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Cc Thnh Ng Ting Anh Thng Dng

Tc gi: Anthony Foster Carney


Bn dch ting Vit: L Huy Lm
Bin tp: Nguyn Ngc Tm
Everyday English Idioms
Cc Thnh Ng Ting Anh Thng Dng
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1. A little bird told me
Meaning: (someone secretly told me)
- C ngi ni ring cho ti bit
Example: A little bird told me that you and Cindy are going to get married.
- C ngi ni ring cho ti bit rng anh v Cindy sp ly nhau.
2. A pain in the neck
Meaning: (annoying)
- Ci ca n, lm phin
Example: Sometimes my younger brother can be a pain in the neck.
- i khi em trai ti c th l ci ca n.
3. A piece of cake
Meaning: (very easy)
- Rt d
Example: Learning to speak English is a piece of cake.
- Hc ni ting Anh rt d.
4. To lay off
Meaning: (when an employer forces employees to leave their jobs)
- Sa thi
Example: The company laid off 50 workers last week. Now they have no job.
- Tun trc cng ty sa thi 50 cng nhn. Hin gi h khng c vic lm.
5. And pigs might fly
Meaning: (to think something is impossible or unbelievable)
- Chuyn / iu kh tin
Example:
A: I think I can win the lottery.
- Ti ngh l ti c th trng v s.
B: Yeah? And I think pigs might fly!
- Vy sao? Ti ngh qu l chuyn l!
6. To be dead tired
Meaning: (to be exhausted)
- Mt nh
Example: Ive worked for 15 hours already today and Im dead tired.
- Hm nay ti lm vic 15 ting ri v ti mt nh.
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7. To call it a day
Meaning: (stop working)
- Ngng lm vic
Example: Its already 5:00 pm. Lets call it a day and go home.
- 5 gi chiu ri. Chng ta hy ngng lm vic v v nh thi.
8. To be in charge of
Meaning: (to be the leader of)
- Ph trch, iu hnh, ch huy
Example: Do what Linda tells you to do because shes in charge of this office.
- Hy lm nhng vic Linda bo anh lm bi v c y iu hnh vn phng ny.
9. To be in the way
Meaning: (to make oneself a nuisance / to be where someone or something doesnt need you
or it to be)
- K cn mi, cn tr
Example: If my sister goes with me on my date with my boyfriend, shell really be in the way.
- Nu em gi ti i cng ti n cuc hn vi bn trai ca ti th n thc s l k cn mi.
10. Be my guest
Meaning: (please do whatever you would like to do)
- C t nhin, xin mi
Example: If you want to go out, then be my guest, but Im staying home.
- Nu bn mun i chi, xin c t nhin, nhng ti s nh.
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11. To be named after
Meaning: (to be given the same name as)
- c t tn theo
Example: I was named after my grandfather.
- Ti c t tn theo tn ca ng ni ti.
12. To be no big deal
Meaning: (to be unimportant)
- Khng quan trng
Example: Dont worry about losing the game. Its no big deal.
- ng bn tm v vic thua trn u. Vic khng quan trng.
13. To be on top of the world
Meaning: (to be very happy or successful)
- Rt hnh phc, rt thnh cng
Example: Im on top of the world! My boss just raised my salary.
- Ti rt hnh phc! Sp va mi tng lng cho ti.
14. To bear in mind / to keep in mind
Meaning: (to remember)
- Nh
Example: When you go camping, you should bear in mind that it gets very cold at night.
- Khi i cm tri, bn nn nh rng ban m tri rt lnh.
15. Behind someones back
Meaning: (to do something secretly without that persons knowing)
- Sau lng, vng mt
Example: I cant believe that she went out on a date with him behind my back!
- Ti khng th tin c rng c y hn h vi anh ta sau lng ti!
16. To build castles in the air
Meaning: (to have dreams or goals that are too high)
- M tng ho huyn
Example: Susan, Im happy that you want to be president of the United States, but dont build
castles in the air.
