大腕

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Chinese[edit]

 
big; great; huge; large; major; wide; deep; oldest; eldest; doctor
wrist
simp. and trad.
(大腕)

Etymology[edit]

From (, “big”) + (wàn, “wrist”) Originally 大蔓兒大蔓儿 (“a plant stem”), a figure of speech used the to represent a powerful or popular person, used primarily in Chinese opera. It then started being used in film and television circles, gradually entering public speech as 大腕, developing alongside with the expression 鐵腕铁腕 (“iron fist”) as used in politics.

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大腕

  1. (slang) a big name; big shot; one who is powerful and famous (especially in entertainment, artistic or academic circles)
    這個著名電影明星大腕每次公開露面狗仔隊試圖拍攝 [MSC, trad.]
    这个著名电影明星大腕每次公开露面狗仔队试图拍摄 [MSC, simp.]
    Zhège zhùmíng de diànyǐng míngxīng shì ge dàwàn, tā měicì gōngkāi lùmiàn, gǒuzǐduì dōu shìtú pāishè tā. [Pinyin]
    This famous movie star is a big shot - every time he goes out in public, the paparazzi tries to take photos of him.

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