借口

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Chinese[edit]

 
to lend; to borrow; excuse; pretext; by means of
mouth; (a measure word)
simp. and trad.
(借口)

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Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

借口

  1. (Intermediate Mandarin) excuse; pretext

Verb[edit]

借口

  1. (Intermediate Mandarin) to use as an excuse


Usage notes[edit]

藉口 and 借口, both notated in pinyin as jièkǒu, are acceptable in both the PRC and Taiwan. However, 借口 is far more common in the PRC, whereas 藉口 is far more common in Taiwan.

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