- Susan, ti rt vui v bn mun tr thnh tng thng M, nhng ng m tng ho huyn
nh th.
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17. To drop someone a line
Meaning: (to contact someone)
- Vit th (thng rt ngn) cho ai
Example: When I arrive in London, Ill drop you a line to let you know I got there safely.
- Khi ti n Lun n, ti s vit th cho vi hng anh bit ti n an ton.
18. Easy come, easy go
Meaning: (easy to get and easy to lose)
- D n th d i, d c th mt
Example:
A: Mary, Im so sorry that your company lost that big client.
- Mary, ti rt tic rng cng ty ca c tut mt khch hng ln .
B: Oh well, easy come, easy go.
- , d c th d mt m.
19. Every now and then
Meaning: (sometimes)
- i khi, thnh thong
Example: Every now and then my father takes my mother to see a movie.
- Thnh thong cha ti dn m ti i xem phim.
20. To follow in someones footsteps
Meaning: (to imitate someone)
- Ni nghip ai , bt chc ai
Example: Youve become a doctor just like your father. You really followed in his footsteps.
- Anh tr thnh bc s ht nh cha anh. Anh thc s ni nghip cha anh.
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21. To fool around
Meaning: (to not work / to not take something seriously)
- Khng cn lm g, lng ph thi gian
Example: I havent worked all day. Ive just been fooling around at my desk.
- Ti khng lm g c ngy. Ti ch lng ph thi gian bn lm vic.
22. To get along with someone
Meaning: (to have a good relationship with someone)
- Ha thun vi ai
Example: I really like Ryan. We get along with each other very well.
- Ti thc s thch Ryan. Chng ti rt hon thun vi nhau.
23. To get in touch with / to be in touch with someone
Meaning: (to contact someone / to stay in contact with someone)
- Gi lin lc vi ai
Example: Get in touch with me as soon as you get an email address.
- Hy lin lc ngay vi ti ngay khi bn c a ch email nh.
24. To get rid of
Meaning: (to throw away / to make go away)
- Tng kh
Example: Harry should really get rid of that old car and buy a new one.
- Tht ra Harry nn tng kh chic xe hi c v mua mt chic xe mi.
25. To give someone the cold shoulder
Meaning: (to ignore someone)
- i x lnh nht / h hng vi ai
Example: Lee, did I do something to make you angry with me? Youve given me the cold
shoulder all week.
- Lee, ti c lm g khin bn gin ti khng? Bn lnh nht vi ti sut c tun.
26. To hang in there
Meaning: (encouragement to stay strong and not quit)
- Tip tc c gng, kin tr, ng b cuc
Example: Bill, I know that studying in university is difficult, but hang in there and youll have
your degree soon.
- Bill, ti bit vic hc i hc l kh khn, nhng hy tip tc c gng, bn s sm c c
tm bng.
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27. If worst comes to worst
Meaning: (the worst thing that could happen)
- Trong tnh hung xu nht c th xy ra
Example:
A: I got fired from my job and now I cant pay my rent at my apartment.
- Ti b ui vic v by gi ti khng c kh nng chi tr tin thu cn h ca ti.
B: If worst comes to worst, you can come and live with me.
- Trong tnh hung xu nht c th xy ra, bn c th n vi ti.
28. In the long run
Meaning: (over a long period of time)
- V lu di m ni
Example: I know you dont enjoy exercising, but in the long run, youll be in very good shape.
- Ti bit bn khng thch tp th dc, nhng v lu di m ni th bn s rt khe mnh.
29. To be up to date
Meaning: (to know the latest information / to be of the latest style)
- Cp nht, mi nht
Example: CNN always has the most up to date news on TV.
- i CNN lun c tin tc cp nht mi nht pht trn truyn hnh.
30. To keep an eye on
Meaning: (to watch closely)
- Trng gi, mt ti
Example: You have to keep an eye on your dog because he always likes to run away.
- Bn phi trng gi con ch ca bn bi v n lun thch chy trn.
