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pain / suffering / painful / CL: 個|个
exhausting / hard / tough / arduous / to work hard / to go to a lot of trouble / hardship(s)
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bitter / hardship / pain / to suffer / to bring suffering to / painstakingly
good times and hardships / joys and tribulations / for better or for worse
lit. bitter fruit / fig. painful consequence
vexed / distressed
bitter melon (bitter gourd, balsam pear, balsam apple, leprosy gourd, bitter cucumber)
lit. sea of bitterness / abyss of worldly suffering (Buddhist term) / depths of misery
difficult / hard / arduous
to suffer hardship
bitter and astringent / pained / agonized
sour, sweet, bitter and spicy hot / fig. the joys and sorrows of life
strenuously / persistently / hard / painful
to bear hardships
bitter taste / bitterness
to train hard / to practice diligently / hard work / blood, sweat, and tears
bitter work / hard toil / (loanword) coolie, unskilled Chinese laborer in colonial times
deprivation / distressed / miserable
victim's family (esp. in murder case)
to force a smile / a bitter laugh
painstaking effort / to take a lot of trouble / laborious at pains
impoverished / destitute
to ponder earnestly / to give a lot of thought to sth
pain / suffering
why bother? / is it worth the trouble?
ascetic practice
poverty-stricken / poor
bitter struggle / hard battle / arduous effort
to grumble / to complain / grievance
to suffer untold hardships (idiom); trials and tribulations / with difficulty / after some effort
to toil / hard work
chinaberry (Melia azedarach)
to look anxious (idiom) / to look miserable
bitterness finishes, sweetness begins (idiom); the hard times are over, the good times just beginning
depressed / dejected / feeling low
hard lot / bitter fate / unfortunate
hardworking and enduring hardships (idiom)
painstakingly / with great trouble
to ask for trouble (idiom) / to make a rod for one's own back
secret trouble / sorrow / difficulties
to take a lot of trouble (idiom); painstaking / at the cost of a lot of effort
to be born under an ill star
suffering / misery / pain (esp. psychological)
sour expression on one's face
hardworking / assiduous
pain and difficulties / suffering (of the people)
earnest and well-meaning advice (idiom); to persuade patiently
to whine about hardships / to complain of one's bitter lot / to complain / to grumble
chinaberry (Melia azedarach)
to speak sarcastically / to make cutting remarks
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)
to bury oneself in work (idiom); to be engrossed in work / to make an all-out effort / up to the neck in work
bitter water (e.g. mineral water containing sulfates) / suffering / digestive fluids rising from stomach to the mouth / fig. bitter complaint
bitter bamboo (Pleioblastus amarus)
to endure (years of suffering)
to think hard / bitter thoughts / to pour out one's sufferings
shared delights and common hardships (idiom); to share life's joys and sorrows / for better or for worse
anxiety / distress
to find joy in sorrows (idiom); to enjoy sth in spite of one's suffering
hard labor (in penal code) / coolie
forlorn / miserable
to have difficulty getting by / to struggle (financially etc)
to whine on for days (idiom) / to endlessly grumble complaints / incessant whining
hard work / laborious effort / painstaking work
liquorice (Sophora flavescens), with roots used in TCM
to work hard
having unspeakable bitter suffering / (often used after 啞巴吃黃連|哑巴吃黄连)
Heaven will not disappoint the person who tries (idiom). If you try hard, you're bound to succeed eventually.
destitute but honest / poor and simple / spartan / austere
toil / hard work
why bother? / is it worth the trouble?
to complain without stopping (idiom); to bitch endlessly / incessant grievances
bitter cold
to build up an enterprise through painstaking efforts
to escape from the abyss of suffering / to shed off a wretched plight
wretched state / miserable plight
solitary and impoverished (idiom)
wretched situation / plight / wretched / miserable
to suffer every possible torment (idiom); bitter hardship / to bear one's cross
lit. bitter taste (cf good medicine tastes bitter 良藥苦口|良药苦口) / fig. earnestly (of warning, advice)
to consider from all angles (idiom); to think hard / to rack one's brains
to suffer / to suffer for one's actions / to pay dearly / to burn one's fingers
great bitterness, deep hatred (idiom); deeply ingrained long-standing resentment
to consider from all angles (idiom); to think hard / to rack one's brains
to spare no effort
to struggle arduously
to make nothing of hardships
suffering / distress
hardworking / assiduous
to abandon suffering and obtain happiness (Buddhism)
forced labor / corvée / penal servitude
good medicine tastes bitter (idiom); fig. frank criticism is hard to swallow
hard task / difficult mission / arduous and unrewarding undertaking / drudgery / grind / chore
to study hard / assiduous
gall bladder
one cannot achieve glory and wealth without having been through trials and tribulations (proverb) / no pain, no gain
hard job / arduous task
lit. bleak wind and icy rain (idiom) / fig. hardships / miserable circumstances

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