Journey in Life: "If you're in a hole, stop digging" nghĩa là gì?

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

"If you're in a hole, stop digging" nghĩa là gì?

Tìm cách trèo lên thôi. Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash

"If you're in a hole, stop digging" = nếu đang trong cái hố thì đừng đào nữa -> nghĩa là đang trong tình thế khó khăn thì đừng làm nó tồi tệ hơn. 

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They carried banners (biểu ngữ) addressing Tory Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick that read: 'If you're in a hole stop digging.' Within the space of a few minutes, the green turf had completely disappeared, leaving brown earth in its place and all over the pavement.  

“If you’re in a hole, stop digging,” he advises, saying negotiating (đàm phán) forbearance (tự chủ kiên trì) with creditors is a better idea. In addition, many creditors have stopped outgoing collections work this week, and lawyers might want to consider taking the same approach, Markoff says.

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.” Every British schoolchild has been brought up (nuôi lớn) on this idiom. Theresa May is clearly no exception. She tried to get her deal through the House of Commons three times, and three times she was defeated. There’s another adage, allegedly American: “If you’re in a hole, stop digging.” All that May achieved was to dig her own political grave. The tombstone (bia mộ) will read “Brexit means Brexit” — except it didn’t.

The old advice still applies (áp dụng): If you’re in a hole, stop digging. Wisconsin lawmakers working on the budget are hearing again from profit-driven consultants (cố vấn) whose recommendations would further hollow out (làm rỗng) responsible transportation spending.

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