Journey in Life: 04/05/21

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Monday, April 5, 2021

"Black tie event" nghĩa là gì?

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"Black tie event" = sự kiện cà vạt đen -> nghĩa là sự kiện trang trọng, các quý ông phải mặc comple hay tuxedo, và đeo cà vạt màu đen. 

Ví dụ
A You are right; this is definitely not the right shirt to wear for a black-tie event. Still, a blue pinpoint (đầu ghim) Oxford cloth shirt is a great addition to a well-dressed man's wardrobe. My advice: be sure to wear it for some other special event you are going to, so she knows you appreciate her thoughtful gift.

"We are hosting (tổ chức) the black tie event at Buchanan Park on May 15 with a blue theme," she said. "We have the capacity to host 400 guests and we will have a live band coming out, raffles, give aways and live auction.

In lieu of hosting an in-person black-tie event, funds that would have gone towards this event will now be used to create and deliver an Off the Grid Gift Box for central Indiana healthcare workers so they can enjoy a VIP experience at their home, continuing the reach of the 2020 project.

The profile picture has been changed to a recent photo of his parents at a black tie event while the header (tiêu đề) is a serene snap of his dad enjoying some sunshine by the water.

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"Suit every pocket" nghĩa là gì?

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"Suit every pocket" -> nghĩa là giá cả hợp túi tiền nhiều người. 

Ví dụ
When shopkeepers display cheeses for sale, they make sure the chunks (khoanh pho mát) are varied (đa dạng) in size, and each chunk is hygienically sealed to protect the pockets of even the most fastidious (khó chiều) cheese thief. So cheese is the food to suit every pocket. Quite literally.

Areas such as Govandi offer home buyers a good basket of options that suit every pocket. Affordable luxurious (sang trọng) properties are coming up due to the growing demand from home buyers who seek a home that caters to the needs of the entire family.

Mr Stowe added: “This is the single biggest collection of Jaguar memorabilia I’ve ever seen, and even the vendor (người bán) doesn’t know anyone else with more – it’s a very impressive lifetime’s work. “It’s a great collection too as there is something to suit every pocket – small low-value items, as well as big ticket rare or unique items.

At RosFancy, there is a wide array of choices from women’s tops, jeans, casual and party dresses to suit every pocket and every occasion. If there is one phrase (câu) to describe the design philosophy (triết lý) of RosFancy, it would be “catering to individual taste”. Every woman inspired by African clothing, thus has an unique opportunity to find herself at RosFancy.

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Ông Phạm Minh Chính đắc cử chức Thủ tướng Chính phủ

chiều 5/4/2021, Quốc hội đã biểu quyết thông qua Nghị quyết bầu Ủy viên Bộ Chính trị, Trưởng Ban Tổ chức Trung ương Phạm Minh Chính giữ chức Thủ tướng Chính phủ nhiệm kỳ 2021 - 2026.

Earlier on Monday, outgoing Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was confirmed as the new president, a predominantly (phần lớn, chủ yếu là) ceremonial (nghi lễ, nghi thức) role.

"Off the peg" nghĩa là gì?

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"Off the peg" -> nghĩa là quần áo được may sẵn để bán. 

Ví dụ
BIFA members are pinning (ghim) their hopes that the bespoke (hàng cá nhân hóa) Covid testing regime (chế độ) lives up to its billing and is made-to-measure, not off-the-peg. Creating more uncertainty will be of no use to anyone involved in managing the UK’s visible international trade.

Each one is built according to their intended (mục đích) use – whether surfing (lướt sóng), swimming or windsurfing – and, of course, you can choose your own colours. It’s hard to believe but the price is similar to (or even cheaper than) comparable off-the-peg suits.

“As soon as the shops open again, I’m due (mắc nợ) to do a mega-shop of all the big high street stores because I can now wear Marks & Spencer’s trousers and chinos (quần chinos) in an XL. “It’s the first time I’ve been able to buy off-the-peg in as long as I can remember.”

