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* Be bad news: chỉ ai đó hoặc cái gì đó mà ta nên tránh thì tốt hơn

Ex: I would never go with her. She’s bad news.


* A fair-weather friend: chỉ người bạn tồi. Những người mà chỉ là bạn khi ta thành công

Ex: I knew it before-hand that she is just a fair-weather friend who now has completely abandoned us when things suddenly went wrong.


* His bark is worse than his bite: “Chó sủa chó không cắn”


* (give someone) A kick in the teeth: chỉ việc muốn dạy cho ai đó bài học. (ở tiếng Anh người ta “dạy ai đó bài học” bằng cách đấm vào răng)

Ex: I don’t think we need to reason with him anymore. He won’t listen to anything we say. What he needs is just a kick in the teeth.


* (to be) a pain in the neck/ass: (chỉ cái gì đó) làm người khác hay bực mình

Ex: Having to read all of this long and boring novel is really a pain in the neck.


* It takes all sorts to make a world: Đời này có nhiều loại người mà

Ex: –    Several customers of this hotel are very unpleasant. They complain all the time

–         it takes all sorts, doesn’t it?


* He thinks he is God’s gift to women: Anh ấy nghĩ cô gái nào cũng si mê anh ấy

Ex: I’ve gone to visit John yesterday and I couldn’t believe how he has changed. He was talking about beautiful girls he had in recent years.  He thinks he is God’s gift to women. John has changed a lot indeed.


* He thinks the world owes him a living: Anh ấy nghĩ anh ấy giỏi hơn bất kỳ ai khác (trong nghề nghiệp)

Ex: the last candidate for this position is very arrogant. He thinks the world owes him a living. I think we shouldn’t employ him.


*(all) sweetness and light: dùng để chỉ ai đó tốt bụng quá mức mà có thể dẫn đến nghi ngờ.

Ex: She has been beaten and insulted by her boyfriend Jack and now when Jack asks her to come back she agrees right away.  It’s all sweetness and light.


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