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31. To keep my fingers crossed
Meaning: (to hope for the best to happen)
- Chc may mn
Example:
A: Tomorrow is the big competition.
- Ngy mai l cuc tranh ti quan trng.
B: Ill keep my fingers crossed for you.
- Ti cu mong bn bn gp may mn.
32. To keep under control
Meaning: (to manage something completely)
- Kim sot
Example: Its very difficult to keep 30 young children under control in the classroom all day.
- Rt kh kim sot 30 a tr trong lp hc sut c ngy.
33. To keep your nose clean
Meaning: (to stay out of trouble)
- Trnh chuyn rc ri
Example: If you dont keep your nose clean this time, youll be in big trouble!
- Nu ln ny anh khng trnh chuyn rc ri th anh s gp rc ri to y!
34. To keep you posted
Meaning: (to keep you updated)
- Cp nht thng tin cho ai, cung cp thng tin cho ai, thng bo cho ai y thng tin
Example: Ill keep you posted if anything changes in our plans.
- Ti s thng bo cho anh y thng tin nu c bt c thay i g trong k hoch ca
chng ti.
35. To keep your mouth shut
Meaning: (to stay quiet / dont tell)
- Gi kn ming, gi b mt cho ai / ci g
Example: Keep your mouth shut about tomorrows surprise party for Andy. I dont know want
him to know about it.
- Hy gi kn ming v ba tic bt ng dnh cho Andy vo ngy mai. Ti khng mun anh
y bit v ba tic .
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36. To let bygones be bygones
Meaning: (to forget bad things that happened in the past)
- Qun chuyn c, ng nhc n chuyn c (au lng)
Example:
A: Brian, Im so sorry about what I said.
- Brian, ti rt ly lm tic v nhng g ti ni.
B: Thats OK, let bygones be bygones.
- c ri, hy qun chuyn c i.
37. To let someone off the hook
Meaning: (to forgive someone)
- Tha th / b qua cho ai
Example: Im going to let you off the hook this time, but dont ever do that again.
- Ln ny ti s b qua cho anh, nhng ng bao gi lp li nh th na.
38. To live beyond ones means
Meaning: (to live more expensively than one can afford)
- Tiu pha nhiu hn tin ai c, con nh lnh tnh nh quan
Example: Tony never has enough money because he always lives beyond his means.
- Tony khng bao gi c tin bi v anh ta lun tiu pha nhiu hn tin anh ta c.
39. To make yourself at home
Meaning: (to make yourself comfortable)
- T nhin nh nh
Example: If you arrive at my house before I do, just make yourself at home.
- Nu bn n nh ti trc khi ti v ti, c t nhin nh nh.
40. To meet someone halfway
Meaning: (to compromise)
- Tha hip vi ai, mi bn nhn nhng mt t
Example: Since we both disagree, do you think maybe we could meet halfway?
- V c hai chng ta u khng thng nht, anh c ngh rng c l chng ta c th tha hip
khng?
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41. On the spot
Meaning: (immediately / to put someone in an awkward position to decide something
immediately)
- Ngay lp tc, t ai vo tnh th kh x
Example: That girl really put me on the spot when she asked me if I wanted to go to the party
with her.
- C gi thc s t ti vo tnh th kh x khi c y hi ti liu c mun i d tic
cng c y khng.
42. Once and for all
Meaning: (forever / last time)
- Mi mi
Example: Im going to stop smoking once and for all.
- Ti s b ht thuc mi mi.
43. Out of the question
Meaning: (not acceptable)
- Khng th c, khng c cho php
Example: Taking a holiday to France this year is out of the question. We dont have enough
money.
- i ngh Php nm nay l khng th c. Chng ti khng c tin.
44. Out of date
Meaning: (old fashion / not modern)
- Li thi
Example: Look at her dress! Its so out of date!
- Nhn ci m ca c y ka! N qu li thi!
45. Out of order
Meaning: (broken)
- B hng
Example: This public telephone is out of order.
