吃喝玩乐

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl.
trad. 吃喝玩樂

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin chīhēwánlè
Zhuyin ㄔ ㄏㄜ ㄨㄢˊ ㄌㄜˋ
IPA (key) /ʈ͡ʂʰʐ̩⁵⁵ xɤ⁵⁵ u̯a̠n³⁵ lɤ⁵¹/

Verb[edit]

吃喝玩乐 (simplified, Pinyin chīhēwánlè, traditional 吃喝玩樂)

  1. (idiomatic) to eat, drink and be merry; to seek pleasure instead of doing work
    不务正业天天知道吃喝玩乐
    Tā bùwùzhèngyè, tiāntiān jiù zhīdào chīhē wánlè.
    He won't do an honest day's work, and instead spends his days just having fun.

Usage notes[edit]

Unlike the equivalent English idiom, "eat drink and be merry", in some contexts this Chinese expression conveys a negative impression of shirking honest work to seek pleasure.