Journey in Life: April 2021

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

"Of no fixed abode" nghĩa là gì?

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"Of no fixed abode" có abode là nơi ở -> cụm từ này nghĩa là người không có chỗ ở cố định, nay đây mai đó.

Ví dụ
Leam Tomlinson, 34 of no fixed abode, has now been charged with three counts of burglary (ăn trộm) of the takeaway in Waterfoot as well as three further offences (vi phạm) related to stealing from or attempting to steal from cars, in which the windows where smashed.

A man who sexually assaulted a woman after she fell asleep on a bus has been jailed for seven years.  David O’Brien, 51, of no fixed abode was sentenced (kết án) at Wood Green Crown Court on April 16 for the offence, which took place in Hackney last spring.

A 34-year-old man, of no fixed abode, was arrested on suspicion (tình nghi) of theft from a shop, possession of a class A drug, using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, and three counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

Tomasz Laskowski of no fixed abode has been charged with assault a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm, stalking involving fear of violence and criminal damage.

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"Bandit territory" nghĩa là gì?

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"Bandit territory" = vùng đất trộm cắp -> nghĩa là nơi pháp luật không thể thực thi, không ai quan tâm đến các luật lệ.

Ví dụ
Niger, about twice the size of France and two-thirds (hai phần ba) desert, has long boasted dinosaur riches (phong phú). Countless bones poke through the sand. Paleontologists (nhà cổ sinh vật học) face a sweltering (ngột ngạt) trek through bandit territory to reach what researchers call the continent’s (lục địa) most diverse mix of extinct giants.

Is there any connection between Turkey and recent Islamic insurgency (nổi loạn) in natural gas rich Mozambique, given its hunger for natural gas?… The North-West of Nigeria is now bandit territory. The North-East is a cauldron of death.

By his intelligent and forceful leadership without thought of his own personal safety, by great physical exertion and by suffering many hardships, Lieutenant Puller surmounted (vượt qua) all obstacles and dealt five successive and severe blows against organized banditry in the Republic of Nicaragua.

A huge swathe (vùng rộng) of the north is now bandit territory. Most of us know where our cattle are, but we cannot retrieve them. Abducted women and young girls hardly ever return.

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“An insult to one is an insult to all” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Nong Vang

“An insult to one is an insult to all” -> nghĩa là lăng mạ một người thì chẳng khác gì sỉ nhục tất cả mọi người trong nhóm đó.

Ví dụ
So this prompted us to stand with the Catholics, because an insult to one is an insult to all. The 90 days of prayer will end on August 29.

There is one purpose and one alone to hosting world leaders at this gathering on the hallowed ground of Yad Vashem, built on the location on a Palestinian settlement that existed before 1948. It is to wrangle them together so that they may understand what they must do when they return home: protect Israel at all costs. The goal of the Holocaust event is to wipe out any distinction between the Holocaust, antisemitism and Israel. They are all one: an insult to one is an insult to all.

“The Catholic (Bishops’ Pastoral) Letter was trying to provoke discussion, not give an insult. It pointed out problems like all of us were doing. But it received such a strong (Government) backlash. We felt that given the situation in the country if we just stand by and watch, we don’t know what will happen. We have journalists and activists in prison. There have been abductions with perpetrators unidentified, making us all vulnerable. So, this prompted us to stand with the Catholics, because an insult to one is an insult to all,” said Muparutsa.

Ka Tina

“Artificial language” nghĩa là gì?

“Artificial language” = ngôn ngữ nhân tạo -> nghĩa là ngôn ngữ được phát minh cho mục đích cụ thể (ví dụ: chương trình máy tính).

Ví dụ
To find out, the researchers tested how people learned new words and sentence by giving adults an artificial language to learn. They invented a language spoken by aliens (người ngoài hành tinh) and showed people sentences in alien language alongside scenes showing aliens carrying out different actions.

This proves the nobility of the noble (quý tộc, cao quý), famous Northern language, which is superior (vượt trội hơn) to Latin, which Dante considers an artificial language. In fact, the vernacular (tiếng bản xứ, địa phương) is a natural language that is learned without study from birth. Dante reconstructs the global history of languages ​​beginning with Adam and Eve. It analyzes fourteen types of vernaculars based on geography.

According to the report, the global revenue assurance market will witness significant growth in 2020 and is anticipated to follow the trend until the end of the analysis period. This rise is due to a growing demand for strong validation (hiệu lực, phê chuẩn) systems, as well as a growing awareness of the value of revenue assurance systems in detecting revenue leakages (lọt ra) among the general public. In addition, the growing trend of incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into revenue assurance systems is expected to fuel market growth in the coming years. This AI is used to detect genuine transactions by using cutting-edge technology such as data mining, cloud computing, deep learning, and artificial language. All these aforementioned factors provide lucrative investment opportunities in the industry.

