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achieve a record

lập kỉ lục

above board

hợp pháp

The bidding process was completely fair and above board.

across the board

tất cả mọi

The proposed across the board cuts for all state agencies will total $84

air one’s dirty
laundry in the

bàn luận
thẳng thắn

The captain refuses to air the team’s dirty laundry in public.

all along

mọi lúc

Do you think he’s been cheating us all along?

all at once

bất thình

All at once there was a loud crashing sound.

all ears

lắng nghe
chăm chú

I’m all ears – tell us what they had to say.

all thumbs

vụng về

Can you untangle this thread for me? I’m all thumbs today

an arm and a leg

một khoản
tiền lớn

These shoes cost me an arm and a leg.

apple of sb’s


người quan
trọng, người
đặc biệt

His youngest daughter was the apple of his eye

at all costs

bằng mọi

Security during the president’s visit must be maintained at all costs.

at fault

chịu trách

He could never accept that he had been at fault.

at heart

thực chất

He was a very gentle boy at heart.

at odds

không đồng

They’re at odds over the funding of the project.

at square one

ban đầu

as black as coal

đen như

The pirate’s evil eyes are as black as coal

at the end of sb’s

sụp đổ

I’m at the end of my rope with these kids!

as busy as a bee

cực kì bận

She was as busy as a bee the whole day.

as easy as pie

dễ như ăn

For Judy, getting a pilot’s license was easy as pie – she seemed to have
a naturaltalent for it.

as hungry as a

cực kì đói

I’m as hungry as a bear. I could eat anything!

as old as the

xưa như trái

Why don’t we ever sing new songs? Those hymns are as old as the hills


dũng cảm

Will he have the backbone to tell them what he thinks?

banker’s hours

giờ làm việc

His business is doing so well he can just keep banker’s hours.

beat the clock

hoàn thành
trước thời

The company managed to beat the clock on delivering its new system.

be beside sb’s


He was beside himself with grief when she died.

be bound to

chắc chắn

When you are dealing with so many patients, mistakes are bound to hap

be fresh out of

tốt nghiệp

We’re fresh out of oranges, would you like an apple?

be kidding


You want me to drive into the city? You’ve got to be kidding

before long


With a little exercise, you’ll be back in shape before long

behind the ball

gặp khó

be on a tight

không có
nhiều tiền

Being a student I’m on atight budget so I have to be careful with money

be on cloud nine

sung sướng

Ever since Mary got her promotion at work, she’sbeen on cloud nine.

be on duty

trong ca trực

I’ll be on duty in about an hour.

big shot

nhân vật
quan trọng

All the corporate big shots are meeting this afternoon

bite sb’s tongue

cố gắng
không nói ra

I wanted to tell him exactly what I thought of him, but I had to bite
my tongue.

bite at the cherry

thử lại lần

He missed a medal in the 100 metres, but will get a second bite of
the cherry in the 400 metres.

blind date

hẹn hò mà

Elaine arranged for me to go on a blind date with a guy from her office

không biết
mặt nhau

phim bom

Do you prefer blockbusters or smaller films?

blue blood

dòng giống
hoàng tộc

The poorest boy at Groton, his private school, he is both a blue blood a


người đọc
nhiều sách

For those bookworms, there is a library with a vast collection.


thất bại


người thông


động não/ ý
tưởng hay

bread and butter

thiết yếu
trong cuộc

break sb’s neck

cố gắng rất

I broke my neck to get here on time.

break the ice

làm quen

omeone suggested that we play a party game to break the ice.

break a leg

chúc may

Hey, hope you break a leg tonight.

break up

chia tay

Jenny and George have broken up.

break a record

phá kỉ lục

The painting has broken all records, selling for over £20 million.

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