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How come 東/东 has a second meaning 'owner/master' or 'host'?

Examples include 房东 or 财东 and 东道, respectively. What is the etymology behind this additional meaning?
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What does 整人 mean?

I found this in an article, and then looked it up on the internet. From what I see, it appears to be playing pranks on people.
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What is the meaning of “拜了个拜”?

I heard this phrase from some Chinese-speaking stranger. I assume it's related to farewell since the stranger was waving hand to someone else, but what does it mean exactly? Is there a certain context ...
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What is the meaning of 准新 in this sentence?

I have this sentence: 由于二手车市场准新车越来越多,加上价格原因,特别是二手车保值率的提高与稳定,使得交易日趋活跃。 Does 准新车 mean 'nearly new cars'?
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Help to understand this phrase?

作者首先提到了中国 媒体对于西方世界民主制度的一贯批判手法 The writer first mentions that the Chinese media have always been critical of one thing in the Western World’s democracies. I don't get "一贯批判手法." I suppose it means ...
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What is the difference between 通常,经常,and 常常?

What is the difference between 通常,经常,and 常常? I hear them a lot in conversational Chinese, but I can't pick out the difference in meaning. The dictionaries I've checked don't seem to agree on their ...
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Does this sentence talk about second cars or second hand cars?

I'm pretty sure this sentence is referring to '2 car families', but I'd like to check. How should I interpret ‘二次购车’ here? Maybe they are talking about second hand cars, or families that have ...
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Translation/Meaning: 棒棒机

What exactly is a 棒棒机? I know it's a simple, ordinary kind of cell phone. Is it the same as the English: burner? What constitutes a 棒棒机? What equivalent phrases do we have in English?
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The slang meaning of “Seven/七” in Cantonese

I have heard a few Hongkongers saying seven in a similar, likely identical, context. I assume they are addressing a person because when they say it, they make the L hand gesture. I could be wrong, but ...
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“惡” vs “噩” vs “厄”

I have seen these three characters forming the "same" words (I cannot think of a better way to phrase this), such as 惡夢 vs 噩夢 and 惡運 vs 噩運 vs 厄運 As I tried googling for the difference, I ...
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Formality of “悲哀” as opposed to “悲傷” and “哀傷”

From what I have learned, or I remember I have learned, 悲哀, 悲傷, and 哀傷 all mean sadness and are interchangeable. However, as I remember, I have read 悲傷 and 哀傷 in academic/professional writings, but ...
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What does this translate to in English? [closed]

幼师 喜欢翻唱微博: 动词大茗音 Please help translate this for me, thanks!
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The real meaning of “傲嬌”

Until recently, I have known the meaning of this word as described on the wiki page. I thought it is used to refer to people, particularly female, who are cold on the outside and hot, as in intimate, ...
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Meaning of “不了” in “忘不了/喝不了/…”

I know that 了 after a verb means a completion or termination of a certain action, such as: 吃飽了 (I am) full. 開始了 (It) has started. 不動了 (It) is not moving anymore. But what about 了 ...
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What is the difference in meaning between 应变 and 适应 here?

Is there a difference in meaning between 应变能力 and 适应能力 in this sentence? If so, can you please try to explain it? 公司领导人认为,在未来十年的商战中,最重要的武器是应变能力、适应能力和创新能力。 Thanks!
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How to come from 二百五 to 二百九?

I know 二百五 stands for foolish/stupid and I assume I have to add up 二百五, 三八 and 二 to it to obtain 二百九. Is this right and if so, what does 二 mean and where did it get it's meaning?
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What does 出来 mean in this sentence: 真看不出来你是外国人?

What does 出来 mean in this sentence: 真看不出来你是外国人? Doesn't 出来 mean "come out of ..."?
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What is the difference between 哈哈, 呵呵, 嘻嘻, and 嘿嘿?

