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[四兩撥千斤] sìliǎngbōqiānjīn lit. four ounces can move a thousand catties (idiom)
fig. to achieve much with little effort

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        sì, four/4
        
        sìchù, [四處], all over the place/everywhere and all directions
        sìzhōu, all around
        Zhōusì, [週四], Thursday
        Xīngqīsì, Thursday
        
        
        sìshí, forty/40
        sìfēnzhīyī, one-quarter
        shísì, fourteen/14
        Sìyuè, April/fourth month (of the lunar year)
        sìzhī, the four limbs of the body
        
        
        sìjì, four seasons, namely: spring 春, summer 夏, autumn 秋 and winter 冬
        
        
        shuōsāndàosì, [說三道四], to make thoughtless remarks (idiom)/to criticize/gossip
        
        
        
        sìqǐ, to spring up everywhere/from all around
        sìfāng, four-way/four-sided/in all directions/everywhere
        
        
        sìmiànbāfāng, in all directions/all around/far and near
        
        
        sìmiàn, all sides
        
        tiāosānjiǎnsì, [挑三揀四], to be picky/to be choosy
        wēijīsìfú, [危機四伏], danger lurks on every side (idiom)
        sìchóngzòu, quartet (musical ensemble)
        sìsàn, to disperse/to scatter in all directions
        Lǐbàisì, [禮拜四], Thursday
        
        
        shísìhángshī, [十四行詩], sonnet
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        sìxià, everywhere
        
        
        
        Sìchuān, Sichuan province (Szechuan) in southwest China, abbr. 川 or 蜀, capital Chengdu 成都
        
        
        
        
        
        
        sìyuèfèn, April
        bùsānbùsì, dubious/shady/neither one thing nor the other/neither fish nor fowl/nondescript
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        sìdà, the four elements: earth, water, fire, and wind (Buddhism)/the four freedoms: sp...
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        yīniánsìjì, all year round
        
        sìhuánsù, [四環素], tetracycline
        
        sìrénbāng, [四人幫], Gang of Four: Jiang Qing 江青, Zhang Chunqiao 張春橋, Yao Wenyuan 姚文元, Wang Hongwen 王...
        LiùSì, refers to Tiananmen incident of 4th June 1989
        
        
        
        
        
        sìliǎngbōqiānjīn, [四兩撥千斤], lit. four ounces can move a thousand catties (idiom)/fig. to achieve much with l...
        
        zhāosānmùsì, lit. say three in the morning but four in the evening (idiom); to change sth tha...
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        sìlín, [四鄰], one's nearest neighbors
        dīsānxiàsì, servile
        
        
        
        
        
        sìjìdòu, green bean/French bean/runner bean
        sìmiànChǔgē, lit. on all sides, the songs of Chu (idiom)/fig. surrounded by enemies, isolated...
        
        
        
        
        sìshí, [四時], the four seasons, namely: spring 春, summer 夏, autumn 秋 and winter 冬
        sìjí, [四級], grade 4/fourth class/category D
        
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        jiātúsìbì, lit. with only four bare walls for a home (idiom)/fig. very poor/wretched
        sìshēng, [四聲], the four tones of Middle Chinese: level tone 平聲|平声, rising tone 上聲|上声, departing...
        ZhāngsānLǐsì, [張三李四], Zhang the Third and Li the Fourth (idiom)/Tom, Dick and Harry
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        sìbiānxíng, [四邊形], quadrilateral
        sìpíngbāwěn, [四平八穩], everything steady and stable (idiom); overcautious and unimaginary
        
        
        
        
        
        sìtōngbādá, [四通八達], roads open in all directions (idiom); accessible from all sides
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
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        wǔhúsìhǎi, all parts of the country
        
        
        
        sìfāngbù, a slow march
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
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        sìhéyuàn, courtyard house with a fully enclosed courtyard (type of Chinese residence)
        
        
        
        
        
        fàngzhīsìhǎiérjiēzhǔn, [放之四海而皆準], appropriate to any place and any time (idiom); universally applicable/a panacea,...
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
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        sìmiàntǐ, [四面體], tetrahedron
        
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        míngyángsìhǎi, [名揚四海], to become known far and wide (idiom)/famous
        
        
        
        
        sìjiǎoshé, [四腳蛇], lizard/common spoken equivalent of 蜥蜴[xī yì]
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
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        Sìpíng, Siping prefecture level city in Jilin province 吉林省 in northeast China
        
        
        
        
        
        sìyīèr, 12th April/refers to Chiang Kai-shek's coup of 12th April 1927 against the commu...
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

        liǎng, [兩], two/both/some/a few/tael, unit of weight equal to 50 grams (modern) or 1⁄16 of a...
        
        liǎngzhě, [兩者], both sides
        liǎngbian, [兩邊], either side/both sides
        
        
        
        
        
        liǎngmǎshì, [兩碼事], two quite different things/another kettle of fish
        liǎngxiàzi, [兩下子], a couple of times/to repeat the same/the same old trick/tricks of the trade
退         jìntuìliǎngnán, [進退兩難], no room to advance or to retreat (idiom); without any way out of a dilemma/trapp...
        
