Journey in Life: 04/27/21

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

“Wash-and-wear” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Ryoji Hayasaka

“Wash-and-wear” = giặt và mặc -> nghĩa là quần áo làm từ vải chống nhăn sau khi giặt, vì thế không cần ủi/ủi sơ qua sau khi đã khô.

Ví dụ
We found that Wacoal bras run true to size and offer a comfortable, supportive fit. They retain their elasticity well through frequent wash and wear, allowing wearers to enjoy the same fit for months or years. Many Wacoal styles earn praise for their “no-dig” strap designs as well. Wacoal’s bra bands follow suit and stay put while wearers move without cutting into skin.

Reusable overnight pad ($14 for two): “These reusable polyester menstrual (kinh nguyệt) pads, handmade in Quebec, are an affordable alternative to traditional single-use pads, and they’re beautiful to boot. They can last years—just wash and wear again. They have four layers of charcoal (than) bamboo lining for extra absorption (sự hút) and odour reduction and silicone snaps to hold them in place,” says assistant store manager Stephanie Martin.

One delighted shopper wrote in their review on Amazon: 'Really pleased with the item. Looks lovely on, easy to wash and once ironed, holds its crisp look, hardly creases. 'I ordered a size bigger than usual and fits good I could have probably ordered usual size too as a tunic look. It's great. Def recommend - I've now ordered two more in diff colours.' 'Easy to wash and wear,' raved another. 'Comfortable and light. Great value, and it's long enough for a tall person. Lovely blue gets lots of great comments.' A third agreed, adding how versatile the ZANZEA Women's Casual V-Neck Long Sleeve Loose Shirt is. 'Looks fantastic, as it's chiffon it's a bit see-through and very low cut cleavage, so an undertop is needed,' they commented. 'But over a bikini is perfect and are very flattering. I've bought two colours, and they both look great!

Ka Tina

“Warm and fuzzy” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Nathan Anderson

“Warm and fuzzy” = ấm áp và mờ nhạt -> nghĩa là phản ứng với cảm xúc dâng trào, trấn an, yên ủi.

Ví dụ
When your driving this Buick you get that all warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that the Essence Edition comes with perforated leather seats, active noise cancelling quiet tuning interior sensors, a leather wrapped and heated steering wheel, power lumbar (thắt lưng) and heated front seats, dual zone automatic climate controls, an air ionizer with air quality indicators, a hands free power liftgate with Buick logo projection lighting, and LED headlamps.

New Horizons was the highest-selling Nintendo Switch game of 2020, and it was not very close. The combination of the game being of high quality and the light-hearted social nature of the game during such a difficult year allowed the title to thrive. That same warm and fuzzy feeling translates perfectly to a fun-loving plush.

Do I need to say it? Don't ever feed an alligator (cá sấu Mỹ). They have no warm and fuzzy feelings about those who put out their hand full of ground meat or other tidbits (miếng ngon). They don't recognize the hand as anything separate from the food and will take both food and hand if offered to them.

Ka Tina

“Up-and-coming” nghĩa là gì?

“Up-and-coming” = đang đi lên -> nghĩa là có khả năng thành công trong tương lai, chẳng hạn trong sự nghiệp, kinh doanh, v.v...

Ví dụ
Here lies the Norwegian paradox (nghịch lý): one foot in the rich fossil industry, and the other in the up-and-coming renewable sector. Crossing these paths simultaneously may have caused accusations of Norway being a "climate hypocrite", such as CNN news producer Ivana Kottasová did in February.

Bernal, now 54, and past the torrid times of his life, wants to become more involved in Australian soccer. He currently manages a few “young, up-and-coming” players, and has managed Celtic and Socceroos star Tom Rogic and Australian legend Tim Cahill in the past. He says the process of writing the book was “cathartic” (thuốc tẩy).

Her dad started posting videos of her swing on Instagram for friends and family, but others quickly took notice. “People now follow her from all over the world,” Romano said. "They love to watch her swing, every time I post, so many great comments.” She’s become an up and coming sports influencer, getting thousands of views. "It’s something to actually keep the memories catalogued, which is great, but it’s also some girl power, and showing off what little girls can do," he said. Hit like a girl? Mila takes that as a compliment (lời khen).

Ka Tina

“Up one side and down the other” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Roberto Nickson

“Up one side and down the other” = mặt trên mặt dưới -> nghĩa là mức độ triệt để, khắc nghiệt, cực độ.

Ví dụ
"I'm just proud of how these kids fought through adversity up one side and down the other with the pandemic, their mental health and staying strong — all of that stuff," Winkler said. "It's just been an up and down season with so much uncertainty. We've had no fans, live streaming. I could write a book about the things that have happened."

