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Welcome to the party, abcdefg. I was starting to get a little worried that the show was becoming a little too much like the usual 家庭剧 (of which there are already hundreds), but it returned to politics and intrigue in the last episode. 

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Episode 17


遏制 èzhì to check / to contain / to hold back / to keep within limits / to constrain / to restrain

提拔 tíbá to promote to a higher job / to select for promotion

huàmíng to use an alias / assumed name / pseudonym

投罗 tóuluówǎng to walk right into the trap

bīngguìshén lit. speed is a crucial asset in war (idiom) / fig. swift and resolute (in doing sth)

预案 'àn contingency plan

zhōu careful / thorough / meticulous / dense / impenetrable

风声 zǒufēngshēng to leak information

jīnggàn crack (troops) / special (forces) / highly capable

便 biàn everyday clothes / informal dress / civilian clothes

fèixīn to take a lot of trouble (over sb or sth) / may I trouble you (to do sth)

垫付 diànfù to advance funds to sb for later repayment

cánkuì ashamed

lángtou hammer / large hammer / sledgehammer

bàngchuí wooden club (used to beat clothes in washing)

访 shàngfǎng to seek an audience with higher-ups (esp. government officials) to petition for sth

jiézuò masterpiece

hǎowéizhī to do one's best / to shape up / to behave

nánxiōngnán lit. hard to differentiate between elder and younger brother (idiom) / fig. one is just as bad as the other

东拉西 dōnglāxīchě to talk about this and that (idiom); to ramble incoherently

jiǎzhī artificial limb / prosthetic

to substitute for sb / reserve player

yìngfu to deal with / to cope

jūn all

chū to issue (document, certificate etc) / to provide

面壁 miànbìguò to face the wall and ponder about one's misdeeds / to stand in the corner (punishment) / (fig.) to examine one's conscience

cāochǎng playground / sports field / drill ground / CL: 個|个

chēng press-up (physical exercise) / push-up

huǐgǎi not to repent even facing death (idiom) / unrepentant / very obstinate

tái to lift sth up / to elevate sb / to honor sb (with compliments, gifts, promotions etc) / to show great regard / to speak highly

意气用事 yìqìyòngshì to let emotions affect one's decisions

单刀 dāndāozhí to get straight to the point (idiom)

shān (jocularly) to be under great pressure (a pun on 亞歷山大|亚历山大)

xīnlǐng I appreciate your kindness (conventional reply to turn down an offer)

rapid / sudden

剥削 bōxuē to exploit / exploitation

jīntiáo gold bar

ráoshù to forgive / to pardon / to spare

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Episode 18


政策 Huìnóngzhèngcè A policy for supporting the development of the countryside

财迷 cáimíxīnqiào mad about money (idiom)

黑箱操 hēixiāngcāozuò covert activities (election rigging etc) / under-the-table manipulations / black operations

liánlěi to involve / to implicate sb / to spread to others (harm, trouble, damage etc)

方休 zuìfāngxiū to get thoroughly drunk (idiom) / to get plastered

lǎojiānhuá cunning / crafty / wily old fox

不共戴 bùgòngdàitiān (of enemies) cannot live under the same sky / absolutely irreconcilable

zēngyuán to reinforce

拦截 lánjié to intercept

待命 dàimìng to be on call / to be on standby

to arrest / to seize

guī'àn to bring to justice / arrested and brought to trial

li to acknowledge / to respond / to answer / to pay attention / to heed / to deal with

暗渡 àndù Chéncāng lit. secretly crossing the Wei River 渭河 at Chencang (idiom, refers to a stratagem used by Liu Bang 劉邦|刘邦 in 206 BC against Xiang Yu 項羽|项羽 of Chu) / fig. to feign one thing while doing another / to cheat under cover of a diversion

yǐn to extradite

xiéhu extraordinary / severe / exaggerated / overstated / fantastic / incredible

大义 dàyìlǐnrán devotion to righteousness that inspires reverence (idiom)

xiāoyáo free and unfettered

fēi to criticize

bǎoshuài rook sacrifice to save the king (in Chinese chess); fig. to protect a senior figure by blaming an underling / to pass the buck

jié to swear brotherhood

dàitóu to set an example

zhuānduàn to act arbitrarily / to make decisions without consulting others

目共 yǒumùgòng anyone with eyes can see it (idiom); obvious to all / sth speaks for itself / is there for all to see

chuánhuàn a summons (to the police) / subpoena

不近人情 bùjìnrénqíng not amenable to reason / unreasonable

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Episode 19


常情 rénzhīchángqíng human nature (idiom) / a behavior that is only natural

枉法 xùnwǎngfǎ to bend the law in order to favor one's relatives or associates (idiom)

