Journey in Life: 03/30/21

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

"A change in his stripes" nghĩa là gì?

"A change in (one's) stripes" = (con hổ) không thể thay da (vạch vằn) -> nghĩa là sự thay đổi về quan điểm, tư tưởng, lòng trung thành (thường liên quan đến chính trị).

Ví dụ 
The former governor has changed her stripes regarding social welfare since leaving office.

You're never going to convince Tom about this. A guy so set in his beliefs like Tom can't change his stripes.

During his campaign, he seemed to change in his stripes somewhat on the subject in supporting modest reforms such as decriminalization (hợp pháp hoá), expungement (sàng lọc) of records, medical use, and leaving cannabis legalization up to the states. Even so, he flip-flopped back and forth a bit. Biden never supported federal.

Thùy Dương

"From first to last" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Aranxa Esteve

"From first to last" -> nghĩa là từ đầu tới cuối, toàn bộ.

Ví dụ
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

In the 90-minute documentary, Tharp, 79, recalls of her 2002 jukebox musical "Movin' Out" that she had choreographed some dance movements to Joel's music and showed them to him. She says, "Billy says, ‘I like that. What do you want from me?’ I said, ‘All your music.’ He said, ‘OK.’ About three hours later, I have every single album he ever made. I put them in chronological order (theo thứ tự thời gian, niên đại học). I listen to them from first to last. I call him three days later. I said, ‘OK, I have it.’ "

Wales are the worthy 2021 Six Nations champions but only after a tense, damp night at the Stade de France had delivered one last glorious twist. From first to last this has been a wild rollercoaster of a championship and the final instalment (phần trả, cung cấp mỗi lần) was no exception, Scotland securing a first win in Paris since 1999 to ensure a second Welsh title in three seasons.

Ka Tina

"First for first" nghĩa là gì?

"First for first" = F4F -> nghĩa là câu bình luận phổ biến trên các bài đăng trên mạng xã hội để tăng sự tương tác "lượt thích", mình yêu cầu một lượt "thích" trên ảnh đầu tiên trên trang của chính mình để đổi lại lượt thích ảnh đầu tiên trên trang của người khác.

Ví dụ
People commenting "first" aren't claiming to be the first people to comment on the post. The term is an abbreviation of "first for first," a request for people to like their latest post in exchange for a like on their most recent post.

A First for First. The Boston Globe’s Devra First took the opportunity this week to eat at Papa Gino’s for the first time after news came out that the long-running Massachusetts pizza chain abruptly closed numerous locations and was filing for bankruptcy. “I expect it to be unfamiliar, but when I walk in, it is utterly familiar,” she writes, opting for carry-out, taking home “an armload of food,” including an appetizer “filled with fried tidbits.” While cracking a beer with her meal, First writes, “It’s like I’m at a frat party-of-one.

Kylie Jenner's Instagram followers have a habit of leaving cryptic (khó hiểu, bí ẩn) comments all over her feed. "Lb" ... "Cb" ... "First for first" — what does it all mean? As it turns out, these peculiar comments have very little to do with the KarJenners — and more to do with commenters trying to promote their own Instagram photos. The next time you see an odd combo of words and letters on the famous family's Instagrams, reference this handy KarDictionary.

Ka Tina

"No tree grows to the sky" nghĩa là gì?

Cũng cao đấy. Photo courtesy: Nick Vidal-Hall

"No tree grows to the sky" = không cây nào mọc đến trời -> nghĩa là không có sự phát triển nào là mãi mãi.

Ví dụ
A belief that no tree grows to the sky and a cautious approach to portfolio construction has left the Seoul-based Public Officials Benefit Association relatively well-positioned to fight through this year's ugly environment for the global economy and markets, the fund's CIO said.

Just as no tree grows to the sky, no matter how strong it appears, share prices do reach an upper limit as a cursory examination (xem lướt qua) of any price chart will testify (see Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA)). So, my question is this: Has the Apple tree topped out?

It’s too early to tell what will come of these unprecedented (chưa có tiền lệ) changes we’re seeing in the economy, the health sector and in society. But storage thrives during economic disruptions. You can already see that in the May numbers for many companies, including ours. But no tree grows to the sky, and storage was already overbuilt before COVID-19. Strong, stabilized stores, in good, low-supply markets will do fine. Early-stage deals, especially in areas with lots of competition, will likely struggle to find rent stability and hit occupancy targets.

Ngân Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Not give a fig" nghĩa là gì?

"Not give a fig" nghĩa là gì?

Đeo khẩu trang vào mọi người ơi! Photo courtesy: F. Nestares P.

"Not give/care a fig" có fig là một chút -> cụm từ này nghĩa là đếch (thèm) quan tâm.

Ví dụ
But don’t confuse the avowed (được thừa nhận) concerns of these CEOs about democracy with democracy itself. They aren’t answerable to democracy. At most, they’re accountable to big shareholders and institutional investors who don’t give a fig as long as profits keep rolling in.

Despite all the hype about the Snyder Cut and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, not many people seem to give a fig about what’s happening in the comics. You don’t hear them fighting about the new version of the Justice League or the X-Men turning into a weird sex cult in Krakoa. In fact, even the regular comic book fans appear a little deflated, and this has been indie comics’ gain.

The civil surgeon said the jawan (cảnh sát) has come from Maharashtra for his report to duty in the CRPF base in Daltonganj. He is said to have travelled by train up-to Dehri On Sone from Maharashtra and then he traveled by bus from Dehri On Sone to Daltonganj. The civil surgeon has asked health officials to find out his contacts that he had had before being put in the Covid care center. Kennedy said he has been asking everyone to wear masks and maintain social distancing. He said he feels sad to see people hardly care a fig for the mask and social distancing.

