大腕

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

(big) + (wrist). Originally (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 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)
    这个著名电影明星大腕公开露面狗仔队试图拍摄
    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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  • 2008, Zhongguo she hui ke xue yuan Yu yan yan jiu suo. Ci dian bian ji shi 中国社会科学院语言研究所词典编辑室, 现代汉语词典, edition 5th (in Chinese), 北京: 商务印书馆, ISBN 978-7-100-04385-4:
  • 2008, Shujuan Li, Popular Chinese Expressions (流行汉语), edition 2nd (in English/Mandarin), Beijing: Sinolingua, ISBN 978-7-80200-388-0:
  • (Can we date this quote?) Jiequn Li; Jieming Li, Yong'an Gao, Junying Ma, Jian Leng, C.L. Shannon, Pingchao Gu, Andrew Gluckman year = 2007, Popular Chinese Expressions (流行汉语), edition Latest (in English/Mandarin), Beijing: Sinolingua, ISBN 978-7-80200-100-8: