喝西北風

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Chinese[edit]

shout applause; my goodness; to drink northwest/northwesterly wind
trad. (喝西北風) 西北風
simp. (喝西北风) 西北风

Etymology[edit]

Literally: to drink the northwest wind

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

喝西北風

  1. to suffer from cold and hunger, to be cold and hungry; to have nothing to eat (lit.: drink the northwest wind)
    因為田地暴風毀掉老百姓只能喝西北風 [MSC, trad.]
    因为田地暴风毁掉老百姓只能喝西北风 [MSC, simp.]
    Yīnwèi tiándì bèi bàofēng huǐdiào, lǎobǎixìng zhǐnéng hēxīběifēng. [Pinyin]
    Because the farmland was destroyed by the storms, the (ordinary) people have nothing to eat.