"Playing" • Chinese-English Dictionary

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 xià chǎng to leave (the stage, an exam room, the playing field etc) / to take part in some activity / to take an examination (in the imperial examination system)
 guà jī to hang up (a phone) / to leave a computer etc running (idling, downloading, or playing a game in one's stead etc)
绿 lu:4 yè (fig.) actor playing a supporting role
 pū kè poker (game) (loanword) / playing cards
 pū kè pái poker (card game) / playing card / CL:副[fu4]
 hú to complete a set in mahjong or playing cards
 zhǐ pái playing card
 xī xiào to be laughing and playing / to giggle
 huá zhòng qǔ chǒng sensationalism / vulgar claptrap to please the crowds / playing to the gallery / demagogy
 chuī xiāo to play the xiao 簫|箫[xiao1] (mouth organ) / to beg while playing pipes / cf politician Wu Zixu 伍子胥[Wu3 Zi3 xu1], c. 520 BC destitute refugee in Wu town, 吳市吹簫|吴市吹箫[Wu2 shi4 chui1 xiao1] / to busk / virtuoso piper wins a beauty, cf 玉人吹簫|玉人吹箫[yu4 ren2 chui1 xiao1] / (slang) fellatio / blowjob
 dàn zi slingshot pellet / playing marbles / billiards / CL:粒[li4],顆|颗[ke1]
 zǒu xué (of itinerant entertainers) to tour, playing in many venues
 qū yán fù shì to curry favor (idiom) / playing up to those in power / social climbing
 kǎ pái playing card
 pái mahjong tile / playing card / game pieces / signboard / plate / tablet / medal / CL:片[pian4],個|个[ge4],塊|块[kuai4]
 tòng classifier for an activity, taken in its entirety (tirade of abuse, stint of music playing, bout of drinking etc)
 Wú shì chuī xiāo to beg while playing the xiao 箫 / (mouth organ) / cf Wu Zixu 伍子胥, destitute refugee from Chu 楚, busked in Wu town c. 520 BC, then became a powerful politician
 chuī xiāo qǐ shí to beg while playing the xiao 箫 / (mouth organ) / cf Wu Zixu 伍子胥, destitute refugee from Chu 楚, busked in Wu town c. 520 BC, then became a powerful politician
 jié gǔ cuī huā drumming to make apricots flower, cf joke by Tang Emperor Xuanzhong 唐玄宗, playing the drum in apricot blossom
 yǐ qí rén zhī dào , huán zhì qí rén zhī shēn to use an opponent's own methods to obtain retribution (idiom, from Song dynasty neo-Confucianist Zhu Xi 朱熹) / to get revenge by playing sb back at his own game / to give sb a taste of his own medicine
 Dà gū pào tái Taku Forts, maritime defense works in Tianjin dating back to the Ming dynasty, playing a prominent role during the Opium Wars (1839-1860)
 zhái nán a guy who stays at home all the time, typically spending a lot of time playing online games (derived from Japanese "otaku")
 xián sòng bù chuò incessant playing of instruments and reciting of poems (idiom)
 bǐ sài chǎng stadium / playing field for a competition
 wán xìng interest in dallying / in the mood for playing
 zhǐ yè zi deck of playing cards
 lún zhǐ circular finger movement (in playing plucked instrument) / strumming
  playing for time
 Dà gū kǒu pào tái Taku Forts, maritime defense works in Tianjin dating back to the Ming dynasty, playing a prominent role during the Opium Wars (1839-1860)
 yuān yāng xì shuǐ lit. mandarin ducks playing in the water / fig. to make love
 qián dàn male actor playing the female role (Chinese opera)
 nán dàn male actor playing the female role (Chinese opera)
 chǎng qū (sports) section of a court or playing field / (computer chip manufacture) field area
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