Ka Tina

“Emotional support animal” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Patrick Hendry

“Emotional support animal” = động vật hỗ trợ cảm xúc -> nghĩa là thú cưng được bác sĩ, chuyên gia tâm lý chính thức chứng nhận cho phép đi cùng để mang lại sự thoải mái, hỗ trợ tinh thần (thường liên quan đến tình trạng sức khỏe tâm thần).

Ví dụ
Flying with an emotional support animal is now a thing of the past. WINK News investigated how easy it is to abuse the system and get paperwork for an emotional support animal. Then, the federal government changed the rules: effective Jan. 11, emotional support animals were no longer allowed to fly.

You have probably seen a dog out in public wearing an ESA harness. These emotional support animals fulfill a specific role in the lives of people with mental health issues. They are more than just a pet. They provide comfort, support, and relief to those struggling with their mental health.

Forty-eight percent of Americans feel happy when they see an animal on board because they love animals. Almost 60% of Americans surveyed said they’d rather sit next to an emotional support animal than an infant (đứa bé còn ẵm ngửa) or toddler (đứa bé chỉ mới biết đi). However, almost 2 in 5 travelers have had a negative incident relating to an emotional support animal on board a flight.

Ka Tina

“Be an unknown quantity” nghĩa là gì?

“Be an unknown quantity” = ẩn số-> nghĩa là không thể đoán được, vì thế khó biết trước.

Ví dụ
That will be a difficult task. Miami enter this season as a bit of an unknown quantity due to all of the changes. Last term feels like it was merely a dress rehearsal, a warm-up for this second season, where things should, in theory, look more settled.

The referee for this one is 34-year-old Alessandro Prontera of Bologna. This will be just his 5th ever Serie A game, with 2 coming earlier this year, but he’s got a reputation for being a bit trigger happy with the cards. Weirdly enough, half of his top flight experience involves Fiorentina, and they’ve won both of those games with minimal referee involvement, so he’s very much an unknown quantity here.

Johnson indicated autism “tends to be a bit of an unknown quantity with people because autistic people or children on the spectrum [or] young adults on the spectrum, they tend to look and appear at first instance as regular, normal people. You could not tell just by looking at them in the streets, but as soon as they start to communicate to you, you see where the deficits are and they are usually shown by insufficient communication or limited communication and also a lot of limited knowledge as well…”

Ka Tina

“An honest mistake” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Debora Cardenas

“An honest mistake” = sai lầm chân thành -> nghĩa là lỗi không cố ý, không có ý định hãm hại hay trục lợi (ai trong hoàn cảnh đó cũng đều mắc sai lầm cả).

Ví dụ
After a Boston vaccine clinic opened its doors to local residents over 18 Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker called it an “honest mistake” that would not happen again. Currently, only people who are older than 55 or have one health condition are eligible for the vaccine. But on Monday, the Russell Auditorium vaccine site in Dorchester allowed local residents of any age to get the vaccine, appointment or not.

‘Even many Germans can’t understand how the German tax system works – but you shouldn’t be afraid of it. If you make an honest mistake, tax authorities are more than willing to work with you’, he told us, continuing “Getting an understanding of the basics, and some of the most common terminology, can get you a long way there.”

It's an honest mistake and probably one that ensured John Bishop won't leak any bigger secrets about his character in Doctor Who going forward. In the meantime, fans will stay ever vigilant in their quest to press spoilers out of those in the know on the show, and maybe confirm one way or another whether this coming season will actually be Jodie Whittaker's last.

Ka Tina

“An elder statesman” nghĩa là gì?

“An elder statesman” -> nghĩa là chính trị gia lão thành; chuyên gia có uy tín lớn; tiền bối về một lĩnh vực cụ thể ("cây đa cây đề").

Ví dụ
As an elder statesman, however, Mondale was an ideal Ambassador to Japan. He, and Foley after him, dealt with the sensitive issue of a large American troop presence on Okinawa, and publicized sexual assault cases involving U.S. servicemembers.

Colin Blackwell has enjoyed a career season with the New York Rangers. He’s an elder statesman, aged 27, on one of the youngest teams in the league. Colin knew that the success he now enjoys was not guaranteed. Ice time never is guaranteed in the National Hockey League.

