歇後語

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 歇后语
trad.
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Etymology[edit]

Literally: words after a pause

Noun[edit]

歇後語 (traditional, Pinyin xiēhòuyǔ, simplified 歇后语)

  1. An idiomatic two part double pun. Part one is akin to a riddle, while part two is usually a double pun based on part one. The second part is often omitted. An example in English might be, "Make like a tree, and leave."

Usage notes[edit]

  1. ^ law (fǎ) and hair 髮 (fǎ) are homophones in Chinese.
  2. ^ literally means sky, but it is also short for 天理 (heavenly justice)

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