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bitter / hardship / pain / to suffer / to bring suffering to / painstakingly
exhausting / hard / tough / arduous / to work hard / to go to a lot of trouble / hardship(s)
why bother? / is it worth the trouble?
hardworking / assiduous
painstakingly / with great trouble
secret trouble / sorrow / difficulties
bitter taste / bitterness
poverty-stricken / poor
wretched situation / plight / wretched / miserable
to sour / to turn sour / to curdle
victim's family (esp. in murder case)
to suffer untold hardships (idiom); trials and tribulations / with difficulty / after some effort
to train hard / to practice diligently / hard work / blood, sweat, and tears
hard task / difficult mission / arduous and unrewarding undertaking / drudgery / grind / chore
to toil / hard work
toil / hard work
hard job / arduous task
impoverished / destitute
to be born under an ill star
hard times
vexed / distressed
to bring trouble on oneself
to work hard
to bury oneself in work (idiom); to be engrossed in work / to make an all-out effort / up to the neck in work
to bear hardships and work hard (idiom); assiduous and long-suffering / hard-working and capable of overcoming adversity
bitter work / hard toil / (loanword) coolie, unskilled Chinese laborer in colonial times
to abandon suffering and obtain happiness (Buddhism)
absinthe (distilled anise-based liquor)
pain / suffering / painful / CL: 個|个
bitter melon (bitter gourd, balsam pear, balsam apple, leprosy gourd, bitter cucumber)
second persecution
to struggle arduously
to bear hardships
to ponder earnestly / to give a lot of thought to sth
painstaking effort / to take a lot of trouble / laborious at pains
sour, sweet, bitter and spicy hot / fig. the joys and sorrows of life
bitter sweet
depressed / dejected / feeling low
deprivation / distressed / miserable
to suffer hardship
to ponder earnestly / to give a lot of thought to sth
pain / suffering
hardworking / assiduous
pain and difficulties / suffering (of the people)
(slang) prison
to whine about hardships / to complain of one's bitter lot / to complain / to grumble
to find joy in sorrows (idiom); to enjoy sth in spite of one's suffering
suffering / distress
suffering / misery / pain (esp. psychological)
pains (of illness) / sufferings (esp. in Buddhism)
to entreat piteously / to implore
to ask for trouble (idiom) / to make a rod for one's own back
strenuously / persistently / hard / painful
earnest and well-meaning advice (idiom); to persuade patiently
forlorn / miserable
to speak sarcastically / to make cutting remarks
good times and hardships / joys and tribulations / for better or for worse
to take a lot of trouble (idiom); painstaking / at the cost of a lot of effort
chinaberry (Melia azedarach)
chinaberry (Melia azedarach)
hard labor (in penal code) / coolie
to look anxious (idiom) / to look miserable
to spare no effort
shared delights and common hardships (idiom); to share life's joys and sorrows / for better or for worse
to whine on for days (idiom) / to endlessly grumble complaints / incessant whining
sour expression on one's face
see 苦差
the Four Noble Truths (Budd.), namely: all life is suffering , the cause of suffering is desire , emancipation comes only by eliminating passions 滅|灭, the way to emancipation is the Eight-fold Noble Way 八正道 / also called 四諦|四谛
lit. bitter fruit / fig. painful consequence
to share joys and sorrows / sharing good times and hard times / same as 同甘共苦
good medicine tastes bitter (idiom); fig. frank criticism is hard to swallow
the trick of injuring oneself to gain the enemy's confidence / CL: 條|条
why bother? / is it worth the trouble?
expert craft from hard practice (idiom); hard-won skill / A masterpiece demands suffering.
hard work / laborious effort / painstaking work
to pour out one's grievances
to study hard / assiduous
Heaven will not disappoint the person who tries (idiom). If you try hard, you're bound to succeed eventually.
erhua variant of 苦不唧
treat harshly
assiduous / taking great pains
to escape from the abyss of suffering / to shed off a wretched plight
bleak / miserable
worried to death (idiom)
lit. sea of bitterness / abyss of worldly suffering (Buddhist term) / depths of misery
difficult / hard / arduous
grievance / dire straits
unable to bear the pain (idiom)
bitter and astringent / pained / agonized
to view one's past as miserable and one's present as happy (idiom)
physical pain / lit. skin and flesh suffer
solitary and impoverished (idiom)
the eight distresses - birth, age, sickness, death, parting with what we love, meeting with what we hate, unattained aims, and all the ills of the five skandhas (Buddhism)
diligent / assiduous
bitter bamboo (Pleioblastus amarus)
to complain without stopping (idiom); to bitch endlessly / incessant grievances

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