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  *之* | 之* | *之
(possessive particle, literary equivalent of ) / him / her / it
in a word / in short / in brief
on the other hand... / conversely...
during / at the time of
fears of trouble in the rear (idiom); family worries (obstructing freedom of action) / worries about the future consequences / often in negative expressions, meaning "no worries about anything"
in short / in a word / in brief
family love and joy / domestic bliss
top priority job / matter of vital importance
afterwards / following / later / after
between / among / inter-
before / prior to / ago / previously / beforehand
inside / among / in the midst of (doing sth) / during
one of (sth) / one out of a multitude / one (third, quarter, percent etc)
outside / excluding
(indicating a fraction)
and so on / and such
apart from this / in addition to this
thereupon / subsequently / accordingly
moreover / in addition to that
to pursue unremittingly (idiom); to persevere
(after a noun N and before a predicate P) the reason why N P / Example: 我之所以討厭他|我之所以讨厌他 "the reason why I dislike him (is ...)"
to call it... / known as...
to be effective (idiom)
the Silk Road
of the utmost importance / of highest priority
The Sound of Music, Broadway musical (1959) and Academy Award-winning movie (1965)
aged thirty (see 三十而立)
unsolved mystery
Wang Xizhi (303-361), famous calligrapher of Eastern Jin, known as the sage of calligraphy 書聖|书圣
the road one must follow or take / the only way / same as 必由之路
fully deserving, without any reservations (idiom); entirely worthy (of a title, honor etc)
a hundred percent / out and out / absolutely
uninvited or unexpected guest
(lit. and fig.) overnight
a possible period of want or need
period of ... years
before that / beforehand / previously
over time / as time passes / in the fullness of time
second (in a competition) / occupying second place
lit. ready to appear at the call (idiom) / fig. on the verge of coming out into the open / (of a person's choice etc) on the point of being disclosed / (of an artistic depiction) vividly portrayed
invincible position
to substitute for sb / to remove and replace
Voice of America (VOA)
the root of all evil
(acknowledged) place / a role to play / niche
the way of maintaining good health
knowing oneself (idiom) / self-knowledge
tremendous strength (idiom)
proficiency in a particular field (idiom) / skill in a specialized area (idiom)
to lock one's door and refuse to see sb
lit. the exertion of lifting one's hand (idiom) / fig. a very slight effort
(lit.) land of fish and rice / (fig.) fertile region / land of milk and honey
the frog at the bottom of the well (idiom) / fig. a person of limited outlook and experience
overtone (music) / (fig.) connotation / implied meaning
to rush like ducks (idiom); the mob scrabbles madly for sth unobtainable / an unruly crowd on a wild goose chase
Rosamund Kwan (1962-), Hong Kong actress
in other words
Battle of Redcliff of 208 at Chibi in Huangzhou district 黃州區|黄州区 of Huanggang city 黃岡|黄冈, a decisive defeat of Cao Cao 曹操 at the hands of southern kingdom of Wu / famous episode in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms 三國演義|三国演义
Midsummer night's dream, comedy by William Shakespeare 莎士比亞|莎士比亚
an up-and-coming youngster / new talent / a brilliant younger generation
priceless treasure
Eurostar (train line)
a person with knowledge and experience (idiom)
Deutsche Welle, German publicly-operated international broadcaster
as easy as pie
to tell sb / to inform
Ritz (cracker brand)
for this reason
contrary to expectation / unexpected
the brush stroke that dots in the eyes (idiom); fig. to add the vital finishing touch / the crucial point that brings the subject to life / a few words to clinch the point
sensible act
a single spark (idiom); an insignificant cause can have a massive effect
to do one's best / to shape up / to behave / to fend for oneself / you're on your own
land of plenty / Heavenly province (epithet of Sichuan, esp. area around Chengdu)
master of the house / family head
vice versa
congratulations on house-moving or promotion (idiom); Best wishes for your new home!
limitless supply (of) / inexhaustible
as easy as blowing off dust / effortless / with ease
to take advantage of sb's precarious position
before then / up until that point
soul and spirit of the deceased
the road one must follow or take / the only way
to make a conscious effort / to do something deliberately
Quake (video game series)
Failure is the mother of success.
The cleverest housewife cannot cook without rice (idiom); You won't get anywhere without equipment.
Zhang Zhidong (1837-1909), prominent politician in late Qing
(in the negative) (not) to be trifled with
a single spark can start a huge blaze (idiom); an insignificant cause can have a massive effect
lit. a horse that brings trouble to its herd (idiom) / fig. troublemaker / black sheep / rotten apple
to die without a burial site / to die a pauper / a tragic end
Xuanwu gate coup of June 626 in early Tang, in which Li Shimin 李世民 killed his brothers, seized the throne from his father as Emperor Taizong 唐太宗
one side of the story / one-sided statement
married woman
lit. the fire burns one's eyebrows (idiom); fig. desperate situation / extreme emergency

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