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Chengyu Series - Nine Buffaloes and One Hair

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ID: 4356 Elementary
Chengyu are Chinese idioms that consist of four characters. Although they originate from classical Chinese, Chengyu remain as an important aspect in both spoken and written language. They may seem erratic and confusing to you at first since they don’t follow the usual sentence order and their meanings depend heavily on context. But don’t worry, in this Chengyu series, we will introduce simple Chengyu made up with all the characters that you already knew, and you can infer the actual meaning by looking at the separate characters! In this lesson, let’s take a look at three Chengyu with numbers 九 (nine) and 十 (ten) in them!
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九牛一毛 jiǔniúyīmáo a drop in the ocean
只是 zhǐshì merely; simply; only
十之八九 shízhībājiǔ most likely; mostly (in 8 or 9 cases out of 10)
huì will
Lit: Nine buffaloes and one hair. Fig: Few or little.
zhèxiē qián zhǐshì jiǔniúyīmáo 。
This amount of money is nothing.
wǒ zhīdào de zhǐshì jiǔniúyīmáo ,háiyǒu hěnduō kěyǐ xué 。
I know very little, and I still have a lot to learn.
Lit: Eight or nine out of ten. Fig: Likely.
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