When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (96)

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
歹名歹聲 p’ai mia p’ai snia bad name, bad sound bad reputation
原班人馬 guan pan lin ma identical class of people with horses same batch of people
無後手 bo aw tsiu no afterwards hand leaving work unfinished; not returning things to their proper places
招軍買馬 tsio kun bu-e beh recruit army to buy horses to influence people to join him for ulterior motive
tsit yniu bi tsi pâ yniu lang same variety of rice feeds different people a common resource or capital can produce different outcomes
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