行不改名,坐不改姓

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Chinese[edit]

 
all right; capable; competent; OK; okay; to go; to do; to travel; temporary; to walk; to go; will do; behavior; conduct; a row; profession; professional
(negative prefix); not; no
 
to change; to alter; to transform; to correct
name; (measure word for persons); place (e.g. among winners) to sit; to take a seat; to take (a bus, airplane etc.) (negative prefix); not; no
 
to change; to alter; to transform; to correct
surname; family name; name
simp. and trad.
(行不改名,坐不改姓)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: to not change your given name after doing something, and not change your surname after sitting down

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

行不改名,坐不改姓

  1. to do things in an aboveboard and straightforward manner
  2. to have nothing to hide
    行不改名坐不改姓要是什麼問題直接 [MSC, trad.]
    行不改名坐不改姓要是什么问题直接 [MSC, simp.]
    xíngbùgǎimíng, zuòbùgǎixìng, yàoshi yǒu shénme wèntí, jiào tā zhíjiē lái zhǎo wǒ. [Pinyin]
    I have nothing to hide; if he has a problem, tell him to come see me directly.