There was something cathartic (tẩy nhẹ) about sitting on the carrying beam while staining the rails on our deck. I had the radio on. I was listening to my favorite music. I went up and down with the brush. Up one side and down the other. I spent three hours one day and two-and-a-half the next. I felt satisfied when I finally walked away after the second coat. Of course, there is still more to do.

Our Black friend was taken to a distant interrogation room, out of our sight. We worried about him. Our town was a lot like Pittsfield. Same size, economic profile, racial and ethnic composition. Big enough to be interesting; small enough to know almost everybody, even the cops. They seemed friendly enough, overworked, underpaid, white. I never gave them much thought. I do now. We all do, especially after this week’s guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis cop. Policing is that big problem we still haven’t faced up to. We’ve known for years that Black people are nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested for minor offenses like marijuana (cần sa) possession. Young Black men are 2.8 times more likely to be shot by police than their white counterparts. Only 2 percent of killer cops ever face charges. These disparities have been studied up one side and down the other, resulting in mountains of recommendations. Police unions resist them. Legislators let them wither. The bodies pile up. This is the place in a commentary about police reform where the writer adds to that Everest of proposals. Now, it’s unnecessary. We know what needs to be done.

Ka Tina

“Up and running” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by SpaceX

“Up and running” = lên và chạy -> nghĩa là thực hiện đúng chức năng sau khi không hoạt động; mở, khai trương kinh doanh, sản phẩm, v.v...

Ví dụ
“We’re trying to get donations to help us get started with advertising,” Floyd said. “Now that we’re up and running, we want to work on all kinds of advertising – billboards, geofencing (directed social media popup ads) and regional radio.”

Indiana’s first substance abuse treatment program designed specifically for first responders is officially up and running in Indianapolis. Recovery Centers of America (RCA) Indianapolis recently announced the formation of the “RESCU” program, which is tailored with local emergency responders in mind.

The 2020 Rules provide a green channel for Hong Kong and Macao investors to directly enter the Shenzhen market, for the first time. It specifically allows Hong Kong and Macau investors to directly complete registration formalities (account opening with bank, tax affairs, Customs, foreign exchange account, examination/approval, and other matters) for engaging in manufacturing or business activities in Shenzhen, as long as their activities are not those included in the Negative List (Special Administrative Measures for Foreign Investment Access). Such investors may obtain business licenses with their existing names as used in Hong Kong or Macao without setting up a new commercial entity in Shenzhen according to Art. 14 of the 2020 Rules. This will save a lot of time and cost for setting up and running a new commercial entity.

Ka Tina

“Up and down like a yo-yo” nghĩa là gì?

“Up and down like a yo-yo” = lên xuống như đồ chơi yo-yo -> nghĩa là biến đổi trạng thái lên xuống rất nhanh và thường xuyên.

Ví dụ
Lloyd is accustomed to uncertainty. After all, retail is notorious for its unpredictability, especially for a business that is tied to fashion, like eyewear. “You go up and down like a yo-yo,” he says. That is part of the reason why his clients have come first. “You don’t just want to be a store. You want to be recognized for doing the right thing, doing right by the customer, and enjoy the prestige (uy thế, uy tín) of getting your name known out there.”

Of whether fellow judge Bruno Tonioli will be back in the Strictly Come Dancing studio he said: “We’re hoping Bruno comes back. We really do want him there in the seat - whether he stays in the seat or not as he’s generally up and down like a yo-yo! Of course we want him back. If he can’t come back then he’ll do what he did last time, you know due to restrictions, and just do lives and crosses and feeds to the studio which was great fun as it was anyway.

Emotions are up and down like a yo-yo in direct response to every point gained or lost, every goal scored or conceded. We are making every save with Matt Gilks, we are making every tackle with the defence, we are making every defence-splitting pass with the midfield and we are scoring every chance with our lads up front. If only we could be there to show the Wanderers that we are behind them, but they have to do it on their own with us left to shout and scream at TV monitors in our isolated state.

Ka Tina

“Um and ah” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Fallon Michael

“Um and ah” -> nghĩa là thể hiện sự lưỡng lự, chưa quyết định được, nhất là khi muốn nói ra về quyết định cuối cùng.

Ví dụ
The President just about squeaked by yesterday afternoon. But he can't um and ah his way through four years.

When you’re doing media interviews it’s easy to say "um" and "ah" (or other similar words such as right, yeah and ya know) a lot of the time. The way to stop is to become aware when you’re saying them during normal conversations.

