炒魷魚

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See also: 炒鱿鱼

Chinese[edit]

 
saute; pan-fry; to fry; fried
squid
trad. (炒魷魚) 魷魚
simp. (炒鱿鱼) 鱿鱼
Literally: “to fry squid”.

Etymology[edit]

Originally from Cantonese.

The phrase is metaphorical: “to fry a squid” > “fried squids curl up” > “to roll up the bedclothes and leave” > “to be fired”.

Compare the English phrase to get the sack.

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

炒魷魚

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see ,‎ 魷魚.
  2. (slang) to sack someone; to fire someone
    炒魷魚 / 炒鱿鱼  ―  Wǒ bèi chǎo yóuyú le.  ―  I've been fired.

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