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Daily Figurative Slangs (35)
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每日惯用语 (35)
Oily and wily

【注音】lǎo yóu tiáo
You has a extended meaning of “slippery” or “foxy”. As youtiao (deep-fried twisted dough sticks, the most common Chinese breakfast) is oily from end to end, it’s not hard to understand why this expression came to mean those worldlywise people who are experienced and wily.
Ex.:That Manager Mr. Zhao is a wily old bird, you’ve got to be extremely careful when you have dealing with him.
Give oneself away
【注音】lòu mǎ jiǎo
Another similar expression is “showing the fox’s tail”, meaning let the cat out of bag, or give the game away.

Ex.:The self-claimed Hongkong merchant finally revealed his true feature of a quack.

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