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foul play (n)
criminal or violent activity that causes sb's death:
For example, in the 1960s an historian suspected
foul play in Napoleon\u2019s death in 1821 on the island
of St. Helena.

in the making
in the process of becoming sth or of being made:
\u0111ang h\u00ecnh th\u00e0nh, \u0111ang n\u1ea3y n\u1edf, \u0111ang ph\u00e1t tri\u1ec3n
This model was two years in the making.
These events are history in the making.

Sure, the G20 meeting was important because we
need forums where developed and developing
countries can work together and come up with
solutions for how the world should work.

around / round the clock
all day and all night without stopping
Authorities have pledged to work around the clock
until Kim is found.

play God
to behave as if you control events or other people's
It is unfair to ask doctors to play God and end
someone's life.

keep (close) tabs on sb/sth (informal)
theo d\u00f5i s\u00e1t sao
to watch sb/sth carefully in order to know what is
happening so that you can control a particular
It's not always possible to keep tabs on everyone's

Jo-Anne Mason, director of industry analyst
Beauty Update, which keeps tabs on the cosmetics
world, says celeb fragrances now drive the
perfume market, with Britney Spears' and Kylie
Minogue's lines doing especially well this

(up) to the hilt

as much as possible:
We're mortgaged up to the hilt.
They have promised to back us to the hilt.

pander to sth/sb (disapproving)
to do what sb wants, or try to please them,
especially when this is not acceptable or
tho\u1ea3 m\u00e2n (d\u1ee5c v\u1ecdng, \u00fd \u0111\u1ed3 x\u1ea5u)
to pander to sb's whims / wishes
The speech was just pandering to racial prejudice.
From its inception, Nashi pandered to nostalgia for
the Soviet era \u2014 not its bread queues but its
superpower status.

catch sb red-handed
to catch sb in the act of doing sth wrong or
committing a crime
b\u1eaft qu\u1ea3 tang
the Nine were caught red-handed on Indonesian
turf and that\u2019s all they need to know.

mass grave
m\u1ed9 ch\u00f4n t\u1eadp th\u1ec3

stem from sth
xu\u1ea5t ph\u00e1t t\u1eeb
(not used in the progressive tenses) to be the result
of sth
The unusual virulence of the 1918 virus may stem
from the fact that it evolved amid the unique
mayhem of WW1

in full swing
having reached a very lively level
l\u00fac s\u00f4i n\u1ed5i nh\u1ea5t, l\u00fac n\u00e1o nhi\u1ec7t nh\u1ea5t
When we arrived the party was already in full
Moves to keep the country from a human strain of
avian flu have been in full swing ever since

upsurge (n)
~ (in / of sth) (written) a sudden large increase in
\u0111\u1ee3t b\u1ed9t ph\u00e1t
an upsurge in violent crime
a recent upsurge of interest in his movies

veritable (a)
You can useveritable to emphasize the
size, amount, or nature of something.
...a veritable feast of pre-match

When Katrina hit at the end of August, the Gulf of
Mexico was a veritable hurricane refuelling

be endowed with sth
\u0111\u01b0\u1ee3c ph\u00fa cho
to naturally have a particular feature, quality, etc
cord blood is richly endowed with a kind of stem
cell that gives rise to oxygen-carrying red blood

capitalize on / upon sth
to gain a further advantage for yourself from a

The team failed to capitalize on their early lead

mill around (BrE also mill about) (especially of a
large group of people) to move around an area
without seeming to be going anywhere in
\u0111i quanh
Hundreds of fans were milling around outside the

at gunpoint
while threatening sb or being threatened with a
ch\u0129a s\u00fang
Austrailian high commission staff and their
families have been robbed at gunpoint near the
start of the Kokoda Trail.

at stake
that can be won or lost, depending on the success
of a particular action
\u0111ang l\u00e2m nguy, \u0111ang b\u1ecb \u0111e d\u1ecda
enduring (a)
lasting for a long time:
l\u00e2u d\u00e0i
A young man\u2019s life is at stake and the affair is now
threatening to derail one of Australia\u2019s most
enduring and important relationships

at the edge of the abyss
b\u00ean b\u1edd v\u1ef1c
As humanity stands at the edge of the abyss, only
this generation can make the difference

go / run like clockwork
to happen according to plan; to happen without
difficulties or problems
Singapore carries out its executions like
clockwork. Death by hanging happens at Changi
prison on Fridays at dawn

raise / up the ante
to increase the level of sth, especially demands or
sums of money
But Labor wants to up the ante with tougher
diplomatic action. Does this make sense?