Yachty’s 2016 hit “Minnesota,” which had the treacly energy of a nursery rhyme, earned the then-17-year-old the title “King of the Teens.” But since then, he’s become an elder statesman of a certain brand of young superstar — and something like the Gen Z answer to Diddy. He collaborated with brands like Nautica and Target; he appeared in the movie How High 2; he signed an endorsement deal with Sprite. Signees to his new label imprint, Concrete Boys, even get an iced-out chain.

Ka Tina

"Shelf life" nghĩa là gì?

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"Shelf life" -> nghĩa là hạn sử dụng của sản phẩm ghi trên bao bì.

Ví dụ
If something such as food, drink or medicine (thuốc thang) has a particular shelf life, it must be used or sold before the end of that period of time.

Olga Kachook, senior manager at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, asks if the FMCG value chain’s fixation (cố định) on shelf life hinders the ability of packaging to prevent food waste.

While the potential for preventing (phòng tránh) food waste - and its associated emissions - with packaging is impressive, the devil is in the details. It’s true that packaging can help prevent food waste by extending shelf life, but it’s not a guaranteed (bảo đảm) fix. Rather, it depends on how the packaging is designed and used in practice.

Once inserted, these sachets (bao, gói) slowly release a vapor (hơi nước) that reduces aging and decay. Hazel says that its sachets can extend the shelf life of produce by up to three times.

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"In the interim" nghĩa là gì?

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"In the interim" -> nghĩa là trong thời gian trươc khi điều gì xảy ra, trong lúc đó.

Ví dụ
Thomas said it would be her preference to fill the position internally (bên trong) in the interim, although that will be a decision of the full commission (nhiệm vụ). "I would like to be able to find somebody who’d be able to fill in for a little while from within," she said. "There’s things that need to be done that we can’t let slide."

I'm not suggesting companies dole out (phân phối) branded Snuggies as workforce swag, but some dress code flexibility could go a long way in the interim. Moreover, what is so captivating about khakis, power suits and button-ups anyway?

Danone did not elaborate on (cho biết thêm) its search for a new CEO but said it would pay "careful attention to ensuring a proper transition". It said previously that it was looking for an external candidate after appointing a duo to manage operations in the interim period.

We reserve those options but in the interim, our objective (mục tiêu) is, of course, continuing to call for, push for, his release.

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"Wool-gathering" nghĩa là gì?

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"Wool-gathering" -> nghĩa là người trong trạng thái mơ mộng, không tập trung vào việc chính, đầu óc trên mây.

Ví dụ
I was hovering somewhere between wool-gathering and a standing nap when a voice said, “Pretty spot.” I think she said it mostly so she wouldn’t startle (làm giật mình) me.

Of course we can claim, and usually do in academic wool-gathering on the issue, that class and racial inequality (bất bình đẳng) start long before the admissions officers get involved. That’s a dodge.

Icebreaker wasn’t exactly wool-gathering when some smart design person conceived (hình thành ý tưởng) the new Stratus long-sleeved hooded jacket.With a few tweaks (chỉnh sửa), this coat could become an ideal equipment addition to any snowshoer’s or cold-weather hiker’s list of must-have items.

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"Think better of it" nghĩa là gì?

Đừng từ bỏ hi vọng. Dayne Topkin on Unsplash

"Think better of it" -> nghĩa là quyết định không làm công việc mà trước đây có ý định làm.

Ví dụ
Occasionally (thỉnh thoảng) walk towards them to say something and theatrically (giả bộ) remove the headphones as though you can’t hear a word they are saying with the headphones on. Once they realise they will have to ask you to take off the headphones before they can address you, they will think better of it.

The opening goal could be put down as a set play. Leeds were awarded a free-kick when breaking over halfway, granting Sheffield’s wish for getting behind the dead ball. Leeds passed left where Alioski feinted (nhử đòn) to Harrison then seemed to think better of it, sending the ball back towards Illan Meslier, drawing Sheffield up the field.

Next time you’re about to toss (ném) your unwanted face mask onto the street, think better of it. One mask may not make a difference – but they soon add up. Our oceans will be flooded with an estimated 1.5 billion masks during 2020. But innovators around the world are demonstrating that there may be a silver lining.

The Hammers could lose the influential (có ảnh hưởng) midfield player for three matches after the Czech’s light and probably accidental brush of his elbow against the face of Fulham substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic. The latter went down easily but then appeared to think better of it and pleaded Soucek’s case in vain.

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"An awkward customer" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Bruce Dixon

"An awkward customer" = khách hàng rắc rối -> nghĩa là người gây rối, phiền hà.

