Journey in Life: 01/12/21

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

"Bring to the fore" nghĩa là gì?

Tài năng thì có thừa nhưng mấy ai biết đến :(( Photo by bari abikar on Unsplash

"Bring to the fore" có fore là phía trước -> cụm từ này nghĩa là nhấn mạnh hoặc khiến điều gì trở nên rõ ràng, dễ thấy hơn.

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Black Swan events such as the Covid-19 pandemic bring to the fore the importance of building hedges (hàng rào) to protect portfolio destruction. That does not mean that one should look at Gold only during periods of irrational fear and risk-off sentiments.

Daniel Levy, president of USMEP, commented that “attempts to sideline this conflict are more likely to bring to the fore long neglected (bị bỏ quên) core (cốt lõi) issues and hard choices for Palestinians and Israelis alike – in cooperating together, our organisations can best contribute to understanding and navigating the uncertain terrain ahead”.

In Ukraine, prices paid by household energy consumers have not changed since the spring of 2017. Populist or not, Ukrainian politicians admit (thừa nhận) that investment is needed in the national energy system but bring to the fore the need to protect the population from price increases. 

The studio, which was a long time in the making, will also help bring to the fore new and unheard talent. “We are working on series of biopics (phim dựa trên truyện có thật) on noted poets. We already have a presence on various podcast platforms,” says Saraf.

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"Stick a pin in it" nghĩa là gì?

Khó quá thì để đấy, xíu quay lại :))). Photo by PEIWEN HE on Unsplash

"Stick a pin in it" = ghim vào đó -> nghĩa là tạm dừng thảo luận, có kế hoạch tiếp tục sau.
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His comment really stuck in my gizzard. He was really out of line to say that.

The way that he was fired has stuck in his gizzard all these years. If it had been handled differently, I don't think it would have affected him as much.

America and Britain are basically two sides of the same coin. Deny it all you want – Americans are probably just as terrified of Marmite as Britons (người Anh) are of regressive abortion (phá thai) laws and the Second Amendment. But try not to stress about yeast extract or mass murder for now. Even the closest siblings have the odd tiff, so let’s just stick a pin in it.

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"Have a poke around" nghĩa là gì?

Đang xem xét, rình rập con mồi... Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

"Have a poke around" = lục lọi xung quanh -> nghĩa là điều tra, xem xét địa điểm hay khu vực nào đó (thường là đột xuất).
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Have a poke around and we'll be ironing out (giải quyết) any bugs (chỗ sai sót) in the coming days.

He plans to have a poke around to test how effectively current resources are being used. But, if required, he would "speak truth to power"; tell the Government more is needed if his review comes to that conclusion.

To see all 25 of this year’s winners, head over (truy cập) to Capture the Atlas. And if you’re interested in getting into Milky Way (Dải Ngân hà) photography for yourself, have a poke around their blog—there are some really valuable resources there, like this guide to photographing the Milky Way, and this helpful Milky Way calendar we shared with you earlier in the year.

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"Return to the charge" nghĩa là gì?

"Return to the charge" -> nghĩa là quay lại cuộc tranh luận hoặc làm việc gì và cố giành phần thắng.

Ví dụ
Trump seems to return to the charge in times of stress. He has renewed the charge, calling it “OBAMAGATE!” When asked by a reporter what crime he was claiming Obama had committed this time, Trump replied, “You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious (rõ ràng) to everybody.”

Les Gones had obtained the agreement of the African champion last summer to succeed the Lyon captain, Memphis depay, at the forefront (hàng đầu) of the attack. The aborted transfer of the Dutchman to FC Barcelona derailed the arrival of Islam Slimani within the Rhone formation. Juninho and his colleagues could return to the charge in this case during the winter transfer market.

“We expect the government to use its good offices to persuade (thuyết phục) the crown dependencies to introduce public ownership registers,” Mitchell said. “But if they do not, parliament (nghị viện) will return to the charge.” The two MPs had believed that the constitutional (hiến pháp) position of the crown dependencies was different and they excluded them from their amendment to the sanctions and anti-money laundering bill that was agreed on Tuesday after the government caved in at the last minute.

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"Shadetree mechanic" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Kay Asante on Unsplash

"Shadetree mechanic" -> nghĩa là thợ máy sửa xe trong điều kiện vật tư, thiết bị tối thiểu, thường là trong gara nhà hoặc trên đường; thợ quèn.

Ví dụ
He explained how he could work on it during his harvest, when the machines had a lot of belts and chains and mechanical (cơ khí) drives. But I told him that he’d been asking for much higher productivity (năng suất), more speed, bigger grain tanks, longer seasons. All of these things mean more efficiency. So, you give up some of that ease of maintenance for systems that are much more complex but also simplified; your software diagnoses issues. In order to get the higher production, the higher efficiencies — that’s what you give up. The days of being a shadetree mechanic, going out and changing out things is becoming less and less.