        liǎngcè, [兩側], two sides/both sides
        sānchángliǎngduǎn, [三長兩短], unexpected misfortune/unexpected accident/sudden death
        liǎngmiànpài, [兩面派], two-faced person/double-dealing
        yīdāoliǎngduàn, [一刀兩斷], lit. two segments with a single cut (idiom)/fig. to make a clean break (idiom)
        liǎngshǒukōngkōng, [兩手空空], empty-handed (idiom); fig. not receiving anything
        liǎnghuíshì, [兩回事], two quite different things/two unrelated matters
        liǎngxìng, [兩性], male and female/both types (acid and alkaline, positive and negative etc)/(chemi...
        
        liǎngduān, [兩端], both ends (of a stick etc)/two extremes
        liǎngnán, [兩難], dilemma/quandary/to face a difficult choice
        
        móléngliǎngkě, [模稜兩可], equivocal/ambiguous
        liǎnglèichādāo, [兩肋插刀], lit. knifes piercing both sides (idiom)/fig. to attach a great importance to fri...
        liǎngqī, [兩棲], amphibious/dual-talented/able to work in two different lines
        liǎngjí, [兩極], the two poles/the north and south poles/both ends of sth/electric or magnetic po...
        liǎngquánqíměi, [兩全其美], to satisfy rival demands (idiom)/to get the best of both worlds/to have it both ...
        xiǎoliǎngkǒu, [小兩口], (coll.) young married couple
        liǎngbàijùshāng, [兩敗俱傷], both sides suffer (idiom)/neither side wins
        liǎngkǒuzi, [兩口子], husband and wife
        
        
        liǎngtóu, [兩頭], both ends/both parties to a deal
        
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        liǎngmiàn, [兩面], both sides
        
        yījǔliǎngdé, [一舉兩得], one move, two gains (idiom); two birds with one stone
        bànjīnbāliǎng, [半斤八兩], not much to choose between the two/tweedledum and tweedledee
        liǎngyòng, [兩用], dual-use
        
        liǎngpáng, [兩旁], both sides/either side
        
        liǎngqīdòngwù, [兩棲動物], amphibian/amphibious animals
        sānyánliǎngyǔ, [三言兩語], in a few words (idiom); expressed succinctly
        
        pànruòliǎngrén, [判若兩人], to be a different person/not to be one's usual self
        
        
        sānliǎng, [三兩], two or three
        
        
        sìliǎngbōqiānjīn, [四兩撥千斤], lit. four ounces can move a thousand catties (idiom)/fig. to achieve much with l...
        liǎngàn, [兩岸], bilateral/both shores/both sides/both coasts/Taiwan and mainland
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
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        liǎngxiùqīngfēng, [兩袖清風], lit. both sleeves flowing in the breeze (idiom); having clean hands/uncorrupted/...
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        shìbùliǎnglì, [勢不兩立], the two cannot exist together (idiom); irreconcilable differences/incompatible s...
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        liǎngkǒur, [兩口兒], husband and wife/couple
        
        
        
        
        
        
        yínliǎng, [銀兩], silver currency/currency of the Qing dynasty based on the silver tael 兩|两
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        yīguóliǎngzhì, [一國兩制], one country, two systems (PRC proposal regarding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan)
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        liǎngqì, [兩訖], received and paid for (business term)/the goods delivered and the bill settled
        
        sāntiānliǎngtóu, [三天兩頭], lit. twice every three days (idiom); practically every day/frequently
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        bō, [撥], to push aside with the hand, foot, a stick etc/to dial/to allocate/to set aside ...
        bōdǎ, [撥打], to call/to dial
        bōhào, [撥號], to dial a telephone number
        bōkuǎn, [撥款], to allocate funds/appropriation
        tǔbōshǔ, [土撥鼠], groundhog
        
        tiǎobō, [挑撥], to incite disharmony/to instigate
        bōkāi, [撥開], to push aside/to part/to brush away
        tiǎobōlíjiàn, [挑撥離間], to sow dissension (idiom); to drive a wedge between
        bōnòng, [撥弄], to move to and fro (with hand, foot, stick etc)/to fiddle with/to stir up
        bōluànfǎnzhèng, [撥亂反正], bring order out of chaos/set to rights things which have been thrown into disord...
        bōyúnjiànrì, [撥雲見日], lit. to dispel the clouds and see the sun (idiom); fig. to restore justice
        
        bōdòng, [撥動], to stir/to prod/to poke/to move sideways/to strum (on a guitar etc)
        bōrǒng, [撥冗], to find time to do sth in the midst of pressing affairs
        bōlànggǔ, [撥浪鼓], a drum-shaped rattle (used by peddlers or as a toy)/rattle-drum
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        bōhuǒgùn, [撥火棍], poker
        diàobō/tiáobō, [調撥], to send (products)/to allocate/to commit (funds)/to channel (goods), to sow disc...
        