Ví dụ
He was an awkward customer, but I thought that I did enough to win it. "It is what it is, that's boxing.

Djokovic's dramatic demise (để lại, nhượng lại) in New York deprived him of a chance to win an 18th Grand Slam title and move to within one of Rafa Nadal's haul and two shy of Roger Federer's record. He looked relieved after avoiding another setback against the Spaniard he has found such an awkward customer of late.

"I just thought him and Barnesy, for different reasons on Saturday were excellent, Jay with his constant threat with his pace, his running in behind and some of his hold up play, and Barnesy because he's an awkward customer.

Ka Tina

"An aide-mémoire" nghĩa là gì?

"An aide-mémoire" -> nghĩa là bản ghi chép, hình ảnh tóm tắt cho dễ nhớ.

Ví dụ
An aide memoire given to Robertson in February 2020, ahead of the meeting, said that Robertson may like to ask about whether new systems being rolled out at the bank would help prepare it for taking on more government banking.

The fire outbreak affected Camps 8W, 9, 10 and 8E located in Balukhali and Kutupalong areas that accommodate Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. This Gender Alert has been developed by GiHA WG as an aide-memoire of the gender-specific impacts of the fire.

One was for reference, or what the French call an aide memoire, something to jog my memory of a performance I’d seen in the flesh, three-dimensionally, on the stage or in the studio or on a specific site, before I wrote about it. An example of that is watching the six-minute video of Linda K. Johnson’s Polka Dot Square piece, a viewing that verified that one of the dancers performing last October on artist Bill Will’s socially distanced giant polka dots in Pioneer Courthouse Square had been wearing red. Yet it in no way reproduced the joy I had derived from seeing birds doing a flyover, or feeling the chill in the air, or being part of an equally elated audience at the actual event.

Ka Tina

"African golf ball" nghĩa là gì?

"African golf ball" = bóng gôn của người châu Phi -> nghĩa (lóng) là dưa hấu, ám chỉ định kiến ​​ban đầu về người Mỹ gốc Phi là rất thích dưa hấu.

Ví dụ
Media also exacerbated minstrel (người hát rong) images of black people with chicken and African golf ball.

Native to the African continent, African golf ball is a large juicy berry that is usually grown from April to June.

Ethiopian exporters are presenting green beans, onions and cabbage, as well as African golf balls, among others.

Ka Tina

"Active shooter" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Specna Arms

"Active shooter" = bắn súng chủ động -> nghĩa là thủ phạm gây ra vụ nổ súng hàng loạt nhắm vào các nạn nhân ở không gian chật hẹp, đông đúc.

Ví dụ
“There are reports circulating on social media about an active shooter targeting random people in Kankakee, however no one has been shot at this time. Officers will continue to investigate,” Kankakee police said in a post on the city’s Facebook page.

The medical worker took that to mean there was an active shooter and the hospital was placed on lockdown. Carr said they checked the hospital grounds and didn’t find a suspect but did find the victim’s car. “It looks like he drove himself to the hospital after getting shot,’' Carr said. There was no active shooter, and the hospital is off lockdown. The victim is in surgery with serious injuries.

Austin police are still searching for the suspect after three people were killed in a shooting near an apartment complex in the Arboretum area of northwest Austin. The scene was previously reported as a possible active shooter situation, however, Austin Police Department now says it appears it was an isolated domestic event. Police confirmed to KXAN that officers were “following up on leads” related to the shooting in the Elgin area late Sunday night. Around 12 a.m. Monday, KXAN saw multiple police crews leaving the scene.

Ka Tina

Monday, April 19, 2021

"Toy with the idea" nghĩa là gì?

Lucas Lenzi on Unsplash

"Toy with the idea" = đùa nghịch với ý tưởng -> nghĩa là suy nghĩ, cân nhắc không kĩ càng, cẩn thận.

Ví dụ
Arsenal have four full days of recovery (hồi phục) following Sunday ahead of another home fixture with Everton, thus the manager will toy with the idea of giving others a chance in the side or building a foundation.

Though the Colts will toy with the idea of moving either Quenton Nelson or Braden Smith to left tackle, there is a strong chance they use one of their picks (lựa chọn) in first or second round at the position. This draft class boasts a deep group, many of which will have the attention of the Colts.

Congressional members continue to toy with the idea of amending (cải thiện) or eliminating that section, but some believe doing so would solve the issue because the social media companies would be forced to curb (kiềm chế) misinformation and fake news or face costly lawsuits.