Although it usually sells for around $180, I didn’t have to do much research to find a store offering it for significantly less and a few weeks on, I’ve already reaped much more than $130 worth of sound mid-summer sleep. (Side note: Other brands make DC fans – I haven’t tried them, so I won't list them – and it always pays to shop around.) If you haven't yet bowed to the increasing humidity and bought a fan, don’t um and ah too much longer as they’re quickly being snapped up. A The Warehouse spokeswoman said sales spiked in early January in the North Island and right across the country as temperatures rose again later in the month. Of the four fan styles sold – desk, pedestal, handheld and floor – classic pedestal (sùng bái) fans are most popular, she said.

Ka Tina

“Two lamps burning and no ship at sea” nghĩa là gì?


“Two lamps burning and no ship at sea” = không có tàu trên biển mà vẫn đốt hai đèn dầu -> nghĩa là nói về người phung phí tiền bạc vào những thứ xa hoa. Trước đây, một đèn dầu khá đắt tiền, nếu người giàu có thể mua một đèn dầu đồng nghĩa họ có thể mua một con tàu. Ai mà không có tàu trên biển mà đốt nhiều ngọn đèn dầu thì thật lãng phí số tiền ít ỏi mà họ có.

Ví dụ
She’s still living in a rent house because of two lamps burning and no ship at sea.

Why am I so poor? Huh, I always have two lamps burning and no ship at sea.

He doesn’t know how to save money, now he regrets for two lamps burning and no ship at sea.

Ka Tina

“Turn 180 degrees” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Jan Kopřiva

“Turn 180 degrees” = quay 180 độ -> nghĩa là thay đổi lớn về vị trí, quan điểm, lối sống, v.v...

Ví dụ
This neck fan isn’t your typical wearable fan. We mentioned above that it features an aerodynamic (khí động lực) design, but let’s talk about that some more. This component of The Airable moves the air from your collarbone (xương đòn) area all the way around your neck. So it doesn’t just create a breeze where the fans are located but around the entire neck. This cools you down faster. The fans also turn 180 degrees, which makes it possible to position them the way you want.

But to turn 180 degrees revealed a startling scene of vacancy and militarization (quân phiệt hóa), where service members guarded a National Mall empty but for 200,000 flags whipping in the chilly winter wind. They were planted there to represent the crowd that couldn’t attend because of the surging coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 400,000 people in the U.S. alone.

The students react to the challenge in predictably wide-ranging ways. Some, worried that even a slight breeze from the building’s air conditioning system could push a civilian balloon into the robot’s metal spear, start by teaching their miniature (vật thu nhỏ, bức tiểu họa) tanks to turn 180 degrees away from any civilian detected, forfeiting the opportunity to kill the enemy. Others program their tanks with a more gung-ho approach, sometimes leading the machines to slay balloons — including “civilians” — with abandon.

Ka Tina

"Trust in God and keep your powder dry" nghĩa là gì?

"Trust in God and keep your powder dry" = tin vào Chúa và giữ thuốc súng của bạn khô -> nghĩa là phó mặc cho số phận mà Chúa đã định sẵn, nhưng luôn sẵn sàng hành động khi cần thiết. Cụm từ đề cập đến thuốc súng cần được giữ khô để hoạt động tốt.

Ví dụ
English general and statesman Oliver Cromwell is credited with creating the expression. The story goes that Cromwell was talking to his army during his campaign in Ireland. He warned them about keeping their gunpowder dry as they were about to cross a river before a battle. So, as a mix of warning and inspiration, he told his soldiers to ‘Trust in God and keep your powder dry’.

The more we talked the more I realized that Mooney has a deep understanding of the natural world, a world he accepts as part and parcel of his immense faith in God, to whom he refers as The Father. Although strong in faith, he also has a powerful mind and body and Oliver Cromwell’s maxim: Trust in God and keep your powder dry, could have been penned with Mooney in mind.

Your fellow patriots joined me, lending their singing voices to enthusiastically sound the rallying cry for our president. The Trump Train 2020 Song website is LIVE! Enjoy the song. Here is the link to the Facebook page. Please like and share. So, I jumped into my car to run to the post office. Over the radio, ABC News reported that Trump said the call for impeachment is a sham (giả bộ). The reporter continued saying, “But the allegations are backed up in the record of the phone call.” That is a blatant lie. The transcript (record of the phone call) exonerates Trump. Do you see the massive coordinated campaign of deception and lies against our president? The battle for 2020 is on! Let us, “Trust in God and keep your powder dry.” Oliver Cromwell.

Ka Tina

"A hundred and one" nghĩa là gì?

