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I came across this term in a new text book I'm working with. While other expressions such as 拉肚子sort of made sense when I looked them up, I'm still at a loss as to how "to fry a squid" came to mean "to fire someone." Does anyone know the origins of this expression - and how to find out when it means stir-fried squid instead? 

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To supplement your textbook readings look up 卷铺盖 (as Jim explained above) and then how it relates to 炒鱿鱼



http://bbs.tianya.cn/post-329-548684-1.shtml : 天天粤语【炒鱿鱼】


You will know it does mean stir-fried squid when the context is about food and eating (look here if interested in recipes...) rather than employment and someone getting the boot?

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