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有意栽花花不发,无心插柳柳成阴

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lit. you plant a garden and the flowers do not bloom, you poke a stick in the mud and it grows into a tree / fig. things do not always turn out as one would expect / well-laid plans may fail, and success may come where you least expect it

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Mandarin
Pīnyīn
Unihan Definition
standalone and in compounds
Jyutping
Cantonese
Variant
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Cangjie
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *有* | 有* | *有
6画
have, own, possess; exist
4022.7
KB
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *意* | 意* | *意
13画
thought, idea, opinion; think
0033.6
YTAP
component searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *栽* | 栽* | *栽
10画
to cultivate, plant; to care for plants
4395.0
JID
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *花* | 花* | *花
7画
flower; blossoms
4421.4
TOP
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *花* | 花* | *花
7画
flower; blossoms
4421.4
TOP
component searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *不* | 不* | *不
4画
no, not; un-; negative prefix
1090.0
MF
component searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *发* | 发* | *发
5画
issue, dispatch, send out; hair
2340
VIHE

component searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *无* | 无* | *无
4画
negative, no, not; KangXi radical 71
1041.0
MKU
component searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *心* | 心* | *心
4画
heart; mind, intelligence; soul
3300.0
P
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *插* | 插* | *插
12画
insert, stick into; plant
5207.7
QHJX
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *柳* | 柳* | *柳
9画
willow tree; pleasure
4792.0
DHHL
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *柳* | 柳* | *柳
9画
willow tree; pleasure
4792.0
DHHL
component searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *成* | 成* | *成
6画
completed, finished, fixed
5320.0
IHS
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *阴* | 阴* | *阴
6画
'female' principle; dark; secret
7722
NLB

Word decomposition:

SimplifiedEnglish Definition
lit. you plant a garden and the flowers do not bloom, you poke a stick in the mud and it grows into a tree / fig. things do not always turn out as one would expect / well-laid plans may fail, and success may come where you least expect it
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *有* | 有* | *有
to have / there is / there are / to exist / to be
to intend / intentionally / interested in
 
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *意* | 意* | *意
Italy / Italian / abbr. for 意大利
 
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *意* | 意* | *意
idea / meaning / thought / to think / wish / desire / intention / to expect / to anticipate
  
  zāi
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *栽* | 栽* | *栽
to grow / to plant / to insert / to force on sb / to fall head first
   
   Huā
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *花* | 花* | *花
surname Hua
   
   huā
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *花* | 花* | *花
flower / blossom / CL: , , , , , / fancy pattern / florid / to spend (money, time) / (coll.) lecherous / lustful
   
   huā
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *花* | 花* | *花
old variant of
   
   huā
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *花* | 花* | *花
variant of / flower / blossom / also pr. [wei3]
    
    Huā
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *花* | 花* | *花
surname Hua
    
    huā
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *花* | 花* | *花
flower / blossom / CL: , , , , , / fancy pattern / florid / to spend (money, time) / (coll.) lecherous / lustful
    
    huā
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *花* | 花* | *花
old variant of
    
    huā
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *花* | 花* | *花
variant of / flower / blossom / also pr. [wei3]
     
     
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *不* | 不* | *不
(negative prefix) / not / no
      
      
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *发* | 发* | *发
to send out / to show (one's feeling) / to issue / to develop / to make a bundle of money / classifier for gunshots (rounds)
      
      
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *发* | 发* | *发
hair / Taiwan pr. [fa3]
        
        
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *无* | 无* | *无
not to have / no / none / not / to lack / un- / -less
        
        xīn
unintentionally / not in the mood to
        
        xīnchāliǔ
(idiom) (of a good outcome) unanticipated / serendipitous / fortuitous
        
lit. idly poke a stick in the mud and it grows into a tree to shade you / (fig.) unintentional actions may bring unexpected success / also written 無心插柳柳成蔭|无心插柳柳成荫
         
         xīn
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *心* | 心* | *心
heart / mind / intention / center / core / CL: 顆|颗, 個|个
          
          chā
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *插* | 插* | *插
to insert / stick in / pierce / to take part in / to interfere / to interpose
          
          chā
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *插* | 插* | *插
old variant of
           
           Liǔ
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *柳* | 柳* | *柳
surname Liu
           
           liǔ
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *柳* | 柳* | *柳
willow
           
           liǔ
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *柳* | 柳* | *柳
old variant of
           
           liǔ
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *柳* | 柳* | *柳
old variant of
            
            Liǔ
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *柳* | 柳* | *柳
surname Liu
            
            liǔ
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *柳* | 柳* | *柳
willow
            
            liǔ
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *柳* | 柳* | *柳
old variant of
            
            liǔ
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *柳* | 柳* | *柳
old variant of
             
             Chéng
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *成* | 成* | *成
surname Cheng
             
             chéng
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *成* | 成* | *成
to succeed / to finish / to complete / to accomplish / to become / to turn into / to be all right / OK! / one tenth
              
              Yīn
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *阴* | 阴* | *阴
surname Yin
              
              yīn
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *阴* | 阴* | *阴
overcast (weather) / cloudy / shady / Yin (the negative principle of Yin and Yang) / negative (electric.) / feminine / moon / implicit / hidden / genitalia
              
              yīn
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *阴* | 阴* | *阴
variant of 陰|阴