Because I hate grocery-shopping and meal-planning, I’m starting to toy with the idea of a meal kit delivery service.

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"A harebrained idea" nghĩa là gì?

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"A harebrained idea" có harebrained là liều lĩnh -> nghĩa là ý kiến, gợi ý ngu ngốc, không thực tế.

Ví dụ
It may seem like a harebrained idea, but one popular pandemic pet seems to be chickens. The start of the pandemic saw more people buying chickens to raise (nuôi lớn) right in their own backyards and it seems the trend (phong trào) is holding strong. Several pet stores told CBS13 they’ve never seen anything like it.

Asking working Americans to give up even one dime of their future Social Security benefits to survive today’s economic crisis (khủng hoảng) is a harebrained idea that would hurt families for decades to come.

Fortune spoke to four of Peloton’s five cofounders (đồng sáng lập)—the ones who are still with the company—to better understand how they turned a harebrained idea into such a sensation (tin giật gân). The video interview took place in January, and featured John Foley, Peloton’s chief executive, along with his three closest and longest-serving lieutenants.

Chances are, you’ve done at least a couple of big adventure rides in the past that served as de facto (thực tế) events for the simple reason that someone cooked up (nảy ra) a harebrained idea and invited you along.

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"Acquired taste" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Toa Heftiba

"Acquired taste" -> nghĩa là lần đầu thử ăn/uống thì mùi vị không ngon lắm nhưng ăn vài lần thì lại thích, ngon; sở thích do quen mà có.

Ví dụ
As a fourth-year, I have evidently aged — and so has my food palette. I am past the blandness (nhạt nhẽo) of the dining halls, along with the basic assumptions of plain avocado toast. As a kid, if I did not like what was for dinner, my dad would always tell me I could have toast, and now I see why. Toast, when done right, is life-saving. As a self-identified foodie with an acquired taste, I can say avocado toast should not be basic because it just might save your year.

As I said earlier Citroen as a brand is very much an acquired taste but for those that love French style and character it offers a real point of difference. There’s a real charm to current Citroen’s and the small C3 five-door hatch I’ve just driven has a certain funkiness that’s’ very appealing. A 1.2-litre three-cylinder six speed automatic at $28,990 with five-years/unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assistance and a real bonus of five-years free service.

There’s a reason bleu cheese, olives, and wasabi don’t appear on kids' menus: All three ingredients have assertive flavors that would turn off most children with functioning taste receptors. But something interesting happens after several years of development—many of the same kids that used to gag at anything bitter or funky start to accept, or actively seek out, those same bold flavors in their diets. This change has nothing to do with maturing taste buds. Rather, it can be explained by the purely psychological phenomenon of acquired taste.

Ka Tina

"Absent-minded professor" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Chris Blonk

"Absent-minded professor" = vị giáo sư đãng trí -> nghĩa là người thông minh khác thường thì thiếu hiểu biết thông thường, hay quên/phớt lờ các chi tiết quan trọng.

Ví dụ
It replaces George with Alexander Hartdegen (Guy Pierce), a New Yorker of all things and an absent minded professor of engineering.

On the stand, Mr. LaPierre comes across as an antiquated, absent-minded professor. He describes himself as unapologetically “old school.” He does not use a computer, preferring yellow legal pads. He does not text. He started reading emails on his phone only in the last couple of months. His answers in court wandered so frequently that he was often interrupted and implored to keep his focus by opposing counsel, as well as the presiding judge, Harlin D. Hale and even his own lawyer. (“Mr. LaPierre, it’s rare that I’m going to interrupt you, but stick to yeses and nos if possible,” one of his lawyers, Gregory Garman, interjected during his testimony.)

My husband is warm, caring, and creative. He’s also always been a bit of an absent-minded professor type: everything from forgetting to lock the front door to ruining a very expensive camera because he got overly excited about taking some pictures in (yes, IN) a lake. We’re hoping to start a family soon, and while I fully believe that he’ll be a wonderful dad (with a few foibles), there’s one dark fear I can’t shake: I am terrified there will be a situation where he leaves our baby in the back seat of a hot car. This is such an easy thing to do for even the most conscientious parent, and the news stories about it are utterly tragic. I know all the tricks about putting your wallet in the back seat, etc. But how do I share this fear without sounding overly paranoid? It’s not that I don’t trust him as a person … I just don’t trust his brain! Thanks for your advice.

