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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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SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH  
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
九牛一毛
jiǔniúyīmáo
Lit: Nine buffaloes and one hair. Fig: Few or little.
这些钱只是九牛一毛。
zhèxiē qián zhǐshì jiǔniúyīmáo 。
This amount of money is nothing.
我知道的只是九牛一毛,还有很多可以学。
wǒ zhīdào de zhǐshì jiǔniúyīmáo ,háiyǒu hěnduō kěyǐ xué 。
I know very little, and I still have a lot to learn.
十之八九
shízhībājiǔ
Lit: Eight or nine out of ten. Fig: Likely.
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