a decision. In 2019 the department stated its intent to establish such a process by expanding the duties of the ombudsman’s (viên thanh tra) office. While the decision on this is up to the department, AFSA recommends that a separate “Office of Conflict Resolution” within the GTM bureau, perhaps in Employee Relations, be established instead.

The Ontario government will not appeal a court ruling against its anti-carbon tax stickers, the province’s energy minister said Thursday, putting an end to an 18-month political and legal battle between Ottawa and Queen’s Park. The province will abide by a decision that struck down the law as unconstitutional, Energy Minister Greg Rickford said in a statement.

“I’d like to delete one sentence ‘follow the governor’s mask order,’ and replace it with ‘respect and abide by a decision that requires the wearing of masks in a business,’” Hirst said. “If a business wants to say ‘I want masks’ that’s their right and we would abide by that. If it’s a business, it’s not infringing on your rights at all. Otherwise, I thought the health order as a whole was well written.”

Ka Tina

“Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Annie Spratt

“Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade” = không ngồi trong bóng râm mà làm vườn được đâu -> nghĩa là kết quả chỉ đạt được khi phải bỏ công và nỗ lực.

Ví dụ
You cannot go there if you just dream about it. “Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade”. 

Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade. Just work harder and harder to get your dream house.

While we gardeners all agree with Rudyard Kipling that “gardens are not made by sitting in the shade ...,” we also know what it means to sit in the shade and enjoy the rewards of our sweaty labor in the middle of August. And one of the most refreshing views is shade gardens overflowing with ferns, either as companions to bright bloomers or as stand-alone beauties, or in containers or hanging baskets on decks and patios. For some reason, ferns give a cool impression, even on a hot day.

Ka Tina

"The finger of suspicion" nghĩa là gì?

"The finger of suspicion" = ngón tay ngờ vực -> nghĩa là nghi ngờ hoặc đổ lỗi cho ai. 

Ví dụ
While the image of one of the thieves (tên trộm) was captured in the CCTV cameras installed in the shop, another CCTV image pointed the finger of suspicion towards an auto-rickshaw which was spotted on the getaway route.

Months later, after a string of terrorist-planted bombs go off, the finger of suspicion is pointed at him, testing the loyalties (lòng trung thành) of friends and fellow officers such as Tung (Sean Lau) and Pong (Ni Ni).

Predictably, the Iranian leadership has pointed the finger of suspicion at Israel for the assassination (ám sát) that took place 65 km outside the Iranian capital, when a motorcade (đoàn xe) ferrying the nuclear scientist on a highway was first blasted by a car bomb and then came under direct gunfire by car- and motorcycle-borne assassins.

The finger of suspicion is pointing at the Channel Islands, where The Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism say SS7 is being exploited (lợi dụng) to track individuals’ locations. 

Ngọc Lân

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