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Why does 政治核心盘 (lit. “political core plate”) seem to mean “political base”?

《纽约时报》的文章说,他们获得的相关财务文件和法律文件,提供了迄今为止特朗普商业帝国最详细的资料。特朗普凭借在电视真人秀节目《学徒》中的出色表现塑造了自己“亿万富翁”的形象,并从《学徒》中挣得4.27亿美元。这一形象帮助他入主白宫,并巩固了自己的政治核心盘。但是,现在公开的文件对他的财务状况提供了一幅扭曲的画面。例如,2018年特朗普披露自己“至少赚了4.349亿美元”,...
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What's the meaning of Haiya in chinese?

My chinese friends often say, Haiya followed by something. It's usually done in correcting a person. It's like, Haiya, don't do this lah, you should do that instead. What does Haiya mean? https://www....
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What does oh jongyi lay mean

Need help finding what oh jongyi lay means.I don’t know what it is I searched it up and could find nothing on it.
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Please help explain: 精神小伙 & 葬爱家族

I think maybe the 精神小伙 seems like bad luck and the other 葬爱家族 is like emo? Here are some videos for context on the internet slang: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMJJoZ4i1KI https://www.youtube....
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What 莲 means? does it has a “social” meaning, if it's used in everyday life?

I think that '莲' literally means "lotus" but I heard some people saying that it also has a bad meaning, if somebody calls you like that you should be offended. Can someone explain me why? ...
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Meaning of “去你的头”

I just heard "去你的头" in a joke, and while it sounds like an approving "go ahead" OR "go with your head/what you think" I realized at the end of the joke it's kind of an equivalent of "go f*** yourself" ...
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How does this sentence 如果你要是查出是谁的话 mean exactly?

The full sentence is 如果你要是查出是谁的话, 一定告诉我. It means If you find out who it is, make sure to tell me. I do know 如果, 如果...的话, 要是 and 你要是...的话 they all mean if. I more would like to understand how Chinese ...
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What does 狗改不了吃屎 mean?

What does 狗改不了吃屎 mean? I think it is a proverb. Something do to with god? In my research, is it similar to 江山易改,本性难移?
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What does the phrase “要衝一波囉” mean?

(Alternatively: 當然要衝一波囉) It shows up a lot on the web but I can't find the meaning of it anywhere. Thanks!
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What does 小时级发射 refer to in 该型火箭具有“一箭多星”发射能力、小时级发射等多项优点?

“快响利箭”海上飞天 长征十一号火箭是一枚四级固体运载火箭,全长约20.8米,最大箭体直径2米,总质量约58吨,主要用于发射近地轨道和太阳同步轨道有效载荷,该型火箭具有“一箭多星”发射能力、小时级发射等多项优点,被誉为我国长征系列运载火箭家族中的“快响利箭”。 海上飞天!一箭九星!我国首次海上商业化应用发射成功!,2020年09月15日 In the above I'm unsure what ...
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What does this 我却为你万千感慨 mean?

I do know the meaning of each word in the following sentence. 我却为你万千感慨 But I still cannot understand the meaning of the whole sentence. Google translates it as. I feel so emotional for you I doubt ...
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In 林业、农业、草原、海洋、资源、环境等行业, what industries does 草原 (“grassland”) and 海洋 (“ocean”) refer to, and why not use 农业 (“agriculture”) and 渔业 (“fishing”)?

“一箭九星”包含B站视频星 记者了解到,本次发射的“吉林一号”高分03-1组卫星由长光卫星有限公司自主研发,包括3颗高分03C视频星和6颗高分03B推扫星,视频星中包括将用于科普的哔哩哔哩视频卫星。该组卫星将与在轨的“吉林一号”卫星组网,为林业、农业、草原、海洋、资源、环境等行业用户提供更加丰富的遥感数据和产品服务。 海上飞天!一箭九星!我国首次海上商业化应用发射成功!,2020年09月15日 ...
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Which radicals are used mostly just as phonetic?

Some radicals do not seem to be commonly in use for their meaning, but only to convey pronunciation, as an answer to this question and many websearches revealed. Is that true for many radicals? Could ...
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Who/what/when + V + 不好 meaning “could V any time/thing/one”

A few examples in a video about 偏偏 (time links to examples below) use a structure that seems to be "[Question Word] + V + 不好". The meaning seems to be similar to structures like “想吃什么[就吃什么]&...
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How offensive is 他妈的?