In order to help children to “know more, understand more and do more” she suggests looking at the big ideas, actually going back to the national curriculum (giáo trình) and reading each subject’s purpose statements before diving straight into an off-the-peg unit of work that races through content.

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"Top-heavy with drink" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Andrew Coop

"Top-heavy with drink" = uống rượu nặng đầu -> nghĩa là rất say, chân nam đá chân chiêu.

Ví dụ
Whiskey was tempting, but I prefer not to be be top-heavy with drink before breakfast.

The cab driver, identified as Aslam, who is believed to be top-heavy with drink at the time of the incident, fled from the spot.

Every week, 29-year-old Cassie Thomas goes to a nightclub alone and pretends to be top-heavy with drink.

Ka Tina

"Put the top up" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Erik Mclean

"Put the top up" -> nghĩa là nâng/gắn mui xe.

Ví dụ
If the car is better with the top up then putting the top up should not be limited EVER so I can put the top up if it gets too cold.

The chances of that happening while driving a convertible, however, are pretty low. And if it did, occupants are welcome to simply put the top up until the hazard has passed. Or, they could avoid places with frequent stops near high-pedestrian traffic areas altogether.

The road begins to descend and the stately ponderosas give way to a scrubby mix of junipers and pinion pines. Red Mountain looms to the left, a volcanic cinder cone. Basically just assume every hill and mountain you see along this road were volcanoes or mixed up in volcanic treachery. And they may not be finished. Many geologists expect eruptions again in the future. I’m not sure how you would prepare for such an event if it happens during your road trip other than to exercise caution. Do not try to cross a wash flowing with lava. And if hot magma is raining down from the sky, put the top up on the convertible and turn around at the first opportunity.

Ka Tina

"Top and tail" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Zach Lucero

"Top and tail" = đầu và đuôi -> nghĩa là cắt đầu đuôi cái gì (rau, củ quả...); nghĩa khác là rửa mặt và mông của con nít.

Ví dụ
To "top and tail" your baby means cleaning his face and nappy area. Following our bathing instructions above, clean your baby's face and eyes.

They are a little quicker to top and tail when they are frozen, though I would recommend wearing an insulated glove to prevent numb fingers.

Electric ovens use a lot of electricity. Even if you get a backup solution like a generator or an inverter (máy đổi điện), you probably won’t be able to power more than one hotplate (bếp hâm). If you can cook with gas, you’ll save yourself a whole lot of trouble and expense – even when there’s no load shedding. If you aren’t in the market for a new oven just yet, you can pick up a two-plate Cadac gas stove or a camping cooker attachment (you’ll need to buy a gas canister for both of these). If you need warm water, it’s a good idea to get a large thermos flask (bình thủy) and top it up before load shedding times so you can mix and warm baby food and do a top-and-tail baby wash with a facecloth (khăn mặt).

Ka Tina

"Rise to the top" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Xan Griffin

"Rise to the top" = lên tới đỉnh cao -> nghĩa là đạt vị trí, cấp bậc cao nhất trong nhóm, tổ chức v.v...

Ví dụ
Can you rise to the top without losing your soul? Well, that’s the question posed by Douglas Board in his new book ‘Elites’. In the book Douglas argues that a lot of what we think we know about elites is just untrue. He joined Bobby to discuss.

What the royals' birthdays reveal about their personalities: Astrologer claims each date is connected to key traits - from Meghan Markle 'the rebel' to Kate Middleton's desire to 'rise to the top'

Even with a standard victory for Manchester City, Leicester’s ultra-defensive style was probably the right approach to try and gain some valuable points. Mendy and Jesus scored the decisive goals with their fluid attack and aggressive pressing. Brendan Rodgers men just weren’t good enough to win today, but don’t be completely fooled by the hyperbole heaped on Pep’s men. There are other elements to their game that have seen them rise to the top. Can Leicester City learn anything from them? Here’s where the key decisions decided the game.

