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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

"As much use as a handbrake on a canoe" nghĩa là gì?

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"As much use as a handbrake on a canoe" = cứ như dùng phanh tay trên ca nô -> nghĩa là hoàn toàn vô dụng, chả dùng được vào việc gì hết.

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There is no update to the software as it now needs to be working with 64 bit on Catalina, 32 bit on all OS (hệ điều hành) before the upgrade. So, until the software is upgraded from 32 to 64 bit or if it ever will be upgraded, I am in possession (sở hữu) of a £200 piece of equipment that is as much use as a handbrake on a canoe.

On arrival home I went to connect my car to my charge point went in to the boot and open the case of cables (dây cáp) only to find the only cable was the Porsche charge unit with a 3 pin plug and could not believe as that for me is as much use as a handbrake on a canoe.

Leave it up to Brooklyn’s party animals to celebrate the centennial (trăm năm) of the Gowanus Canal’s “flushing tunnel,” a bit of infrastructure that has been about as much use as a handbrake on a canoe.

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"Stool pigeon" nghĩa là gì?

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"Stool pigeon" -> nghĩa là người chỉ điểm cho công an, chim mồi. 

Ví dụ
According to this stool pigeon, she was part of a team that specialized in stealing and reselling (bán lại) Legos. Thanks to the growing community of adult (người lớn) Lego collectors, the team realized they could make some series moola by selling stolen sets to these marks.

If one of my older brother’s stool pigeon friends hadn’t ratted (phản bội) on me, I’d have been Huck Finn instead of Tom Sawyer. When my mother found out, she became Aunt Polly. I would have loved it if her discipline (kỉ luật) would have simply included whitewashing (sơn trắng) a fence. But a leather strap was used to whitewash (minh oan) my behind.

A stool pigeon who shared a cell with Jeffrey Epstein may have been the only thing keeping the fiendish (xảo quyệt) financier alive, according to a new report.

The stool pigeon told Lendof-Gonzalez he had contact with someone on the outside who could do in the defendant's wife and her mother, but no actual attempt to do so ever was made.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

"Megaphone diplomacy" nghĩa là gì?

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"Megaphone diplomacy" = ngoại giao phát thanh -> nghĩa là dùng phương tiện truyền thông quốc tế để đưa ra các tuyên bố, cảnh báo, thông cáo báo chí (mang tính đe dọa) nhằm ép đối phương tuân theo quan điểm của mình.

Ví dụ
Megaphone diplomacy and legal action between Britain and Brussels over a Northern Ireland trade dispute “will solve absolutely nothing”, a former secretary of state has warned.

“Putin said that despite everything there’s no point in playing at megaphone diplomacy and trading barbs (châm chọc). There is a point in continuing relations,” Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

Speaking in Parliament, Lord Murphy, who served as secretary of state under Tony Blair, said: “Legal action or megaphone diplomacy will solve absolutely nothing. “What is needed is proper (hợp lý) dialogue, proper discussion and proper negotiation and there is not a scrap of evidence that any of those things is happening.”

We state that Washington continues to practice "megaphone diplomacy", with the main goal to maintain a negative (xấu) image of Russia. To blame external players for destabilizing (làm bất ổn) the situation inside the country.

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