病來如山倒,病去如抽絲

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Mandarin[edit]

 
ailment; sickness; illness; disease; fall ill; sick; defect
to come as (if); such as mountain; hill
 
upset; turn over; to tip; to pour; to go home; to the contrary; inverted; to fall; to collapse; to topple; to change; to fail; bankrupt
 
ailment; sickness; illness; disease; fall ill; sick; defect
to go; to leave; to remove as (if); such as to draw out; to smoke (cigarettes); to pump silk; thread; trace
trad. (病來如山倒,病去如抽絲)
simp. (病来如山倒,病去如抽丝)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: Sickness comes like an avalanche but goes like reeling silk.

Proverb[edit]

病來如山倒病去如抽絲 (traditional, Pinyin bìng lái rú shān dǎo, bìng qù rú chōu sī, simplified 病来如山倒,病去如抽丝)

  1. Illness strikes like a landslide, recovery is as slow as reeling silk.

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