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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
top priority job / matter of vital importance
family love and joy / domestic bliss
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
afterwards / following / later / after
before / prior to / ago / previously / beforehand
between / among / inter-
one of (sth) / one out of a multitude / one (third, quarter, percent etc)
outside / excluding
under / beneath / less than
inside / among / in the midst of (doing sth) / during
in brief / in a word
and so on / and such
inside / within
(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 ...)"
(indicating a fraction)
before then / up until that point
impossible to get rid of
to pursue unremittingly (idiom); to persevere
a hundred percent / out and out / absolutely
to substitute for sb / to remove and replace
thousand miles distant
in a nutshell / to put it briefly
one third
to show respect from a distance (idiom) / to remain at a respectful distance
in a fit of pique / in a fury
Voice of America (VOA)
thereupon / subsequently / accordingly
not to be inferior in any aspects (idiom) / to surpass / to outdo / (derog.) to be even worse
(acknowledged) place / a role to play / niche
a fish that escaped the net (idiom) / (fig.) sb or sth that slips through the net
to die without a burial site / to die a pauper / a tragic end
to lock one's door and refuse to see sb
(lit. and fig.) overnight
a hidden trouble hard to mention (idiom) / sth too embarrassing to mention / an embarrassing illness
fully deserving, without any reservations (idiom); entirely worthy (of a title, honor etc)
Deutsche Welle, German publicly-operated international broadcaster
in the wink of an eye / in a flash
over time / as time passes / in the fullness of time
in other words
lit. lacking the strength even to truss a chicken (idiom) / fig. weak / unaccustomed to physical work
by comparison
to call it... / known as...
sensible act
the Silk Road
to settle a matter by leaving it unsettled / to end up with nothing definite
soul and spirit of the deceased
priceless treasure
lit. a bird startled by the mere twang of a bow (idiom) / fig. sb who frightens easily, due to past experiences
knowing oneself (idiom) / self-knowledge
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
one half
to laugh away (instead of taking seriously)
to tell sb / to inform
bilateral / between two countries
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
proficiency in a particular field (idiom) / skill in a specialized area (idiom)
complete nonsense (idiom)
lit. an arrow at the end of its flight (idiom) / fig. spent force
lit. the fire burns one's eyebrows (idiom); fig. desperate situation / extreme emergency
for this reason
to escape without trace (idiom); to make one's getaway (from the scene of a crime) / to show a clean pair of heels
An-Shi Rebellion (755-763) of 安祿山|安禄山 and 史思明, a catastrophic setback for Tang dynasty
second (in a competition) / occupying second place
to put to the torch (idiom) / to commit to the flames / to burn sth down deliberately
period of ... years
positive point / merit / redeeming quality
stray dog (idiom)
whereabouts unknown
mere worldly possessions
the pleasure of close intimacy in a couple (idiom) / sexual intercourse
to take advantage of sb's difficulties (idiom)
to take a laissez-faire attitude
to be effective (idiom)
Eurostar (train line)
moreover / in addition to that
most likely / mostly (in 8 or 9 cases out of 10) / vast majority
ample scope for abilities / favorable position for the use of one's skills (idiom)
The cleverest housewife cannot cook without rice (idiom); You won't get anywhere without equipment.
an up-and-coming youngster / new talent / a brilliant younger generation
contrary to expectation / unexpected
troubled times / eventful period
mystery within a mystery / the mysteries of the Dao according to Laozi 老子
congratulations on house-moving or promotion (idiom); Best wishes for your new home!
land of plenty / Heavenly province (epithet of Sichuan, esp. area around Chengdu)
Battle of Guandu of 199 that established Cao Cao's 曹操 domination over north China, at Guandu (near modern 許昌|许昌 in north Henan)
in other words
married man
aged thirty (see 三十而立)
(has been) replaced with / (its) place has been taken by
the way of maintaining good health

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