- My in thoi cng cng ny b hng ri.
46. Once in a blue moon
Meaning: (very seldom)
- Rt him
Example: Once in a blue moon, my husband buys me flowers.
- Rt him khi chng ti mua hoa tng ti.
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47. To put into practice
Meaning: (to act out on something)
- Thc hin
Example: We have an idea about how to sell our product, but we havent put in to practice yet.
- Chng ti c mt tng v cch thc bn sn phm, nhng chng ti vn cha thc hin.
48. To save someones skin
Meaning: (to help someone very much / to save someones life)
- Cu thot ai
Example: Thanks for helping me with my homework. I almost didnt finish it. You really saved
my skin.
- Cm n bn gip ti lm bi tp v nh. Ti sut khng lm xong n. Bn thc s cu
thot ti.
49. So far, so good
Meaning: (everything is still good to this point)
- Cho n lc ny mi vic u sun s
Example:
A: Ken, hows your diet?
- Ken, vic n king ca bn ra sao ri?
B: So far, so good. Ive lost 5 kilograms.
- Cho n lc ny mi vic u sun s. Ti st 5 k l.
50. To take a load off your back
Meaning: (to relive yourself of a burden or problem)
- Trt bt gnh nng trn vai ai
Example: When my boss hired a secretary for me, it took a load off my back.
- Khi sp tuyn th k cho ti, vic trt bt gnh nng trn vai ti.
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51. To take something for granted
Meaning: (to not appreciate something)
- Cho l iu ng nhin, khng nh gi cao ci g / ngi no
Example: You shouldnt take your friends for granted. Someday, they might be there to help
you.
- Bn khng nn coi thng bn b. Mt ngy no , h c th c mt ng lc gip bn.
52. To be at the end of ones rope
Meaning: (to have no more choices or options)
- Khng cn s la chn, b tc
Example: Brad, can I borrow some money? Im really at the end of my rope.
- Brad, ti c th mn anh mt t tin khng? Ti thc s b tc ri y.
53. To be up to something
Meaning: (to have a suspicious plan or action that is unknown to someone else)
- ang giu gim iu g
Example: Why are your two children being so quiet today? Are you up to something?
- Ti sao hm nay hai a con ca bn im lng qu vy? Bn ang giu gim iu g phi
khng?
54. To cheer up
Meaning: (to feel better or to make someone else feel better)
- Lm cho ai vui sng hn / vui v hn
Example: We all went to visit Teresa at the hospital to cheer her up.
- Tt c chng ti n thm Teresa bnh vin lm c y vui v hn.
55. To ease someone out
Meaning: (to gradually convince someone to do or be something)
- T t thuyt phc ai lm g
Example: Jonathan is so shy! We really should try to ease him out of his house more often.
- Jonathan qu nht nht! Tht ra chng ta nn t t thuyt phc anh y ra khi nh thng
xuyn hn.
56. To face the music
Meaning: (to accept the consequence of something one did)
- Chp nhn hu qu mnh lm
Example: Molly broke her fathers favorite chair. Now hes home from work and shell have to
face the music.
- Molly lm gy ci gh a thch ca cha c y. By gi ng y i lm v v c y s phi
chp nhn hu qu.
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57. To find fault with
Meaning: (to find a mistake)
- Pht hin / bi mc sai st
Example: Why do you try to find fault with everything I do?
- Ti sao anh c bi mc sai st mi vic ti lm vy?
58. To get on ones nervers
Meaning: (to annoy)
- Lm ai bc mnh
Example: Vickie talks so much. She gets on everyones nervers.
- Vickie ni chuyn qu nhiu. C y lm mi ngi bc mnh.
59. To give brith to
Meaning: (to create)
- To ra, sinh ra
Example: When Isaac Newton gave a birth to the idea of gravity, it changed the world forever.
- Khi Isaac Newton khai sinh khi nim v trng lng lc, n lm thay i th gii mi
mi.
