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What's the meaning of “刀不长眼”? Is it proverb or something like that?

I was watching the movie "fearless (2006)" starring Jet Li and the character said to his friend "After all these years of friend ship, you still don't know me?" and then he goes with this phrase : "...
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Is there a proverb that means “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”?

Is there a Chinese (Mandarin or Classical Chinese) proverb equivalent to the American proverb "the squeaky wheel gets the grease"? I looked it up in the Cambridge English-Traditional Chinese ...
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How to say 破釜沉舟 in english?

Is there a proverb for 破釜沉舟 in English? How do you describe it using two words?
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Selling it as soon as you've bought it — Chinese expression

In college, I had just started a physics class in relativity and I was so excited that I began explaining everything I had learned to my Taiwanese roommate. Perhaps my tone was a bit too arrogant or ...
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are there any free bilingual sources of chinese proverb?

In reference to the thread Is this [Ivanka Trump] Chinese proverb real? —“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it” and related news, I've created this question, and ...
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Is this [Ivanka Trump] Chinese proverb real? —“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it”

This was going around as a real proverb, any reality to it? ’Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it’
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Is this a proverb: “Food comes first for the people”?

In the book Far and Away page 369, the author (Andrew Salomon) cite a Chineese proverb Food comes first for the people I could not find trace of this proverb online but I don't speak Chineese and ...
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What are five most useful or common Chengyu phrases in the workplace?

I know there are thousands of chengyu (成语) (4 character proverbs in Chinese) out there, so obviously I would not have time to learn them all. Could I have 5 of these chengyu from you? (bonus marks if ...
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How do waves relate to this?

Please write using simplified Chinese characters. I've been reading a short story in Chinese, with the task to translate it. Here's the passage I'm having trouble with: ‘看了,看了,他的那个女朋友真不像话,...
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Can anyone tell me what this means please? I think it is a proverb

A friend left me this at work, I think it is a proverb but Google gave me different translations each time which confused me as none of it made sense.
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What is the correct meaning of “孩子帶財”?

Many people interpret the Chinese proverb, 孩子帶財 as that children can bring the wealth to the family and improve the family economy. Therefore, many people do not agree with it. Because, the economy ...
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Origin of Chinese Parable: Devils and Righteous Man

Can anyone point to the origin of this Chinese parable? “A man travelling through the country came to a large city, very rich and splendid; he looked at it and said to his guide, ‘This must be a very ...
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synonyms/phrases/poems related to: 情深恭敬少

ABC Proverbs 情深恭敬少 ,知己谈笑多 Lit [When] friendship [is] deep, formalities are few; [for] close confidants, chats [and] laughter are many. Fig Intimate friends don't stand on ceremony. What ...
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成语 versus 俗语 versus 谚语, what is the difference?

I know the rough difference between a 成语 (4-character proverb)and a 俗语 (8-character or so saying), but what is a 谚语, and how does it differ from these? I am also interested in 熟语。 How does this ...
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Alternatives to 自圆其说, but for self-justification

自圆其说 refers to making one's statement plausible. Is there a similar saying, indicating the action of justifying one's own reason, but justifying it to oneself, i.e., without necessarily making it ...
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Quenching thirst by thinking about plums

Today I was looking in my book for a Chinese saying about the guy that quenched his thirst by thinking about plums. I'm shy to admit, but it's one of my favorites. How does the saying go? How do you ...
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Proverbs and saying for not achieving a specific situation (or objective)?

I am looking for a set of Chinese 成语 and 俗语 describing ways in which a desired situation may not be achieved. For instance, like the following two: 欲速则不达 东施效颦 Any others? Where can I find a ...
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Does anyone know the source of this proverb?

I once saw a "Chinese proverb" in a DVD from a Bruce Lee movie. It was something like this: He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool... shun him. He who knows not, and knows that ...
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Which proverb / expression is original? — 爱及屋乌, 爱乌及屋, 爱屋及乌

In an ealier question (or thread) 爱、采 ( A trivalent verb takes 2 objects ) ... 3 variations/versions of a proverb or expression were mentioned : 爱及屋乌 == he loves her so much that he even loves the ...
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Is there a proverb that means something like an enemy's best tactic is to hide himself?

I'm looking for a 成语 that means something along the lines of an enemy's best tactic is to hide himself, or to make you believe he doesn't exist.
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Is this a real Chinese Proverb? (Pumpkins and Time Management)

Recently, I read this Chinese proverb. It looked amazing, but I wasn't able to find the Chinese version (or even find out if it actually existed). "One cannot manage too many affairs: like pumpkins ...
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Specially formatted Xiehouyu: What are they? What others are there?

I was going through the 四川方言词典 the other day and came across this: ...and my transcription... 冲起屁——[股] cong1 qi3 pi4——[gu3] 这是歇后语的一种特殊格式。这种歇后语的“引”和“注”合起来是一个完整的四字格词组, 运用时, 只说“引”, 不说“注”。...