Ka Tina

"Put the top down" nghĩa là gì?

"Put the top down" -> nghĩa là hạ mui xe ôtô.

Ví dụ
I mainly use my sports car on days I can put the top down, thus needing neither heat for AC. So there's room for that MG in my driveway.

Convertible car corona? Most modern cars are cocoons, with thick pillars, windows usually rolled up, and HVAC systems covering our weather protection and comfort needs for daily commutes. For some of us in the North, though, convertible season is key; even a sunny spring day with temps barely making it into the 50s is all we need to put the top down for the evening commute home. Anticipation of these early top-down days can get us (my wife, for one) through a long, cold, snowy Great Lakes Region winter.

Kimble said the Eldorado has its own unique characteristics. While there are some cosmetic blemishes, he defined it as a “survivor” because it has never been extensively modified. With new tires, a cleaned-out fuel system and a new convertible top motor, it’s a perfect way to “put the top down, and go out for a nice Sunday drive,” Kimble said. Proceeds from the sale will help the fire department with equipment needs such as the purchase of a new ladder truck for the local fire department and other equipment. Kimble said the sale is a significant boost for the department because it had to temporarily stop its bingo games, a main fundraiser for the department, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bingo games recently resumed.

Ka Tina

"Claw way to the top" nghĩa là gì?

"Claw (one's) way to the top" -> nghĩa là dùng cách vô nguyên tắc để đạt mục tiêu.

Ví dụ
Be fast and claw your way to the top of the leaderboards, gain two quick zombie headshots in a row to kickstart the adrenaline (trên thận) boost which will slow the world down allowing players more time to rack up combos.

"I'm not here to scratch and claw my way to the top," Okolie said. "I won't scrape through, I will do it in impressive fashion. "For a long time, I've told myself that I'm meant to be world champion.

Rahm’s winning total of four-under 276 ties the highest on tour this season. Only five players finished the week under par; Rahm played his final 37 holes in 11 under. The preposterously (phi lý, ngược đời) good weekend allowed him to claw his way to the top of a leader board after sitting at six over par, seven strokes off the lead through 36 holes.

Ka Tina

"Top dog" nghĩa là gì?

"Top dog" = chó đầu đàn -> nghĩa là người có quyền lực nhất, sức ảnh hưởng lớn trong nhóm, tổ chức.

Ví dụ
Top dog groomers compete to create the most extravagant pet panache on the new series, Pooch Perfect debuting Tuesday night on ABC.

Huawei still top dog in the global telecoms kit market. Huawei has increased its lead at the top of the global telecoms equipment market, boosting its revenue share by a couple of percentage points last year.

The Mizzou baseball team won its first conference series of the season, 2-1, against Texas A&M. ABC 17's Nathalie Jones tells us how the team still has hope for the season, but there is a lot of work ahead. "We had a little chip on our shoulder, you know, we may not be looked at as as good as we are. So, at this point, we really want to turn it around and prove that we can be top dog, take it as far as we need to," Mizzou baseball's Torin Montgomery said.

Ka Tina

"Sleep like a top" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by bruce mars

"Sleep like a top" -> nghĩa là ngủ say, ngon giấc.

Ví dụ
Take me. Apart from a body blow in 2011, I’ve had 73 virtually trouble-free years. Goat’s milk and pork, a regular Bajan ham cutter and shark oil for the flu is all it takes, in my opinion. No bad back, arthuritis, diabetus, not a single ache or pain. Sleep like a top, can read or drive without glasses. Better Health Magazine even wanted me on the cover but the fear was, once I showed my 6-pack abs, only the Predator would risk coming behind. A man in shape.

