鼻子不是鼻子臉不是臉

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 鼻子不是鼻子脸不是脸
trad. 鼻子鼻子

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "the nose is not the nose and the face is not the face."

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin bízi bù shì bízi liǎn bù shì liǎn [Phonetic: bízi shì bízi liǎn shì liǎn]
Zhuyin ㄅㄧˊ ㄗ˙ ㄅㄨˋ ㄕˋ ㄅㄧˊ ㄗ˙ ㄌㄧㄢˇ ㄅㄨˋ ㄕˋ ㄌㄧㄢˇ
IPA (key) /pi³⁵ d͡z̥z̩³ pu⁵¹⁻³⁵ ʂʐ̩⁵¹ pi³⁵ d͡z̥z̩³ li̯ɛn²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ pu⁵¹⁻³⁵ ʂʐ̩⁵¹ li̯ɛn²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

Idiom[edit]

鼻子不是鼻子臉不是臉 (traditional, Pinyin bízi bù shì bízi liǎn bù shì liǎn, simplified 鼻子不是鼻子脸不是脸)

  1. (colloquial) to flare up; to be in a foul temper; in a bad mood; unhappy