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平時不燒香,臨時抱佛腳

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lit. to clasp the Buddha's feet when danger arises (idiom); fig. to profess devotion only when in trouble / doing things at the last minute / to make a hasty last-minute effort (often refers to cramming for exams)

Character decomposition:

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Mandarin
Pīnyīn
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standalone and in compounds
Jyutping
Cantonese
Variant
Four corner
Cangjie
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *平* | 平* | *平
5画
flat, level, even; peaceful
1040.9
MFJ
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *時* | 時* | *時
10画
time, season; era, age, period
6404.1
AGDI
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 *不* | 不* | *不
4画
no, not; un-; negative prefix
1090.0
MF
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *燒* | 燒* | *燒
16画
burn; bake; heat; roast
9481.1
FGGU
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *香* | 香* | *香
9画
fragrant, sweet smelling, incense
2060.9
HDA

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 *臨* | 臨* | *臨
17画
draw near, approach; descend
7876.6
SLORR
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *時* | 時* | *時
10画
time, season; era, age, period
6404.1
AGDI
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *抱* | 抱* | *抱
8画
embrace, hold in arms, enfold
5701.2
QPRU
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *佛* | 佛* | *佛
7画
Buddha; of Buddhism; merciful person; Buddhist image; the dead (Jap.)
2522.7
OLLN
splitcomponent searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *腳* | 腳* | *腳
13画
foot; base, leg, foundation
7722.0
BCRL

Word decomposition:

TraditionalEnglish Definition
lit. to clasp the Buddha's feet when danger arises (idiom); fig. to profess devotion only when in trouble / doing things at the last minute / to make a hasty last-minute effort (often refers to cramming for exams)
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *平* | 平* | *平
surname Ping
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *平* | 平* | *平
flat / level / equal / to tie (make the same score) / to draw (score) / calm / peaceful / see also 平聲|平声
ordinarily / in normal times / in peacetime
 
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *時* | 時* | *時
surname Shi
 
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *時* | 時* | *時
o'clock / time / when / hour / season / period
  
  
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *不* | 不* | *不
(negative prefix) / not / no
   
   shāo
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *燒* | 燒* | *燒
to burn / to cook / to stew / to bake / to roast / to heat / to boil (tea, water etc) / fever / to run a temperature / (coll.) to let things go to one's head
   
to burn incense
    
    xiāng
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *香* | 香* | *香
fragrant / sweet smelling / aromatic / savory or appetizing / (to eat) with relish / (of sleep) sound / perfume or spice / joss or incense stick / CL:
      
      lín
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *臨* | 臨* | *臨
to face / to overlook / to arrive / to be (just) about to / just before
      
      línshí
as the time draws near / at the last moment / temporary / interim / ad hoc
      
lit. to clasp the Buddha's feet when danger arises (idiom); fig. to profess devotion only when in trouble / doing things at the last minute / making a hasty last-minute effort
       
       Shí
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *時* | 時* | *時
surname Shi
       
       shí
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *時* | 時* | *時
o'clock / time / when / hour / season / period
        
        bào
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *抱* | 抱* | *抱
to hold / to carry (in one's arms) / to hug / to embrace / to surround / to cherish
        
        bàojiǎo
lit. to clasp the Buddha's feet (without ever having burned incense) (idiom); fig. to profess devotion only when in trouble / panic measures in place of timely preparation
         
         
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *佛* | 佛* | *佛
Buddha / Buddhism
          
          jiǎo
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *腳* | 腳* | *腳
foot / leg (of an animal or an object) / base (of an object) / CL: 雙|双, 隻|只 / classifier for kicks
          
          jué
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *腳* | 腳* | *腳
variant of / role