in view of sth
considering sth:
In view of the weather, the event will now be held
invidious (a)
(formal) unpleasant and unfair; likely to offend sb
or make them jealous
g\u00e2y s\u1ef1 ghen gh\u00e9t, g\u00e2y \u00e1c c\u1ea3m
single sb/sth<->out (for sth / as sb/sth)
to choose sb/sth from a group for special attention:
She was singled out for criticism.
He was singled out as the outstanding performer of
the games.
But in view of invidious distinctions I have
refrained from singling out any of our champions
of sport

get the hang of sth
(informal) to learn how to do or to use sth; to
understand sth:
It's not difficult once you get the hang of it.
Certainly, ordinary Iraqis have got the hang of the
democratic process and have already voted twice
by the million in elections sponsored by the US.

stick it / sth out
(stuck, stuck)
(informal) to continue doing sth to the end, even
when it is difficult or boring:
She didn't like the course but she stuck it out to get
the certificate.
If the US sticks it out and if the new Iraqi
government can win community support and take
on the terrorist with its own forces, we will see the
first Muslim democracy of the Middle East.

dent (n)
v\u1ebft l\u00f5m

Ade nt is a hollow in the surface of
something which has been caused by
hitting or pressing it.

There was a dent in the car which
hadn't been there before.

make, etc. a dent in sth
to reduce the amount of sth, especially money:
The lawyer's fees will make a dent in our finances
The Brotherhood, which will host a national
conference in Melbourne this week, says no
significant dent has been made in reducing the
number of children living in poverty and a national
campaign is needed

be out of touch (with sb)
to no longer communicate with sb, so that you no
longer know what is happening to them:
We've been out of touch for a couple of years.
be, become, etc. out of touch (with sth)
to not know or understand what is happening in a
particular subject or area:
Unfortunately, the people making the decisions are
out of touch with the real world.
Van\u2019s execution has shown how out of touch some
lawyers and commentators are with Australian

in the wake of sb/sth
theo ch\u00e2n
coming after or following sb/sth:
There have been demonstrations on the streets in
the wake of the recent bomb attack
vocal (a)
telling people your opinions or protesting about sth
loudly and with confidence
l\u1edbn ti\u1ebfng
Mr Fraser said he hoped Canberra would be more
vocal on the issue in the wake of the hanging on
Friday of the 25-year-old drug trafficker.

reshuffle (v)
c\u1ea3i t\u1ed5 ch\u00ednh ph\u1ee7
rule sb/sth<->out (as sth)
b\u00e1c b\u1ecf
to state that sth is not possible or that sb/sth is not
resign yourself to sth
cam ch\u1ecbu, \u0111\u00e0nh ph\u1eadn, ph\u00f3 m\u1eb7c

to accept sth unpleasant that cannot be changed or
She resigned herself to her fate.
We had to resign ourselves to making a loss on the
John Howard is likely to reshuffle his cabinet
within weeks after Peter Costello ruled out a
leadership challenge and resigned himself to
staying on as Treasurer until the Prime Minister
decides to step aside.

come to terms (with sb)
tho\u1ea3 hi\u1ec7p
to reach an agreement with sb; to find a way of
living or working together:
The enemy was eventually forced to come to
Once again the world is coming to terms with the
truth about malaria: the ancient enemy still claims
at least one million lives every year while, at the
same time, imposing tremendous physical, mental
and economic hardships.
People are still coming to terms with the enormity
of the disaster.

writ (n)
tr\u00e1t, l\u1ec7nh, gi\u1ea5y \u0111\u00f2i
Awrit is a legal document that orders a
person to do a particular thing.
He issued a writ against one of his

in respect of sth (formal or business)
1 concerning:
tr\u00ean ph\u01b0\u01a1ng di\u1ec7n
A writ was served on the firm in respect of their
unpaid bill.
statutory (a)
fixed by law; that must be done by law
(thu\u1ed9c) lu\u1eadt, do lu\u1eadt ph\u00e1p qui \u0111\u1ecbnh, theo \u0111\u00fang lu\u1eadt
Trish has a written employment contract with her
employer. Work Choices will likely only affect her
in respect of the minimum statutory entitlements to
be included in the new legislation, such as annual
2 in payment for sth:
money received in respect of overtime worked

in force
1/ (of people) in large numbers:

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