Thành ngữ tiếng anh theo Alphabet cực chi tiết

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Rất đầy đủ, chi tiết được sắp xếp theo thứ tự A - Z đó là thành ngữ tiếng anh theo Alphabet cực chi tiết giúp người xem tìm được thứ mình muốn ngay từ đầu.

Thành ngữ tiếng anh theo Alphabet cực chi tiết

Rất đầy đủ, chi tiết được sắp xếp theo thứ tự A - Z đó là thành ngữ tiếng anh theo Alphabet cực chi tiết giúp người xem tìm được thứ mình muốn ngay từ đầu.


Thành ngữ Giải thích và cách sử dụng Nghĩa tiếng Việt tương đương
Against the clock If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it.           
Ex: They are working against the clock to have the presentation ready for Monday.
Đua với thời gian
All ears To say that you are all ears means that you are listening very attentively.
Ex: Of course I want to know - I'm all ears!
All clear If you are allowed to do something after a check- up to make sure that everything is all right, you get the all clear.
Ex: Dad says he's going to play golf as soon as he gets the all clear from his doctor."
All in your head If something is all in your head, it is not real. It is in your imagination.         
Ex: Don't be silly. Nobody is trying to harm you.  It's all in your head!"
Trong tưởng tượng của bạn thôi!
Argue the toss If you argue the toss, you dispute a decision or choice which has already been made.        
Ex: The final choice was made yesterday, so don'targue the toss now!
Nói đi nói lại
At all costs If you are determined to obtain or achieve something at all costs, you want it regardless of the expense, effort or sacrifice involved.
Ex: The journalist was determined at all costs to get a report from the war zone."
Bằng mọi giá
Asking for trouble Someone who is asking for trouble is behaving stupidly and is likely to have problems.                    
Ex: Driving fast on these roads is really asking for trouble!
Tự tìm rắc rối
Answer for If someone has to answer for something, they have to accept responsibility for their actions.
Ex: He will have to answer for his dishonesty.
Chịu tránh nhiệm


