藕斷絲連

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Chinese[edit]

root of lotus
 
absolutely; decidedly (in negative constructions); break; to judge
silk; thread; trace
 
(surname); even; as; join; to link; successively
trad. (藕斷絲連)
simp. (藕断丝连)

Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

藕斷絲連

  1. the ties are severed, but not completely; to still have a thing for somebody; to still pine for somebody