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西 dōng xi thing / stuff / person / CL:個|个[ge4],件[jian4]
 shì qing affair / matter / thing / business / CL:件[jian4],樁|桩[zhuang1]
 shì wù thing / object / CL:個|个[ge4]
 xiàng back of neck / item / thing / term (in a mathematical formula) / sum (of money) / classifier for principles, items, clauses, tasks, research projects etc
 wán yì toy / plaything / thing / act / trick (in a performance, stage show, acrobatics etc)
 wù shì affair / matter / thing / business / articles / goods / materials / thing / stuff / person (derog.)
 shì matter / thing / item / work / affair / CL:件[jian4],樁|桩[zhuang1],回[hui2]
 wù thing / object / matter / abbr. for physics 物理
 dōng dōng (coll.) thing / item / stuff
 yě thing / matter (Cantonese) / see also 乜嘢[mie1 ye3]
 ā wù r thing / (you) useless thing
 nà ge that one / that thing / that (as opposed to this) / (used before a verb or adjective for emphasis) / (used to humorously or indirectly refer to sth embarrassing, funny etc, or when one can't think of the right word) / (used in speech as a filler, similar to "umm", "you know" etc) / (euph.) menstruation / sex / also pr. [nei4 ge5]
 qí tā other / the others / else / other than it / in addition to the thing mentioned above
 yí xiàng an item / a thing
 kàn fǎ way of looking at a thing / view / opinion / CL:個|个[ge4]
 hǎo shì good action, deed, thing or work (also sarcastic, "a fine thing indeed") / charity / happy occasion / Daoist or Buddhist ceremony for the souls of the dead
 dì yī shí jiān in the first moments (of sth happening) / immediately (after an event) / first thing
 shí wù material object / concrete object / original object / in kind / object for practical use / definite thing / reality / matter (physics)
 shí tǐ entity / substance / thing that has a material existence (as opposed to a conceptual, virtual or online existence) / the real thing (as opposed to an image or model of it)
 yī huí shì one thing / the same as
 huài shì bad thing / misdeed / to ruin things
 jì tuō to entrust (to sb) / to place (one's hope, energy etc) in / a thing in which you invest (your hope, energy etc)
 yī dà zǎo at dawn / at first light / first thing in the morning
 zhǐ guǎn solely engrossed in one thing / just (one thing, no need to worry about the rest) / simply / by all means / please feel free / do not hesitate (to ask for sth)
 guài shì strange thing / curious occurrence
 shí shì fact / actual thing / practical matter
 běn tǐ main part / torso / the thing in itself / noumenon (object of purely intellectual perception according to Kant)
 fàn cuò to err / to make a mistake / to do the wrong thing
 shēng líng (literary) the people / living thing / creature
 xīn chǒng current favorite / the latest thing / darling (of the market or the media etc)
 qīng zǎo first thing in the morning / at daybreak
 yì xiǎng tiān kāi to imagine the wildest thing / to indulge in fantasy
 xiǎo bu diǎn tiny / very small / tiny thing / small child / baby
 zhuàng wù ...-shaped thing (suffix)
 zǐ son / child / seed / egg / small thing / 1st earthly branch: 11 p.m.-1 a.m., midnight, 11th solar month (7th December to 5th January), year of the Rat / Viscount, fourth of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4] / ancient Chinese compass point: 0° / (north)
 zhēn shì reality / veracity / the real thing
 hùn wéi yī tán to confuse one thing with another (idiom) / to muddle
 měi shì a fine thing / a wonderful thing
 yán bù yóu zhōng to say sth without meaning it (idiom) / to speak tongue in cheek / saying one thing but meaning sth different
 gù cǐ shī bǐ lit. to attend to one thing and lose sight of another (idiom) / fig. to be unable to manage two or more things at once / cannot pay attention to one thing without neglecting the other
 mìng gēn lifeblood / the thing that one cherishes most in life / (coll.) family jewels (male genitals)
 yí huā jiē mù lit. to graft flowers onto a tree / to surreptitiously substitute one thing for another (idiom)
 bù sān bù sì dubious / shady / neither one thing nor the other / neither fish nor fowl / nondescript
 hùn tóng to mix up / to confuse one thing with another
 wèi shǒu wèi wěi afraid of the head, terrified of the tail (idiom) / ever fearful and nervous / afraid of the slightest thing
 Zhāng guān Lǐ dài lit. to put Zhang's hat on Li's head / to attribute sth to the wrong person (idiom) / to confuse one thing with another
 gòu wèi lit. just the right flavor / just right / just the thing / excellent
 rén yán kě wèi gossip is a fearful thing (idiom)
 míng rì huáng huā lit. chrysanthemums after the Double Ninth Festival (idiom) / fig. outdated / thing of the past / dead letter
 lǐ dài táo jiāng lit. the plum tree withers in place of the peach tree / to substitute one thing for another / to carry the can for sb
 shǒu head / chief / first (occasion, thing etc) / classifier for poems, songs etc