"A hundred/thousand/million and one (something)" -> nghĩa là rất nhiều, một số lượng rất lớn.

Ví dụ
There are a hundred and one ways to describe the global pandemic. It has affected us each differently however, there is one aspect of all our lives it has had a significant impact on.

Clarke’s strict adherence to the Modernist dress and hair code – the spiked up barnet hasn’t changed in over 50 years – didn’t stop him gatecrashing (không mời vẫn đến bữa tiệc) the punk party, details of which are gleefully recounted in chapters 44 through 53 with The Clash, the Pistols, Buzzcocks, Ian Dury and Elvis Costello all making additional appearances. There’s an explosive visit to Belfast, a close encounter of the Meat Loaf kind in Dublin and, well, a hundred and one other stories told with that dry Mancunian wit.

Known as the city of a hundred and one churches, Lucca is set in the heart of Tuscany, at the foot of the Apuan Alps and less than half an hour drive from the wonderful Versilia coast. Overlooking two of the most beautiful piazzas in Lucca, the hotel's location is perfect for discovering the stunning city. Just steps away are masterpieces of Medieval and Renaissance architecture including the Chiesa dei Santi Giovanni e Reparata, historic Teatro del Giglio, and the bustling landmark Piazza Napoleone.

Ka Tina

"And that ain't hay" nghĩa là gì?

"(And) that ain't hay" = đó không phải là một số tiền ít -> nghĩa là điều đó quan trọng, đáng kể, có ý nghĩa. Thường được dùng sau khi nói về khoản tiền lớn.

Ví dụ
Ten thousand more and that ain't hay. We must pay for this war somehow. Uncle Sam was worried, but he isn't now. I paid my income tax today.

“Mister Thorn once cornered corn and that ain’t hay” sang Ella Fitzgerald, in the year that two speculators cornered the market for onions in Chicago. It was 1956, and Sam Siegel, a Chicago trader, and Vincent Kosuga, a New York grower, had managed to buy up most of the onions in the city using futures contracts.

Getting lost was never this much fun! In October 2011, Garden Cents nursery employee Bryan Jentszch unveiled his monstrous, mammoth Mega Maze—all 96,847 square feet built out of bales of straw. The maze boasted 3,202 bales of straw (each one weighing about 1,100 pounds) and wound its way through 1.6 miles, on the ground and in an elevated 3D section, including two secret hidden rooms. After the Halloween season the maze was dismantled and the straw distributed to local dairy farms as bedding for cows. And that ain’t hay!

Ka Tina

"Pay a call" nghĩa là gì?

"Pay a call" = trả lời cuộc gọi -> nghĩa (uyển ngữ) là phải đi vệ sinh.

Ví dụ
“The situation was looking perfect for us. As we came down the Stelvio, he came right up to the car and said to us, ‘I have a problem.’ I looked at him and he did not look well. ‘I have to pay a call.’ I asked if he could get over the final climb [of the Umbrailpass]. He said that was not possible.”

If because of a disability you needed help from another person to get out of bed, pay a call, get dressed, take medications, or cook a meal –– and you could choose from a few different options –– what kind of help would you prefer?

"The residents weren't happy but the visitors had nowhere to go. If you are coming from Leeds or wherever for a day out then the first thing you want to do is paying a call. "It's ridiculous when you think there's a facility there that can be used."

Ka Tina

"In many respects" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Clique Images

"In many respects" -> nghĩa là (xét về) nhiều mặt, khía cạnh, điểm chú ý.

Ví dụ
In many respects, those businesses provide necessary services. An example here is providing medevac services to remote regions in the north.

This element is key, Lindegren said, because employers want to be able to show they did everything they could to keep workers and others safe. While the emerging liability (trách nhiệm pháp lý) shield laws differ from each other in many respects, none of them will shield employers that are reckless, wanton or in willful disregard of what public officials are saying, Lindegren said.

In many respects, the prolonged economic crisis faced by the Turkish government has led Erdogan to attempt and secure new sources of funding and lifelines to the country's economy. The EU is his first stop, given Turkey's already extensive economic relations with the bloc. EU officials noted this during their visit to Turkey earlier this month. However, the deepening of Turkey's ties with the EU and a reset to Turkey's membership bid rests on Turkey' goodwill towards the EU.

Ka Tina

"Be held in high esteem" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by History in HD

"Be held in high esteem" -> nghĩa là rất được tôn kính, ái mộ.

Ví dụ
Money and all financial affairs should be held in high esteem and regard. Therefore, cash, credit cards, checks, etc., should be elevated and certainly not placed on the floor.

