Journey in Life: phrase
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Friday, September 21, 2018

"Show her hand" nghĩa là gì?

để lộ bàn tay... Photo courtesy Beryl_snw.

'Show one's hand' nghĩa là tiết lộ ý định/kế hoạch của mình, nhất là từ trước đến nay vẫn đang giữ bí mật (to make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those that were previously hidden or kept secret).

Ví dụ
New York's Attorney General Shows His Hand Against Exxon Mobil.

Sky's the limit as Murdoch shows his hand but Comcast is not out of this bidding war yet.

Viewers will either crack a satisfied smile or feel utterly taken for a ride when Shani finally shows his hand as a crafty (lắm mánh khóe, láu cá, xảo quyệt) manipulator (người lôi kéo, vận động (bằng mánh khóe)) of a narrative that’s less linear than we expect.

After the "chaotic" first day of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination hearing, Wednesday saw the 53-year-old appellate judge bombarded with questions from senators. The AP describes him as "treading carefully," and highlights some of the biggest issues raised during the second day of the hearing. Kavanaugh "didn't show his hand" when questioned about abortion rights (quyền phá thai), for example, though he did call Roe v. Wade "important precedent" that has "been reaffirmed many times over the past 45 years."

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

"Put her hand into her pocket" nghĩa là gì?

Goldfinger, Sean Connery, 1964. Photo courtesy Raoul Luoar.

'Put your hand into your pocket" nghĩa là sẵn sàng chi tiền, cho ai đó hoặc làm từ thiện (to give money to someone or to charity).

Ví dụ
People are more inclined to put their hands in their pockets to help children.

We have schools that are desperately short of money and having to ask parents to put their hands in their pockets to stay afloat.

Optometrist (người chuyên đo thị lực để bán mắt kính) Michael Connor had been "waiting for someone to put their hands in their pockets" and he said Primark's donation was a welcome one.

There's a wealth – if you'll pardon the pun (sự chơi chữ) – of personal finance tools out there, but many of them involve having to put your hand into your pocket, dig deep and part with some hard-earned cash.

Popular resorts with lots of all-inclusive hotels are much more comprehensive now than they used to be too. “You really don’t need to put your hand into your pocket,” says Porter, “and let’s face it, after the whole build-up of a wedding, sometimes just flaking and being pampered has the desired effect.”

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

"Play into the hands of" nghĩa là gì?

...chỉ làm lợi cho các nước phương Tây muốn xâm lược Syria*. Photo courtesy William Proby.

'Play into the hands of someone' nghĩa là làm lợi cho đối thủ của mình (to do something that one does not realize will hurt oneself and help someone else playing into the hands of the enemy).

Ví dụ
Manchester United warned any squabbling (cãi nhau ầm ĩ, cãi vặt) could play into the hands of rivals City.

Any attempt to disrupt (phá vỡ, gây cản trở) this vital (quan trọng, sống còn, trọng yếu, nguy hiểm đến tính mạng; sinh động, đầy sức sống) project (dự án quan trọng này) will only play into the hands of those who do not want peace (hòa bình) and progress for the Afghan people.

Many analysts (nhà phân tích) here predict (dự đoán) such a backlash (phản ứng mạnh) will play into the hands of politicians eager to weaken, if not dismantle (tháo dỡ, hủy bỏ, bãi bỏ), the European Union.

The Russian delegation spokesperson said that the claims are only playing "into the hands of the Western countries that plan to carry out another aggression (gây hấn, xâm lược) against Syria, using a staged (dàn dựng) chemical weapons (vũ khí hóa học) incident as an excuse (là cái cớ)".

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* A Free Syrian Army fighter throws a hand grenade inside a Syrian Army base during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighbourhood of Damascus February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"Many hands make light work" nghĩa là gì?

Workers on the New Zealand & South Seas Exhibition Site 1924. Photo courtesy Dunedin City Council Archives.

'Many hands make light work' nghĩa là nhiều người chung sức chung lòng thì dễ thành công (the more people working together on something, the quicker and easier it will be to finish).

Ví dụ
It's a long rebuild and it's a process, but it works much better if everyone is helping. Many hands make light work, even in the NFL.

Some volunteer jobs are easy to fill, while others are more challenging. Finding volunteers to help with parking lot monitoring, for example, can be more difficult, he noted. “Many hands make light work,” he said.

"Many hands make light work" is a true statement for the Hickory Gables Dairy Farm in Hickory Corners, Michigan. The local farm is run by the De Jong family, where every family member plays a role in keeping the cows comfortable and happy while making quality milk.