How offensive is the expression 他妈的? What is an English expression with a similar degree of offensiveness? In what situations is this expression appropriate / not appropriate?
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Meaning of this word (Character identified: 緣)

I just bought a couple of tea cups which I think are Japanese in style, but they could be Chinese. There's some writing on the cups that I was unable to translate with Google: Does anyone know if the ...
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What is the meaning of 的 in “有一天你会明白的”?

From Why is 的 used in 你是哪一天出生的 and 我们什么时候开始的 and 前天你什么时候来的这里?, I understand 的 at the end of a sentence describes an event that happened in the past. However, I am not sure whether I understand the ...
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How should I use 哟?

Here is the conversation with my Chinese friend: I: I passed the application! She: 你申请过啦 She: 恭喜哟 According to Pleco: 哟 [at the end of an imperative sentence] [as a syllable filler in a song] ...
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What is the equivalent in English for 喷子?

This expression is not the conventional one found in a normal dictionary, but in a large number of posts online. In my guess, it means somebody who is unsatisfied with the real world, right? I am not ...
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the meaning of “grass dogs (dogs of grass)”

天地不仁,以萬物為芻狗 that's Dao De Jing Chapter 5, I give a try: heaven and earth are not benevolent (I understand) 萬物 all the creatures 為 act 芻狗 grass dogs? dogs playing on grass? dogs made of grass? What ...
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Difference between 好点儿了吗 and 好些了吗?

Hi I came across both sentences, in both cases meaning "Is STH any better?". So are they interchangeable and have the same meaning and usage? I thought 些 is only used with countable words, ...
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What does 素弦声断 mean?

I tried to translate this using Google Translate. It is hard to understand what 素弦声断 exactly mean. does 素弦声断 mean: the sound of the broken guitar strings? or does 素弦声断 mean: the guitar breaks its ...
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Why is 指 repeated twice in 他指了指墙上的画?

I found a sentence from a short story which goes: "他指了指墙上的画。“ I know that 指 means to point, by why is it repeated twice in the sentence? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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What's the meaning of 聊起 in 马小姐正在和她的好朋友李太太聊起这个男人的事情

I found a sentence from a story which goes: 这不,马小姐正在和她的好朋友李太太聊起这个男人的事情。 The word that I don't fully understand is “聊起”。 I know that 聊 means to talk and 起 means to rise, but that just doesn't make ...
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meaning of 都 in 从小就好爱看国外都明星街拍!

I found a sentence in an article that says, "不知道大家是不是和我一样,从小就好爱看国外都明星街拍!" I understand all the meaning of the sentence but can't understand what part 都 plays in the sentence. Any help will ...
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What is the difference between 星期日 and 周日? [duplicate]

I know the definition of both of these words are Sunday but in what context are they used?
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What's the difference between 周 and 星期? [duplicate]

From a dictionary lookup, it seems that both 周 and 星期 can mean "a week"—is there any difference in usage?
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What's the difference between 星期X and 周X?

When accepting an answer, I noticed that the example used the word 周三 for Wednesday, but in my grammar, the days of the week are 星期一, 星期二, etc... They seem both correct but, what's the difference? ...
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Are 我听不清你说了的 and 我听不见你说了的 both correct?

I want to say: I did not hear what you said. Is it 我听不见你说了的 correct? I did not hear clearly what you said. Is it 我听不清你说了的 correct?
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Can 是 be changed into 的?

I have been playing a farming game these days and I joined a Chinese neighborhood in the game. There’s a chatting room feature that allows members of the neighborhood to chat with one another. I don’t ...
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What is the meaning of 没 in 有啥推荐没? [duplicate]

有啥推荐没? What is the meaning of 没 here in this sentence? Can I put 吗 instead of 没 here?
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What does 别间 in 别间大学的男生都土里土气的 means?

I've been sentence mining from Meteor Garden 2001 and I came across the sentence 别间大学的男生都土里土气的 Can someone help me figure out what does '别间‘ means in that sentence? Thanks!
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What is the meaning of …不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求?

