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Literal: BODY ITCHY
Explanation:Having a strong urge to do something. Sometimes said of children desiring to do naughty things.
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Pinyin EZ:sun hun
Literal: FIRE NECK
Explanation:Very mad; So mad your neck is red.
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Pinyin EZ:foh gayng
Literal: EAT WHITE FRUIT
Explanation:Describes efforts that have yielded no returns, payoff, or reward.
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Pinyin EZ:sihk bahk gwoh
English:NEW S**T-HOLE (TOILET)
Explanation:Said of something that is interesting ONLY because it is new; Describes people who crave for new tech gagets one after another, and then quickly lose interest.
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Pinyin EZ:sun see hung
English:BED HEAD FIGHT, BED TAIL PEACE
Explanation:Said of couples (husband and wife) who recover very fast after fighting.
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Pinyin EZ:chohng tau dah dau chohng may woh
English:BIG EAT SMALL
Explanation:Darwinism; The big fish eats the small fish; Often said of older sibling and younger sibling.
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Pinyin EZ:die sihk sie
English:SOAKED (IN) SALT WATER
Explanation:Said of someone who has had the experience of studying abroad; To have soaked in salt water (ocean water) means to have crossed the ocean.
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Pinyin EZ:dzum gwoh hahm seui
English:CAT CRIES FOR MOUSE
Explanation:Said of someone who pretends to cry/mourn for another person, but actually feels the opposite - like the cat who is crying but wants to eat the mouse.
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Pinyin EZ:mau hohk loh seu gah tchee bay

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