60. To give someone a big hand
Meaning: (to applaud loudly for someone)
- V tay hoan h ai
Example: The audience gave the musician a big hand after the concert.
- Sau bui ha nhc, khn gi v tay hoan h ngi nhc s .
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61. To give someone a ring
Meaning: (to call someone on the telephone)
- Gi in cho ai
Example: If I hear any news, Ill give you a ring and let you know immediately.
- Nu ti nghe thy tin g, ti s gi in cho anh bit ngay.
62. To go Dutch
Meaning: (to share the cost)
- Phn ai ny tr, gp tr
Example:
A: Oh no! I dont have enough money for both of our movie tickets.
- i khng! Ti khng c tin mua v xem phim cho c hai chng ta.
B: Thats OK, we can go Dutch tonight.
- Khng sao, ti nay chng ta c th gp tr.
63. To go without saying
Meaning: (something so clear that it is known without having to say)
- R rng l, khi phi ni
Example: It goes without saying that Tom is in love with Kathy.
- R rng l Tom ang yu Kathy.
64. To have another thing coming
Meaning: (a warning that what someone is thinking or expecting is not what will happen)
- Cnh bo iu ang ngh hoc ang mong i s khng xy ra
Example: If you think your team can win against our team, youve got another thing coming!
- Nu anh ngh rng i ca anh c th thng i ca chng ti th anh nn ngh li!
65. To have ones heart set on
Meaning: (to be hoping or wanting something very much)
- Trng mong, ch i, hy vng
Example: Jennifer is very disappointed about the concert being cancelled. She really had her
heart set on going.
- Jennifer rt tht vng v vic bui ha nhc b hy b. C y rt trng mong bui biu din
.
66. To have time off
Meaning: (to have free time usually from work)
- Ngh lm
Example: Lets go to the beach. I got time off from work for the next 6 days.
- Chng ta hy i ra bin i. Ti c ngh lm trong 6 ngy ti.
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67. To keep ones head
Meaning: (to stay calm and rational)
- Gi bnh tnh
Example: Its very important to keep your head if theres an emergency.
- Gi c bnh tnh khi c chuyn khn cp l rt quan trng.
68. To keep up with
Meaning: (to stay updated)
- Theo kp
Example: Its so hard to keep up with teenage clothing fashions these days because they
change so often.
- Gn y tht kh theo kp thi trang n mc ca thanh thiu nin bi v chng thay i qu
thng xuyn.
69. To knock it off
Meaning: (to stop)
- Ngng ci g
Example: Would you two knock it off with the loud noise? Im trying to sleep.
- Hai ngi c ngng ngay ting n m khng? Ti ang c ng.
70. To know by sight
Meaning: (to recognize something or someone when you see it or them)
- Nhn ra ngay
Example: I cant remember what Timothy looks like, but Im sure Ill know him by sight.
- Ti khng sao nh ni Timothy trng nh th no, nhng ti tin chc l ti s nhn ra anh
y ngay.
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71. To let the cat out of the bag
Meaning: (to expose a secret)
- Tit l b mt
Example: You shouldnt have let the cat out of the bag about being pregnant so soon. I wanted
to surprise everyone.
- L ra em khng nn tit l vic em c mang qu sm. Anh mun lm mi ngi ngc nhin.
72. To look down upon / to look down on
Meaning: (to think that someone is of a lower status than yourself)
- Coi thng, ra v k c / b trn
Example: David thinks hes so important. He always looks down on the other people in his
office.
- David cho rng anh ta rt quan trng. Anh ta lun coi thng nhng ngi khc trong
vn phng ca anh ta.
73. To lose ones head
Meaning: (to become irrational or upset / to not think clearly)
- Mt bnh tnh
Example: Melissa completely lost her head when the house caught on fire. She didnt know
what to do.
- Melissa hon ton mt bnh tnh khi ngi nh pht ha. C y khng bit nn lm g.
74. To make no difference
Meaning: (to not be important / to have no influence on something)
- Khng quan trng, khng c nh hng i vi ci g
Example: It makes no difference what you say. Im still going to buy that expensive car.