"Our Finance team wanted to spend a day giving back to the community, and we know that many hands make light work,” said Ron Winowiecki, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Perrigo. “We are pleased that we could accomplish that goal while helping support the unique and important work that takes place at Benjamin’s Hope."

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Monday, September 17, 2018

"Overplay his hand" nghĩa là gì?

the king of hearts. Photo courtesy sagesolar.

'Overplay one's hand' nghĩa là quá tự tin với bài trên tay nên đặt cược quá mức ((in a card game) play or bet on one's hand with a mistaken optimism); hay bỏ phí cơ hội thành công vì quá tự tin vào lợi thế của mình (spoil one's chance of success through excessive confidence in one's position).

Ví dụ
There was a leadership overhaul at the State Security Agency (SSA) only when its ex-director- general, Arthur Fraser, tried to overplay his hand.

Did Putin Overplay his Hand over Macedonia Name Deal: The Kremlin's foreign policy increasingly seems to rest on the assumption that all countries are as corruptible as Vladimir Putin's Russia. This was evident most recently in Russia's alleged efforts to undermine an agreement between Greece and its tiny northern neighbour, the Republic of Macedonia, over the latter's name.

Undoubtedly, Trump will overplay his hand and overdo it in trying to make the point that the demonstrators’ theatrics are disrespectful to an American institution and show contempt for the fans and what they hold dear. Nonetheless, Republicans will use the issue to their advantage and hit Democrats for supporting the protesters, just as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz did to his opponent Rep. Beto O’Rourke last week.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

"Hand over fist" nghĩa là gì?

kiếm tiền khủng. Photo courtesy freestocks.org.

'Hand over fist' nghĩa là rất nhanh (rapidly, at a tremendous rate) -> make money hand over fist = vớ bở; thu lợi kếch xù.

Ví dụ
A week before that in Germany, Vettel crashed out of the lead on a wet track as Hamilton was reeling him in hand over fist.

I think we could do more to retain these highly skilled people by showing more care towards them. We're losing them hand over fist.

The most important point is that teachers haven’t been making money hand over fist; our latest contract was my first real raise in 13 years. Instead, it is a comparative thing as everyone else in the middle class has been losing in the current “winner take all” economy.

While companies are making money hand over fist from consumer data, consumers are starting to penalize that abuse with their wallets. They are demanding more transparency, and designing your business model to provide it to them will generate more lifetime loyalty than any ad campaign.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

"Live from hand to mouth" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Tambako The Jaguar.

'Live from hand to mouth' = sống từ tay đến miệng -> nghĩa là sống lần hồi, sống cầm hơi, sống chật vật (to have just enough money to live on and nothing extra).

Ví dụ
We're fishermen who live from hand to mouth.

This is why there are players who end up being forced to live from hand to mouth, and I feel that this is a matter that all sides should take seriously and work towards a proper solution.

Kilonzo’s tax deductions is a grim illustration of just how President Uhuru Kenyatta’s fundraising measures is forcing the poor and the not so poor to live from hand to mouth, unable to build up any savings.

Many of our middle-class income earners have had to tighten their belts because of rising prices due to inflationary effects. Even my family has had to adjust our weekly marketing budget due to rising prices of commodities like food, water and oil and gasoline. Many of us are already suffering due to inflation. Can you imagine how are poor in the metro and provinces coping out? They live from hand to mouth and some eat only once a day. That’s the effect of TRAIN 1, higher cost of living.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

"By my own fair hands" nghĩa là gì?

sách em tự dịch, không google translate... Photo courtesy ivan marianelli.

'By one's own fair hands' nghĩa là do tự tay mình làm (by oneself; without assistance).

Ví dụ
Spotted leaving Smooth radio station, the 37-year-old model donned pieces designed by her own fair hands as part of her Littlewoods collection.

Small, family-operated properties rate better than TripAdvisor than big hotels that offer the same level of comfort, amenities and service. If you are shown to your room by Madame Dubois who will also serve your brioche (bánh mỳ ngọt hình tròn) with orange marmalade (mứt cam) the next morning made by her own fair hands, you're far more likely to applaud (ca ngợi, hoan nghênh) longer, louder and in text than if it's a chain hotel.

Displaying her knowledge of the program’s presenters who are household names to many cricket fans in Britain, May brought the team behind the program a batch of home-made chocolate brownies which, she said, she made at home late on Thursday. “Made by my own fair hands,” she told the program during an interval in a match between England and West Indies, after saying she had followed a recipe by British chef Nigel Slater.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" nghĩa là gì?

chim to dần... Photo courtesy Jose Fernandez de Castro.

