When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (88)

Hokkien, on the tongues of Tsinoys, has grown and evolved, taking on a life of its own. Sometimes words simply fail us. With some creativity, Tsinoys have strung together words to form colorful phrases that simply hit the bull’s eye.
Here are some expressions unique to Hokkien as favored by Tsinoys.

Idioms,
expressions
Hokkien
pronunciation
Literal
translation
Meaning
半路出家 pnua lo tsut ke half way
became a monk
sudden shift of
career path or line of work
和錢無過瞑 kiao tsni bo ke bin cannot keep money
overnight
to describe a person
who cannot
save for the future
去楚賣茶壼 k’i tso bue te ko everything ruined,
end up selling kettle
everything went
wrong ends up a
total defeat
五腳出現 go k’a tsut hian revealing five legs everything is out
in the open
赤馬婆 ts’iâ beh po woman acting like
an untamed horse
crash/crude lady
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