好自為之

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Chinese[edit]

good; well; be fond of
 
from; self; oneself
from; self; oneself; since
 
because of; for; to
because of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become
's; him/her/it; this
trad. (好自為之)
simp. (好自为之)
alternative forms 耗子尾汁 slang

Etymology[edit]

Initially from Huainanzi – see quote below.

Pronunciation 1[edit]


Idiom[edit]

好自為之

  1. (original meaning, literary, archaic) to like to do everything him/herself in one's own way

Pronunciation 2[edit]


Idiom[edit]

好自為之

  1. (early modern, now rare) to do one's best; to endeavour to do something
  2. (more common meaning nowadays, as a threat or admonition, derogatory) [You] better behave yourself, otherwise [you] will be in trouble! / You better watch out for yourself! You have been warned!