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  *吃* | 吃* | *吃
to eat / to consume / to eat at (a cafeteria etc) / to eradicate / to destroy / to absorb / to suffer / to stammer (Taiwan pr. for this sense is [ji2])
HSK 1
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  *吃* | 吃* | *吃
variant of
HSK 1
to have a meal / to eat / to make a living
tasty / delicious
HSK 2
to be fond of eating / to be gluttonous
snack / refreshments / CL:
HSK 4
chowhound / foodie / a good-for-nothing
to eat up / to consume
to take medicine
way of eating / how something is eaten / how a dish is prepared / the way a dish is to be cooked
to be startled / to be shocked / to be amazed
snack bar / lunch room / CL:
to eat and drink / food and drink
to eat, drink and be merry (idiom) / to abandon oneself to a life of pleasure
hardworking and enduring hardships (idiom)
to bear hardships
to eat one's fill
to feel jealous
to entail strenuous effort / to toil at a task / strenuous / laborious / strain
HSK 6
to finish eating
to stammer / to stutter / also pr. [kou3 ji2]
to suffer losses / to come to grief / to lose out / to get the worst of it / to be at a disadvantage / unfortunately
HSK 5
peanut gallery (esp. in online forums) / onlookers who are interested in the spectacle but don't have anything knowledgeable to say about it / (neologism c. 2016)
gluttonous / voracious
food and lodging / to stay (at some place) and eat meals (there)
to have a surprise (idiom); shocked or startled / gobsmacked
popular / in demand / well regarded
to suck the breast (for milk)
"meals prepared at separate stoves", slogan of the program of fiscal decentralization that began in the 1980s in the PRC
exploitative / oppressive
to eat on the sly / to pilfer food / to be unfaithful
to be unable to tolerate or endure / to find sth difficult to manage
to eat (of bird or animal) / to feed
food / edibles
to be a vegetarian
unpalatable
to live off a woman
to start eating
to eat tofu / to flirt / to tease
to gorge oneself / to pig out
to shock / to amaze
table manners
happy to partake but not prepared to do any work (idiom) / all take and no give
to eat without paying / to eat for free
to live frugally / to economize on food and clothing / to scrimp and save
all-you-can-eat (buffet) (Tw)
to eat and drink as much as one likes / to make a pig of oneself
in short supply / dire / tense / critical / hard-pressed / important
to rival sb for the affection of a man or woman / to be jealous of a rival in a love affair
unable to get anything to eat / to miss a meal
drinking water / to obtain water (for daily needs) / to absorb water / draft (of ship)
not to be trifled with / to be reckoned with
to get sick because of bad food
Pac-Man (computer game)
to embezzle by adding to the payroll employees existing in name only
to dine and dash / to leave without paying
to eat indiscriminately
to make the most of one's youthfulness in one's choice of employment (e.g. modeling)
food and clothing
susceptible to force but not persuasion
lit. eyeing what's in the pot as one eats from one's bowl (idiom) / not content with what one already has / (of men, typically) to have the wandering eye
lit. eats soft food, but refuses hard food (idiom) / amenable to coaxing but not coercion
to plunder the homes of the wealthy for food (in times of famine) / (of sb who has no income) to rely on others / to demand a "contribution" or "loan" from a business or wealthy individual
arduous and thankless task (idiom); strenuous and unrewarding
Enjoy your meal! / Bon appetit!
to ask for trouble (idiom) / to make a rod for one's own back
to be a guest at a dinner party / to be wined and dined (as a bribe)
having nothing better to do
one cannot achieve glory and wealth without having been through trials and tribulations (proverb) / no pain, no gain
to devour
(of an actor, announcer etc) to stumble over words (Tw)
(lit.) to have taken the wrong medicine / (fig.) (of one's behavior etc) different than usual / abnormal
lit. if you can't eat it all, you'll have to take it home (idiom) / fig. you'll have to take the consequences
hasty men don't get to eat hot tofu (idiom) / one just has to be patient / haste will ruin everything
lit. an old cow eats young grass (idiom) / fig. a May-December relationship / a romance where the man is significantly older than the woman
(of a villain) to do the dirty on another villain
to feel reassured
all one's strength
lit. to eat delicious food and drink hard liquor (idiom) / fig. to live well
to suffer / to suffer for one's actions / to pay dearly / to burn one's fingers
no choice but to suffer in silence (idiom) / also written 啞巴吃黃蓮|哑巴吃黄莲 / (often precedes 有苦說不出|有苦说不出)
to go dining, wining, whoring and gambling / to lead a life of dissipation
dinner invitations, grabbing, obstructing and demanding bribes / all kinds of abuse of power
to eat and drink gluttonously / to pig out
to be able to endure (exertion, fatigue etc) / to be able to afford
lit. just sitting and eating, one can deplete even a mountain of wealth (idiom) / fig. to spend one's money without generating any income
(lit.) to have swallowed gunpowder / (fig.) to be ablaze with anger / ornery / snappy
to eat, drink, shit, piss, and sleep / (fig.) the ordinary daily routine
slot machine
to be forced to suffer in silence / unable to speak of one's bitter suffering
to refuse a toast only to be forced to drink a forfeit / fig. to hesitate to do sth until forced to do even more
to be taken advantage of
to be unsure about a matter / to be uncertain / to be unable to make sense of sth
to cost one dearly / to end disastrously / to pay bitterly
lit. the toad wants to eat swan meat (idiom) / fig. to try to punch above one's weight
Fall into the moat and you'll be wiser next time (idiom); One only learns from one's mistakes.
to do prison time (Tw)
sour grapes (set expr. based on Aesop) / lit. to say grapes are sour when you can't eat them

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