刀子嘴豆腐心

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Chinese[edit]

knife mouth tofu, bean curd heart; mind
simp. and trad.
(刀子嘴豆腐心)
刀子 豆腐

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "a mouth as sharp as a knife and heart as soft as tofu".

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

刀子嘴豆腐心

  1. (slang) describes someone who has a sharp tongue but a soft heart; someone with more bark than bite
    我們知道刀子嘴豆腐心。 (trad.)
    我们知道刀子嘴豆腐心。 (simp.)
    We all know that even though you talk tough, you're a softy underneath it all.