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危:危險,危急 (danger) 機:先兆,徵兆 (omen) 唐 司空圖《連珠》:“蓋聞變可揣機,明難辨勢。金石之懸已扣,孰謂識微;風雲之候未形,罕知能制。” 清 李漁《閑情偶寄‧頤養‧卻病》:“病未至而防之者,病雖未作,而有可病之機與必病之勢,先以藥物投之,使其欲發不得,猶敵欲攻我,而我兵先之預發制人者也。” 危機: 潛伏的禍害或危險 (hidden danger) :危機四伏 嚴重困難的關頭 (crisis):經濟危機


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As others have clearly demonstrated, 危机 does not simply break apart into 危 short for 危险 (danger) and 机 short for 机会 or 机遇 (opportunity). In short, that's not how Chinese works. However, it is sometimes used idiomatically. Examples: 危机,既是危险也是机遇 (source) 危机等于危险加机遇「危机中的机遇」 (source) 危机,有危险也有机遇 (source) 危机传播:危机与机遇并存 (source) 危机=危险+机遇 (source) Searing Baidu ...


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QUOTE:- "Contextually 机 appears in lots of words where it doesn't bring the meaning of "opportunity" That's not entirely true, for in other areas it does. We therefore have 机 不 可 失, (don't let slip an opportunity) Please don't get me wrong. I am not disputing that 机 does have many other meanings, context which have nothing to do with "opportunity" Such ...


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What is so wrong interpreting 危机 (crisis / dangerous situation) which is made up of:- 危 险 = danger (definitive meaning) 机 会 = opportunity (definitive meaning) as "within a situation of danger, (a crisis), there are also opportunities to be had"? Just as in English, the phrase "bitter-sweet" has to be wrong because you cannot have anything both bitter ...


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In addition to some good answers: 信口开河 夸夸其谈


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This thread would never be complete without the "urban-dictionary" style (i.e, slang), modern example for such idiom, the good old 吹牛, or its R-rated version 吹牛逼. It generally means to brag about something, which could be true but usually isn't.


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空口无凭,言而无据,无根之论 But you can coin four-character words to express it more accurately. It looks like that you mean academic claims. Let me have a try: 论訇证寡(The claim is thunderous(figurative), but the evidence is little.) 例句: 像他这样的学术投机分子,才敢在会上作论訇证寡的报告。 Note: Only in writing you can coin such words. Otherwise people won't understand you.


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Not sure If 言过其实 can fit. it means a statement surpassing the fact. or 夸大其词? it means represent beyond the bounds of truth; make an overstatement;


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