        diǎnbō, [點撥], to give instructions/to give advice
        liáobō, [撩撥], to provoke/to tease
        
        bōhàopán, [撥號盤], telephone dial
        
        tánbōyuèqì, [彈撥樂器], plucked string instrument/CL:件[jiàn]

        qiānwàn, [千萬], ten million/countless/many/one must by all means
        qiān, [韆], thousand, see 鞦韆|秋千[qiū qiān]
        
        chéngqiānshàngwàn, [成千上萬], lit. by the thousands and tens of thousands (idiom); untold numbers/innumerable/...
        jǐqiān, [幾千], several thousand
        
        qiānnián, millennium
        
        
        qiānzhēnwànquè, [千真萬確], absolutely true (idiom)/manifold/true from many points of view
        
        
        
        chéngbǎishàngqiān, hundreds/a large number/lit. by the hundreds and thousands
        shùyǐqiānjì, [數以千計], thousands (of sth)
        qiānzǎinánféng, [千載難逢], extremely rare (idiom)/once in a blue moon
        qiūqiān, [鞦韆], swing (seat hung from a frame or branch)
        
        
        
        qiānjīn, thousand jin 斤 (pounds) of gold/money and riches/(honorific) invaluable (support...
        qiānlǐtiáotiáo, from distant parts
        
        
        
        dàngqiūqiān, [盪鞦韆], to swing (on a swing)
        
        chéngqiān, thousands
        
        qiānfāngbǎijì, [千方百計], lit. thousand ways, a hundred plans (idiom); by every possible means
        
        qiānkè, kilogram
        yīluòqiānzhàng, lit. to drop a thousand zhang in one fall (idiom)/fig. (of business, popularity ...
        qiānpiānyīlǜ, thousand articles, same rule (idiom); stereotyped and repetitive/once you've see...
        qiānxīnwànkǔ, [千辛萬苦], to suffer untold hardships (idiom); trials and tribulations/with difficulty/afte...
        
        qiānyánwànyǔ, [千言萬語], thousands of words (idiom); having a lot of things to say/talking nonstop
        qiānqiānwànwàn, [千千萬萬], lit. by the thousands and tens of thousands (idiom); untold numbers/innumerable/...
        qiānjūnyīfà, [千鈞一髮], a thousand pounds hangs by a thread (idiom)/imminent peril/a matter of life or d...
        qiānchuāngbǎikǒng, [千瘡百孔], see 百孔千瘡|百孔千疮[bǎi kǒng qiān chuāng]
        qiānqiū, a thousand years/your birthday (honorific)
        
        wànqiān, [萬千], myriad/multitudinous/multifarious
        
        
        
        
        
        qiānjīndǐng, [千斤頂], jack (for lifting weight)
        
        
        
        
        yīzhìqiānjīn, [一擲千金], lit. stake a thousand pieces of gold on one throw (idiom); to throw away money r...
        
        
        
        
        qiānsīwànlǚ, [千絲萬縷], linked in countless ways
        
        dàqiānshìjiè, great wide world/marvelously diverse world/(Buddhism) cosmos (abbr. for 三千大千世界[s...
        
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        qiānqíbǎiguài, fantastic oddities of every description (idiom)
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        qiāngǔ, for all eternity/throughout all ages
        
        
        
        
        
        yīnuòqiānjīn, [一諾千金], a promise worth one thousand in gold (idiom); a promise that must be kept
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        qiāntóuwànxù, [千頭萬緒], plethora of things to tackle/multitude of loose ends/very complicated/chaotic
        
        
        
        qiāndāowànguǎ, [千刀萬剮], to make mincemeat of sb/to hack sb to pieces (used while cursing)
        
        
        qiānwǎ, kilowatt (unit of electric power)
        
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        gèyǒuqiānqiū, each has its own merits (idiom)
        qiānjiāwànhù, [千家萬戶], every family (idiom)
        
        
        
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        qiānlǐyǎn, clairvoyance
        
        
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        wànshuǐqiānshān, [萬水千山], ten thousand crags and torrents (idiom); the trials and tribulations of a long j...
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
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        qiānlǐmǎ, [千里馬], lit. ten thousand mile horse/fine steed
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        wànzǐqiānhóng, [萬紫千紅], thousands of purples and reds (idiom); a blaze of color/fig. a profusion of flou...
        
        
        
        
        qiānchāwànbié, [千差萬別], manifold diversity
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        qiānlǐ, a thousand miles/a thousand li (i.e. 500 kilometers)/a long distance
        
        

        gōngjīn, kilogram (kg)
        jīn, catty/(PRC) weight equal to 500 g/(Tw) weight equal to 600 g/(HK, Malaysia, Sing...
        jīnjīnjìjiào, [斤斤計較], to haggle over every ounce/(fig.) to fuss over minor matters/to split hairs
        qiānjīndǐng, [千斤頂], jack (for lifting weight)
        bànjīnbāliǎng, [半斤八兩], not much to choose between the two/tweedledum and tweedledee
        sìliǎngbōqiānjīn, [四兩撥千斤], lit. four ounces can move a thousand catties (idiom)/fig. to achieve much with l...
        jīnliǎng, [斤兩], weight/(fig.) importance
        jīndǒu, variant of 筋斗[jīn dǒu]
        

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