Journey in Life: 04/18/21

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

"Quit the funny stuff" nghĩa là gì?

Nhìn mặt tôi xem, có đang vui không ? Photo by Eliott Reyna on Unsplash

"Quit the funny stuff" = bỏ những thứ buồn cười -> nghĩa là 'hãy nghiêm túc đi!'.

Ví dụ 
The boss told us to quit the funny stuff and get ready for the meeting.

All right kids, quit the funny stuff and open your books to page 53.

They'd better get bifocals (kính hai tròng) to watch this season. If you are ready to quit the funny stuff, follow me on Twitter.

It won’t be an easy task, but Mencia, 47, isn’t about to quit the funny stuff now. He spoke to the Current last week about his new lease on life.

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"Raise her sights" nghĩa là gì?

"Raise (one's) sights" = nâng cao tầm nhìn -> nghĩa là rất hy vọng, tham vọng về điều gì.

Ví dụ 
She seemed content as a paralegal, but we thought she should raise her sights and get a law degree.

I don't know why you're settling (giải quyết) for some data management job; you have the qualifications to be a manager.

We raised our sights while we were looking for houses after my wife's great-aunt left us a big inheritance (tài sản kế thừa).

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"Get the better of you" nghĩa là gì?

Indira Tjokorda on Unsplash

"Get the better of you" -> nghĩa là bị đánh bại, vượt mặt. 

Ví dụ
“Sometimes you do and say things when emotions get the better of you but when you calm down you sometimes regret (hối hận).” St Mirren’s next two games are at home to Inverness in the Scottish Cup on Friday and Ross County away in the Premiership next Wednesday.

As an earth sign you’re usually very pragmatic (thực dụng) but today your heart and sentimentality (tình cảm, con tim) may get the better of you. This is fine as long as it doesn’t involve money. Although you’re the sensible one people usually turn to for advice it might be a good idea to get some yourself. Taureans will be a good sounding board.

Although you might be anxious (căng thẳng) to get things back to normal, avoid letting your emotions get the better of you. Don't be pressured into making an immediate decision with a long-term impact.

Don’t let ego (cái tôi) get the better of you. It’s so easy in the gym to be competitive and want to push yourself or compare yourself to others, particularly if you’re back to your regular gym routine and you see the same faces as a year ago.

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"The front runner" nghĩa là gì?

Arnaud Jaegers on Unsplash

"The front runner" -> nghĩa là người có nhiều khả năng chiến thắng trong cuộc đua, bầu cử. 

Ví dụ
But being the front-runner brings with it an added level of scrutiny, and "Nomadland" has come in for its share of criticism (chỉ trích) since its release in theaters and on Hulu in February.

The Sixers All-Star big man Joel Embiid had a slow start to this past week, but by the end of the past five-game stretch, he showed why he should still be the front runner of the MVP (người chơi giỏi nhất). That is the reason why he’s earned this player of the week.

“Dil Raju is keen to have Prashanth Neel as the director for his mega budget (chi phí khủng) Pan-South Indian film with Thalapathy Vijay and the actor too has shown his interest on collaborating (hợp tác) with a powerhouse of talent like Prashanth. Vijay, Raju and Prashanth have met once recently to discuss the potential collaboration, and the meet ended on a positive note. Dil Raju and Vijay have asked Prashanth to develop (phát triển) a subject and more meetings will take place in the coming few months, before they lock onto all aspects of the film” revealed a source close to the development, adding further that, Prashanth Neel is the front runner to direct the mega collaboration of Vijay and Dil Raju.

To be clear, the reason why Embiid’s not the current front runner is that he recently missed 10 games due to a knee injury (chấn thương). Between injuries and COVID-19 protocols Embiid has missed a total of 18 games and in a season when teams only play 72 games instead of 82 games that is a major factor.

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"Ace a test" nghĩa là gì?

Antoine Dautry on Unsplash

"Ace a test" có ace là xuất sắc -> cụm từ này nghĩa là đạt được kết quả tốt, điểm cao trong bài thi, bài kiểm tra.

Ví dụ
Everyone loves to ace a test or nail (vượt qua) an interview or have a great first date, but for me, none of that compares to the power and strength I feel from having that big performance I have been working towards for months or years with no guarantee that it will ever come.

“I think the pros are pretty strong, particularly as we face this learning loss that’s going on. Not only short-term, but long-term, because I think this has been a cycle (vòng tuần hoàn) every year,” Holtermann said. “You see some of the things where kids ace a test on the last day of school, and come back and take the same test in September and they all fail. It’s just amazing the loss that goes on over that summer period.”

Another issue with this approach (phương pháp) is that it incentivizes (khuyến khích) winning over other objectives. For training and corporate learning, employees who know how to ace a test, but don't necessarily know what they've been taught, are not wanted. Working in a corporate environment has traditionally been a relationship of exchanging time and effort for money, and this naturally leads to a lack of motivation in the long term, especially for millennials, who want to be engaged in meaningful work.