The Power have won three of their first four games after coming off a narrow victory over the reigning premiers and continue to be held in high esteem in premiership conversations. Yet quite truthfully the team haven’t played particularly well.

Maybe I’m not paying close enough attention but it doesn’t seem like admitting that you are wrong is an action that is held in high esteem in our society. It seems like we are more likely to double down on our opinions when confronted than we are to consider that our opinions may be wrong. However, when we look at the life of David in the Bible, we will see that his willingness to be persuaded is a quality that both serves him well and is upheld as a positive characteristic.

Ka Tina

"With kind regards" nghĩa là gì?

"(With) kind regards" -> nghĩa là câu tạm biệt phổ biến được viết ở cuối thư để thể hiện lòng kính mến, sự chân thành với người nhận; 'trân trọng', 'với những lời chúc mừng chân thành của tôi', v.v...

Ví dụ
Concluding with 'kind regards'. Concluding with 'best wishes'. Ending every sentence with an exclamation mark! No, I'm not dead inside!

There is great deal of hesitation from drivers turning from the north side of Bainbridge onto the Lougheed going east hoping someone doesn’t drive straight through. With kind regards and hoping something will be done.

These stipulations are for undergraduate students. Graduate students, or those enrolled in open-entry courses, are encouraged to reference the appropriate academic calendars. “We are here to support you wherever you are studying whether it is on-campus or remotely,” President Mazerolle concluded, with kind regards.

Ka Tina

"It will cost you" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Lina Kraftsoff

"It will cost you" -> nghĩa là sẽ trả giá đắt cho bạn; ảnh hưởng xấu tới việc thực hiện, cơ hội thành công.

Ví dụ
For example, you've hired the wrong resources, you will again have to hire the new one and it will cost you more and waste your time.

“On the one hand I am very satisfied, on the other hand, I was finalizing Kasper’s new contract this week. I think it will cost me a bit more now. Well, that’s part of the game, of course.

Basically, the harder your air conditioner has to work to heat your room, the more electricity it's going to use – and the more it will cost you. As a helpful rule of thumb, each degree warmer usually adds about 10% to the running cost of your air conditioner.

Ka Tina

"To your cost" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Eric Nopanen

"To one's cost" -> nghĩa là mất mát, thiệt hại, giải pháp đắt đỏ so với lựa chọn khác.

Ví dụ
Sometimes you will do anything to keep people happy, even to your cost or detriment (tổn hại). Important decisions at work will have a big effect upon your future.

Muguruza is the highest-ranked unseeded player in the Doha field at World No 16, and is a dangerous floater in the draw, which Sabalenka learnt to her cost as she bowed out after a hard-fought match that lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes.

They absolutely complement each other, because every label shop has jobs with different run lengths. So, why choose between flexo or digital? The decision-making process comes down to your cost to print or your ROI for that piece of equipment, and one of the key factors is run lengths. Every label shop is going to have long runs with more and more specialization and regionalization of their products. Some of those run lengths, even when producing the same type of label, require the need for shorter runs, and digital helps complement that activity at your business.

Ka Tina

"Count the cost" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Mathieu Stern

"Count the cost" = trả giá -> nghĩa là gánh chịu hậu quả của hành động.

Ví dụ
SuperSport United were left to count the costs of the draw‚ but Tembo claimed there were some positives with a point won away from home.

A benefit of long-term thinking is that it affords you sufficient time to count the cost of seizing opportunities. Africa is often mistaken to be one country. It’s a continent made up of 54 different countries and more than 3,000 tribes. In this diverse continent, there are also diverse challenges that have to be taken into account before innovating, like infrastructure and government policies that need to be fixed.

Tottenham and manager left to count the cost of their failed gamble. Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Tottenham, with the club on course to finish a second season outside the top four and this week's Carabao Cup final their only hope of silverware. It was an unlikely marriage and, despite a few fleeting moments, has been costly for manager and club alike.

Ka Tina

"Pretty is as pretty does" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Wesley Tingey

"Pretty is as pretty does" -> nghĩa là biết đối nhân xử thế quan trọng hơn so với vẻ bề ngoài vì ngoại hình đẹp không có nghĩa là con người bên trong cũng tốt đẹp; 'cái nết đánh chết cái đẹp'.

Ví dụ
I think we can also agree that horses are beautiful animals and yet when they are covered in enough equipment to be a walking billboard for Big’s D Catalog, some of the natural equine beauty is lost. Again, the purpose of racing is to win. I’d rather have a horse covered in equipment win a race than one that wears practically nothing and finishes 11 lengths up the track. Pretty is as pretty does.

