一不做,二不休

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Mandarin[edit]

 
one; 1; single; a; (before verbs) as soon as, once; (before a noun) entire (family, etc.)
(negative prefix); not; no to do; to make; to produce two; 2 (negative prefix); not; no to rest
simp. and trad.
(一不做,二不休)

Etymology[edit]

Literally "[The] first [option] [is] not to do, [the] second [option] [is] not to rest" (brackets denote inserted word).

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

一不做,二不休

  1. to carry the thing through, whatever the consequences; in for a penny, in for a pound