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jump; hop; skip (a grade); to leap; to bounce; to beat
|manger; trough; groove|
|simp. and trad.
|Literally: “to jump the trough”.|
- (archaic, original meaning, of a beast of burden) to rush to snatch food in the feeding trough of another animal; to jump from one's manger
- (figuratively, common in Ming/Qing-era novels, especially of a brothel client) to abandon the old for the new in love relationships
- (figuratively, main modern meaning) to change to a better job; to move from one job or career to another voluntarily