I always see 哈哈, 呵呵, 嘻嘻, and 嘿嘿 in WeChat, QQ, etc, but I don't really understand the subtle differences between them and when to use them appropriately, especially 呵呵. I use 呵呵 myself now, but I'm ...
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What Does '技能技术' Mean?

Can you please tell me how to translate "提高技能技术". Both "技能" and "技术" seem to mean skill, but "技术" also means technology.
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Do Westerners 上火?

Sometimes people ask me how to say 上火 in English and I tell them I don't know. I tell them people don't really have the concept of 上火 in America, let alone the term. So how would you succinctly ...
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What is the meaning of '有机结合‘ here?

The sentence before he said: 一般企业更多雇用的是员工的双手和双脚,而不是员工最有价值和创造力的部位--大脑。 I have this sentence: 面对这一业界难题,我们公司看到的不是两难,而是有机结合。 Next sentence:(this is from my fltrp text book, so I assume it is good 汉语) ...
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Need help with this line [closed]

"与其兴之所至才击节高歌,不如先引吭高歌带动心情。" I looked the words up on a dictionary and got the meaning of the words and structures but not the meaning of the line.
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What is the original meaning of 匈 (besides “chest/breast/thorax”)?

The Wikipedia article on the 匈奴 gives a literal translation as 'fierce slaves'. Did 匈 mean 'fierce' in former times? What is the etymology of this character?
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What is the meaning of '脱产培训‘?

Is '脱产培训‘ the opposite of '在岗培训‘ that is to say ’off the job training' compared to 'on the job training'?
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What is the meaning of 送上 here?

In this sentence 送上 means what?? I think is means 'send = 送 to attend = 上(a series of lectures) = 一场讲座' but maybe it is just 送给?? 据报道,某石油化工公司前不久举办了一场心理知识讲座,为近百名员工送上了一把找到工作快乐和取得成功的“心灵钥匙“。
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What does this sentence mean?

I can't really catch the meaning of this sentence. It was only given as an example of the use of 统统, I have no more context. 无论是谁,到新公司后,原来档案都要统统装进铁皮柜,从头干起。 No matter who, after arriving at a new ...
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What does it mean by “失敗就懷孕”?

I'm reading a web novel, and it states: “大約是失敗就懷孕之類的任務吧……” What does "懷孕" mean or represent in this context?
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What does “蕊屁” mean?

At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyNNvgW1dSg&lc=z13jt1khfxr4zzw0k225sjfzzyn1hhebs04, someone wrote: 看完電影後整晚都在蕊屁OST Another person wrote in reply: +1 瘋狂蕊批 What does "蕊屁" mean?
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Meaning of '沒梗'?

你為什麼打我? 是沒梗了嗎? I'm wondering what 沒梗 means in this context. I know the literal translation is 'no stem', but I'm sure there should be an idiomatic meaning to it.
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Is “戀”/“恋” a word by itself?

As titled. I saw this lyrics with the sentence, 為什麼全世界的戀我都失一遍? Based on the structure, it looks like the word itself is a noun. If it is, what does it mean? I only know the word 戀愛/恋爱. Thanks ...
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What does “現代修真” mean?

現代修真 Is a type/category of novel, but what does it mean in English? 現代 Is basically modern, but what would 修真 mean in this case? If 修真 means "Cultivating True Virtue", it doesn't ...
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Why do people say “吃飽了嗎”

I have heard my Chinese-speaking friends asking each other 吃飽了嗎? several times when they are done or almost done with their own meal. And I have wondered, "Why would they ask others such question? ...
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What is the meaning of 串串儿?

The only translation I can find has to do with strings...? I heard this phrase when someone was speaking about 四川菜, is this related to 火锅? Is this phrase a joke of sorts about the Sichuan dialect ? ...
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Could you help me explain the meaning of “顺其自然”? [closed]

I don't know what does this phrase mean in English. Please explain it with some example sentences. Thanks a lot!
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What does the phrase “足矣” mean?