'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' = một con chim trong tay còn hơn hai con chim trong bụi rậm -> nghĩa là nên bằng lòng và trân trọng những gì mình đang có, không nên tham lam hay chấp nhận rủi ro để chạy theo những thứ có vẻ hào nhoáng hơn nhưng cơ hội có được chúng lại không chắc chắn (used to say that it is better to hold onto something one has than to risk losing it by trying to get something better); đừng nên 'thả mồi bắt bóng', 'a living dog is better than a dead lion'.

Ví dụ
A number of readers said they had calculated their “break-even” date—the point in time when they would begin to come out ahead, dollar-wise, if they delay Social Security. For most, that moment arrives in their late 70s or early 80s—and readers told us they aren’t willing to gamble on that long of a wait. “My break-even point is approximately age 78,” said one reader. “Personally, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. A lot can happen between age 62 and 78.”

Lewandowski has scored 154 goals in 196 games for Bayern but hasn't yet been able to meet expectations on European club football's biggest stage over the past few years. Both parties are united by the saying "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush". Bayern intend to placate Lewandowski's dissatisfaction and frustration. This "therapy" is designed to turn things around in the Champions League and make Lewandowski score in the crunch games. Until then, the aim is for the Pole to keep his rhythm. He has got off to a good start by scoring three goals in the German Super Cup that acts as a curtain-raiser to the new season.

In the end, the new Italian government was formed according to the principle that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Matteo Salvini, the leader and clever strategist (chiến lược gia) behind right-wing (cánh hữu) populist (dân túy) party The League, had been hesitating (lưỡng lự) for a long time, pinning his hopes on new elections. His approval ratings had skyrocketed (tăng mạnh, tăng chóng mặt) in recent polls (thăm dò) and he was hoping his party could ride that momentum into a new parliament (nội các mới). Prudence (thận trọng) eventually prevailed, and for the second time he gave his blessing to a forced marriage with the 5-Star Movement (M5S).

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

"An iron hand in a velvet glove" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy GS+.

'An iron hand in a velvet glove' = quả đấm sắt bọc nhung -> nghĩa là sự cay nghiệt được che đậy một cách khéo léo (a person who has a gentle, sweet, or unassuming appearance or disposition, but who in reality is particularly severe, forceful, or uncompromising).

Ví dụ
“Some U.S. soldiers took pictures with members of the PYD [Democratic Union Party], and shared them. This is simply using an iron hand in a velvet glove and Turkey won’t allow this,” Bozdağ added.

"Usually soft spoken, he could lay down the law when moved to do so and as a consequence, his indelible leadership-style is described as akin to an iron hand in a velvet glove," a tribute posted on the law firm's website noted.

Macron’s relationship with the media amounts to “an iron hand in a velvet glove", comments Galland, adding that “the presidential office cannot bear over-mediatization, which is a source of confusion". “Communication involves mastering the relationship,” he says.

Every rom-com worth its salt also needs an obstacle to overcome, and Michelle Yeoh, as Nick’s mother, Eleanor Young, is a formidable one. She is the quintessential ((thuộc) tinh túy, tinh hoa) tiger mother who rules with an iron hand in a velvet glove. Always composed, never a crack in the veneer. But Rachel is also formidable in her own way, and when the two finally face off, it’s something to see.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

"Wring his neck" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Tambako The Jaguar.

'Wring somebody's neck' nghĩa là vặn cổ ai (dùng để biểu lộ sự tức giận, đe dọa) (used to say that one is very angry with someone).

Ví dụ
My sister's husband is a wet blanket and I want to wring his neck.

"If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child." - Linda Sunshine.

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville is such a good actor that his on-screen wife Elizabeth McGovern finds herself wanting to “wring his neck”, the actress has admitted.

Although Matheny’s treacherous hike had a happy ending, no doubt his family and friends endured days of anxiety while he was missing. His mom sums it up with the perfect mom quote to CNN: “I’m going to wring his neck. What he was doing up there with only flip-flops, I have no idea.”

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Monday, September 10, 2018

"Wring their hands" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Tambako The Jaguar.

'Wring one's hands" nghĩa là vò đầu bứt tai (bối rối, lúng túng vì chưa tìm được cách giải quyết hoặc vì thấy ân hận, tự trách mình đã làm điều không phải) (clasp and twist one's hands together as a gesture of great distress, especially when one is powerless to change the situation).

Ví dụ
Business owners wring their hands over fall construction period.

