"They" • Chinese-English Dictionary

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 tā men they
 tā men they / them (for females)
 tā men they (for inanimate objects)
 rén jia other people / sb else / he, she or they / I, me (referring to oneself as "one" or "people")
 chuán shuō legend / folklore / to repeat from mouth to mouth / they say that...
 zài na r (adverbial expression indicating that the attention of the subject of the verb is focused on what they are doing, not distracted by anything else) / just ...ing (and nothing else)
 sú huà shuō as the proverb says / as they say...
 jù chēng it is said / allegedly / according to reports / or so they say
 fēng tóu wind direction / the way the wind blows / fig. trend / direction of events / how things develop (esp. how they affect oneself) / public opinion (concerning one's actions) / publicity (usually derog.) / limelight
 jiǔ cài garlic chives (Allium tuberosum), aka Chinese chives / (fig.) retail investors who lose their money to more experienced operators (i.e. they are "harvested" like garlic chives)
 lǎo yàng zi old situation / things as they were
 yǒu dào shì as they say, ... / as the saying goes, ...
 ān yú xiàn zhuàng to take things as they are (idiom) / to leave a situation as it is / to be happy with the status quo
 dōng sǔn winter bamboo shoots (smaller and tenderer as a result of being dug out before they come out of the soil)
 jī jiàng fǎ indirect, psychological method of getting sb to do as one wishes (e.g. questioning whether they are up to the task)
 fàng rèn zì liú to let sb do whatever they want / to indulge / to give free reins to / to let things slide / to drift aimlessly / laissez-faire
 yuè guāng zú lit. moonlight group / fig. those who spend their monthly income even before they earn their next salary (slang)
 nán nu:3 shòu shòu bù qīn men and women should not touch hands when they give or receive things (citation, from Mencius)
 yī qiū zhī hé jackals of the same tribe (idiom) / fig. They are all just as bad as each other.
 fú (classical) this, that / he, she, they / (exclamatory final particle) / (initial particle, introduces an opinion)
 tīng qí zì rán to let things take their course / to take things as they come
 cháng yán shuō de hǎo as the saying goes / as they say...
 rú yì suàn pán counting one's chickens before they are hatched
 wù jí bì fǎn when things reach an extreme, they can only move in the opposite direction (idiom)
 Hán dān xué bù to copy the way they walk in Handan (idiom) / slavishly copying others, one risks becoming a caricature
 bù fēn bó zhòng lit. unable to distinguish eldest brother from second brother (idiom) / they are all equally excellent / nothing to choose between them
 chuán hū diàn huà neighborhood telephone, with sb in charge of notifying others when they receive a call
 sā kē dǎ hùn to intersperse comic dialogue (as they do in operas)
 shuǐ luò guī cáo spilt water returns to the trough (idiom) / fig. people remember where they belong
 yǎng lǎo sòng zhōng to look after one's aged parents and arrange proper burial after they die
 jīn bù rú xī things are not as good as they used to be
 dòng róng "youth freezing", Chinese girls beginning anti-ageing treatments as young as two years old in the hope they will never look old
 qián shì bù wàng , hòu shì zhī shī don't forget past events, they can guide you in future (idiom) / benefit from past experience
 zhàn wú bù shèng , gōng wú bù kè to triumph in every battle and win every fight (idiom) / all-conquering / ever victorious / nothing they can't do
 zhàn wú bù shèng , gōng wú bù qǔ to triumph in every battle and win every fight (idiom) / all-conquering / ever victorious / nothing they can't do
 gōng wú bù kè , zhàn wú bù shèng to triumph in every battle and win every fight (idiom) / all-conquering / ever victorious / nothing they can't do
 jì lái zhī , zé ān zhī Since they have come, we should make them comfortable (idiom). Since we're here, take it easy. / Since this is so, we should accept it. / Now we have come, let's stay and take the rough with the smooth. / If you can't do anything to prevent it, you might as well sit back and enjoy it.
 héng dāo duó ài to rob sb of sth they cherish (idiom)
 qiè guó zhě hóu , qiè gōu zhě zhū steal the whole country and they make you a prince, steal a hook and they hang you (idiom, from Daoist classic Zhuangzi 莊子|庄子)
 qiè gōu zhě zhū , qiè guó zhě hóu steal a hook and they hang you, steal the whole country and they make you a prince (idiom, from Daoist classic Zhuangzi 莊子|庄子)
 zhuāng bī pretentious bastard (vulgar) / person who pretends to be bigger or richer than they are (vulgar)
 zǒu zì jǐ de lù , ràng rén jiā qù shuō Go your own way, let others say what they like. (popular modern cliche) / Do it my way.
 huáng shǔ láng gěi jī bài nián Beware of suspicious folk bearing gifts, they are sure to be ill-intentioned. (idiom)
  Declaration on the Human Rights of Individuals Who are not Nationals of the Country in which They Live
  Convention on Transfer of Sentenced Persons to Execute the Sentence in the State of which they Are Citizens
 yuè miáo yuè hēi lit. the more you touch things up, the darker they get / fig. to only make matters worse
使 liáng guó xiāng zhēng , bù zhǎn lái shǐ when two kingdoms are at war, they don't execute envoys (idiom)
 liú shuǐ xí banquet where guests arrive at various times and are served with food as they arrive
 hé bù shí ròu mí lit. "Why don't they eat meat?" (said by Emperor Hui of Jin 晉惠帝|晋惠帝[Jin4 Hui4 di4] when told that his people didn't have enough rice to eat) / fig. (of people from higher class etc) to be oblivious to other people's plight
 bù shì yī jiā rén bù jìn yī jiā mén people who don't belong together, don't get to live together (idiom) / marriages are predestined / people marry because they share common traits
使 liǎng guó xiāng zhēng , bù zhǎn lái shǐ when two kingdoms are at war, they don't execute envoys (idiom)
 qiān lǐ mǎ cháng yǒu , ér Bó Lè bù cháng yǒu lit. there are many swift horses, but very few who can spot them (idiom) / fig. many have talent, but few can recognize talent when they see it
 yǒu méi yǒu (before a noun) Do (you, they etc) have ...? / Is there a ...? / (before a verb) Did (you, they etc) (verb, infinitive)? / Have (you, they etc) (verb, past participle)?
 sǐ zhái die-hard otaku (sb who hardly ever emerges from their home, where they play games, watch movies etc)
 biān kòng border control (abbr. for 邊境控制|边境控制[bian1 jing4 kong4 zhi4) / to place sb on a border control list (a list of people to be detained if they attempt to enter or leave the country)
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