推三 tuīsāntuī to use all sorts of excuses

大腕 dàwàn star / big shot / celebrity / leading actor / authority (slang)

jǐng siren

穴来 kōngxuéláifēng lit. wind from an empty cave (idiom) / fig. unfounded (story) / baseless (claim)

kǒugòng oral confession (as opposed to 筆供|笔供/ statement / deposition

(literary) what place / what time / how

心知 xīnzhīmíng to be well aware

勾肩搭 gōujiāndābèi arms around each other's shoulders (idiom)

ránjìng to feel deep veneration for sb (idiom)

to encourage / to urge / motivation / incentive

chūrèn to take up a post / to start in a new job

岳父 yuèfù wife's father, father-in-law

duān boundary / clue / indication / to obtain clues / to infer

呼之 hūzhīchū lit. ready to appear at the call (idiom) / fig. on the verge of coming out into the open / (of a person's choice etc) on the point of being disclosed / (of an artistic depiction) vividly portrayed

qióngzhuī to pursue relentlessly

举止 jǔzhǐ bearing / manner / mien

tán style of conversation

shíshìqiúshì to seek truth from facts (idiom) / to be practical and realistic

guǒduàn firm / decisive

to be equal to / to be well-matched / rival

mángàn to act rashly / to act precipitously regardless of the consequences / reckless / foolhardy / daredevil

mǎngzhuàng rude and impetuous

huīhuò to squander money / extravagant / prodigal / free and easy / agile

yīnxiǎn treacherous / sinister

zhuàntou profit (colloquial)

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Episode 20


píngzhèng proof / certificate / receipt / voucher

jìngtóu camera lens / camera shot (in a movie etc) / scene

xìnkǒukāi to speak without thinking (idiom) / to blurt sth out

服刑 fúxíng to serve a prison sentence

言无不尽 zhīyán, yánwúbùjìn not hiding anything he knows, not stopping before he has said it through (idiom) / frank / outspoken

寻常 xúncháng usual / common / ordinary

世道 shìdào the ways of the world / the morals of the time

lián women's league / women's association

硬气 yìngqì firm / unyielding / strong-willed

wéiwěn to maintain social stability

chǎng space / site / place / sports pitch

偷鸡成蚀把米 tōujīchéngshíbǎmǐ lit. to try to steal a chicken only to end up losing the rice used to lure it (idiom) / fig. to try to gain an advantage only to end up worse off / to go for wool and come back shorn

hānhou simple and honest / straightforward

huìshěn joint hearing / to review jointly (i.e. with other checkers)

匍匐 púfú to crawl / to creep

dànchū to fade out (cinema) / to withdraw from (politics, acting etc) / to fade from (memory)

坑蒙 kēngmēngguǎipiàn to swindle / to cheat

窿 long hole / pocket / cavity / loophole / debt

jīngqiújīng to perfect sth that is already outstanding (idiom); constantly improving

刺绣 cìxiù to embroider / embroidery

滥用 lànyòng to misuse / to abuse

尤人 yuàntiānyóurén (idiom) to blame the gods and accuse others

fēnwén to give for free

wǎnjiù to save / to remedy / to rescue

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Episode 21


zhù to subsidize / to provide financial aid / subsidy

fēnhóng dividend / to award a bonus

to authorize an arrest

shī to lose one's footing / to slip / to take a wrong step in life

luòshuǐ to fall into water / to sink / overboard / fig. to degenerate / to sink (into depravity) / to go to the dogs

tànqīn to go home to visit one's family

zhèn a diversion / a feint attack to mislead the enemy

qiàokāi to pry open / to lever open

shā'érguī to return in low spirits following a defeat or failure to achieve one's ambitions (idiom)