- Nhng iu anh ni khng quan trng. Ti s vn mua chic xe hi t tin .
75. To make room for
Meaning: (to allow space for someone or something)
- Dnh ch cho (ai / vt g)
Example: Well have to make room for your mother when she moves into our house with us.
- Chng ta s phi dnh ch cho m bn khi b y dn vo nh chng ta.
76. To put on weight
Meaning: (to become heavier / fatter)
- Tng cn
Example: Wow, Daniel has put on a lot of weight since the last time I saw him.
- Ch, Daniel tng cn rt nhiu k t ln sau cng ti gp anh y.
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77. To rain cats and dogs
Meaning: (to rain very heavily)
- Ma nh trt nc
Example:
A: Chris, youre completely wet!
- Chris, bn b t ht ri ka!
B: Yes, I was outside and its raining cats and dogs.
- Phi, ti bn ngoi v tri ang ma nh trt nc.
78. To run errands
Meaning: (to go out and go personal business)
- Chy vic vt
Example: Im sorry I cant join you today. I have to run a lot of errands before this evening.
- Ti rt tic, hm nay ti khng th tham gia vi bn. Trc bui ti nay ti phi chy rt
nhiu vic vt.
79. To run out of
Meaning: (to be empty or to have no more of something)
- Ht, cn
Example: Sweetheart, we need to go to the supermarket. We ran out of milk.
- Em yu, chng ta cn i n siu th. Chng ta ht sa ri.
80. To serve someone right
Meaning: (to deserve something bad)
- ng i ai
Example: It serves you right that you failed your exam. You didnt study for it at all.
- Bn thi rt l ng i. Bn khng hc thi g c.
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81. To spill the beans
Meaning: (to expose a secret)
- Tit l b mt
Example: Please dont spill the beans to Elizabeth that I bought her a gold necklace for her
birthday.
- Xin ng tit l vi Elizabeth l ti mua cho c y si dy chuyn vng tng sinh nht
ca c y nh.
82. To stand up for
Meaning: (to defend something or someone)
- ng h, bnh vc, bo v ai / ci g
Example: You must stand up for what you believe in or no one will respect you.
- Anh phi bo v nhng g anh tin tng nu khng s khng c ai tn trng anh.
83. To tell two things or two people apart
Meaning: (to know the difference between two things or people)
- Phn bit hai ngi / hai vt
Example: Its difficult to tell those two twins apart because they look so much alike.
- Tht kh phn bit c hai ch em song sinh v h trng rt ging nhau.
84. To throw people together
Meaning: (to introduce or bring people together)
- T hp, hp li
Example: At the seminar, they threw us all together into groups and made us talk together.
- Ti cuc hi tho, h t hp chng ti thnh cc nhm v bt chng ti ni chuyn vi
nhau.
85. To waste ones breath
Meaning: (to speak but make no difference)
- Ph thi gian ni chuyn, ni mt cch v ch
Example: Dont waste your breath with Fred. Hell never change his mind.
- ng ph thi gian ni chuyn vi Fred. Anh ta s khng bao gi i u.
86. To beat around the bush
Meaning: (to talk indirectly about something)
- Ni quanh co, lng vng
Example: Stop beating around the bush and tell me directly why youre so angry.
- Thi ng quanh co na, hy ni thng cho ti bit ti sao anh tc gin nh vy.
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87. Get lost
Meaning: (go away)
- Ct i
Example: Billy, get lost! I dont want to see you here again.
- Billy, hy ct i! Ti khng mun nhn thy anh y na.
88. To be up for grabs
Meaning: (to be available)
- Cn trng
Example: Did you hear that the position for manager is up for grabs?
- Bn c nghe ni v tr trng phng cn trng khng?
89. To rock the boat
Meaning: (to disturb or cause trouble)
- Lm xo trn tnh hnh, quy
Example: Everyone is happy with the decision, so please dont rock the boat.
