|Idioms, expressions||Hokkien pronunciation||Literal translation||Meaning|
|嘴尖舌利||tsui tsiam tsi lai||pointed mouth, sharp tongue||a very talkative person|
|嘴笑目笑||tsui tsio bak tsio||laughing mouth and eyes||expression of happiness as shown in one’s smiling face|
|三尖六角||san tsiam lak kak||three sharp edges and six angles||describes something with irregular shape as in a piece of land|
|三人五目||san lang go bak||three persons five eyes||too many people watching|
|雕花刻柳||tiao hue kiak liu||carve flowers||doing something with too much detail that it takes too long to finish|
First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 28, no. 5 (August 4-17, 2015): 13.