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Cantonese people often use 補鑊 to mean fence-mending or damage control.

Do Mandarin people use this phrase as well? If not, what phrase would be the Mandarin equivalent?

  • The literal equivalent would be 补锅, but that certainly doesn't carry the same connotation. – user3306356 Sep 5 '18 at 9:12
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補鑊

fence-mending; damage control; get a problem fixed

This term is used in Cantonese, not Mandarin/Standard written Chinese

補救 (remedy) can be used in both Mandarin and Cantonese

Example:

事發後才去補救已經太遅了 (Mandarin)

事發後先至去補救已經太遅啦 (Cantonese)

事發後先至去補鑊已經太遅啦 (Cantonese)

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現在補救還來得及 (Mandarin)

而家補救仲趕得切 (Cantonese)

而家補鑊仲趕得切 (Cantonese)

補鑊 and 補救 are mostly interchangeable in Cantonese

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