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Daily Figurative Slangs (72)

Chinese slangs

Stir-fry leftover rice.

【发音】chǎo lěng fàn

            Say or do the same old thing; dish up the same old stuff.

           We discussed some incidents that had happened long ago. It was really flogging a dead horse.

           His second book is just a rehash of his first.

Daily Figurative Slangs (71)

Chinese slangs

It is better to suffer short-term pain so that one will not have to suffer long-term pain.

【发音】cháng tòng bù rú duǎn tòng

            Suffering the acute pain for a short time is better than a mild pain for a long time.
            This phrase suggests handling affairs in a decisive manner.

           Better a finger off as aye wagging.

【例2】长痛不如短痛, 还是早点动手术吧。
           To avoid long sufferings, you’d better have the operation as soon as possible.

Daily Figurative Slangs (70)

Chinese slangs

Be very popular.

【发音】chī xiāng

            Be welcome by a great amount of people everywhere.

           Now, in China, teachers of English are in good demand and have the best of it.

           The minister was in high favor at court at that time.

Daily Figurative Slangs (69)

Chinese slangs

A thankless task; do a hard but thankless job.

【发音】chī lì bù tǎo hǎo

            Work hard but get little result.

           Grading papers is a thankless task.

【例2】 要是你想帮助他这个人,那将是吃力不讨好。
             If you try to help him, you will be a fool for your pains.

Daily Figurative Slangs (68)

Chinese slangs

Can’t bear.

【发音】chī bù xiāo

            Be unable to stand (exertion, fatigue, etc.)

           A full-time job may be too much for her.

           The pain is more than I can stand.

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