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Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 32

2014-03-24 17:49 ChineseTime

Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 32

fú wù yuán shàng chá – hé pán tuō chū
服务员上茶           – 和盘托出
A waiter comes to serve tea – reveal everything; hold nothing back


hán dōnɡ là yuè de mǎ fēnɡ wō - kōnɡ kōnɡ dònɡ dònɡ
寒冬腊月的马蜂窝              - 空空洞洞
A hornet's nest in severe winter - empty; hollow; devoid of substance


hǎo mǎ zāo biān dǎ - rěn rǔ fù zhònɡ
好马遭鞭打         - 忍辱负重
A hardworking horse is whipped - show great fortitude under humiliating circumstances


ɡuān yīn pú sà xià dú shǒu - miàn shàn xīn bú shàn
观音菩萨下毒手             -  面善心不善
Guanyin, goddess of mercy, lays murderous hands - have a merciful face but a wolfish heart


chá hú lǐ hǎn yuān – hú (hú) nào
茶壶里喊冤 – 胡(壶)闹
Cry out about one's grievances in a teapot – act wildly; do mischief; make trouble (The characters "胡" and "壶" share the same pronunciation in Chinese. "胡" means "wildly" and "壶" refers to "tea pot".)

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