A 19th-century poet’s endorsement (sự xác nhận, tán thành) notwithstanding, Mark Gormel, horticultural coordinator at the Brandywine Conservancy, and other plant specialists around the country wouldn’t mind if this particular buttercup, known more properly as the lesser celandine, disappeared — like yesterday. “Pretty is, as pretty does,” he said this week. “It’s not exactly pretty.” It’s a dangerous import, a master conqueror, rapidly spreading and effectively smothering competitors, garden experts warn. Conservancy founder George Weymouth famously painted the bluebells (cây hoa chuông lá tròn) on his property; the buttercups are blamed for suffocating them.

Kitty will also be remembered as a nurturer, holiday-keeper (she kept Christmas well), gardener, enforcer, nurse, bookkeeper, and family band leader. She never forgot a birthday, and there was always a homemade cake. She was fiercely protective of her children, and Kitty passed along advice on jobs, relationships, even fashion choices. When necessary, she wasn’t afraid to speak hard truths. But it was her sweetness that everyone remembers. Among her sayings was “Pretty is as pretty does,” a reminder that how you treat others speaks volumes. Lillian Christine Jones grew up in the Eason’s Crossroads section of Gatesville, the third of four children of Riddick and Lillian (Hayes) Jones. She got the nickname Kitty, the story goes, when a brother took one look at her in the crib and decided she resembled a cat.

Ka Tina

"Root and branch" nghĩa là gì?

"Root and branch" = gốc và cành -> nghĩa là tất cả mọi thứ, hoàn toàn. 

Ví dụ
A “root-and-branch” review into the way football is run will consider how to boost (đẩy mạnh) the role of fans, Boris Johnson has promised.

Ireland’s coronial system is “not fit for purpose” and root-and-branch reform is decades overdue, according to a damning new report.

They have also prompted the main opposition Labour Party to call for a "root and branch" independent inquiry (điều tra) into the use of taxpayers' money by Johnson's government.  

It was revealed earlier that Chatham and Aylesford's Tracey Crouch, the former Minister for sport and a Spurs fan, will lead a "root and branch" investigation (điều tra) into football.

Ngọc Lân

"Ring out the old year and ring in the new" nghĩa là gì?

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"Ring out the old year and ring in the new" -> nghĩa là lời chào tạm biệt năm cũ và đón năm mới.

Ví dụ
“What we say is we ring out the old year and ring in the new,” Oliver said. He’s only aware of one other year when the bells weren’t rung on New Year’s Eve. In 1968, the temperature in ­Victoria dropped to about -15 C and the bells weren’t touched because there was concern they could crack (nứt) from the cold.

In Bern, on the other hand, the bells of the Münster cathedral (nhà thờ) will once again ring out the old year and ring in the new one. This year all 12 chimes will be repeated at midnight, not just the first two.

Okay, so it’s almost time to ring out the old year and ring in the new one. While you’re busy making New Year resolutions (quyết định), let me tell you that there couldn’t be a better time to build your portfolio.

The King of Stuff flies solo to ring out the old year and ring in the new. Jon chats about New Year’s rituals, bad architecture, politics infecting (lây nhiễm) religion, and COVID infecting churches. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. This week Jon selects “Can’t Go Wrong Without You” by His Name Is Alive.

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"Reach saturation point" nghĩa là gì?

"Reach saturation point" = đến độ bão hòa -> nghĩa là đầy ắp, đầy ự, không thể nhét thêm được nữa. 

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The district administration (chính quyền) and the Pune Platform for Covid-19 Response launched the campaign to vaccinating one lakh people a day and reach saturation point in the eligible (thích hợp) population. The number of vaccination centres have been double to 600. Pune had reached 76,916 vaccinations on Sunday.

This would mean that Chennai's wait continues for more than a decade for the second airport even as experts (chuyên gia) have warned that the current airport is set to reach saturation level by the next five years.

With all of this, there’s some concern that black exteriors will soon reach saturation point. Black looks good on almost everything, it’s tempting (hấp dẫn) to use it everywhere. “A lot of people who are flipping properties upstate, they buy something paint it black and can sell it for double,” says Worrell.

Television actor Shashank Vyas feels that although the OTT space is soaring (vút lên) right now, if these platforms do not focus on content that suits the family audience, they will reach saturation point.

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"Put money into something" nghĩa là gì?

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"Put money into something" -> nghĩa là đầu tư tiền hy vọng cải thiện hoặc thu lợi nhuận.

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"Kind of upsets me. Having just put money into something that I’m planning on living here for 15, 20 years. I’m not here to flip this property," says Wilson.

