Chinese Idioms - Chengyu

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    zuò
    èr
    xiū

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • don't do it, or don't rest; either give up, or go through to the end
    • Since we started, we must carry it through whatever happens.
    • in for a penny, in for a pound
    gān
    èr
    jìng

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • thoroughly
    • completely
    • one and all
    • very clean
    rén
    dào
    quǎn
    shēng
    tiān

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • literally when a man achieves the Dao, his poultry and dogs rise to Heaven
    • fig. to ride on sb else's success
    • Once one man gets a government position, all his cronies get in too
    • Once sb has cracked the problem, every Tom, Dick and Harry can do it
    luó
    bo
    kēng

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • literally every turnip to its hole
    • fig. each person has his own position
    • each to his own
    • horses for courses
    • every kettle has its lid
    chuán
    shí
    shí
    chuán
    bǎi

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • news pass quickly from mouth to mouth
    • an infectious disease spreads quickly (old meaning)
    dāo
    liǎng
    duàn

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • literally one knife to cut two segments; fig. to make a clean break
    • firm resolution to break off a relation
    fēn
    háo

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • a tiny bit
    • an iota
    fēn
    wéi
    èr

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • one divides into two
    • to be two-sided
    • there are two sides to everything
    • to see both sb's good points and shortcomings
    fǎn
    cháng
    tài

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • complete change from the normal state; quite uncharacteristic
    • entirely outside the norm
    • out of character
    bǎi
    yìng

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • a hundred answers to a single call
    • to respond en masse
    mìng

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • to die
    • to breathe one's last
    • to give up the ghost
    wèn
    sān
    zhī

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • literally to reply "don't know" whatever the question
    • fig. absolutely no idea of what's going on
    • complete ignorance
    huí
    shēng
    èr
    huí
    shú

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • literally at first raw, later ripe; unfamiliar at first but you get used to it
    • strangers at first meeting, but soon friends
    • awkward at first but becoming skillful later
    • an acquired taste
    Data is based on CC-CEDICT. See the full data in action here MDBG Chinese-English dictionary.

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    Jen
    Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5:01:04 PM

    Thank you for this awesome site! Please keep it up, and also, is there a grammar teaching section here? I would love to know which goes where in Mandarin when constructing a sentence. Again, thank you so much!

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