八九不離十

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 八九不离十
trad.

Etymology[edit]

Literally: eight and nine are not separated from ten

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin bā jiǔ bù lí shí
Zhuyin ㄅㄚ ㄐㄧㄡˇ ㄅㄨˋ ㄌㄧˊ ㄕˊ
IPA (key) /pa̠⁵⁵ t͡ɕi̯oʊ̯²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ pu⁵¹ li³⁵ ʂʐ̩³⁵/

Idiom[edit]

八九不離十 (traditional, Pinyin bā jiǔ bù lí shí, simplified 八九不离十)

  1. (colloquial) almost
    目前八九不離十!!
    At present, there are already people who have almost guessed it!!

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