炒魷魚

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Chinese[edit]

 
saute; pan-fry; to fry; fried
squid
trad. (炒魷魚) 魷魚
simp. (炒鱿鱼) 鱿鱼

Etymology[edit]

Originally from Cantonese. Literally, "to fry squid." The phrase is metaphorical: "to fry a squid" > "fried squids curl up" > "to roll up the bedclothes and leave" > "to be fired."

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

炒魷魚

  1. to fry squid
  2. (slang) to sack someone; to fire someone