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English:BLACK HEART
Explanation:Said of someone who has bad intentions for others.
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Pinyin EZ:hahk sum
English:HEART CHILLY
Explanation:Describes a person (often the "black heart" person) who is happy over someone else's misfortune.
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Pinyin EZ:sum leung
English:BUDDHA MOUTH, SNAKE HEART
Explanation:Said of someone who appears to be gentle on the outside, but has bad intentions on the inside.
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Pinyin EZ:fut hau say sum
English:PRETEND PIG, EAT TIGER
Explanation:Said of someone who pretends to be dumb but is actually clever; Not really a dumb pig, just pretending to be.
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Pinyin EZ:bahn jeu sihk loh foo
English:PUT-ON SQUARE HAT
Explanation:A square hat is what you wear at college graduation; To put it on means one has graduated from college.
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Pinyin EZ:die say foh moh
English:NOT CORRECT KEY
Explanation:Out of tune; Said of people in a relationship who are not compatible or don't "click".
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Pinyin EZ:mm ngahm tchee
English:LOVER'S EYES INSIDE PUT FORTHS SAI-SI (FAMOUS BEAUTIFUL LADY IN A CHINESE TALE)
Explanation:A guy who is really in love thinks his girl is the most beautiful, even if she is not.
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Pinyin EZ:tchayng yahn ngahn leui cheut sie-see
English:ONE CENT MONEY, ONE CENT MERCHANDISE
Explanation:Same as English "you get what you pay for".
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Pinyin EZ:yut fun tcheen yut fun foh

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