- Mi ngi u hi lng v quyt nh ny, nn xin ng lm g xo trn tnh hnh.
90. To stand out
Meaning: (to be different or unique)
- Ni bt
Example: With his bright red hair, Carl really stands out in a crowd of people.
- Vi mi tc chi ca mnh, Carl thc s ni bt trong m ng.
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91. To get on the ball
Meaning: (to get busy doing something)
- Khn trng ln
Example: Were really behind schedule. We need to get on the ball.
- Chng ta thc s chm tr so vi k hoch ri. Chng ta cn phi khn trng ln.
92. To be on top of things
Meaning: (to be in control of things)
- Qun l / qun xuyn mi vic
Example: William is so organized. Hes always on top of things.
- William rt ngn np. Anh y lun qun xuyn mi vic.
93. To be out of ones league
Meaning: (to be higher than ones level, status or ability)
- Qu cao xa i vi ai, khng cng ng cp
Example: Nancy will never go on a date with me. Shes out of my league.
- Nancy s khng bao gi hn h vi ti. C y qu cao xa i vi ti.
94. Were all in the same boat
Meaning: (were all in the same situation or position)
- Chng ta cng hi cng thuyn / cng chung cnh ng
Example: Dont feel sorry for yourself. Were all in the same boat.
- ng ti thn. Chng ta cng chung cnh ng m.
95. To be out of the woods
Meaning: (to be safe after having been in danger)
- Khng cn gp rc ri / kh khn
Example: The doctor said that grandmother is still very sick, but shes out of the woods.
- Bc s ni rng b ngoi vn cn bnh nng, nhng b thot cn nguy kch ri.
96. To be kicked out
Meaning: (to be forced to leave)
- B ui ra
Example: Can I stay with you? I was kicked out of my house because I didnt pay the rent.
- Ti c th n vi bn c khng? Ti b ui ra ng v ti khng tr tin thu nh.
97. To watch out
Meaning: (to be careful)
- Cn thn, coi chng
Example: Watch out! That car almost hit you.
- Hy cn thn! Chic xe sut na ng anh ri.
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98. To stop short
Meaning: (to quit before something is complete)
- Ngng gia chng
Example: The workers stopped short of constructing that building because they didnt have
enough money to finish it.
- Nhng ngi cng nhn ngng xy dng ta nh .
99. To move on
Meaning: (to continue)
- Tip tc
Example: Yesterday the students finished Chapter 1 so now theyll move on to Chapter 2.
- Hm qua, hc sinh hc xong Chng 1 nn by gi hc s tip tc hc Chng 2.
100. Around the clock
Meaning: (all day and all night)
- Sut ngy m
Example: Theyre so tired because theyve been working around the clock for 2 days.
- H qu mt mi v h lm vic sut 2 ngy m.
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101. To find out
Meaning: (to realize the truth of something)
- Pht hin ra
Example: Sharon found out that she was going to have a baby.
- Sharon pht hin ra rng c y sp c con.
102. To feel sorry for
Meaning: (to have pity for)
- Cm thy thng hi ai
Example: I really feel sorry for that old man who lives alone and has no family.
- Ti thc s cm thy thng hi ng lo , ng y sng mt mnh v khng c gia nh.
103. To take advantage of
Meaning: (to use someone or something for your own benefit)
- Li dng
Example: Be careful when you shop, because some sales people will try to take advantage of
you and offer you an expensive price.
- Hy cn thn khi bn mua sm, bi v mt s ngi bn hng s c li dng bn v a ra
gi t.
104. To keep an eye on
Meaning: (to watch carefully)
- Theo di
Example: The police will keep an eye on the man they think is the criminal.
- Cnh st s theo di ngi n ng v h ngh ng ta l ti phm.
105. To watch out for
Meaning: (to be alert, aware, or cautious of something or someone)
- Coi chng, phng
Example: If you drive at night, you should watch out for drunk drivers.
- Nu bn li xe vo ban m, bn nn phng nhng ti x say ru.