In the meantime, no one is prepared to refuse outside money on grounds of efficiency. The politicians want it and are willing to let the dependency theorists wring their hands. One economist attributes Argentina’s low rate of savings to rapid population growth and high rates of immigration—to which I would add bad habits of conspicuous consumption.

There's a lot of debate about what this means. On the one hand, some people really wring their hands about these declines, and worry about what it means in the long term in terms of economic development, and having the resources to sustain older people as they age out of the labor force.

Trump is, of course, not the first president to face dissension in the ranks. Battles between Andrew Johnson and his secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, grew so rancorous (hiềm khích, hay thù oán, đầy ác ý) that Johnson was ultimately impeached (though not convicted). Nor are Trump supporters the first to wring their hands about a deep-state (chính phủ trong bóng tối) conspiracy (thuyết âm mưu). Senator Joe McCarthy made his career peddling such theories.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

"Call the tune" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Martin Teschner.

'Call the shots (or tune)' nghĩa là có tiếng nói quyết định (đối với vấn đề gì, được giải quyết như thế nào) (take the initiative in deciding how something should be done; be in charge, be in control, be the boss, be at the helm/wheel, be in the driver's seat, pull the strings, run the show, rule the roost).

Ví dụ
Immigrants call the tunes on Swedish music scene.

I have asserted (correctly) that GM execs are responding to pressure from the nation's GM dealers. It is the dealers who call the tunes on this sort of move.

During the fundraiser, Dillingham said he was featured by Clark for about 20 minutes “and he let me call the tunes and was singing harmony with me and picking and we were cutting up with each other. There was just this rapport.”

Former Ellison employee, erstwhile friend, and constant agitator Benioff, the founder and CEO of Salesforce (of which Ellison was originally a primary backer), says that CRM is the king of the SaaS-apps hill and therefore it is Salesforce that will call the tunes in the overall SaaS world.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

"Run in the blood" nghĩa là gì?

'hiếu chiến' ăn vào máu... Photo courtesy Stefans02.

'Run in the blood' nghĩa là (nói về kỹ năng, phẩm chất) di truyền, bẩm sinh (to be innate, as of a skill or quality; be characteristic of a family or passed on from one generation to the next).

Ví dụ
The original recipe, a chowdery (thuộc món xúp cá) mix of fish, potatoes, water, salt, mayonnaise, and wine vinegar, was created by the poor fisherman of El Palo, the same Malaga fishing village where King Alfonso XII enjoyed his sardines – maritime gastronomy clearly runs in the blood.

They say basketball runs in the blood in some families. Well, this claim is certainly justified by certain families which have multiple members plying their trade in the NBA today. Read on to find the top 5 brother combos in the NBA today!

"It (politics) runs in the blood. We just have the same focus. We are both interested in national affairs and how people live, hence we are all strong in politics," Caston said.

Interestingly, reform & opening is forcefully presented as a civilizational "inheritance"—exemplifying & drawing on the "spirit of innovation" that the article says runs in "the blood of the Chinese nation".

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Friday, September 7, 2018

"Run in my head" nghĩa là gì?

25k usd, cứ quay mòng mòng trong óc... Photo courtesy Eva Rinaldi.

'Run in one's head/mind' nghĩa là xoay lộn trong đầu óc; ám ảnh, vương vấn trong óc.

Ví dụ
All these thoughts began to run in my head like a merry go round through hell. I knew he loved me underneath his tainted heart, but was the pain he inflicted upon me love too? I started to believe this lie because I needed to convince myself I was loved; if this pain were love, I would take it.

“Send me the tape — I’ll know them when I hear them. The voices run in my head every day,” adds Schulz, a Santa Rosa resident who’s been carrying on his father’s legacy since the world-famous strip’s final newsprint appearance in 2000.

I’d like to leave you with the beautiful words that Mona Eltahawy left me with, which run in my head all the time: “When I am asked can a man be a feminist, my answer usually is ‘A man cannot be a feminist, but an ally of feminisms.’"

In the months after Grillo’s death, Trevino disappeared, prompting police to publicly name him. Trevino, a convicted sex offender, was taken into custody in Florida several months ago. “What runs in my mind all the time is, why?" Makris told News 8 after his friend was arrested.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

"Try to run before you can walk" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Hotlanta Voyeur.

'Try to run before one can walk' nghĩa là chưa học bò đã lo học chạy, chưa đủ lông đủ cánh đã đòi bay bổng.

Ví dụ
"Don’t try to run before you can walk," he says. "Ensure that every part of the manufacturing process is working as efficiently as possible before moving onto the next thing."

