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Daily Figurative Slangs (50)
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打肿脸充胖子 (dǎ zhǒng liǎn chōng pàngzī)
do sth. beyond one's ability

To get the respect and attention from the others, some people just pretend like the rich, some of them even slap their face until it’s swollen in an effort to look imposing.
Chinese use this expression to criticize those who have no certain ability or enough money but still try means to be like the rich.

I want to treat my friends at five-star hotel.
Don't do that beyond your ability.

It's said that when he got married, he borrowd a lot of money in order to show off.
He always did like this to pretend to be a wealthy man.


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