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Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 31

2014-03-16 11:00 ChineseTime

Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 31

ɡuān qǐ mén lái dǎ luó - mínɡ shēnɡ zài wài
关起门来打锣                 - 名声在外

Close the door to beat gongs
-- be well-known


wǒ jiě lǎn , nǐ tuī chuán  - shùn shuǐ rén qínɡ
我解缆,你推船                  -  顺水人情

I untie the mooring rope and you push the boat.
-- a favor done at little or no cost to oneself


qián tánɡ jiānɡ zhǎnɡ cháo - dà qǐ dà luò
钱塘江涨潮                             -  大起大落

The Qiantang River tides are on the flow
-- great ups and downs; sharp rise and fall


qián yǒu qiánɡ dí hòu yǒu zhuī bīnɡ - jìn tuì liǎnɡ nán
前有强敌后有追兵                                - 进退两难

There are intercepting troops in front and pursuing troops behind
-- find it difficult to advance or retreat; be in a dilemma


hòu bàn yè zuò měi mènɡ - hǎo jǐnɡ bù chánɡ
后半夜做美梦                        - 好景不长

Have a beautiful dream after midnight - good times don't last long; pleasant hours fly fast


ɡú dǒnɡ diàn láo bǎn - yǎn lǐ shí huò
古董店老板                   - 眼里识货

An antique shopkeeper
-- a person who knows what is what; a knowledgeable person

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