Thành ngữ Giải thích và cách sử dụng Nghĩa tiếng Việt tương đương
Leave somebody holding the baby If someone is left holding the baby, they are made responsible for a problem that others don't want to deal with.         
Ex: When the angry customer started to complain, my colleague disappeared and left me holding the baby."
cho ai đó dọn (trong công việc)
Để lại “việc rắc rối”
A bad hair day Originating as a humorous comment about one's hair being unmanageable, this term has broadened to mean a day when everything seems to go wrong'.   
Ex: What's wrong with Jenny? Is she having a bad hair day?
Một ngày tồi tệ
In the bag If you think something is in the bag, you are almost certain it will be achieved.      
Ex: An hour before the polling stations close victory seemed in the bag for the Conservative candidate.
Nắm chắc trong tay
In bad shape A person who is in bad shape is in poor            physical condition.     
Ex: I really am in bad shape. I need to get some exercise.
Trong thể trạng không tốt
Balancing act When you try to satisfy two or more people or groups who have different needs, and keep everyone happy, you perform a balancing act. 
Ex: Many people have to perform a balancing actbetween work and family.
Làm dâu trăm họ
A bad egg To refer to someone as a bad egg means that they cannot be trusted.          
Ex: I don't want my son to be friends with Bobby Smith. Boby's a bad egg."
Người không đáng tin
In the balance If something is in the balance, it means the situation is uncertain and it is not clear what is going to happen.     
Ex: The future of the company is in the balance while the takeover bid is being examined.
Đưa lên bàn cân
Have a ball If you have a ball, you enjoy yourself.          
Ex: The party was great.  We had a ball.
Bar fly A bar fly refers to someone who spends a lot of time drinking in bars and pubs.     
Ex: You'll find Johnny down at the pub - he's a real bar fly!
It beats me! This expression is used to express surprise at something that you find difficult to understand.
Ex: It beats me how he can live in that horrible apartment!
That's the way Things don't always work out as planned, and the ballbounces there's nothing we can do about it - that's life!          
Ex: He didn't get the prize he expected, but never mind - that's the way the ball bounces.
Cuộc sống là thế
Behind the times A person who is behind the times has old- fashioned ideas and does not keep up with modern life in general.           
Ex: Jane doesn't have a mobile phone. She's completely behind the times.
Lỗi thời
Bear something If someone asks you to bear something in mind, they are telling you to remember it in mind because it is important. 
Ex: You must bear in mind that the cost of living is higher in New York."
Luôn ghi nhớ rằng
Behind bars Someone who is behind bars is in prison.
Ex: If you hang around with that gang, you'll find yourself behind bars in no time.
Behind closed doors If something takes place behind closed doors,  it is done privately, with no observers or intruders.    
Ex: The matter was discussed behind closed doors.
Đằng sau bức màn
Tighten your belt If you need to tighten your belt, you must spend your money carefully.  
Ex: Another bill?  I'll have to tighten my belt this month!
Thắt chặt hầu bao
Better late than never When someone does something late, this remark means that it's better to do it late than not do it at all. "Do you know what time it is? You promised you'd come early to help me - but better late than never I suppose!" Có còn hơn không
Lick someone's boots To say that one person licks another person's bootsmeans that they are trying to please that person, often in order to obtain something.   
Ex: He wants to get the job, so he clicks the boss’s boots.
Nịnh hót
Make your blood boil If something makes your blood boil, it makes you really angry.        
Ex: His condescending attitude made my blood boil!
Giận sôi máu
Kill two birds one stone. If you kill two birds with one stone, you wit succeed in doing two things at the same time. Một mũi tên bắn chết 2 con nhạn
Think better of something If you think better of something, you decide not to do something that you intended doing.
Ex: I wanted to go shopping, but when I saw the crowded car park, I thought better of it."
Để coi sao đã
Big cheese This expression refers to a person who has a lot of power and influence in an organization.
Ex: Tom's father is a big cheese in the oil industry.
Người có ảnh hưởng
Better safe than sorry It's better to be too cautious than to be careless and have regrets later.
"Let's book tickets in advance - better safe than sorry!"
Big picture To refer to the big picture means the overall situation, or the project as a whole, rather than the details.
Ex: While each aspect is important, try not to forget the big picture.
Chiến lược tổng thể
It’s beyond me The expression "it’s beyond me" means: "it's impossible for me to understand.”
Ex: It's beyond me why Mary wants to marry John.
Thật khó hiểu
Bet your bottom dollar If you bet your bottom dollar on something, you are absolutely certain of it.
Ex: Jack is very punctual. You can bet your bottom dollar he'll be here at 9 o'clock on the dot.
For the birds If you think something is for the birds, you consider it to be uninteresting, useless, or not to be taken seriously.
Ex: As far as I'm concerned, his theory is for the birds!
your blood run cold
If something makes your blood run cold, it shocks or scares you a lot.
Ex: The look in the prisoner's eyes made my blood run cold.
Sợ (sốc) lạnh xương sống
Business is business This is a way of saying that in financial and commercial matters, friendship or personal feelings should not be allowed to have any influence.
Ex: I'll hire your brother only if he is the best candidate. I'm sorry but business is business!"
Công việc là công việc!
Bite the hand that feeds you If you bite the hand that feeds you, you are unfriendly or do harm to someone who is kind to you. Nuôi ong tay áo
On the bottle A person who drinks alcoholic drinks often and regularly is on the bottle.
Ex: Joe went on the bottle when he lost his job.
Sáng xỉn chiều say
Bite your tongue If you bite your tongue, you try not to say what you really think or feel.
Ex: It was difficult for me not to react; I had to bite my tongue.
Uốn lưỡi bảy lần trước khi nói