Mayfield has passed the tests he's had to this point in the season. He's yet to ace a test and if he can do that, the Browns can potentially dominate (thống trị) this game while he will look like a great quarterback.

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"Fishing expedition" nghĩa là gì?

Benjamin le Roux on Unsplash

"Fishing expedition" = cuộc đi câu -> nghĩa là làm mọi cách để lấy được thông tin.

Ví dụ
A judge characterized subpoenas (hầu tòa) filed by a plaintiff’s attorney in an Antrim County lawsuit as a “fishing expedition,” as he ruled clerks in four Michigan counties do not need to provide election data as part of discovery in the case.

They call it an overly burdensome (nặng nề) and irrelevant “fishing expedition” that is “designed to harass (rầy vò)” public election officials. Similar subpoenas were also served to county clerks in Wayne, Kent, Charlevoix and Oakland counties.

Plaintiff’s counsel (nhóm luật sư) has essentially admitted he is engaging in an improper fishing expedition when he acknowledged (nhận biết) that there was no evidence of impropriety in Macomb County’s election but he still wanted to see if Macomb County’s computers were ‘dirty’.

She fought giving the government power to do a “fishing expedition” into our library, health and gun records. Now I’m hopeful our delegation (phái đoàn) stands together to protect our privacy, by defeating S. 1. Congressman Don Young has already voted no.

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"Dive in headfirst" nghĩa là gì?

Annie Spratt on Unsplash

"Dive in headfirst" -> nghĩa là bắt đầu làm việc với đầy nhiệt huyết, chưa vội màng đến kết quả.

Ví dụ
Out running errands (việc vặt) at the home improvement store or Costco? Don’t let that stop you either. This is the first chance to bathe in the waters of spring game optimism for a while, so feel free to dive in head first.

If you’re the type who likes to skip the directions and dive in head-first, you might be ready to meditate (suy ngẫm) right this second. In that case, you can go ahead and get started. All you have to do is get comfortable, separate yourself from any potential distractions and breathe.

This is par for the course for Amazon, they dip their toes into the water of a new market, and then they ease on and a little more, and then they dive in head first. I think that's exactly what's going to happen with Amazon later this year. I think they will go after the employer market hard.

Watching this show is an experience all its own, so make sure you dive in head-first to see Dumezweni and the rest (toàn bộ) of the cast’s great work in Modern Love as soon as it hits HBO Max in April.

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"Drop out of sight" nghĩa là gì?

Kiểu này thì mới tóm được tội phạm! James Fitzgerald on Unsplash

"Drop out of sight" có drop là bỏ qua ai, điều gì -> cụm từ này nghĩa là khuất tầm nhìn.

Ví dụ 
The pen dropped out of sight behind the sofa nevermore to be seen.

And that mention of "next" indicates Perry doesn’t plan to drop out of sight, or sound, as he did during the '90s.

If you're looking for a letter, check behind the refrigerator—mail has a tendency to drop out of sight back there.

This occurred often during a memorable trip to Ireland. He would quietly drop out of sight but was easily found engaged in a chat with the owner of the nearest "Ironmongery" store.

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"In strict confidence" nghĩa là gì?

Dale Staton on Unsplash

"In strict confidence" có confidence là riêng tư, thầm kín -> cụm từ này nghĩa là chuyện bí mật, thầm kín, không được tiết lộ ra ngoài. 

Ví dụ
To report (báo cáo) such activity in confidence, visit Any information will be treated in strict confidence and in line with data protection laws. Information will be shared with the relevant Trading Standards department.

So, I didn't think it was appropriate (hợp lý) to tell anybody. I didn't tell my wife until yesterday. She's not home, but I flew home from Indianapolis yesterday. In fact, I called my assistant (trợ lý) and said, 'I need a flight home on Wednesday, but I can't tell you why.' So no, I kept it in strict confidence and started receiving phone calls and making phone calls today.

Anyone with information regarding (có liên quan tới) individuals or businesses in contravention (vi phạm) of COVID-19-related ministerial directions is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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"On the QT" nghĩa là gì?

Stefan Steinbauer on Unsplash

"On the QT" có QT là viết tắt của quiet (lặng lẽ) -> cụm từ này nghĩa là được thực hiện trong kín đáo, bí mật.

Ví dụ
His synopsis (bản tóm tắt) for “After the Mist Clears” is short and sweet: As the fog covers the town of Boothbay Harbor, a young man in redemption builds a new future. Herreros is clearly keeping details on the QT!

P.S. Can we keep this little visit on the QT? I don’t want everybody and their uncle to think I’m a complete square. Okay, now I’m really going to bug out (bỏ trốn).

Trump is obviously (rõ ràng) mentally ill while Biden is just having the normal mental problems associated with advanced age. I figure Kamala will have to take over the reins (dây cương) of power as Joe declines but they’ll keep it on the QT.

“They had a really sweet deal in Florida. It looks like they were really trying to keep it on the QT,” said Levenson, noting language in the agreement about allowing Epstein notice to fight any Freedom of Information Act request for the terms of the deal.

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