Here comes the first slang in Vietnamese language.
Bó tay literally means hands are tied. When your hands are tied, you give up. It’s because it is not possible to do anything or anything better than what someone already did (as in the 3rd meaning).
That’s why Bó tay is usually used with the meaning “to give up/ to surrender” when we encounter a really hard issue.
Let’s watch the video below to see how “bó tay” is used.
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