I can't quite get the last part of this 专家:这个问题不能一刀切。对于东部的企业,因为起步较早,有一定产业规模和资金积累,所以调整产业结构,提高技术含量,不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。 Can I rewrite the last bit thus: 不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。= 发展趋势的要求是不断向产业链的高端的提升。 ...
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What does 介绍人 mean?

I have the following text: 丁力波的爸爸是加拿大人,妈妈是中国人。汉语是他爸爸,妈妈的 “介绍人”。 What does “介绍人” mean? Does it make sense?
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How gender specific in writing is the character 他

A couple of years ago I wrote this comment below an answer: On mainland China 他 is used for both male and female. I've only seen 她 used as a stylistic thing for advertising and some old formal ...
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What does “你穿着袜子呢” insinuate?

On YouTube there is a video entitled Do They Speak English in China?. Start at around ~2:07 there is an exchange that goes: A: 不好意思打扰一下,请问您会说英文吗? B: 你穿着袜子呢 Someone in the comments named My Dream is ...
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What does 赚走 mean in 赚走93.3亿美元?

I'm having trouble understanding 赚走 in the following snippet: 得益于此,该企业二季度在华收入同比增长了1.9%,赚走93.3亿美元(约合650亿元人民币)。为了进一步扩大在华市场份额,苹果准备“入乡随俗”也不难理解。 中国市场不能丢!苹果在华销量暴增225%,iPhone12或支持北斗导航,2020年08月10日 I'm not ...
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Does 下 in 吃不下饭 convey any meaning?

我们着急得吃不下饭,睡不好觉。 I understand that 好 in 睡不好觉 adds the meaning of "well", so "sleep well" instead of "sleep", but does 下 in 吃不下饭 change anything?
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Differences between “Verb + Adj”, “Adj + Verb”, “Verb + 得 + Adj” and “Adj + 地 + Verb”?

I am having some difficulties understanding the differences in meaning between the following structures (the examples are from Line dictionary): Verb + Adj e.g: 走快了她会累。 Zŏu kuài le tā huì lĕi. ...
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What is the difference between 晚上 and 夜里?

when I was looking the definition of both of these words. It showed that they both meant night. Does both of these words mean night?
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Can anybody identify these chop markings or calligraphy please (Characters identified: 季康長壽 寧復畫記)

I have been given a scroll not sure if it is chinese or Japanese but I know it is over fifty years old. I am trying to find out more about it such as the artist and what the writing says.
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What is the fundamental difference between 大同世界 and Utopias

I wanted to add '大同世界' as an entry to a Chinese dictionary a group of editors and I are working at. At first, I thought 'Utopias' could be one of its definitions. But I searched 大同世界 on the net and ...
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Is there a difference in connotation between questions ending in 吗 vs. X 不 X

Is there any difference in connotation/region/modernity/etc. between questions ending in 吗 and affirmative/negative questions? For example, does: 你很累吗? connote something different than: 你累不累? And ...
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What does the chinese lettering mean on my shirt? [closed]

I bought this shirt and now I'm curious what the Chinese lettering means. i tried to translate, but it is very hard. Can you help me translate?
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What does the lettering on my shirt mean? (Characters identified: 花樣年華)

My friend gave me this shirt, I've been trying to figure out what it means. Can anyone translate it?
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What is the meaning of 立体 in 立体还原一个地区地生态多样性?

When I look up 立体 at http://www.zdic.net/c/b/110/297322.htm I get: (1) [solid]∶具有长、宽、厚的形体 立体图形 (2) [three-dimensional; stereoscopic] (3) 包括地面、水、空中的 立体战争 (4) 指地面以上具有若干横向层次的 I guess, in this sentence, ...
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What are the seal characters on this white jade pendant? (Characters identified: 龍德)

What do these Chinese seal characters mean?
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What type of meanings/functions can/does 谁 have?

I had learnt some grammar points where 谁 seems to introduce a subordinated phrase (those people who (谁做谁) ... and who would be 谁, now I was wondering what other functions 谁 could have.
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What does `想要` emphasize exactly?

So far I know 想 means want to e.g I want to know or I want to have. 要 is more like must or need e.g. I need to go or I must go. Is 想要 more like 想得到 / 想有, that you want to get something, you want to ...
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Do “声优” and “配音演员” mean the same thing?

Google Translate gives "voice actors" for "声优" and "配音演员" for "voice actors". Do "声优" and "配音演员" mean the same thing? Who is the most famous ...

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