直觉 zhíjué intuition

jiàn capital construction (project) / infrastructure

bǎnmiàn page of a publication (e.g. newspaper or website) / printing space (reserved for some content) / page layout

sānlìngshēn to order again and again (idiom)

恶不赦 shí'èbùshè wicked beyond redemption (idiom) / heinous

wánzhíshǒu to neglect one's duty / dereliction of duty / malpractice

中天 zhōngtiān wildly successful

收缩 shōusuō to pull back / to shrink / to contract / (physiology) systole

战线 zhànxiàn battle line / battlefront / front

táo naughty / mischievous

xiàng ivory tower

暗算 ànsuàn to plot against

龙王 shuǐchōngle Lóng Wángmiào lit. surging waters flooded the Dragon King temple (idiom) / fig. to fail to recognize a familiar person / a dispute between close people who fail to recognize each other

大快 dàkuàirénxīn to the satisfaction of everyone

chūyángxiàng to make a fool of oneself

lài to refuse to admit (what one has done) / to disavow / to renege

康庄大道 kāngzhuāngdàdào broad and open road (idiom); fig. brilliant future prospects

xiāotíng to calm down / to stop / to pause / calmly / peaceful / restful

越狱 yuèyù to break out of prison / to jailbreak (an iOS device etc)

传奇 chuánqí legendary / fantasy saga / romance / short stories of the Tang and Song Dynasty

date / CL: 個|个

mìngmíng to give a name to / to dub / to christen / to designate / named after /naming

qīngchú to clear away / to eliminate / to get rid of

zhāo to provoke / to tease

手可 tuòshǒukě easily obtained / readily available

miǎománg uncertain / remote / distant and indistinct / vague

蓄意 xùyì deliberate / premeditated / malice

就事论事 jiùshìlùnshì to discuss sth on its own merits / to judge the matter as it stands

yuàn to have one's wishes fulfilled

quán to take the big picture into consideration (idiom) / to work for the benefits of all

顾后 zhānqiángùhòu to look forward and back / to consider prudently / overcautious

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Episode 22


to counter narcotics trafficking / drug enforcement

之恩 zhīzhī'ēn lit. the kindness of recognizing sb's worth and employing him (idiom) / patronage / protection

概括 gàikuò to summarize / to generalize / briefly / CL: 個|个

huìshī to collaborate / to join forces / to effect a junction

xián bow string / string of musical instrument / watchspring / chord (segment of curve) / hypotenuse / CL: 

fèijiě to be puzzled / hard to understand / unintelligible / incomprehensible

jiǎng to make peace / to reconcile

fēn'érzhìzhī divide and rule (strategy) / divide and conquer

huì to avoid mentioning / taboo word / name of deceased emperor or superior

木不 mùbùrén numbed / insensitive / apathetic / thick-skinned

yuèpiānshí partial eclipse of the moon

心灰 xīnhuīlěng discouraged / downhearted

hàomiǎo vast / extending into the distance

guòqiěguò satisfied just to get through (idiom); to muddle through / without high ambitions, but getting by

jiézhì to control / to restrict / to moderate / to temper / moderation / sobriety / to administer

liègēnxìng deep-rooted bad habits

xiào to whistle / to scream / to whiz

fēnjiě to resolve / to decompose / to break down

hùnxiáo to obscure / to confuse / to mix up / to blur / to mislead

使 shǐ to urge / to prompt / to spur on / to order sb about

xiǎnguì dignitary / distinguished person / royalty / nobleman / big shot

luòjǐngxiàshí to throw stones at sb who fell down a well (idiom); to hit a person who is down

hòufēi not to be censured too strictly (idiom) / not altogether inexcusable / understandable

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Episode 23


xuǎnxìng selective / selectiveness / selectivity

截图 jiétú screenshot (computing)

shāichá screening (medicine), to sift

Xīn Tài abbr. for Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand

zhì to pawn / to pledge

zhàitáigāozhù lit. build a high desk of debt (idiom); heavily in debt

cháfēng to sequester / to seize (assets) / to seal up / to close down

juànzōng file / folder / dossier

及格 jígé to pass an exam or a test / to meet a minimum standard

倒海 páishāndǎohǎi lit. to topple the mountains and overturn the seas (idiom); earth-shattering / fig. gigantic / of spectacular significance

wǎng to twist / crooked / unjust / in vain

zuì guilt

piáochāng to visit prostitutes / to go whoring

yángniū young foreign girl

顾虑 gùlǜ misgivings / apprehensions

言辞 yáncí words / expression / what one says

尔反尔 chū'ěrfǎn'ěr old: to reap the consequences of one's words (idiom, from Mencius); modern: to go back on one's word / to blow hot and cold / to contradict oneself / inconsistent

