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Literally: the lotus root is broken, (but) threads (still) connect (the two pieces)
- lotus root is a tuberous plant, with lots of threads. Therefore, when you break it, a number of threads will still be attached.
藕斷絲連 (traditional, Pinyin 藕断丝连), simplified
- the ties are severed, but not completely; to still have a thing for somebody; to still pine for somebody