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大块头

One of my favorite things about learning Chinese is encountering colorful 谚语 and 成语. Here is a thread to share amusing proverbs.

 

过屠门而大嚼

 

to chew when passing the butcher shop; to feed on illusions

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又要当婊子,又想立牌坊 is a long-time favourite for its forthrightness and culturally specific architectural reference; wanting to be a prostitute and have a monumental arch erected to their chastity; expecting to be treated like a good person while doing all the bad things.

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噤如寒蝉 - as silent as a cold cicada - came up in the current book we're reading, 异兽志. There are lots of others in there, I'll try to post a few.

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三个女人一台戏-heard this the other week listening to 听故事学中文, it means when three women are together its going to interesting

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人多嘴雜 / 人多嘴杂

Technically not a 成语, according to the ABC Dictionary.  Also exists in the form with 口 instead of 嘴.

Relatively transparent, and cannon fodder for intercultural studies, I'm sure. 

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大块头

癞蛤蟆想吃天鹅肉

 

like a toad that lusts after swan flesh; trying to punch above one's weight

 

On 10/17/2020 at 1:22 PM, 大块头 said:

过屠门而大嚼

 

My Chinese friends thought this proverb was amusing, but they had never heard it before...

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老将出马一个顶俩

顶 in this case means equivalent(相当)

An experience person (老将)when completing a task(出马)can do the work of two normal people

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