The main reason is that if you put money into something, things will go faster. That is what happened here, they put thousands of people on the case.

They are pushing ahead (đẩy mạnh) with their plans because it’s part of that country’s infrastructure (cơ sở hạ tầng) plan. Over here, private investors are very reluctant (ngại) to put money into something like airports right now.

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"Not for the world" nghĩa là gì?

"Not for the world" -> nghĩa là không vì bất kỳ lý do hay động cơ nào, không vì điều gì.

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I wouldn't hurt Amy for the world.

I wouldn't fly with that airline again for the world!

But this watch is a family heirloom (gia truyền)—I wouldn't sell it for the world!

If I took that job I'd have to leave the kids and I wouldn't do that for the world.

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"Be light on something" nghĩa là gì?

"Be light on something" -> nghĩa là xài tiết kiệm, tằn tiện.

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We seem to be light on fuel.

To be light on electricity to help the municipality avoid extra charges.

Eastern Cape dams supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay area are at an all-time low. Authorities have on Friday begged residents to be light on water. The average dam level in the metro is just over 14%.

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"Be in a glow" nghĩa là gì?

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"Be in a glow" -> nghĩa là đỏ bừng mặt, thẹn đỏ mặt.

Ví dụ 
Kumar's in a glow, he mumbled apologetically and promised not to be lazy.

Actor Daniel Kaluuya makes his mother is in a glow when he jokes about sex in his award acceptance speech.

The German player added: "I'm in a glow. Then I left and felt very small. When you feel embarrassed (xấu hổ), you often look around to see if anyone noticed or not. That's what I feel and try to hide."

Although the film is heavily invested in the context, it causes a lot of controversy (tranh cãi) about the script stage. In particular, in the excerpt of the hot scene posted on the fan page of the film recently, many people are in a glow.

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"Right up my street" nghĩa là gì?

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"Right up one's street" = ngay trên phố -> nghĩa là phù hợp với mối quan tâm, lợi ích của ai.

Ví dụ 
He's good enough to win an event like this, at a short, resort-style course which is right up his street. 

I have a couple of novels which are still in the bottom of my drawer,” she laughs. “But one of them had magical creatures in, so this was right up my street. 

"The course is right up my street," he said. "You’ve got to shape your shots. You can’t just step up and bomb it. You’ve got to really think and if you’re out of position, you’ve got to think even more. So I love the golf course and my game’s in decent (hợp với khuôn phép) shape for it."

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"Put it mildly" nghĩa là gì?

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"Put it mildly" -> nghĩa là nói giảm nói tránh, vì thực tế câu chuyện còn kinh khủng hơn thế.

Ví dụ
None of this necessarily makes EV (Electric Vehicle, xe điện) subsidies a bad idea. If the goal is to merely boost EV sales, then doling out government handouts is — by almost every account — the way to go. But if curbing (kiềm chế) emissions is what taxpayers’ value (I know I certainly do), then subsidising EVs is, to put it mildly, bonkers.

President of the European Investment Bank, Werner Hoyer, said: “Without an end to the use of unabated (không giảm đi) fossil fuels, we will not be able to reach the climate targets. To put it mildly, gas is over.”

In May of last year, the mayor of Los Angeles, a man called Eric Garcetti, issued this order to America’s second-largest city. "Bring your mask with you whenever you leave your home. That will help us get more freedoms." Garcetti isn’t much of an orator (người diễn thuyết), to put it mildly, but it was a memorable quote, mostly because of the questions it left unanswered.

“The SFO will be far from happy to have lost such a high-profile trial in this way – by having to throw in the towel because of its disclosure failings,” Aziz Rahman, senior partner of Rahman Ravelli said. “For the SFO, today’s outcome is a far from perfect set of circumstances, to put it mildly. There will surely be some soul searching at the agency as it considers how it came to this. “

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"Politically correct" nghĩa là gì?

"Politically correct" = đúng về mặt chính trị -> nghĩa là chọn từ ngữ để nói lịch sự nhất có thể, tránh xúc phạm các dân tộc, nền văn hóa khác; 'phải đạo chính trị'.

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Hardly a day goes by without someone moaning (than phiền) about not being able to do so and so as it's no longer politically correct. Now fund managers can join that chorus.

This year's picks underscore a recent movement in the academy to feature greater racial and social diversity. In a reflection of America's broader polarization (phân cực), conservatives argue Hollywood is hostage to politically correct liberal propaganda (tuyên truyền). But these nominees don't ring with tokenism. They are serious and patient, and most are subtle.