Thành ngữ Giải thích và cách sử dụng Nghĩa tiếng Việt tương đương
A piece of cake To refer to something as a piece of cake means that you consider it to be very easy.
Ex: The English test was a piece of cake!
Dễ như ăn bánh
Slice of the cake When people feel entitled to a share of the benefits or profits, they want a (larger) slice of the cake.
Ex: Since profits are higher this year, the workers feel they deserve a bigger slice of the cake.
Can of worms To describe a situation as a can of worms means that it is complicated, unpleasant and difficult to deal with.
Ex: The discovery of the transfer of funds turned out to be a real can of worms."
“Một đống rắc rối” (việc lộn xộn khó giải quyết)
Put/lay one’s cards on the table If you put your cards on the table, you speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions.
Ex: Let's clear the air and put our cards on the table.
Lật ngửa ván bài
Sell like hot cakes Things that sell like hot cakes sell quickly or in large quantities. Bán như tôm tươi
Carrot and stick If you use a carrot-and-stick approach, you use the promise of reward and the threat of punishment to make somebody work harder.
Ex: Some parents use a carrot-and- stick approach to obtain good results from their children.
Cây gậy và củ cà rốt
Carry the can (for someone else) If you carry the can for another person, you accept blame or take responsibility for something that goes wrong, even if it is not your fault or only partly.
Ex: The author didn't turn up for the interview and his agent had to carry the can.
Play your cards right This means that you do all that is necessary in order to succeed.
Ex: If we play our cards right, we'll get the contract.
Dùng đúng chiêu thức
Chase rainbows Someone who is chasing rainbows is trying to get something they will never obtain.
Ex: She's trying to get into Harvard but I think she'schasing rainbows.
Chạy theo ảo tưởng
Change the face of something When an innovation, discovery or event changes the face of something, it alters it completely or in a major way.
Ex: Social networks have changed the face of modem communication."
Thay đổi bộ mặt của...
Cat-and-dog life This term refers to a life in which partners are constantly or frequently quarrelling.
Ex: They lead a cat-and-dog life. I don't know why they stay together."
Như chó với mèo
Cause a stir If something causes a stir, it creates an atmosphere of excitement or great interest.
Ex: The arrival of the actress caused quite a stir in the village.
tạo sự sôi động
Too many chiefs, not enough Indians. This expression refers to a situation where there are too many people giving instructions and not enough people doing the work.
Ex: The business wasn't successful. There were too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
Thầy nhiều hơn thợ
Catch somebody’s eye If someone catches your eye, you find them attractive.
Ex; The pretty girl near the door caught his eye.
thu hút ai đó
Change of heart If someone has a change of heart, they change their attitude or feelings, especially towards greater friendliness or cooperation.
Ex: He was against charity, but he had a change of heart when he saw the plight of the homeless.
Thay lòng đổi dạ
A cash cow A product or service which is a regular source of income for a company is called a cash cow.
Ex: His latest invention turned out to be a real cash cow.
A cash cow
Chinese whispers This term refers to a process by which a message or piece of information (especially gossip, rumors or scandalous news) is passed on from one person to another, and changes along the way, so that the final version is often very different from the original. Tam sao thất bản
Corner a market If a company dominates an area of business, and leaves no room for competition, it is said to havecornered the market.
Ex: By importing large quantities and selling at low prices, they have cornered the market."
Chiếm lĩnh thị trường
Cross the line If you cross the line you go beyond the authorized limits and do something which is not acceptable.
Ex: He has an unpleasant habit of telling jokes that really cross the line."
Vượt rào
Not have a clue If you don’t have a clue about something, you don't know anything about it.
Ex: My wife's grandmother's maiden name?
I don't have a clue!
không biết
Off colour If you are off colour, you are looking or feeling ill.
Ex: You should get some rest. You look a bit off color.
Xanh như tàu lá chuối
Cross your mind If an idea or thought crosses your mind, you suddenly think of it.
Ex: It has just crossed my mind that the shops are closed today.
Ý nghĩ thoáng qua
Cold calls If you make cold calls, you telephone potential customers from a list of people you do not know.
Ex: In my first job I had to make cold calls using the telephone directory.
Clear the air If you decide to clear the air, you try to remove the causes of fear, worry or suspicion by talking about them openly.
Ex: The atmosphere had become so unpleasant that he decided it was time to clear the air.
Bày tỏ hết nỗi lòng
Crocodile tears To shed crocodile tears means to shed false tears or show insincere grief.
Ex: Caroline pretended to be sad but we all knew her tears were crocodile tears.
Nước mắt cá sấu
Cut one’s losses If you end or withdraw from something that is already failing, in order to reduce the loss of money, time or effort invested in it, you cut your losses.
Ex: The project is heading for failure. Let's cut our losses before it's too late."
Cut it out! If you say cut it out to someone, you are telling them to stop doing something.
Ex: I've had enough of your insinuations, so just cut it out!
Cutting edge This expression refers to the newest, most advanced stage in the development of something.
Ex: The company is at the cutting edge of aeronautics.
Giai đoạn cao điểm