Ka Tina

"A Roland for an Oliver" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jan Zikán

"A Roland for an Oliver" = Roland dành cho Oliver (hai hiệp sĩ huyền thoại thời trung cổ, những người đã chiến đấu cho hoàng đế Charlemagne. Chiến công và sức mạnh của họ ngang nhau đến mức được coi là những thước đo sức mạnh quân sự cân xứng -> nghĩa (trong trận chiến) là cuộc trao đổi, trong đó thứ được cho đi có giá trị và sức mạnh ngang bằng với thứ nhận được.

Ví dụ
She trades gracefulness for brute (hung ác, tàn bạo) force, and visually it’s a Roland for an Oliver.

For the sake of simplicity in this breakdown, we'll consider a Roland for an Oliver—for now.

Pashinyan discussed the conversation with reporters saying that the discussion centered around exchange of captives—or prisoners of war—for which Baku has proposed a Roland for an Oliver of prisoners being held captives on both sides.

Ka Tina

"Have an itchy palm" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by lucas Favre

"Have an itchy palm" = có bàn tay bị ngứa -> nghĩa là mong được nhận hối lộ/tiền; tham lam, tham nhũng.

Ví dụ
Someone in Tuggeranong should have an itchy palm by now after scoring a division one win in Monday's Lotto draw.

There are so many superstitions (mê tín dị đoan) about when someone has an itchy palm, especially an itchy left palm. Old wives' tales and many cultures believe that an itchy left palm means that you are about to have a great financial fortune. The origins of the left-hand palm itching date back to the Saxons in England.

Having doled out so much in cash and kind to return to the assemblies, the legislators can't be realistically expected to exhibit a particular disdain (khinh bỉ) for money – few others placed in similar circumstances would demonstrate. This doesn't mean that parliamentarians by and large have an itchy palm. What it means is that given the role money plays in every election, it is difficult to resist the temptation of a monetary reward if the stakes are raised high. Remember it’s a world of ordinary mortals, not of the gods.

Ka Tina

"He who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon" nghĩa là gì?

"He who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon" = người nói lời hay mớm bạn ăn bằng cái thìa trống không -> nghĩa là nói về điều tích cực, đầy hy vọng thì thường không thật, không chỉ đúng về điều gì sẽ xảy ra trong tương lai.

Ví dụ
Never believe in what they say because he who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon.

He said that the economy won't be affected by the covid-19, but he who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon.

My boss's over optimistic (quá lạc quan) and always give us great words to encourage us during this challenging time. Anyway, he who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon.

Ka Tina

"How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time" nghĩa là gì?

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"How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time" = bạn ăn voi như thế nào? Ăn từng miếng một -> nghĩa là hỏi bạn hoàn thành mục tiêu lớn đó như thế nào? Trả lời là theo từng quy trình nhỏ, từng bước một.

Ví dụ
Clark said he had a lot of time to think about his priorities and goals when he was running for office and using the old adage, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,” he created a drawing of an elephant with pieces of the elephant sectioned off for each of his goals.

So, the fact that Riley is now rated as high as the fourth best coach in college football is hardly something to sneeze at. But could he actually climb even higher in the years ahead? The easy answer is, sure he can so long as he continues to win at Oklahoma at the same rate he has in compiling 45 total wins against eight losses and averaging 11 wins in his first years on the job. The popular phrase, “How do you eat an elephant” One bite at a time,” is probably the best way — or at least the most reasonable way — for the Oklahoma head coach to move up even higher in the coaching rankings.

Next I ring my mother to check that she didn’t die in the night, then it’s time to start work. I repair to The Room of Pain (the spare bedroom), switch on the computer, light a candle and ‘begin’. And by ‘begin’, I mean, stare at the screen and marvel at my hubris (xấc xược, ngạo mạn). How did I ever think I could write a book. A whole book! The wisdom of my friend Posh Kate, comes to mind: ‘How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!’ All this talk of eating and biting reminds me of food so I go downstairs and eat a protein bar, which is chocolate-flavoured fakery repackaged as something virtuous. Nevertheless, I enjoy it. I neglect to input it into my app.

Ka Tina

"Make inroads into" nghĩa là gì?

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"Make inroads into" có inroad là thâm nhập -> cụm từ này nghĩa là có ảnh hưởng lớn tới điều gì; nghĩa khác là tiến triển, tiến bộ tốt. 

Ví dụ
Formula One’s new chief executive has singled out (chọn ra) the US for growth, seeking to add a second Grand Prix in the country and complete a broadcast deal, after years of struggling to make inroads into one of the world’s largest sports and media markets.

