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English:GREED CHARACTER TRANSFORMS INTO ONE (FOR) POVERTY
Explanation:The word "greed" in Chinese is very similar to the word "poverty" - only one stroke of difference; And so it is in life.
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Pinyin EZ:tchahm djee duk gwoh pun
English:SMART PEOPLE PUT FORTH MOUTH, DUMB PEOPLE PUT FORTH HAND
Explanation:Smart ones say what needs to be sone, and the dumb one's do it; Often said about gangsters taking orders from their bosses.
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Pinyin EZ:djayng yun cheut hau, bun yun cheut sau
English:HAVE MONEY CAN-EMPLOY GHOST TO PUSH WHITTLE
Explanation:Means if you have money you can do anything; As hard as it is to find a ghost (impossible), if you have money you will be able to find a ghost to do the job.
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Pinyin EZ:yau tcheen sie duk gwie teui moh
English:RICE BOWL
Explanation:Job or means of income; Similar to English "bread and butter", but for Chinese, bread is rice.
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Pinyin EZ:fahn woon
English:BREAK THE RICE BOWL
Explanation:You break your means of eating rice - this means you lost your job.
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Pinyin EZ:dah lahn fahn woon
English:TO PROTECT RICE BOWL
Explanation:Securing or protecting one's means of making a living.
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Pinyin EZ:boh jeu fahn woon
English:IRON RICE BOWL
Explanation:An iron rice bowl would not break, so this describes a very secure job.
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Pinyin EZ:tcheet fahn woon
English:GOLD RICE BOWL
Explanation:Same as an "iron rice bowl", but perhaps more emphasis on "good pay".
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Pinyin EZ:gum fahn woon

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