Thành ngữ Giải thích và cách sử dụng Nghĩa tiếng Việt tương đương
In the dark If someone is kept or left in the dark about something, they are not informed about it.
Ex: The personnel were kept in the dark about the merger until the last minute.
Giữ bí mật
Dead loss Someone or something described as a dead loss is absolutely useless or a complete failure.
Ex: When it comes to gardening, my brother is a dead loss.
sự thất bại hoàn toàn
Dance to someone’s tune If you dance to someone’s tune, you do whatever that person tells you to do.
He is the company's major shareholder so the management has to dance to his tune.
Hùa theo (ai đó)
Darken someone’s door If you darken someone’s door, you come as an unwanted or unwelcome visitor.
Ex: Just get out of here, and never darken my door again!"
Không mời mà tới
Dead in the water A plan or project that is dead in the water is at a standstill or has ceased to function and is unlikely to be reactivated in the future.
Ex: Because of the crisis, the planned housing development is now dead in the water.
Dead wood The term dead wood refers to people or things which are no longer considered useful or necessary.
Ex: The new manager wants to reduce costs by cutting out the dead wood.
Deep pockets A person or organization who has deep pockets has a lot of money.
Ex: Andy's business is not doing well at the moment. He says he needs a friend with deep pockets.
Dày túi
Do more harm than good If the effect of an action is more damaging than helpful, it does more harm than good.’’
Ex: Giving him money did more harm than good - he spent it on alcohol.
Làm chuyện hại nhiều hon lợi
Do someone’s dirtywork To do someone’s dirty work means to do the unpleasant or difficult work that the other person does not want to do.  
Dead to the world A person who is dead to the world is fast asleep.
Ex: Don't worry. You won't disturb him. He's dead to the world!
Ngủ gà ngủ gật
Every dog has its day This expression means that everyone can be successful at something at some time in their life.
Ex: I didn't win this time, but I'll be lucky one day.
Every dog has its day!
Ai cũng có một thời (thời huy hoàng)
Let sleeping dogs lie If you tell somebody to let sleeping dogs lie, you are asking them not to interfere with a situation because they could cause problems.
Ex: Look - they've settled their differences. It's time tolet sleeping dogs lie.
Dog’s life People use this expression when complaining about a situation or job which they find unpleasant or unsatisfactory.
Ex: It's a dog’s life working in the after-sales department.
Go to the dogs To say that a company, organization or country isgoing to the dogs means that it is becoming less successful or efficient than before.
Ex: Some think the company will go to the dogs if it is nationalized.
A done deal This expression is used to refer to an agreement or decision which has been reached on a certain matter.
Ex: We're still considering several proposals, so it's nota done deal yet.
Dressed to kill When someone, especially a woman, is dressed to kill, they are wearing very fashionable or glamorous clothes intended to attract attention.
Ex: She arrived at the reception dressed to kill.
Drop like flies If people drop like flies, they fall ill or die in large numbers.
Ex:There's an epidemic of flu at the moment. Senior citizens are dropping like flies.
Chết như rạ
A sitting duck A sitting duck is an easy target, a person who is easy to deceive.
Ex: The young girl was a sitting duck for the photographer.
Người dễ dãi
Down to earth Someone who is down to earth is not a dreamer but a realistic and practical person who has sensible reactions and expectations.
Ex: Don't ask Suzy for help. She's fun, but not very down to earth.
Thực tế
Drink like a fish A person who drinks like a fish is a heavy drinker or one who drinks a lot.
Ex: I'm nervous if Joe drives when we go out because he drinks like a fish!
Uống như hũ chìm
To be dying for something If you are dying for something, you have a strong desire for it.
Ex: I’m dying for a cup of tea!
khao khát điều gì


Thành ngữ Giải thích và cách sử dụng Nghĩa tiếng Việt tương đương
In one ear and out the other To say that information goes in one ear and out the other means that it is immediately forgotten or ignored.
Ex: I keep telling him about the risks but it goes in one ear and out the other. He never listens to anyone!
Nghe tai này lọt tai kia
Eagle eyes Someone who has eagle eyes sees or notices things more easily than others.
Ex: Tony will help US find it - he's got eagle eyes!
Easier said than done To say that something is easier said than done means that what is suggested sounds easy but it is more difficult to actually do it.
Ex: Put the TV aerial on the roof? Easier said than done!
Nói dễ hơn làm
Make one's ears burn If something makes your ears burn, you are embarrassed by what you hear, especially if the conversation is about you.
Ex: The comments I overheard made my ears burn.
Nghe muon no tai luôn
Eat /dip into one’s savings If you eat or dip into your savings, you spend part of the money you have put aside for future use.
Ex: I had to dip into my savings to have the car repaired.
At the eleventh hour If something happens at the eleventh hour, it happens when it is almost too late, or at the last possible moment.
Ex: Our team won after they scored a goal at the eleventh hour.
Phút thứ 90
Earn while you learn This expression refers to the possibility of earning a salary while in training.
Ex: Become an apprentice and get paid while in training. Earn while you learn!"
Học mà được trả tiền
Music to your ears To say that something is music to your ears, means that the information you receive makes you feel very happy. Mật ngọt chết ruồi
Easy as pie To say that something is easy as pie means that it is very easy to do.
Ex: How did the English test go? - No problem - it was easy as pie!
Dễ như ăn bánh
A bad egg To refer to someone as a bad egg means that they cannot be trusted.
Ex: I don't want my son to be friends with Bobby Smith.
Bobby's a bad egg.
Even the score When a person decides to even the score, they try to get their revenge on someone who has cheated or done them harm.
Ex: When Jack discovered that Bob had cheated, he was determined to even the score.
Trả đũa
Look someone in theeyes If you look someone in the eye, or eyes, you look at them directly so as to convince them that you are telling the truth, even though you may be lying. Nhìn thẳng vào mắt


