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I am native speaker but I haven't yet figured out the exact meaning of 追 as in 追剧 - 'chasing a TV series'. Does it mean 'stay on top', 'catch up' or simply 'actively watch'? In other words,

  • Does it exclusively refer to watching the latest episode on air, or at least keep oneself up to the season?
  • Does it count as 追 if I am watching the past season on DVD in order to catch up and watch the current season?
  • Does it count as 追 if I am watching a series that has already finished?
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  • Yes. This is exactly what 追剧 mean.
  • No.
  • No.

We may call actions in last two question as 煲剧 or 补番 .


There is a funny name (means 'hole') for the series that have many seasons to watch. When we start watching it, we call it 开坑 (start a hole), and the process we watch from the S01E01 to the latest episode, we call it 填坑 (filling the hole). That a funny saying we are using.

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So it seems to refer to keeping up with a tv show in the sense of watching it every week when it's broadcasted.

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