Dictionary content from CC-CEDICT De keizer is ver weg - boek met wilde avonturen in China

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  *之* | 之* | *之
(possessive particle, literary equivalent of ) / him / her / it
in a word / in short / in brief
during / at the time of
on the other hand... / conversely...
in short / in a word / in brief
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"
after; behind / (at the beginning of a sentence) afterwards; since then
(after a noun) between; among; amid / (used after certain bisyllabic words to form expressions indicating a short period of time, e.g. 彈指之間|弹指之间)
one of (sth) / one out of a multitude / one (third, quarter, percent etc)
before / prior to / ago / previously / beforehand
thereupon / subsequently / accordingly
outside / excluding
inside / among / in the midst of (doing sth) / during
under / beneath / less than
(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 ...)"
inside / within
(indicating a fraction)
(acknowledged) place / a role to play / niche
and so on / and such
to hate sb to the bone (idiom)
to substitute for sb / to remove and replace
a hundred percent / out and out / absolutely
to call it... / known as...
lit. seek but fail to get (idiom); fig. exactly what one’s been looking for
troubled times / eventful period
a hidden trouble hard to mention (idiom) / sth too embarrassing to mention / an embarrassing illness
apart from this / in addition to this
An-Shi Rebellion (755-763) of 安祿山|安禄山 and 史思明, a catastrophic setback for Tang dynasty
moreover / in addition to that
land of plenty (usu. used in reference to Sichuan)
If you want to condemn sb, don't worry about the pretext (idiom, from Zuozhuan 左傳|左传); one can always trump up a charge against sb / Give a dog a bad name, then hang him.
plan of convenience (idiom); stop-gap measure / makeshift stratagem / interim step
over time / as time passes / in the fullness of time
to give no thought to / to have no regard for / to disregard
contrary to expectation / unexpected
doctrine of the mean / moderation in all things
to pursue unremittingly (idiom); to persevere
lit. an arrow at the end of its flight (idiom) / fig. spent force
an up-and-coming youngster; new talent; a brilliant younger generation
fully deserving, without any reservations (idiom); entirely worthy (of a title, honor etc)
to settle a matter by leaving it unsettled / to end up with nothing definite
to rank second (in terms of some attribute: size, frequency, quality etc)
uninvited or unexpected guest
knowing oneself (idiom) / self-knowledge
brotherly affection
to place sb on field of death / to confront with mortal danger / to give sb no way out / with one's back to the wall / looking death in the eye / part of idiom 置之死地而後生|置之死地而后生
in a nutshell / to put it briefly
a match made in heaven (idiom)
in other words
ample scope for abilities / favorable position for the use of one's skills (idiom)
lit. as different as sky and earth (idiom) / fig. night and day difference / opposite extremes / a world of difference / a far cry from
invincible position
to pay no heed to (idiom) / to ignore / to brush aside
decadent or obscene music
the way of maintaining good health
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
lit. the fire burns one's eyebrows (idiom); fig. desperate situation / extreme emergency
(of one's words) to have substance
lit. the service of a dog or a horse (idiom) / fig. faithful service
to apply sth more broadly / by logical extension / and, by extension,
a person with knowledge and experience (idiom)
pure and innocent like the heart of a newborn / sincere
overt / to make no secret (of one's presence) / grandiose / with great scope
wherever one goes
to commit to the waters (idiom); to lose sth irrevocably
to miss narrowly / to let a great opportunity slip
the age of 30
to rush like ducks (idiom); the mob scrabbles madly for sth unobtainable / an unruly crowd on a wild goose chase
master of the house / family head
to escape without trace (idiom); to make one's getaway (from the scene of a crime) / to show a clean pair of heels
an opportunity that someone (usually a villain or adversary) can exploit
unhealthy tendency
to lock one's door and refuse to see sb
a possible period of want or need
to show respect from a distance (idiom) / to remain at a respectful distance
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)
proficiency in a particular field (idiom) / skill in a specialized area (idiom)
to avoid a problem by walking away from it / to quit
to learn a lesson from the mistakes of one's predecessor (idiom)
to punish according to the law / to bring to justice
lit. target of a multitude of arrows (idiom); the butt of public criticism / attacked on all sides
lit. like a turtle in a jar / to be trapped (idiom)
for this reason
incurable disease
a single spark (idiom); an insignificant cause can have a massive effect
to act with undue haste (idiom); eager and impatient / overhasty
complete nonsense (idiom)
lit. the exertion of lifting one's hand (idiom) / fig. a very slight effort
unspoken implication (idiom) / the actual meaning of what was said
rabble / disorderly band
runaway (idiom); desperate criminal / fugitive
mere worldly possessions
the frog at the bottom of the well (idiom) / fig. a person of limited outlook and experience
to do one's best / to shape up / to behave / to fend for oneself / you're on your own

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