Thành ngữ Giải thích và cách sử dụng Nghĩa tiếng Việt tương đương
Fast track something If you decide to fast track something, such as a task or project, you give it high priority so that the objective is reached as quickly as possible.
In view of the number of homeless, it was decided to fast track the construction of low-cost housing.
Keep a straight face If you keep a straight face, you look serious although
you really want to laugh.
Fight a losing battle If someone is fighting a losing battle, they are trying to do something even when there is little chance of succeeding.
The headmaster is fighting a losing battle trying to ban mobile phones at school.
Còn nước còn tát
Fair and square If something is obtained or won fair and square, it is done in an honest and open manner, the rules are respected and there is no cheating or lying.
Ex: Peter won the competition fair and square - there was no doubt about the result.
Fight/argue like cat and dog Two people who fight or argue like cat and dogfrequently have violent arguments, even though they are fond of each other.
Ex: They fight like cat and dog but they're still together after 30 years.
Chửi (đánh) nhau như chó với mèo.
On the fence When faced with a choice, a person who is on the fence has not yet reached a decision.
Ex: The candidates have such similar ideas that many electors are still on the fence.
Lưỡng lự
Have other fish to fry If you have other fish to fry, you have more important things to do.
Ex: I don't think he'll attend the office party; he’s got other fish to fry.
Follow suit If you follow suit, you do the same as somebody else has just done.
Ex: The first robber held up his hands. The other twofollowed suit.
Fit the bill If someone or something fits the bill, they are exactly right for a particular situation.
Ex: They wanted a quiet place for the week-end and the country inn just fitted the bill.
Get a foothold If you get a foothold somewhere, you secure a position for yourself in a business, profession or organisation.
Ex: The contract got the firm a foothold in the local administration.
Có chân trong (có người hỗ trợ bên trong)
Flying start If something gets off to the flying start, it is immediately successful.
Ex: Sales of the book got off to a flying start and exceeded our expectations."
Force of habit When something is done out of force of habit, it has become automatic through frequent repetition.
Ex: Why do I always park here? It’s force of habit I suppose.
On the fly If you do something on the fly, you do it quickly, without thinking much about it, while doing something else.
Ex: I'm so busy I usually have lunch on the fly.
Follow in someone’s footsteps If you follow in someone’s footsteps (for example a parent), you lead a similar life or do the same job.
Ex: Lily followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a teacher.
Theo chân ai
A foot in the door If you say that someone has a foot in the door, you mean that they have a small but successful start in something and will possibly do well in the future.
Ex: With today's unemployment, it's difficult to get a foot in the door in any profession."
Free as a bird If someone is free as a bird, they are completely free to do as they please.
Ex: My dad's very happy - he's free as a bird since he retired.
Tự do như chim sổ lồng
Front runner In a contest, race or election, the front runner is the person who seems most likely to succeed or win.
Ex: Who are the front runners in the coming elections?
A free hand If you have a free hand, you have permission to make your own decisions, especially in a job.
Ex: My boss has given me a free hand in the choice of agent.
Friends in high places If you know important or influential people in business or government, you have friends in high places.
Ex: He wouldn't have succeeded without help from friends in high places.
Bạn bè có chức quyền
Full of hot air A person who full of hot air is full of nonsense and talks a lot without saying anything worthwhile.
Ex: Don't listen to Tony. He's full of hot aừ!
Tào lao
Full of beans A person who is full of beans is lively, active and healthy.
Ex: He may be getting old but he’s still full of beans!
Funny business An activity which is conducted in a deceitful, dishonest or unethical manner is called funny business.
Ex: I've got suspicions about that association. I think they're up to some funny business.
Công việc kinh doanh bất chính
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