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. excuse; pretext

Verb[edit]

借口

  1. 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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