It seemed to work. “I have waited a week so as to write with certainty about the effect which this place produces,” he told his mother in August 1904. “It is wholly good. I sleep like a top and have not ever felt in better health. Really it is a wonderful situation. A large and comfortable four storied house — complete with . . . every luxury that would be expected in England, is perched on a gigantic mountain spur 7,000ft high, and is the centre of a circle of the most glorious snow mountains in Switzerland. The air is buoyant and the weather has been delightful.”

Misrestit may be a comparatively rare word in Scots, but the condition’s effects are well-attested in the language. If you’re misrestit then you may feel the need to flype (“fall down for short rest” – a north-eastern word), feel maffled “half asleep, dazed”, or find yourself nid-nodding or gantin “yawning”. You might find that you fa aff the spaik “collapse with weariness”, or feel the need to take a dot “nap” at inconvenient times. It’s much nicer to sleep as sound as a peerie “sleep like a top”.

Ka Tina

"Put the bottom rail on top" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Philippe Oursel

"Put the bottom rail on top" = đặt thanh dưới lên trên -> nghĩa là cải tổ phân cấp sao cho những người trước đây ở cấp dưới được lên cao, và ngược lại.

Ví dụ
I'm working on an young adult novel called Lily's Ride, Saving her Father from the Ku Klux Klan that's set in 1870s North Carolina. There's an expression the racist/white supremacists/Democrats (the three are the same) of that day use over and over again. Giving black people the same rights as whites was, they warned, "setting the bottom rail on top."

“Wherever there are great masses of an inferior race closely associated with a superior, the fittest must survive and exercise supervision and control over the unfit. This is an inflexible and irrevocable decree of mankind in all ages and in all lands, reinforced and uniformly supported by natural law throughout the entire kingdom of living things; a law superior to ordinary interpretations of justice … The development of political institutions and the growth of mankind are under the operation of law, as controlling as the laws of the natural world around us, and no interference of any power can permanently put “the bottom rail on top.”

Ka Tina

"Out of the top drawer" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by History in HD

"Out of the top drawer" -> nghĩa là người thượng đẳng, giới thượng lưu; có chất lượng, giá trị cao.

Ví dụ
Lady Gregory, who championed the work of her friend WB Yeats, did not have such a high opinion of Joyce as poet – “not out of the top drawer” is her reported response, according to Gogarty.

The introduction of the forward completely changed the game. Robinson’s first goal was a spectacular volley, while his second was a finish right out of the top drawer. But he was also excellent defensively with the forward constantly nipping into intercept the ball and stop Chelsea attacks. Like Pereira, he was magnificent (cừ, tuyệt diệu).

Jake Goodship’s team had been pinned back for long periods of the opening half hour but they made a positive response with Chance firing off target under pressure and Isobel Dalton drilling a shot wide, before New Zealand midfielder Chance pulled one out of the top drawer to lift the home side’s hopes.

Ka Tina

Lan đột biến

ko tuyệt chủng nhờ việc khiến bọ hứng tình... :D
Biologists thought Disa forficaria orchids went extinct (tuyệt chủng) twice. Once in 2018, when a single specimen was found after 52 years without a sighting, and again in 2019 when that one orchid seemingly disappeared. There have only been 11 plants ever found in the last 200 years.

But in 2020, when researchers in South Africa were conducting a field experiment at the last known location of the mysterious flower, three male longhorn beetles showed up carrying D. forficaria pollen. That means there must still be at least one orchid still blossoming—we just can’t find it.

In the brief window in which the flower was in human possession, biologists leapt at the chance to study how it attracts pollinators (làm thụ phấn). So, over eight days in March 2016 and another four days in March 2018, researchers observed how Chorothyse hessei beetles—the only insect spotted visiting the orchid—behaved around the flowers. They published their results in Current Biology.