 bì xǐ worn-out shoes / a worthless thing
 dàn egg / CL:個|个[ge4],打[da2] / oval-shaped thing
 pì fart / flatulence / nonsense / (usu. in the negative) what / (not) a damn thing
 huā sound of a thing flying fast by / whoosh / cracking sound / Taiwan pr. [huo4]
 àn dù Chén cāng lit. secretly crossing the Wei River 渭河[Wei4 He2] at Chencang (idiom, refers to a stratagem used by Liu Bang 劉邦|刘邦[Liu2 Bang1] in 206 BC against Xiang Yu 項羽|项羽[Xiang4 Yu3] of Chu) / fig. to feign one thing while doing another / to cheat under cover of a diversion
 huǎng rú gé shì like a thing of the previous generation / as if it were a lifetime ago
 bǐ yī shí cǐ yī shí that was one thing, and this is another / times have changed
 bù xù rén yán not to worry about the gossip (idiom) / to do the right thing regardless of what others say
 kǒu bù yìng xīn to say one thing but mean another / to dissimulate
 Wú tóu Chǔ wěi lit. head in Wu and tail in Chu (idiom) / fig. close together / head-to-tail / one thing starts where the other leaves off
 xīn kǒu bù yī heart and mouth at variance (idiom) / keeping one's real intentions to oneself / saying one thing but meaning sth different
 kuāng qiè zhōng wù a commonplace thing
 wén yī zhī shí lit. to hear one and know ten (idiom) / fig. explain one thing and (he) understands everything / a word to the wise
 zī shì tǐ dà this is no small thing (idiom) / to have a serious matter at hand
 yán xíng bù yī (idiom) to say one thing and do another
 cǎo cǎo liǎo shì to rush through the work / to get through a thing carelessly
 yán xíng bù fú (idiom) to say one thing and do another
 hǎo jǐng bù cháng a good thing doesn't last forever (idiom)
 pò shì trivial matter / trifle / annoying thing
 qǐ to pick up thing with chopsticks or pincers.
 yī bō wèi píng , yī bō yòu qǐ before the first wave subsides, a new wave rises (idiom) / a new problem arises before the old is solved / many twists and turns to a story / one thing after another
 yī bí kǒng chū qì lit. to breathe through the same nostril (idiom) / fig. two people say exactly the same thing (usually derog.) / to sing from the same hymn sheet
 shàng shàng zhī cè the best policy / the best thing one can do in the circumstances
 zài zhì to make more of the same thing / to reproduce / to reprocess / to remanufacture
 yīng gāi de you're most welcome / sure thing! / I did what I was supposed to do
 dà běn Niè pán jīng the great Nirvana sutra: every living thing has Buddha nature.
 lāo shí zi encumbrance / burden / that awful thing (colloquial) / nuisance
 míng xiū zhàn dào , àn dù Chén cāng lit. repair the plank road by day while secretly crossing the Wei River 渭河[Wei4 He2] at Chencang (idiom, refers to a stratagem used by Liu Bang 劉邦|刘邦[Liu2 Bang1] in 206 BC against Xiang Yu 項羽|项羽[Xiang4 Yu3] of Chu) / fig. to feign one thing while doing another / to cheat under cover of a diversion
 Niè pán Jīng the Nirvana sutra: every living thing has Buddha nature.
 yì shì sth else / a separate matter / not the same thing / with different jobs (not colleagues) / a remarkable thing / sth special / an odd thing / sth strange or incomprehensible
 xiāng pèi wù thing that is well suited / pet animal that suits its owner
 qiū háo fine hair grown by animals (or down grown by birds) in the fall / (fig.) sth barely discernible / the slightest thing / the minutest detail
 lǎo shǔ tuō mù xiān , dà tóu zài hòu tou when the mice drag a shovel, the biggest thing comes second / the tip of the iceberg / the cockroach principle
 mò bù rán equally true for (all the rest) / the same thing applies (for everyone)
 wàn ān completely secure / a sure thing / rest assured
 xíng bù gù yán to say one thing and do another (idiom)
 biǎo lǐ bù yī outside appearance and inner reality differ (idiom) / not what it seems / saying one thing but meaning sth different
 wù xiě to unwittingly write the wrong thing
 shuō shì yī huí shì , zuò yòu shì lìng wài yī huí shì Saying is one thing, doing quite another (idiom)
线 zhēn tóu xiàn nǎo needle and thread / sewing implements / needlework / (fig.) unimportant thing
 pì shì (vulgar) trifling matter / mere trifle / goddamn thing / goddamn business
 zuǒ quàn a sure thing / a certainty / copy of a contract held by a creditor
 hé chū cǐ yán where do these words stem from? / why do you (he, etc) say such a thing?
 jī kě luàn zhēn to seem almost genuine / easily mistaken for the real thing
 yǒu suǒ dé bì yǒu suǒ shī there is no gain without a loss (idiom) / there is no such thing as a free meal
退 tuì ér qiú qí cì to settle for second best / the next best thing
 niǎo shì damn thing / (not one's) goddamn business
 xiào diǎn dī amused by even the weakest joke / ready to laugh at the smallest thing
 shì bù guò sān a thing should not be attempted more than three times (idiom) / don't repeat the same mistake again and again / bad things don't happen more than three times
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