白刀子進,紅刀子出

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Chinese[edit]

 
white; snowy; empty; blank; bright; clear; plain; pure; gratuitous
knife advance; enter; to come in
 
red; revolutionary; prosperity; bonus; popular
knife
 
to go out; to come out; to occur; to produce; to go beyond; to rise; to put forth; to occur; to happen; (a measure word for dramas, plays, or operas)
trad. (白刀子進,紅刀子出) 刀子 刀子
simp. (白刀子进,红刀子出) 刀子 刀子

Etymology[edit]

Literally "the knife goes in white and comes out red."

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

白刀子進,紅刀子出

  1. (colloquial) to kill; to murder

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