寸步難行

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 寸步难行
trad. 寸步

Etymology[edit]

Literally: difficult to move one tiny step

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin cùnbù nán xíng
Zhuyin ㄘㄨㄣˋ ㄅㄨˋ ㄋㄢˊ ㄒㄧㄥˊ
IPA (key) /t͡sʰu̯ən⁵¹⁻⁵³ pu⁵¹ na̠n³⁵ ɕiŋ³⁵/

Idiom[edit]

寸步難行 (traditional, Pinyin cùnbù nán xíng, simplified 寸步难行)

  1. cannot walk a step
  2. difficult to move forward; difficult to make headway