The virtual (ảo) climate summit hosted by US President Biden cannot be “some expensive politically correct green act of ‘bunny hugging’” and must be about “growth and jobs,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

“Is it just me, or does that sound more racist (phân biệt chủng tộc) than anything?” Jim commented. “I’ve got a tip for all you politically correct do-gooders out there: drop off.

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"The glow of youth" nghĩa là gì?

"The glow of youth" có glow là hăng hái, sôi nổi -> cụm từ này nghĩa là sự nhiệt tình của tuổi trẻ.

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Rather than pointing to a simpler past, it promises an unlined future, in which the glow of youth remains incandescent (chói sáng).

I diffused (phân tán) colors to mark the seamless (liền mạch) transition to beauty in the film, while clean skin marks the glow of youth, and bold liners the strength of it all.

The track is perfectly arranged, thumping hard (dồn dập) with steady drums, and wailing (than van) vocals that radiate (tỏa ra) the glow of youth. It’s this spirited passion that sends out the clear message of teenage angst in the insane (điên rồ) world we live in today.

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Lừa tình Takashi

thanh niên nhật bản (tên là Takashi Miyagawa, làm việc bán thời gian cho công ty marketing bán đồ tắm) hẹn hò 35 phụ nữ cùng lúc, nói ngày sinh khác nhau để nhận quà sinh nhật suốt năm... :)

...He was apparently caught out when the women joined forces to create a victims’ association after discovering his extensive infidelity (không trung thành, bội tín) and reported him to the police.

Among the claims is that he gave each woman a different date for his birthday, ensuring a constant stream of gifts throughout the year.

One 47-year-old woman reportedly thought his birthday was on February 22, another aged 40 was told it was July, while another 35-year-old believed his birthday was in April.

In total, he allegedly received around 100,000 yen (£668) worth of gifts from the women, including a £200 suit.

Miyagawa, from the Kansai region, allegedly began his dating spree while working for a marketing company selling shower products.

"Backfire on you" nghĩa là gì?

"Backfire on one" có backfire là đốt lửa chặn (cho đám cháy khỏi lan hết cánh đồng cỏ) -> cụm từ này nghĩa là không tiến hành như đã dự tính, hy vọng.

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Your plot backfired on you. I was afraid that my scheme would backfire on me.

The invading (xâm lược) army's strategy completely backfired on them because they failed to account for the icy mountain terrain (địa hình).

Legal experts say that Gaetz's Trump-style strategy of countering the allegations with a blitz of media appearances could backfire on him.

My plan to convince my parents that I'm responsible enough to have a car promptly backfired on me when I came home after curfew (lệnh giới nghiêm).

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"Bag on me" nghĩa là gì?

"Bag on one" -> nghĩa là chỉ trích, cười nhạo ai theo cách không tử tế.

Ví dụ 
Why are you bagging on me? I didn't do anything wrong!

If my friends see me with this stupid haircut, they'll bag on me for months!

Ugh, my brothers always bag on me when my mom's not around. It's so annoying.

"It's terrible, it's wrong. That was my son," said Maria Lowrie, Serrano's mother. "Do you know it hurts me to see him, and he's crying, and he's choking on his own blood and they still want to put a spit bag on him?"

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"Bail on me" nghĩa là gì?

"Bail on someone" -> nghĩa là rời bỏ (một mối quan hệ), bỏ rơi ai.

Ví dụ 
Nobody was ever going to bail on him.

Come on, I highly doubt that Angela would bail on you after one fight.

Hey, thanks for bailing on me earlier—I was stuck talking to that guy for half an hour!

Howard is still a rookie (tân binh) after enduring (lâu dài) a rough, six-start big-league debut in 2020. He has accomplished and shown too much for his teacher to bail on him now.

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"Play by the rules" nghĩa là gì?

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"Play by the rules" = chơi theo luật -> nghĩa là cử xử, hành xử đúng mực. 

Ví dụ
From the outset (bắt đầu) it was clear that the producers, including director Steven Soderbergh, weren't going to play by the rules. Winners never got cut off by house DJ Questlove, who relied on pretaped music from his band, the Roots.

Popular rhetoric (tu từ) says that your worthiness (xứng đáng) determines your level of success—your income, your status, your prospects overall; if you “work hard and play by the rules” you can go as far as your talents will take you.

In accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for President, he described the values (giá trị) he was taught to live by: “to play by the rules; to tell the truth; to obey the law; to care for others; to love our country; to cherish our faith.”

One of the other most common reasons people lose access to their rewards balances is because the program shuts them down. Nearly every program makes it clear that they expect you to play by the rules. 

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