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Daily Figurative Slangs (77)

Chinese slangs

出风头
Seek (or be in) the limelight.

【发音】chū fēng tóu

【释义】出头露面表现自己,以引起众人的注目;也指显露锋芒,展示才华。
            This phrase describes someone likes showing off himself so as to catch others’ attention. It also means that one is bravery to show his or her talents before the public.

【例1】她就喜欢抢镜头,出风头。
           She loves to steal the show and be the centre of attention.

【例2】他们从来不出风头。
           They never push themselves forward.

 
Daily Figurative Slangs (76)

Chinese slangs

出点子
Offer advice.

【发音】chū diǎn zǐ

【释义】想办法;出主意。
            Think of solutions; make suggestions.

【例1】大家一起出点子,或许能想出办法。
           Let’s brain-storm about it, and we may work out a solution.

【例2】我可以给他出一两个点子。
           I can give him a pointer or two.

 
Daily Figurative Slangs (75)

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吃苦头
Suffer a great deal.

【发音】chī kǔ tóu

【释义】尝到了苦味儿。比喻遭痛苦,受磨难。
            To taste bitterness; figuratively: to go through hard times.

【例1】你现在不下功夫,日后会吃苦头的。
           If you don't work hard now, you'll suffer for it later.

【例2】他脸上看上去很苍白,似乎吃了不少苦头。
           He looked very pale and seemed to have suffered a great deal.

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Daily Figurative Slangs (74)

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撑场面
Keep up appearances.

【发音】chēng chǎng miàn

【释义】维持外表上的排场和规模。
            Maintain an outward show of prosperity.

【例1】他书架上那些精装书不过是为了撑场面,从来没看过。
           He put those hardbacks on the shelves just for show; he never read them.

【例2】他们为了撑场面,借了很多钱大摆喜筵。
           In order to keep up appearances, they borrowed a lot of money to give a big wedding party.

 
Daily Figurative Slangs (73)

Chinese slangs

沉住气
Keep control of oneself.

【发音】chén zhù qì

【释义】(在异常情况下)保持头脑冷静,心境平稳。
             Keep calm in mind or be steady in abnormal situation.

【例1】他一看到账单的数字几乎沉不住气了。
           He almost lost control of himself when he saw the size of the bill.

【例2】别惊慌失措的--沉住气。
           Don't lose your head! Keep calm!

 
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