无奇 wúqíyǒu nothing is too bizarre / full of extraordinary things

nóngjiā rural tourism / agritourism

乐不 lèbù Shǔ indulge in pleasure and forget home and duty (idiom)

yàozhí key job / important position

shōuliǎn to vanish / to moderate / to exercise restraint / to curb (one's mirth, arrogance etc) / to astringe / (math.) to converge

liánchǐ honor and shame / sense of honor

毕敬 gōngbìjìng reverent and respectful / extremely deferential

fèifǎnyíngtiān raise a rumpus, all is in uproar

chǔfèn to discipline sb / to punish / disciplinary action / to deal with (a matter) / CL: 個|个

tǎn to shield (a miscreant) from punishment, criticism etc / to take sb's side

姑息 gūxī excessively tolerant / to overindulge (sb) / overly conciliatory / to seek appeasement at any price

三番 sānfān over and over again (idiom)

chàngsuǒyán lit. fluently saying all one wants (idiom); to preach freely on one's favorite topic / to hold forth to one's heart's content

caixiàng servile behaviour

可点 quānkědiǎn remarkable (performance, achievement etc) / worthy of praise

低三下四 dīsānxiàsì servile

bānjiégpài to form cliques

非曲 shìfēiqūzhí lit. right and wrong, crooked and straight (idiom); fig. merits and demerits / pros and cons

周知 zhòngsuǒzhōuzhī as everyone knows (idiom)

民营 mínyíng privately run (i.e. by a company, not the state)

sǎohuáng campaign against pornography

huìsuǒ clubhouse / club

màiyín prostitution / to prostitute oneself

迷魂 míhúnzhèn stratagem to trap sb / to bewitch and trap

sānlìngshēn to order again and again (idiom)

suǒdìng to focus attention on / to target

谋而合 móu'érhé to agree without prior consultation / to happen to hold the same view

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Episode 24


tiěmiàn iron mask (as defensive armor) / fig. upright and selfless person

gāojiàn wise opinion / brilliant idea (honorific)

势必 shìbì to be bound to / undoubtedly will

chǒulòu ugly

yōng to endorse / to support

爱戴 àidài to love and respect / love and respect

zhī to act tactfully / tactful / discreet

折服 zhéfú to convince / to subdue / to be convinced / to be bowled over

miǎn to excuse sb / to exempt / to remove or dismiss from office / to avoid / to avert / to escape / to be prohibited

tóuhuí the first time / for the first time

dǐngfēng to face into the wind / against the wind / fig. against the law

迷藏 zhuōmícáng to play hide-and-seek

léifēngxíng pass like thunder and move like the wind (idiom); swift and decisive reaction

定性 dìngxìng to determine the nature (usually of error or crime) / to determine chemical composition / qualitative / fixed

táigàng to bicker / to argue for the sake of arguing

jǐngzhuī cervical vertebra / the seven cervical vertebrae in the neck of humans and most mammals

tuóniǎo ostrich

忌惮 jìdàn absolutely unrestrained / unbridled / without the slightest scruple

gāogàn high cadre / top party member

豪门 háomén rich and powerful (families) / aristocratic / big shots

zhǐgāoyáng high and mighty (idiom); arrogant

èchóu to hate evil as one hates an enemy (idiom)

chízhīhuò a disaster not of one's own making

止水 xīnzhǐshuǐ to be at peace with oneself

xiūxíng religious practice (Buddhism)

overall situation / the big picture

反掌 fǎnzhǎng easy as a hand's turn (idiom); very easy / no effort at all

shì'érzhǐ to stop before going too far (idiom); to stop while one can / don't overdo it / stop while you're ahead

liàn to be infatuated with / to indulge in

to win (favors, confidence etc)

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Episode 25


不扣 zhébùkòu a hundred percent / to the letter / out-and-out

义务 yìwù volunteer (work etc)