Many of the new biologics (sinh vật học) in the process of development are for indications that are dominated by small molecules and have a broad patient population. This means that biologics could make inroads into a number of non-traditional biologic disease (bệnh) areas in the near future and it could benefit from improved therapeutic (phép chữa bệnh) efficacy. In addition to that, this creates room for the biosimilar industry to expand.

Citroen plans to start making a new crossover (dòng xe SUV thân rộng) model in China in a first attempt by its parent Stellantis NV to make inroads into the world’s biggest auto market.

With the large oil and gas market Nigeria has, these companies will seek to make inroads into Nigeria under the AfCFTA regime (chế độ).

Ngọc Lân

"Do a moonlight flit" nghĩa là gì?

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"Do a moonlight flit" có flit là vụt qua nhẹ nhàng -> cụm từ này nghĩa là bí mật bỏ đi, thường là trốn nợ.

Ví dụ
Gupta, who would do a moonlight flit after collecting huge bribes (tiền hối lộ) from gullible (nhẹ dạ cả tin) candidates, finally set up office in Vijayant Khand, Gomtinagar, and the racket was unearthed after raids at the office by STF.

A drug dealer who repeatedly sold crack cocaine and heroin was so taken in by an undercover police officer he asked him to help him do a "moonlight flit".

The malicious (nham hiểm) Miss O'Brien is going to do a moonlight flit in the very first scene, leaving Lady Grantham to confront the dismaying prospect of lacing her own stays.

The little bird returns to the post and looks around to check the world is as it left it, before repeating the catch, as if for the first time, every time. Next week, next month, soon, it will do a moonlight flit and vanish (biến mất), returning to another fence far away.

Ngọc Lân

"Kick at an open door" nghĩa là gì?

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"Kick at an open door" = đá vào cửa đang mở -> nghĩa là dễ dàng giành chiến thắng, đạt kết quả như mong đợi vì được hỗ trợ bởi nhiều người.

Ví dụ
No one supported me on this project, so I don't kick at an open door.

The people always his policies, so he often kick at an open door.

My family, relatives and friends would love me to enter this competition, then I kicked at an open door.

Ka Tina

"Like an owl in an ivy bush" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Mathew Schwartz

"Like an owl in an ivy bush" = như con cú dưới bụi cây thường xuân (nơi thích thú của cả chim cú và Bacchus, vị thần rượu của người La Mã)-> nghĩa là cái nhìn lơ đãng, đờ đẫn do say rượu.

Ví dụ
“He looks like an owl in an ivy bush”; frequently said of a person with a large frizzled wig, or a woman whose hair is dressed a-la-blowze.

A woman wearing a blue denim pinafore (cái tạp dề) and pink face mask sat on the ground at the port, like an owl in an ivy bush, one hand clutching a fence, waiting for her son.

In “Kinetta,” there is no bottom to the depths of debasement these people will go. But even when the characters are degrading themselves, like when the maid allows the voyeuristic (dòm ngó, tò mò tọc mạch) cop to rip up her dress and watch her writhe (quằn quại) on the floor like an owl in an ivy bush, they’re in control.

Ka Tina

"Maroon on an island" nghĩa là gì?

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"Maroon (one) on an island" -> nghĩa là bỏ mặc ai trên đảo hoang.

Ví dụ
X-Men fans will remember the original Dark Riders were acolytes (người theo hầu, cấp dưới) of Apocalypse. Their name was up for grabs after Magneto decisively defeated them, marooned them on an island, then blew up the island in 2016's Uncanny X-Men #5.

Readers of the Watchmen graphic novel will remember exactly how this plan was orchestrated: Veidt had kidnapped writers, artists, and creators, marooned them on an island, and set them to work building the squid–which he would then combine with vague (mơ hồ) teleportation technology and drop on Manhattan. In the graphic novel, the plan succeeds, and it appears both the U.S. and Soviets initiate early-stage peace talks.

Caity Lotz made her DC Comics debut in the second season of Arrow as Sara Lance, the love interest of Oliver Queen who seemingly died during the accident that marooned him on an island, making it a major twist that she had survived the ordeal. In the years since her debut, Sara became known as the White Canary, using her physical abilities to take down criminals. The character's subsequent journey saw her death and ultimate resurrection, making her no stranger to supernatural (siêu nhiên) events. The upcoming season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow will see the character undergo a major change, as it will finally deliver White Canary a superpower.

Ka Tina

"Landslide victory" nghĩa là gì?

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"Landslide victory" -> nghĩa là thắng lớn trong bầu cử; thắng phiếu lớn.

Ví dụ
Benin's constitutional (hiến pháp) court on Thursday approved the provisional results of this week's election giving President Patrice Talon a landslide victory after he faced only two little-known opponents.