Đế quốc bạc

venice và nam tống đi theo 2 con đường khác nhau để tài trợ chiến tranh, nhưng nam tống đi sai đường...
Let’s shift the scene back to 1262, when the two poles of world civilization, Venice in the West

and the Southern Song in the East, both faced the specter of war (bóng ma chiến tranh), and funding for these wars hung by a thread. Almost simultaneously, the authorities of both places came up with plans to deal with their emergencies, both involving the most advanced financial innovations of that time. The Southern Song’s Jia Sidao raised military funding by using the steadily devaluing huizi to buy up public land the strip the populace of wealth. Venice took a different road: Its parliament (quốc hội) authorized the government to mortgage (thế chấp) its tax revenue (tiền thu thuế), and when a fiscal deficit (thâm hụt tài chính) developed, the administration issued government bonds paying interest of 5 percent. In retrospect, Venice’s financial innovation summoned the magic power of public debt as capital and effectively led Europe into an era of financial revolution. As for china, the excessively issued huizi did not regain the favor of the market; rather, public discontent and unrest threw open the door for invasion by the Mongolians.

…we witness China taking the lead on finance and currency, but in the wrong direction. China, at a very early stage, had “flying money” (feiqian) for remitting funds, as well as pawnshops, silver shops, and other such establishments for credit transfer; the Song dynasty’s paper currency originated in private institutions; and private local banks (qianzhuang) and money-exchange shops (piaohao) experienced extraordinary growth in the Ming and Qing dynasties. So why didn’t China produce a modern banking industry?

…The unbankability of China’s currency led to the failure of China’s paper currency system and forced it to take the silver route. Without banks, and without the coinage of silver, progressing from bank notes to paper currency was out of the question. Currency could only exist in the form of confusing and outmoded metage currency.

Xấu hổ quá

vườn thú china xấu hổ vì định dùng chó thay sư tử... :)

In a video clip that circulated widely on social media this week, a man only identified by his surname Tang, took his child to visit Yuanjiashan Zoo in Xichang, Sichuan, on Saturday but was startled when they found a golden retriever in the African lion enclosure, despite signage introducing the animal as a feline.

“At first, we thought we had gone to the wrong place. But after walking around the cage, we realised it is where the lion should be housed,” Tang said in the video.

Thế thì chịu rồi

người đàn ông bị bắt vì sở hữu ma túy nói rằng đó là muối để chữa sưng chân... :)
When Louisiana cops yesterday found a “clear crystal like substance” inside a plastic Walmart bag in his pocket, John Combs did not, like some suspects, claim it was a laxative (thuốc xổ) or sugar and corn starch to use in baking a cake.

Turns out it was methamphetamine, according to a probable cause affidavit (bản khai có tuyên thệ).

After spotting Combs--who was carrying a large wooden stick--walking in the middle of a West Monroe roadway around 4:25 AM Tuesday, a cop asked Combs to put down the stick and then “patted him down for any more possible weapons.”

During the frisk (lần người để tìm khí giới), Combs reportedly sought to keep the patrolman from searching a pants pocket (which held the crystalline substance).

"Carve out a niche" nghĩa là gì?

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"Carve out a niche" -> nghĩa là tập trung vào phát triển một mảng, một lĩnh vực để kiếm lời.

Ví dụ
"Star Talk" has been running for 12 years now. I'm proud of that, because the last time I counted there were more than a million podcasts in the world, and we've managed to carve out a niche among all those other programs (chương trình).

MANISH RATHI, CEO and Co-founder, IntrCity RailYatri, says the COVID-19 pandemic opened the floodgates (cửa cống) of opportunity for IntrCity’s SmartBus business and helped it carve out a niche in the intercity (liên tỉnh) mobility segment

We did an extensive consumer survey (khảo sát) to gauge (đánh giá) consumer sentiments and put in place rigorous (khắc nghiệt) safety protocols and measures including COVID Safe+ features on all buses. 

In the company's first earnings call a month ago, Stellantis Chief Executive Officer Carlos Tavares made multiple references to the need to grow that market share (cổ phiếu), a challenge he referred to as the company's "China problem." Tavares said the company was working on ways to carve out a niche in the Chinese markets and "avoid commoditization" of its brands there.

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