I saw this phrase recently in a post online. The whole sentence is 人生得一知己足矣. I think 人生得一知己 means "getting a BFF(?) in one's life". (The only meaning of the word 知己 that I know of is BFF, but please ...
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What does this mean? I found this on a Liberty Times Taiwan [closed]

向美洲原住民買下曼哈頓島的北美荷蘭殖民地新尼德蘭的總督. Source:Liberty Times Taiwan.
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What is the meaning of 相声?

Today I read a blog post talking about a Canadian guy called Mark Rowswell (aka 大山) that appears on Chinese TV shows and who is able to do 相声. This 相声 is referred to as "the art of language". What ...
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中学? middle or high school

中学 seems to be both terms for middle school (junior high school) and high school (senior high school). how does 高中 and 初中 relate to these words also? ...
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Help understanding this passage

首次在天空中被人目击不到两年之后,中国新型“空警”-500预警机已经加入现役。“空警”-500预警机可以同时对470公里范围内的60多架飞机进行跟踪。“空警”-500“空中预警与控制系统”(AWACS)看起来更像是美国的空中预警机(其上部有圆形雷达穹顶),但体积小一些,由运-9四引擎涡轮螺旋桨飞机(类似于美国的C-130)搭载。 I know what the first sentence ...
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What does this line mean?

哦,您原来跟齐天大圣一个姓埃我爸差点晕倒。。 I found this on http://m.zol.com.cn/xiaohua/detail45/44743.html.
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What is 佈施? I found it on a bilingual blog [closed]

I have already looked this word up in mdbg, and have found nothing.
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Birth name question

My daughter was put up for adoption in China, Guangxi province in 2004. I then adopted her. Her Chinese name is Jin Yan Fa. What does her name mean?
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What is the exact meaning of 吃豆腐, and where does the expression come from?

I'm not talking about eating tofu, but the expression that means something more like taking advantage of someone. What exactly does 吃豆腐 mean, and where does this expression come from?
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Need help with 你们不是向着我的吗?

I found the phrase discussed in the title of this question on the 海贼王 manga (One Piece). I have not found this phrase anywhere else, and have put this on other forums without much success.
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I need this image translated [closed]

I'm not even sure if its chinese (I'm sorry if I'm offending someone, I'm not in touch with Chinese). I'd like to know what it means or at least some words/part of it. Thanks for helping!
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What are the arguments of 结合?

I have this sentence: 某酒类品牌的成功,在于它紧紧抓住都市文化的特点,将产品创新同城市文化、都市人怀旧心态紧密结合,大大提升了酒的档次,创造了酒的新概念。 Sometimes, no often, I get confused with Chinese, especially when sentences use 将 or 把。I rewrote the part I ...
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What does 现代化 mean in this sentence?

In Chinese, putting 化 after a word often seems to have the same effect as the suffix -ize in English. I have: 公司在全国建立了进150家分公司,兴建了百万平方米的现代化厂房,形成了年产数百万吨的强大产能。 If I translate '兴建了百万平方米的现代化厂房', ...
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What is the meaning of 愣了愣

I have: 格兰仕空调生产车间负责人走过生产线时,看到以为一位工人正在抬起手臂取零件,她愣了愣,想:“这个动作有没有可能改进一下呢?” 她愣了愣, 想 = 'she suddenly thought', 'she, with a start, thought' Is that the meaning of '愣了愣‘?? Or is it 'staring at him, she ...
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What is the meaning of 十余年 here?

I have: 娃哈哈连续十余年领跑中国饮料行业, I keep seeing 余年 = one's remaining years, but I'm pretty sure 十余年 means 'for the last ten years', not the (10 remaining) years ahead. It's not as if 娃哈哈 only has 10 years ...
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What belongs together here '年产数百万顿的'?

How should I read this: ,形成了年产数百万吨的强大产能。 Is it: A ,形成了 (年产数) 百万吨的 强大产能。or B ,形成了年产 (数百万吨的) 强大产能。 I believe '数百万‘ = 'several million', but I think '年产数‘ could be 'annual production figure'. ...