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa is confident (tự tin) of a ZANU PF landslide victory in the 2023 harmonised elections on account of Government’s success in stabilising (làm ổn định) and growing the economy.

On the 10th of April, the small but strategically (chiến lược) important country of Djibouti on the Horn of Africa re-elected Ismaël Omar Guelleh, the incumbent, as president for the fifth time, in what was apparently a landslide victory.

Neither Russia nor the US has commented on Lukashenko's assertions (xác nhận). The Belarus strongman has been in power since 1994 and claimed a landslide victory in the 2020 presidential election ruled fraudulent by the opposition and Western countries.

Ngọc Lân

"Never give a sucker an even chance" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Sammy Williams

"Never give a sucker an even chance" = không bao giờ cho kẻ khờ việc quyết định thắng thua -> nghĩa là nếu ai dễ bị lừa thì bạn có thể làm bất kì điều gì để lợi dụng người đó.

Ví dụ
He's an idiot, never give a sucker an even chance.

But then again, is it right for a sinister (gở, điềm xấu) so and so never give a sucker an even chance?

That's religion for you, never give a sucker an even chance. Speaking of which I have a lovely bridge that you would be a fool.

Ka Tina

"Not let catch doing" nghĩa là gì?

"Not let (someone) catch (someone) doing (something)" -> nghĩa là không để ai bắt/thấy ai đó đang làm điều không được phép.

Ví dụ
You could eat all you wanted, but don't let her catch you in her kitchen for a midnight snack.

You don’t want to argue with Mrs. Terry. She’s spent 33 years teaching students at Morristown West to debate. Suzanne Terry will help you find your voice. She’ll defend your right to make it heard. But don’t let her catch you disrespecting someone — especially yourself. You don’t want to act a fool on one of the 20 or so trips you take each year with her debate team.

Don’t let him catch you flush or he will KNOCK. YOU. OUT. Tremendous hitting power and has put some really good ball carriers flat on their backs. Takes strong angles, although his tackle radius can be somewhat tempered by his lack of reach and he needs frame clean to finish with authority.

Ka Tina

"Not stand an earthly chance" nghĩa là gì?

"Not stand an earthly chance" -> nghĩa là chẳng có cơ hội nào cả.

Ví dụ
“He always puts the ball where you think you have a chance, but he knows you don't stand an earthly chance,” Boxall said during the club's preseason camp.

But experts and local politicians warn a lag (sự bắt giam, chậm trễ) in its delivery means these suburbs (ngoại ô) won't stand an earthly chance for becoming successful communities.

To wannabe clubs which don't stand an earthly chance of competing with the financial muscle of the Man Us and Chelseas of this world.

Ka Tina

"Offer one cannot refuse" nghĩa là gì?

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"Offer (one) cannot refuse" = đề nghị không thể từ chối (được Mario Puzo đặt ra trong cuốn tiểu thuyết Bố già năm 1969 của ông và được phổ biến trong bộ phim chuyển thể cùng tên của Francis Ford Coppola năm 1972) -> nghĩa là lời đề nghị có tính đe dọa, nếu từ chối sẽ gặp hậu quả lớn, nguy hiểm.

Ví dụ
“I am one of the unusual males who just can’t stand golf, so there’s no prospect of retiring to the golf course.” He hopes to travel and write and to spend more time with a grandson who shares his passion for history. “He called me up one day when he was in kindergarten. He was 5, and he said, ‘Will you take me to Mt. Vernon for my birthday?’ and I said that’s an offer one cannot refuse.”

An offer one cannot refuse? The promoter group has decided to raise the number of equity shares of Vedanta to be acquired in the open offer to 651mn (earlier 371.75mn), representing 17.5% (earlier 10%) of equity shares, at a revised price of Rs 235 (earlier Rs 160). The revised offer represents a premium of 4% to the CMP, a better deal for investors than the earlier offer price that implied a discount of 13% to the CMP then. That said, the fragmented nature of shareholding may affect tendering of shares nevertheless. The last date for upward revision of offer price was March 19.

To borrow a line from cinematic lore, Matthew McCurley has an offer one cannot refuse. McCurley, you see, used to be an actor. His defining moment came 25 years ago, in October of 1994, when the movie “Little Giants” debuted in theaters. McCurley played the role of Nubie, the nerdiest kid on a team with no shortage of nerds. Except he did not even play. No, Nubie was something of an assistant coach, famous for dialing up the immortal play “The Annexation of Puerto Rico” with the help of none other than John Madden.

Ka Tina

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