火眼金睛 huǒyǎnjīnjīng piercing eyes / discerning eyes

缝蛋 cāngyingdīngfèngdàn lit. flies do not attack an intact egg (idiom) / fig. no smoke without a fire

hùn to hang out together with (derog.) / to mix with

蓄谋 xùmòu to premeditate / to plot

jiànzhāng lit. with swords drawn and bows bent (idiom); fig. a state of mutual hostility / at daggers drawn

遮天 shǒuzhētiān lit. to hide the sky with one hand / to hide the truth from the masses

wěizào to forge / to fake / to counterfeit

pái to shuffle cards

zuòshōu benefit from others' dispute (idiom)

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Episode 26


jiěfēngqíng unromantic / insensitive

清风 liǎngxiùqīngfēng lit. both sleeves flowing in the breeze (idiom); having clean hands / uncorrupted / unsoiled by corrupt practices

羊毛 yángmáochūzàiyángshēnshàng lit. wool comes from the sheep's back (idiom); One gets the benefit, but the price has been paid. / Nothing comes for free

lìngyǎnxiāngkàn to treat sb favorably

biāozhù to mark out / to tag / to put a sign on sth explaining or calling attention to / to annotate (e.g. a character with its pinyin)

气魄 qìpò spirit / boldness / positive outlook / imposing attitude

眈眈 shìdāndān to glare like a tiger watching his prey (idiom) / to eye covetously

xiāochén depressed / bad mood / low spirit

撒泼 sāpō to make an unreasonable scene

不屑 bùxiè to disdain to do sth / to think sth not worth doing / to feel it beneath one's dignity

何尝 hécháng (rhetorical question) when? / how? / it's not that...

男儿膝下有黄金 part of a longer phrase (男儿膝下有黄金 只跪苍天和娘亲). It basically refers to a mans pride and says that he should only kneel before God and his mother

zhěng to give sb a hard time / to mess with sb

gōu gorge / gulch / ravine / deep ditch

zònghéng lit. warp and weft in weaving; vertically and horizontal / length and breadth / criss-crossed / able to move unhindered / abbr. for 合縱連橫|合纵连横, School of Diplomacy during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC)

gòuxiǎng to conceive / concept

情人 yǒuqíngrénzhōngchéngjuànshǔ love will find a way (idiom)

陈年 chénnián old / stored for many years

qīngxǐng clear-headed / sober / awake

niùbuguò can't persuade / unable to make (sb) change their mind / unable to resist (sb)

信念 xìnniàn faith / belief / conviction

fēndàoyángbiāo lit. to take different roads and urge the horses on (idiom) / fig. to part ways

达则兼济天下,穷则独善其身 normally written the other way around 穷则独善其身,达则兼济天下. It means you should concentrate on looking after and improving your own condition when poor, and help the rest of the world once you are strong and rich

to cross a river / to aid or relieve / to be of help

zhěngjiù to save / to rescue

yīnxiǎoshī to save a little only to lose a lot (idiom)

娴熟 xiánshú adept / skilled

三天 sāntiānliǎngtóu lit. twice every three days (idiom); practically every day / frequently

fēngcǎi svelte / elegant manner / graceful bearing

Zhōngwěi Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), organization within the CCP which investigates corruption and other wrongdoing among Party cadres / abbr. for 中共中央紀律檢查委員會|中共中央纪律检查委员会

yóude to be beyond control of

děngxiánzhībèi (in the negative) (not) to be trifled with

jiàng variant of 強|强, stubborn / obstinate / tenacious / unbending / pig-headed

nièyuán ill-fated relationship

fēngkǒulàngjiān where the wind and the waves are the fiercest / at the heart of the struggle

退 tuìsuō to shrink back / to cower

huò to stir up trouble / to invite disaster

wéisuǒwéi to do whatever one pleases

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Episode 27


知今当初 zǎozhījīndāngchū if I (you, she, he...) had known it would come to this, I (you, she, he...) would not have acted thus (idiom) / to regret vainly one's past behavior

kāituò to break new ground (for agriculture) / to open up (a new seam) / to develop (border regions) / fig. to open up (new horizons)

lián incorruptible / honest / inexpensive / to investigate (old) / side wall of a traditional Chinese house (old)