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  *说* | 说* | *说
to speak / to say / to explain / to scold / to tell off / a theory (typically the last character in a compound, as in 日心說|日心说 heliocentric theory)
  *说* | 说* | *说
variant of 說|说
to speak / to say / to talk / to gossip / to tell stories / talk / word
to explain / to illustrate / to indicate / to show / to prove / explanation / directions / caption / CL: 個|个
can't say for sure / maybe
  *说* | 说* | *说
to persuade
to expound Buddhist teachings
way of speaking / wording / formulation / one's version (of events) / statement / theory / hypothesis / interpretation
(technical) manual / (book of) directions / synopsis (of a play or film) / specification (patent) / CL:
to talk about / to mention / (preposition) as for
to speak out / to declare (one's view)
to come to an agreement / to complete negotiations
to say sth
to speak the truth / truth to tell / frankly
to state / to say (the quoted words)
to discuss / reason (behind sth)
to hit the nail on the head / to predict correctly
to persuade / to convince / to talk sb over / Taiwan pr. [shui4 fu2]
to mention / to bring up (a subject) / with regard to / as for
speaking and singing, as in various forms of storytelling such as 彈詞|弹词 and 相聲|相声 / (music) rapping
to lie / to tell an untruth
information meeting
unable to say
unable to say / can't say precisely
to chat and laugh / to crack jokes / to banter
it does not make sense
to say definitely / to commit (to a proposition)
Shuowen Jiezi, the original Han dynasty Chinese character dictionary with 10,516 entries, authored by Xu Shen 許慎|许慎 in 2nd century
to have the final say / to be the one in charge
to speak frankly
nothing serious / just hot air
to be unable to say or tell / to not be worth mentioning
in the final analysis / in the end
folk art consisting of storytelling to music
can be counted or regarded as / to be able to tell or answer / to deserve mention
strangely enough / oddly enough / strange to say
to lay bare (actual facts, secrets etc) / to reveal
to preach
to agree on / to settle on
to say / to speak / to talk
to reason / to argue logically
to do as promised / to be as good as one's word / to honor one's word / to mean what one says
to blurt out / to let slip
excuse / pretext / entreaties / arguments
to keep one's promise / to mean what one says
to sneer / to make cynical remarks / sarcastic talk
to act as a matchmaker
to be as good as one's word (idiom) / to keep one's promise
acceptable / passable / justifiable / (of a course of action) to make sense
to talk nonsense / to bullshit
to be unmentionable / be unspeakable / must / cannot but
to say one and mean just that (idiom); to keep one's word
cannot be justified / inexcusable
to chat / to gossip
"The Story of Yue Fei", biography of Song dynasty patriot and general Yue Fei 岳飛|岳飞
to fail to keep to one's word / to break a promise
to make thoughtless remarks (idiom) / to criticize / gossip
sour grapes (set expr. based on Aesop) / lit. to say grapes are sour when you can't eat them
(old) itinerant political adviser / (fig.) lobbyist / go-between / mouthpiece / also pr. [shuo1 ke4]
to intercede / to plead for sb else
start explaining and it's a long story (idiom); complicated and not easy to express succinctly
lit. speak of Cao Cao and Cao Cao arrives / fig. speak of the devil and he doth appear
to persuade
when all is said and done / at the end of the day
(idiom) no sooner said than done / before you know it
to say sth for fun / to be kidding / to joke around
to get sb to understand / to persuade
Commentary on Shuowen Jiezi (1815) by Duan Yucai 段玉裁
to act as a matchmaker
Saying is one thing, doing quite another (idiom)
to boast
erhua variant of 說著玩|说着玩
lit. to discuss sb's merits and demerits (idiom); to gossip
memorandum / note (i.e. written statement)
to bring together / to mediate / to arrange a deal
promises must be kept
to make a slip of the tongue
(old) works of literature, including novels, plays etc
after all
lit. when someone tells you you're fat, you pant (as if you were actually fat) (idiom) / fig. Hey! I pay you a compliment, and you start bragging! (typically jocular and teasing) / flattery, like perfume, should be smelled, not swallowed

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