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A bite at the cherry

  • Meaning: A good opportunity that isn’t available to everyone

> Cơ hội tốt không phải ai cũng có

  • Example: You only get a bite at the cherry in life.

As red as a cherry

  • Meaning: Very red

> Rất đỏ

  • Example: Her cheeks were as red as a cherry.


  • Meaning: To select the best or most desirable

> Chọn những thứ tốt nhất

  • Example: You’re cherry-picking facts to suit your argument. There are good reasons not to go forward.ot to go forward.

The cherry on the cake

  • Meaning: The final thing that makes something perfect

> Điều cuối cùng khiến mọi thứ hoàn hảo

  • Example: The fabulous weather on the day was the cherry on the cake.

A second bite at the cherry

  • Meaning: A Second chance to do something

Cơ hội lần hai

  • Example: It’s not often you get a second bite at the cherry.

Life is a bowl of cherries

  • Meaning: Life is wonderful or very pleasant

> Cuộc sống tuyệt vời

  • Example: Life is just a bowl of cherries these days!


Apples and Oranges

  • Meaning: Of two different classes, not comparable

> Hai đẳng cấp khác biệt, không thể so sánh

  • Example: Comparing beer and good chardonnay is like comparing apples and oranges – they’re two different things.

As American as apple pie

  • Meaning: Very or typically American

> Rất đặc trưng kiểu Mỹ

  • Example: Baseball is as American as apple pie.

Bad apple (especially US)

  • Meaning: A discontented, troublemaking, or dishonest person

> Người phiền toái, hay gây rối, không trung thực

  • Example: Tom is really a bad apple.

The apple never falls far from the tree

  • Meaning: Family characteristics are usually inherited

> Đặc trưng gia đình thường được di truyền

  • Example: Her daughter soon showed her own musical talent, proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Apple of someone’s eye

  • Meaning: The person that someone loves most of all and is very proud of

Một người rất đặc biệt

  • Example: His new baby girl was the apple of his eye.

Upset the apple cart

  • Meaning: To disorganize or spoil something, especially an established arrangement or plan

> Phá kế hoạch, tiết lộ gì đấy.

  • Example: I always knew she’d tell secrets and upset the apple cart.

Big Apple

  • Meaning: An informal name for New York City

> Tên thân mật của thành phố New York

  • Example: We spent the weekend in the Big Apple.



  • Meaning: A vehicle that does not work properly

> Phương tiện đi lại hoạt động không mượt.

  • Example: The car he sold me is a total lemon!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

  • Meaning: Make the best of a bad situation

> Làm điều tốt nhất trong tình huống xấu

  • Example: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade—it’ll help you keep a positive attitude.


Go bananas

  • Meaning: To become irrational or crazy

> Phát điên

  • Example: The crowd went bananas when the concert began.

Top banana

  • Meaning: The boss, the leader

> Thủ lĩnh

  • Example: Only the top banana can make a decision of that magnitude.


A plum job

  • Meaning: An easy and pleasant job that also pays well

> Một công việc tốt với mức lương hậu hĩnh

  • Example: He got a plum job in an insurance company.

Speak with a plum in (one’s) mouth

  • Meaning: To speak in a manner that is indicative of a high social class. Primarily heard in UK.

> Nói giọng trịnh thượng

  • Example: He spoke with such a plum in his mouth that none of us working-class sods could stand to listen to him.


To be a peach

  • Meaning: Someone or something that is extremely good, impressive, or attractive

> Một người rất tuyệt vời

  • Example: He brought me coffee. He is a peach.

Peaches and cream

  • Meaning: A situation, process, etc., that has no trouble or problems

> Tình huống ổn định, không gặp rắc rối hay vấn đề gì

  • Example: Our company had a bit of a rocky start, but everything’s been peaches and cream for the last few months.


Cool as a cucumber

  • Meaning: Calm and composed even in difficult or frustrating situations; self-possessed

> Bình tĩnh

  • Example: Even during the elections, David was as cool as a cucumber.

Go pear-shaped

  • Meaning: To fail; to go wrong

> Thất bại

  • Example: Sarah’s surprise party went pear-shaped once she accidentally found out about it.

Not give a fig

  • Meaning: To not care at all about something

> Không quan tâm gì cả

  • Example: Do whatever you want, I do not give a fig.

To Bear Fruit

  • Meaning: To develop in a profitable or positive way

> Phát triển một cách sáng sủa

  • Example: All the effort we put in on the software is finally beginning to bear fruit – sales for our department are up 20 percent.

Through the Grapevine

  • Meaning: Via gossip

> Chuyện buôn dưa, đồn thổi.

  • Example: I heard through the grapevine that Ivan and Amber are going out. Is it true?

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