He describes himself back then as a “shadetree mechanic,” but for guitar and bass, learning through trial and error in the heyday (thời thanh xuân) of hard rock. “I destroyed a lot of guitars on the route to learning to fix them,” he said.

We’ve picked out several different options for the shadetree mechanic, all of them with different strengths. Most good gearheads seem to accumulate (tích trữ) tools over the years; perhaps these will make the grade and take up residence in your basement or garage.

When you’re working on a plumbing (ống nước) project of any size it’s critical to make sure all of your fittings are sealed up to prevent leaks (rò gỉ). There are different shadetree mechanic tricks you can use to accomplish this, however, doing the job right the first time will make your life easier when it comes time to start the project vehicle up.

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"Become hip to" nghĩa là gì?

"Become hip to (someone or something)" -> nghĩa là nhận biết về điều gì.

Ví dụ
The energy transition (chuyển tiếp) is entering dangerous territory. Variable (đa dạng) sources of renewable energy – solar and wind – are champing at the bit. They want access to the grid right now. They are trembling with ambition. The various generals who manage the grid have slowly become hip to the cause and are drawing fresh lines of transmission on the map. Will all go well? Most definitely not – unless as much variable load enters the system as is contained in the pipeline of volatile supply.

As consumers become hip to the pay-for-play nature of influencer social media posts, this once organic marketing arena becomes the very antithesis (tương phản) of brand loyalty and credibility.

But, as is the case with Sprint, how much longer can T-Mobile US expect to mine growth from a saturated (bão hòa) market? New connection growth from traditional services is basically irrelevant at this point, which means stealing customers is the only real path for expansion (mở rộng). T-Mobile US’ rivals have finally become hip to its methods and have begun to shore up that leaking ship.

Most adults have become hip to the WFH acronym (viết tắt) because many are still working from home, some indefinitely. DealNews reports to have seen deals this month, on 23 to 27-inch monitors for as little as $120 (like this refurbished LG 24-inch monitor), Chromebooks for as cheap as $204, and name-brand 17″-inch laptops for $450 or less.” You’ll also want to invest in these work at home essentials from Target.

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"Assault the ear" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Mark Paton on Unsplash

"Assault the ear" = công kích đôi tai -> nghĩa là âm thanh lớn, gây khó chịu. 

Ví dụ
At first, the new DTS:X track doesn't seem to offer Psycho anything new aurally (bằng cách nghe). Bernard Herrmann's iconic, screechy, all-string score sounds rich and robust, but it doesn't assault the ear drums like I expected...and that's probably a good thing.

But a bigger, and arguably better, reason, is that FCA missed its opportunity to properly differentiate (phân biệt) itself. What MX-5 critics have long sort after is a raucous (khàn khàn), turbocharged engine. Something vicious enough to overwhelm the rear tires and assault the ear drums. Fiat has such abilities, and could have bought more firepower to the party – that would have netted a different result.

Collages of sound assault the ear and confuse the mind, yet the music score (soạn) by John Barry is a work of great beauty, and is vitally important to the experience and effect of this film, along with a bit of Stockhausen. The score helps to bind (kết nối) the montages (cảnh phim) together and musically evokes the states of the protagonists and their journey on several occasions, while the main theme is one of his very best from this master melodist; very hypnotic, suggesting regret and longing without being too explicit about it.

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"For two pins I'd" nghĩa là gì?

"For two pins I'd" -> nghĩa là rất muốn làm điều gì, nhất là do khó chịu. 

Ví dụ
The next thing was that we started the Blue Horizon Club in Battersea. Mike was already thinking about leaving Decca, and Peter had been doing slide acoustic (âm thanh) gigs for us at the club. I remember him saying, 'For two pins I’d give all this up and start a pet shop.' There was always this other side to him that was detached, as if he was watching himself going into it.

The thought of Christmas depresses me. Please don’t go to trouble. Every year I swear I’ll never endure (trải qua) it again, & make you promise to be sensible (biết điều), & now here you are talking about duck again, just as if I had never shouted (quát) and got drunk & broken the furniture out of sheer rage at it all. For two pins I’d stay here & have bread & cheese, & motor down on the afternoon of Christmas Day. All I want is an ordinary (bình thường) lunch, and no fuss. Get a good piece of beef that will last a day or two, and potatoes for baking. To hell with Christmas. Let us have peace, & not all this blasted cooking and eating (and washing up!)

After he was knighted (phong tước hầu) on February 18, 2009, Pratchett said, "You can't ask a fantasy writer not to want a knighthood. You know, for two pins I'd get myself a horse and a sword." Soon enough, he made his own sword with the help of some friends and was sure to include some "thunderbolt iron" in the smelt.

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