Journey in Life: 04/03/21

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

"Vertically challenged" nghĩa là gì?

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"Vertically challenged" -> nghĩa là người có chiều cao khiêm tốn.

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On a good day, I stand 5 feet, 5 inches tall. Being vertically challenged has very few advantages. If you happen to be thirsting (khao khát) for adventure, I’d like to present you with your own vertical challenge. This one involves several bottles of wine, of course. 

The main challenge Eckhout has faced in firefighting work was the fire bunker gear (bộ đồ), which she said was designed for a male-structured body. “I’m vertically-challenged and have short legs,” she added, and she found the whole of the equipment (dụng cụ) difficult to wear. She also said that walking and climbing can be a challenge due to the fit of the equipment, and it was not easily managed while searching on hands and knees.

That prank (trò đùa) was no laughing matter for dudes who literally stretch the truth by listing their height at 5’9″, which seems to be the magical threshold (ngưỡng cửa) for a lot of women who view anyone shorter as an automatic left swipe. Now, there’s a new product taking TikTok by storm that lets vertically-challenged guys take their height (and deceptive tactics) to a new level.

Taking advantage of their height, the “vertically challenged” police dogs are perfect for investigating crawl (bò trườn) spaces like underneath vehicles.

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"Five o'clock shadow" nghĩa là gì?

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"Five o'clock shadow" -> nghĩa là người râu ria xồm xoàm vì lâu ngày không cạo.

Ví dụ
Viewers of the Women Tell All special were in for a surprise with his new look. During his time on The Bachelor, Matt stuck to a constant (kiên định) five o’clock shadow. After filming ended, he went full beard (râu ria) mode. 

Seeing as I’ve come to see myself as a woman, in spite of a tiny dick and an untamable five o’clock shadow, I figured I’d give answering this riddle (bí ẩn) wrapped inside an enigma a shot. In the simplest terms possible, I believe a woman is a mother and in 2021 that mother is a world class bitch.

The effects are subtle (tinh vi) enough in a way that other people in the video call wouldn’t be able to tell that a filter is being used at all. Instead, the user’s complexion simply appears even and more radiant with fewer blemishes (nhược điểm) – we know it works because we’ve tried it. The filters can even give you the appearance of a clean shave if you’ve got a five o’clock shadow. 

The actors are uniformly (đồng đều) fine to exceptionally good, including a believably dad-joking Tyler Hoechlin, whose five o'clock shadow and often-weary eyes mirror that of many working stiffs, worn down toward the end of a day, all too aware of encroaching middle age and the responsibilities of caring for a family, while also, you know, being guardian for the entire planet. 

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"Keep his slate clean" nghĩa là gì?

Vị Tổng thống nổi tiếng luôn duy trì sự hoàn hảo cho đến hết nhiệm kỳ. Photo by Library of Congress on Unsplash

"Keep (one's) slate clean" có slate là danh sách ứng cử viên để bầu cử -> cụm từ này nghĩa là duy trì thành tích hoàn hảo, không để xảy ra bất kỳ sai lầm nào.

Ví dụ 
That could mean jail time and checking an extra box on job applications, a black mark on his prospects (triển vọng) for the rest of his life. But thanks to a new Dallas County courts program launched in January, Monroe is getting a chance to keep his slate clean.

While the spotlight has been on David at the start of this season and the debate remains about whether the Spaniard will keep his slate clean and keep his place in the United side, Dean Henderson has to make sure he's faultless when the chances arrive in cup competitions.

The overwhelming magnitude (tầm lớn) of corruption (tham nhũng) in the country destroyed the fabric (tổ chức) of India and Congress was in tatters (điêu đứng). The names of high profile politicians did the rounds for their involvement in the scams (mưu đồ bất lương), but the ‘old guard’ continued to keep his slate clean and switched to damage control to save the face of the Congress.

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"Ragtag and bobtail" nghĩa là gì?

"Ragtag and bobtail" -> nghĩa là tầng lớp người nghèo.

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The uprising against Colonel (đại tá) Gaddafi, by a ragtag and bobtail of Islamists, nationalists (người theo chủ nghĩa dân tộc) and tribal leaders (thủ lĩnh bộ lạc).

Named the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Arts, the museum was, in the words of the New York Times, a "ragtag-and-bobtail general museum" featuring third-rate collections and amateur (nghiệp dư) regional art.

I've looked at this private members bill and some of the MPs supporting it, carry a lot of baggage. Diane Abbot, Jeremy Corbyn, and many Scottish Nationalists are just stirring it up. Crikey, what a right ragtag and bobtail lot they are.

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Không thì lấy tiền đâu mà sống?

tội phạm ma túy sau nhiều năm lẩn trốn, cuối cùng đã bị cảnh sát tóm vì... xuất hiện trên vlog dạy nấu ăn :D

But Biart, an alleged member of southern Italy’s powerful 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, had failed to obscure (không làm mờ) his tattoos (hình xăm) on tape — a clue (manh mối) authorities say they used to track down (lần theo dấu vết) the mobster (kẻ cướp) in the Dominican Republic.

Biart, 53, was arrested Monday at Milan’s Malpensa Airport after arriving on a flight from Santo Domingo

Italian law enforcement officials working with Interpol, the global police organization, have in the past decade aggressively pursued the group’s affiliates, the country’s biggest and most influential mafia organization.

"Blamestorming" nghĩa là gì?

Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash

"Blamestorming" -> nghĩa là cố tìm chứng cớ để đổ lỗi, trái với brainstorming là cố tìm giải pháp.

Ví dụ
Elsewhere, the blamestorming (brainstorming, but with a particular (riêng biệt) purpose in mind) exercises appear to be beginning at Credit Suisse as each day seems to bring a new piece of bad news about the Greensill funds crisis.

Take the National Party, for instance. The once-great party is in full blamestorming mode. A review has been launched of the party's disastrous (thảm họa) performance on Saturday. When did the rot start? Are we talking weeks, months or years?

Launched in 2018, Among Us enjoyed muted popularity until Covid-19 shut us all indoors. The virus has exposed many human frailties (dễ tổn thương), among them; suspicion, paranoia and blamestorming -the running themes of 2020. It is not surprising then that a game we love playing has all the above elements, just in outer space and in 2-D.

A wave of “blamestorming” has erupted (phun ra) among founders of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood National Conscience Front (NCF) after it announced resuming its activity on Friday.

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"Much ado about nothing" nghĩa là gì?

Ryan Franco on Unsplash

"Much ado about nothing" có ado là rối rít -> cụm từ này nghĩa là chuyện chả có gì mà cũng làm ầm lên, chuyện bé xé ra to.

Ví dụ
Michal Linial, a professor of molecular (phân tử) biology and bioinformatics at Hebrew University who is studying the coronavirus, told Army Radio that it appeared some previous reports of a rapid decline (giảm sút) in vaccine efficiency over time were “mistaken and much ado about nothing.”

Yes, we know that Le’Veon Bell is not the same back who was arguably considered the best in the NFL back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yes, we also know that Bell’s acclaimed signing with the Chiefs was much ado about nothing. No, we don’t believe this means that Bell’s days as a coveted (thèm muốn) free agent are finished.

Masagos’ reaction to tudung issue seems to be much ado about nothing in light of K Shanmugam’s assurances (cam đoan).

But this growing old-panic all seems like much ado about nothing. To be clear, because of louche (mập mờ) and reckless (liều lĩnh) behavior in my younger and more vulnerable years, I never really expected to make it past 40. I vowed to go down like rock stars, literary icons, Van Gogh, Mozart and Jesus. In my prime. And proud to die.

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