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 chéng yǔ Chinese set expression, typically of 4 characters, often alluding to a story or historical quotation / idiom / proverb / saying / adage / CL:條|条[tiao2],本[ben3],句[ju4]
 míng yán saying / famous remark
 běn lái original / originally / at first / it goes without saying / of course
 xiǎn ér yì jiàn clearly and easy to see (idiom) / obviously / clearly / it goes without saying
 èr huà bù shuō not saying anything further (idiom) / not raising any objection / without demur
 chàng suǒ yù yán lit. fluently saying all one wants (idiom) / to preach freely on one's favorite topic / to hold forth to one's heart's content
 bù yán ér yù it goes without saying / it is self-evident
 sú yǔ common saying / proverb / colloquial speech
 kǒu kou shēng shēng to keep on saying (idiom) / to repeat over and over again
 kǒu tóu chán Zen saying repeated as cant / (fig.) catchphrase / mantra / favorite expression / stock phrase
 míng jù famous saying / celebrated phrase
 sú huà common saying / proverb
 guà zài zuǐ biān to keep saying (sth) over and over
 xiē hòu yǔ saying in which the second part, uttered after a pause or totally left out, is the intended meaning of the allegory presented in the first part
 bù cí ér bié to leave without saying good-bye
 yǒu dào shì as they say, ... / as the saying goes, ...
 yán bù yóu zhōng to say sth without meaning it (idiom) / to speak tongue in cheek / saying one thing but meaning sth different
 zhì lǐ míng yán wise saying / words of wisdom
 cháng yán common saying
 yǐn huì to hold back from saying precisely what is on one's mind
 xí yǔ common saying / idiom
 shēng mìng zài yú yùn dòng life is motion (popular saying with many possible interpretations) / Physical effort is vital for our bodies to function (Aristotle). / Life derives from physical exercise.
 mín yàn folk saying / proverb
 sú yàn common saying / proverb
 gǔ yàn ancient proverb / old saying
 cháng yán shuō de hǎo as the saying goes / as they say...
 nóng yàn farmers' saying
 xīn kǒu bù yī heart and mouth at variance (idiom) / keeping one's real intentions to oneself / saying one thing but meaning sth different
 hú zhōu luàn chě to talk nonsense (idiom) / saying whatever comes into his head
 hú zhōu luàn dào to talk nonsense (idiom) / saying whatever comes into his head
 jiān kǒu bù yán lips sealed and not saying anything (idiom) / fig. to omit mention (of a non-person or embarrassing topic) / to censor
 bù dài shuō needless to say / it goes without saying
 dàn shuō wú fáng there is no harm in saying what one thinks (idiom)
 bīng tàn bù yán , lěng rè zì míng ice or coals, whether hot or cold goes without saying (idiom) / fig. sincerity is not expressed in words
 ài mò dà yú xīn sǐ nothing more sad than a withered heart / no greater sorrow than a heart that never rejoices / (popular culture misquotation of 哀莫大於心死|哀莫大于心死, saying attributed to Confuciu
 chéng yǔ diǎn gù historical or literary anecdote that gives rise to a saying
 fú cí florid but insubstantial remarks / misleading way of saying sth
 jìn yán saying everything / to speak out fully
 biǎo lǐ bù yī outside appearance and inner reality differ (idiom) / not what it seems / saying one thing but meaning sth different
 huà dào zuǐ biān to be on the verge of saying what is on one's mind
 yǔ yún as the saying goes...
 shuō shì yī huí shì , zuò yòu shì lìng wài yī huí shì Saying is one thing, doing quite another (idiom)
 jué kǒu bù tí lips sealed and not saying anything (idiom) / fig. to omit mention (of a non-person or embarrassing topic) / to censor
 wǔ fú lín mén lit. (may the) five blessings descend upon this home (namely: longevity, wealth, health, virtue, and a natural death) / (an auspicious saying for the Lunar New Year)
 nián nián yǒu yú lit. (may you) have abundance year after year / (an auspicious saying for the Lunar New Year)
 lǐ yàn common saying / folk proverb
 lǐ yàn common saying / folk proverb
 zì bù dài yán needless to say / it goes without saying
 nián nián yǒu yú lit. (may you) have abundance year after year / (an auspicious saying for the Lunar New Year)
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