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  *呢* | 呢* | *呢
particle indicating that a previously asked question is to be applied to the preceding word ("What about ...?", "And ...?") / particle for inquiring about location ("Where is ...?") / particle signaling a pause, to emphasize the preceding words and allow the listener time to take them on board ("ok?", "are you with me?") / (at the end of a declarative sentence) particle indicating continuation of a state or action / particle indicating strong affirmation
the rest / the others / remaining / remainder / apart from them
(included) in it / among them
they / them (for females)
  *釘* | 釘* | *釘
to join things together by fixing them in place at one or more points / to nail / to pin / to staple / to sew on
both / both of them / neither
  *鎹* | 鎹* | *鎹
(Japanese kokuji) large staple driven into two pieces of wood to hold them together / pr. kasugai
very close / no gap between them / continuously / unbroken / hard to separate / indistinguishable
lit. to catch everything in the one net (idiom) / fig. to scoop up the whole lot / to capture them all in one go
to shift (funds) / to (legitimately) take funds set aside for one purpose in order to use them for another / to embezzle / to misappropriate
ferrous metals (i.e. iron, chromium, manganese and alloys containing them)
thousand articles, same rule (idiom); stereotyped and repetitive / once you've seen one, you've seen them all
to bludgeon to death / (fig.) to defeat sb by publicly criticizing them
within it / among them
Cotai, portmanteau term referring to the islands of 路環|路环 (Coloane) and 氹仔 (Taipa) in Macau / the strip of reclaimed land between Coloane and Taipa / the island formed by Coloane, Taipa and the reclaimed land between them
to frame sb (by planting sth on them)
Five Emperors from legendary times / possibly tribal leaders before the historiographers got working on them / usually taken to be the Yellow Emperor 黃帝|黄帝 and four of his sons Zhuan Xu 顓頊|颛顼, Di Ku 帝嚳|帝喾, Tang Yao 唐堯|唐尧, Yu Shun 虞舜
  *皁* | 皁* | *皁
black / police runners, from the black clothes formerly worn by them
just a very few (idiom); tiny number / not many at all / You count them on your fingers.
to drag sb before a public meeting to denounce, humiliate and physically abuse them (esp. during the Cultural Revolution)
to kill sb to prevent them from divulging a secret / to silence sb
gift given to sb when meeting them for the first time
"left-behind children", rural children whose parents have to make a living as migrant workers in distant urban areas, but cannot afford to keep the family with them
In order to capture, one must let loose. / to loosen the reins only to grasp them better
The higher ups have policies while the lower downs have their own ways of getting around them. (idiom)
bone-gathering, a custom of Fujian and Taiwan in which a son recovers the bones of his deceased father from the grave and places them in an urn for permanent storage at a different location
Wu Sangui (1612-1678), Chinese general who let the Manchus into China and helped them establish the Qing Dynasty, later leading a revolt against Qing in an effort to start his own dynasty
just a very few (idiom); tiny number / just a handful / not many at all / You count them on your fingers.
memorial hall to Zhuge Liang 諸葛亮|诸葛亮 (many of them in different town) / refers to tourist attraction in Chengdu 成都
to soak seeds (to make them germinate)
where it is possible to let people off, one should spare them (idiom); anyone can make mistakes, forgive them when possible
to cater to sb to make them happy (esp. of one's parents)
lit. to be hardly worth eating, but it would still be a pity to discard it (idiom) / fig. some things have little to no value, yet one is still reluctant to part with them
(slang) to reject sb (by labeling them a "nice guy")
Since they have come, we should make them comfortable (idiom). Since we're here, take it easy. / Since this is so, we should accept it. / Now we have come, let's stay and take the rough with the smooth. / If you can't do anything to prevent it, you might as well sit back and enjoy it.
lit. if one is fake, I shall compensate you for ten of them / fig. (of goods) 100% genuine
knowing sb by their reputation can't compare to meeting them in person (idiom)
to praise sb in a way that puts them at a disadvantage
"exam master", sb who takes many exams and aces all of them
to visit friends to thank them after a funeral
to make fertilizer by steeping organic materials in water and leaving them to decompose / fertilizer produced by this method
to show deference to sb by obliging them (or by obliging sb associated with them)
lit. asking guests whether or not to butcher a chicken for them (idiom) / fig. hypocritical show of affection (or hospitality)
lit. there are many swift horses, but very few who can spot them (idiom) / fig. many have talent, but few can recognize talent when they see it
sour grapes (set expr. based on Aesop) / lit. to say grapes are sour when you can't eat them
lit. to punish those before to prevent those after (idiom); to criticize former mistakes firmly to prevent them happening again
lit. don't worry about not knowing goods, but about comparing them (proverb) / fig. goods' (or person's) true value can only be determined through comparison
making decisions without implementing them
sour grapes (set expr. based on Aesop) / lit. to say grapes are sour when you can't eat them
to reject sb after being deeply touched by them (Internet slang)
to develop love for sb out of pity for them
If three walk together, one of them can teach me sth (Confucius)
design of a learning environment for young children, incorporating artwork designed to appeal to them / abbr. to 環創|环创
sex fiend / molester / sex attacker / sex demon (a spirit that enters people's souls and makes them desire sex)
lit. don't worry about not knowing goods, but about comparing them (proverb) / fig. goods' (or person's) true value can only be determined through comparison
to acknowledge one's faults and correct them (idiom)
(dialect) to treat sb according to their social status, relationship with them etc (idiom) / not to treat everyone equally favorably
to beat the drum and sound the gong (idiom); fig. to order an advance or retreat / to egg people on or to call them back
to neglect one's parents but give them a rich funeral / hypocrisy in arranging a lavish funeral after treating one's parents meanly
to beat the drum and sound the gong (idiom); fig. to order an advance or retreat / to egg people on or to call them back
differing only slightly / not much between them
to bear one's own responsibilities and not pass them to others (idiom)
to live with one's parents, thus bringing them happiness (idiom)
to feed livestock with highly nutritional food in order to fatten them up in a short time
some people have to be pushed for them to take action
ancient weapon with a tip like a grappling hook, thrown at enemy combatants in order to capture them
to treat people according to their rank and one's relationship with them (idiom)
lit. turning his hand palm up he gathers the clouds, turning his hand palm down he turns them to rain / very powerful and capable (idiom)
lit. unable to distinguish eldest brother from second brother (idiom); they are all equally excellent / nothing to choose between them
lit. so numerous that one could just bend down and pick them up (idiom) / fig. extremely common / easily available
housekeeper who looks after old people with no children or whose children do not live with them
correct any mistakes you made, but maintain your good record if you did not make them (idiom)
"learn from the foreigners in order to gain command of them", idea advocated by Wei Yuan 魏源
What you don't want done to you, don't do to others. (idiom, from the Confucian analects) / Do as you would be done by. / Do not do to others what you would not have them do to you.
rice tube pudding, a single-serve column of glutinous rice topped with a sauce and garnished (Taiwanese dish, originally prepared by stuffing rice into bamboo tubes and steaming them)

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