Ngân Nguyễn

Bài trước: "Join the club" nghĩa là gì?

“First the United States, then the world” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Kelsey Knight

“First (some place), then the world” -> nghĩa là giành thắng lợi ở nơi nào đó trước, rồi sẽ nhanh chóng chiếm, bành trướng hết ở nơi khác.

Ví dụ
They are planning to take over the Smithsonian first, then the world. Larry joins forces with friends old and new to stop the quartets (nhóm bốn) nefarious (hung ác, tàn bạo) plans.

India first, then the world. For American tech giants (gã khổng lồ công nghệ), having a big homegrown player in your corner often makes life easier in a foreign country, and Jio is by far the biggest in India. “Why did Facebook, why did Google…put in their money in Jio at a time when the world economy is in a mess, the Indian economy is in recession, why would they do it? Obviously because there is more than an economic angle,” said Thakurta. “It’s also I believe, indirectly… a political insurance of sorts.”

First the United States…Then the World. After the Ford Motor Company quality control team has given the first batch (đợt, khóa, chuyến) of 2015 Ford Mustang units the thumbs up, they will be loaded onto trucks and probably some trains – and shipped out to dealerships around the country. Ford plans to begin delivering the first units “this fall” for dealerships and owners around the United States while prospective buyers and Ford dealerships in over 120 countries outside of the US will have to wait until a currently unspecified date sometime during the 2015 calendar year.

Ka Tina

"His true stripes" nghĩa là gì?

"One's true stripes" = nét sọc thật -> nghĩa là tính cách thực sự của ai.

Ví dụ 
Tom Kean, Jr. supported Trump’s war on the environment. He showed his true stripes when he ran for Congress and was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Phòng Thương mại Hoa Kỳ), which is a major PennEast supporter. 

The will-he-or-won’t-he energy of the last few weeks has been exhausting. But Ye never fails to show his true stripes, and desecrating (xúc phạm) the legacy of Harriet Tubman is the latest scandal that has the public saying, “Kanye just ain’t it."

Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between inconsistency (mâu thuẫn) and hypocrisy (đạo đức giả), and I’m afraid if they want to pretend (giả vờ) to be conservatives their governmental overreach has exposed (vạch trần) their true stripes.

Thùy Dương

"Break every rule in the book" nghĩa là gì?

Ian Barsby on Unsplash

"Break every rule in the book" -> nghĩa là phá vỡ mọi luật lệ, quy tắc theo cách không thể chấp nhận được, không theo sách vở nào cả.

Ví dụ
Often cutting themselves off in the middle of a bar, failing to rhyme (vần điệu) consecutive (liên tiếp) lines or rapping completely off-beat, scam rappers like Teejayx6 and ShittyBoyz break every rule in the book and create songs that end up sounding like one giant run-on sentence. 

From dress codes (quy định trang phục) to the queen's ban (lệnh cấm) on garlic, Meghan was allowed to break every rule in the book without reproach. All she had to do was her literal job.

It leads us through a timeline of Beethoven’s life, from lessons with his father to making his way to Vienna at the end of the 18th century to study with Haydn, where the young composer (nhà sản xuất) would break every rule in the book – much to the dismay (mất tinh thần) of his family and mentors.

When it is comes to their lucrative (có lợi) deals, it is no holds barred, willing to break every rule in the book, go against standards of public life and ethics, moral or financial. 

Ngọc Lân

"Meek as Moses" nghĩa là gì?

Nhu mì, mềm mại như lụa. Photo by Susan Wilkinson on Unsplash

"Meek as Moses" = nhu mì như Moses -> nghĩa là rất kiên nhẫn, khiêm tốn và ôn hòa.

Ví dụ 
Despite his hulking, imposing appearance, the huge athlete is as meek as Moses when you speak to him in person.

Growing up is a long process, not an overnight thing. It is greatly influenced by spiritual cultivation. That is also the reason why people who are more mature are usually as meek as Moses.

Mr. Wong, who claims to be as meek as Moses of a Republic, said he came to the United States from Borneo in Indonesia at the age of 18 and recounted the "sad incident" of the racism that occurred to him when he first arrived in the United States. 

Thùy Dương

"Sugarcoat the pill" nghĩa là gì?

Cây kẹo đường! Tijana Drndarski on Unsplash

"Sugarcoat the pill" = bọc đường viên thuốc -> nghĩa là làm cho điều tồi tệ, khó chịu, không hài lòng trở nên dễ dàng hơn để đối phó, chịu đựng, chấp nhận.

Ví dụ 
I have to tell my mom about wrecking her car, but I need to find a way to sugar-coat the pill first.

The bosses are giving everyone an extra 10% bonus this Christmas, but I suspect it's a way of sugar-coating the pill that there will be massive pay cuts in January.

It is wrong to analyze the Greek-Turkish equation solely on the basis of military arithmetic (số học). Turkey is the stronger of the two on that front and especially after the effects of the decade-long crisis on the Hellenic Armed Forces. We know it, they know it. There’s no need to sugarcoat the pill.

Thùy Dương

Có báo cũng không kịp

say rượu, lái xe đâm luôn vào chốt cảnh sát giao thông... :D
Okay, so the first thing we should say here is, well, you should never drive drunk (say rượu lái xe).

That's an obvious one, right?

Yup, this drunk bozo (gã đàn ông, thằng cha) drove his car right up over the curb, through a railing—a railing meant to protect pedestrians, by the way, so let's fix that—and right up to the doorstep of the Northwich Police Station.

I'm assuming, at that point, that police simply stepped outside, approached the driver's side window of the vehicle, gave it a nice little backhanded knock, and then that famous line probably came out, you know the one: "Sir, please step out of the vehicle."

The man was soon breathalyzed, twice for good measure, and blew over the limit both times (hạn mức cho phép).

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