106. To be better off
Meaning: (to be in a better position than before)
- Tt hn, hnh phc hn, khm kh hn
Example: Our country would be better off if we had a new prime minister.
- t nc chng ti s tt p hn nu chng ti c mt th tng mi.
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107. To stand a chance
Meaning: (to have a chance)
- C c hi
Example: Our team doesnt stand a chance against their team because they are much better
than we are.
- i ca chng ti khng c c hi thng i ca h v i ca h gii hn i ca chng ti
nhiu.
108. To make sense
Meaning: (to have a reason that is correct and logical)
- C l
Example: Roger, what you say makes sense and I agree with you.
- Roger, nhng g bn ni u c l v ti ng vi bn.
109. To get away with
Meaning: (to succeed in something that was risky)
- Khng b trng pht v ci g
Example: I cant believe you got away with sneaking out of your house last night. Your father
didnt hear you.
- Ti khng th tin l bn khng b trng pht v vic ln ra khi nh ti qua. Cha bn
khng nghe thy.
110. To go off the deep end
Meaning: (to become irrational, depressed or crazy)
- Tr nn ni nng / chn nn
Example: Since Janet died, her husband has really gone off the deep end.
- T khi Janet cht, chng ca c y thc s tr nn chn nn.
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111. To go through channels
Meaning: (to follow the proper procedures)
- Lm ng th tc
Example: If you want to get a visa to go to America, you have to go through a lot of channels
first.
- Nu bn mun c c th thc i M, trc ht bn phi lm ng nhiu th tc.
112. To crack a book
Meaning: (to open a book and reak it)
- M sch ra c
Example: How do you always get such good marks in school? I never see you even crack a
book.
- Lm sao bn lun t im tt nh vy trng ch? Thm ch ti cha bao gi nhn thy
bn m sch ra c.
113. To take another person at his word
Meaing: (to believe that another person has said)
- Tin li ngi khc
Example: Jerry is a very honest man. You can always take him at his word.
- Jerry l mt ngi rt chn tht. Bn c th lun tin li ca ng ta.
114. To leave something open
Meaning: (to not finish a topic)
- ng ci g
Example: Since they couldnt agree, they decided just to leave the topic open for now.
- V khng thng nht c nn h quyt nh c ng chuyn vo lc ny.
115. To have what it takes
Meaning: (to have the proper qualifications)
- C phm cht
Example: Sarah, I believe you have what is takes to be a great volleyball player.
- Sarah, ti tin bn c phm cht tr thnh mt vn ng vin bng chuyn ln.
116. To welcome someone with open arms
Meaning: (to welcome someone completely and warmly)
- Tip n ai mt cch nng nhit
Example: My family welcomed my new boyfriend into their home with open arms.
- Gia nh ti n tip nng nhit bn trai mi ca ti n nh h mt cch nng nhit.
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117. To get out of line / to step out of line
Meaning: (to not follow the rules)
- Khng tun theo qui tc, c x khng ng n
Example: Im afraid if Jeremy gets out of line just one more time, they will make him leave
school.
- Ti e rng nu Jeremy khng tun theo qui tc mt ln na, h s ui hc anh ta.
118. To give someone a hard time
Meaning: (to make things difficult for someone)
- Lm cho ai phi kh s, gy kh khn cho ai,
Example: My teacher doesnt like me. Shes always giving me a hard time.
- C gio ca ti khng thch ti. C y lc no cng gy kh khn cho ti.
119. To be a stick in the mud
Meaning: (to be someone who is not fun)
- Khng vui
Example: Come on, Joe. Dont be a stick in the mud. Go to the party with us!
- Thi no, Joe. ng r na. Hy i d tic vi chng ti!
120. To hit someone where is hurts
Meaning: (to attack someone at their weakest point)
- nh vo im yu ca ai
Example: When you told Nancy how fat she is, you really hit her where it hurts.
- Khi bn ni Nancy sao mp th, bn thc s nh vo im yu ca c y.
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