Start with just £5 a month to get into the savings habit and you’ll be on your way. Anthony says: “You needn’t try to run before you can walk. Cash savings are a good step towards longer- term savings.”

Know your shit: Be technically brilliant. Apply yourself to your craft and don’t be afraid to get ‘on the tools’. Invest your time in constantly learning. To quote McQueen, “I spent a long time learning how to construct clothes, which is important before you can deconstruct them.” Don’t try to run before you can walk.

You kind of have to take it slowly. Don’t try to run before you can walk. Learn all aspects of the business. Read books, go to shows. Sit in at settlements. Speak to tour managers. Shadow other agents. You gotta do the grunt work first. Don’t be too good to enter data and shows and itineraries. You pick up on things just by doing all that work yourself.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

"Like a lamplighter" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Billie Grace Ward.

'Like a lamplighter' có từ lamplighter là người thắp đèn -> cụm từ này nghĩa là rất nhanh; 'run like a lamplighter' = chạy cuống cuồng, chạy bán sống bán chết.

Ví dụ
He writes in praise of roads, boats, collies, thorn bushes, and, in 1977, the year before MacDiarmid’s demise, of his old Assynt friend Angus MacLeod, who “went through a company like a lamplighter”.

On the subject of the traditional repositories, we would place emphasis on the fact that it is not the most interesting thing to look for the information for months. At this rate, you are to make use of the beyond reproach retrieval engines of the Virtual Platforms . Not only you, but also your customers have the right to find anything like a lamplighter.

He walks like a lamplighter through my mind,
in the brown bomber jacket he wore
over whites and to class in the fall,
Marine Corps issue from late ’44,
when he flew Hellcats at Mindinao.

Most of them long dead, bring a city to life, radio by radio, like a lamplighter running from house to house, touching us with the spirit of a goddess coming home. Happy Durga Puja!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

"Be running on fumes" nghĩa là gì?

McCain hụt hơi. Photo courtesy Grant Stancliff.

'Be running on fumes' có từ fume là hơi, khói -> cụm từ này nghĩa là tiếp tục làm gì mà không còn nhiệt tình, năng lượng hay nguồn lực (to be continuing to operate with no or very little enthusiasm, energy, or resources left); xe chạy mà còn ít xăng...

Ví dụ
Santa Barbara's Car-Share Program Appears to Be Running on Fumes.

NHS dentistry is Norfolk ‘running on fumes’ as figures reveal two thirds could leave profession.

Nadal now just one game away from a quarter-final spot as he looks to defend his title - Basilashvili looks to be running on fumes. 15-all before Basilashvili finds yet another forehand winner (his 19th of the contest) and holds on to force Nadal to serve it out and the Georgian deserves that.

In 2007, he gave Iowa a try but skipped the once-vaunted Iowa GOP Straw Poll. It was the source of much Republican consternation (kinh hoàng, kinh ngạc, thất kinh, khiếp đảm) at the time. And by late summer, McCain’s campaign was shedding staff and running on fumes, so he turned his attention to New Hampshire and beyond. In New Hampshire, a high school kid asked him if he was too old to be president. “Thanks for the question, you little jerk,” McCain quipped.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

"Bury the hatchet" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Pete Self.

'Bury the hatchet' = chôn cái rìu -> nghĩa là giảng hòa, làm lành (end a quarrel or conflict and become friendly).

Ví dụ
Mourinho and Woodward urged to bury the hatchet at Man Utd.

India, Pakistan look to bury the hatchet and create space for betterment of ties.

Liam Fox’s trade department has attempted to bury the hatchet with Britain’s ports and shipping industries with talks over new government funding.

Her interpretation was that the conservatives succumbed to irrational fear; that a better approach may have seen Abbott and his colleagues appreciate the concessions that Turnbull made (such as shifting policy on the National Energy Guarantee), look past superficial differences, and bury the hatchet.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

"Pay his last respects" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Presidio of Monterey.

'Pay (one's) last respects' nghĩa là phúng viếng (to show or express one's respect for someone who has died, especially by attending his or her funeral, wake, memorial service, etc).

Ví dụ
The former chief minister’s mortal remains were taken to Rajaji Hall for people to pay their last respects.

Magufuli could not hold himself together and broke down into tears while paying his last respect.

A man of few words, the respect Dr Singh has towards his predecessor was evident when he paid his last respect to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The home minister, in a tweet, shared pictures of him paying his last respect to the former Assam governor at a crematorium (nơi hỏa táng, lò hỏa thiêu) here today.

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