人不像人,鬼不像鬼

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Chinese[edit]

man; person; people (negative prefix); not; no
 
(look) like; similar (to); appearance; to appear; to seem; image; portrait; resemble; seem
man; person; people ghost; sly; crafty (negative prefix); not; no
 
(look) like; similar (to); appearance; to appear; to seem; image; portrait; resemble; seem
ghost; sly; crafty
simp. and trad.
(人不像人,鬼不像鬼)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: (A place or circumstance where) people do not resemble people, and ghosts do not resemble ghosts

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

人不像人,鬼不像鬼

  1. pure misery
    人不像人鬼不像鬼生活. (simp.)
     
    人不像人鬼不像鬼生活. (trad.)
    For four years, I lived a life of pure misery.
  2. ghastly
    支持人不像人鬼不像鬼劳退金. (simp.)
     
    支持人不像人鬼不像鬼勞退金. (trad.)
    Don't support the new ghastly labor retirement system.

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