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 dāng shí then / at that time / while
 yī huì r a moment / a while / in a moment / / also pr. [yi1 hui3 r5]
 què but / yet / however / while / to go back / to decline / to retreat / nevertheless / even though
 yī shí a period of time / a while / for a short while / temporary / momentary / at the same time
 yī huì a moment / a while / in a moment / also pr. [yi1 hui3]
 yī zhèn zi a while / a spell / a short time / a burst
 zhōng within / among / in / middle / center / while (doing sth) / during / (dialect) OK / all right
 dài until / while
 yī xià (used after a verb) give it a go / to do (sth for a bit to give it a try) / one time / once / in a while / all of a sudden / all at once
 yī biān one side / either side / on the one hand / on the other hand / doing while
 yī xià zi in a short while / all at once / all of a sudden
 ǒu ěr occasionally / once in a while / sometimes
 bàn tiān half of the day / a long time / quite a while / midair / CL:個|个[ge4]
 hǎo jiǔ quite a while
 suí shǒu conveniently / without extra trouble / while doing it / in passing
 bàn shǎng half of the day / a long time / quite a while
 shùn shǒu easily / without trouble / while one is at it / in passing / handy
 liáng jiǔ a good while / a long time
 shēng qián (of a deceased) during one's life / while living
 liǎng xià twice / for a little while
 huó huó while still alive / simply / totally
 huó shēng shēng real (people) / living (artist) / while still alive (e.g. skinned alive)
 shāo hòu in a little while / in a moment / later on
 xiāo qiǎn to while the time away / amusement / pastime / recreation / to make sport of
 tiān cháng dì jiǔ enduring while the world lasts (idiom) / eternal
 xiāo mó to wear down / to sap / to whittle away / to while away / to idle away
 céng jǐ hé shí just a while before / not so long ago / everyone can remember when..
 ǒu ér occasionally / once in a while
 shùn lù by the way / while out doing sth else / conveniently
 chéng shì to seize the opportunity / to strike while the iron is hot
 hùn jì mixed in as part of a community / hiding one's identity / occupying a position while not deserving it
 děng yī huì Wait a moment! / after a while
 qín gōng jiǎn xué to work part time while studying / work-study program
 chuǎng hóng dēng to run a red light / failing to stop at a red traffic light / (slang) to have sex with a girl while she is menstruating
 bàn xiǎng half the day / a long time / quite a while
 shì kě ér zhǐ to stop before going too far (idiom) / to stop while one can / don't overdo it / stop while you're ahead
 bì zhòng jiù qīng to avoid the important and dwell on the trivial / to keep silent about major charges while admitting minor ones
 zhǐ shǒu huà jiǎo to gesticulate while talking (idiom) / to explain by waving one's hands / to criticize or give orders summarily
 mà ma liē liē to swear while talking / to be foul-mouthed
 bīng biàn mutiny / (Tw) to be dumped by one's girlfriend while serving in the army
 diū kāi to cast or put aside / to forget for a while
 chuī xiāo to play the xiao 簫|箫[xiao1] (mouth organ) / to beg while playing pipes / cf politician Wu Zixu 伍子胥[Wu3 Zi3 xu1], c. 520 BC destitute refugee in Wu town, 吳市吹簫|吴市吹箫[Wu2 shi4 chui1 xiao1] / to busk / virtuoso piper wins a beauty, cf 玉人吹簫|玉人吹箫[yu4 ren2 chui1 xiao1] / (slang) fellatio / blowjob
 chèn rè dǎ tiě to strike while the iron is hot
 shēng lèi jù xià to shed tears while recounting sth / speaking in a tearful voice
 fēng mǐ yī shí fashionable for a while (idiom) / all the rage
 kū sāng to wail at a funeral / formal wailing while offering sacrifice to the departed
 jiāng will / shall / to use / to take / to checkmate / just a short while ago / (introduces object of main verb, used in the same way as 把[ba3])
 qiú tóng cún yì to seek common ground while holding back differences (idiom) / to agree to differ
 yī shí bàn kè a short time / a little while
 shǎo qǐng in a short while / presently
便 jiù biàn at sb's convenience / in passing / while doing it
 guà yáng tóu mài gǒu ròu lit. to hang a sheep's head while selling dog meat (idiom) / fig. to cheat / dishonest advertising / wicked deeds carried out under banner of virtue
 dǎ jiān to stop for a snack while traveling
 chéng xìng while in high spirits / feeling upbeat / on an impulse
 láo ér wú gōng to work hard while accomplishing little / to toil to no avail
 sè lì nèi rěn lit. show strength while weak inside (idiom) / appearing fierce while cowardly at heart / a sheep in wolf's clothing
 Yè Gōng hào lóng lit. Lord Ye's passion for dragons (idiom) / fig. to pretend to be fond of sth while actually fearing it / ostensible fondness of sth one really fears
 bù dào Huáng Hé xīn bù sǐ lit. not to stop until one reaches the Yellow River (idiom) / fig. to persevere until one reaches one's goal / to keep going while some hope is left
 xiē to rest / to take a break / to stop / to halt / (dialect) to sleep / a moment / a short while
 qǐng unit of area equal to 100 畝|亩[mu3] or 6.67 hectares / a short while / a little while ago / circa. (for approximate dates)
 yú a moment / little while
 rén jiān dì yù hell on earth (idiom) / suffering the torments of Buddhist hell while still alive / fig. having an uncomfortable time
 tiān yóu jiā cù lit. to add oil and vinegar / fig. adding details while telling a story (to make it more interesting)
 qiān dāo wàn guǎ to make mincemeat of sb / to hack sb to pieces (used while cursing)
 àn dù Chén cāng lit. secretly crossing the Wei River 渭河[Wei4 He2] at Chencang (idiom, refers to a stratagem used by Liu Bang 劉邦|刘邦[Liu2 Bang1] in 206 BC against Xiang Yu 項羽|项羽[Xiang4 Yu3] of Chu) / fig. to feign one thing while doing another / to cheat under cover of a diversion
 dì jiǔ tiān cháng enduring while the world lasts (idiom, from Laozi) / eternal / for ever and ever (of friendship, hate etc) / also written 天長地久|天长地久
 dà chù zhuó yǎn View the big picture while handling the details (idiom).
 kōng chéng jì the empty city stratagem (in which Zhuge Liang presents himself as unperturbed while making it evident that his city is undefended, hoping his adversary will suspect an ambush) / double bluff
 yī shí bàn shǎng a short time / a little while
 yī shí bàn shà a short time / a little while
 jiāo qiǎn yán shēn to talk intimately while being comparative strangers (idiom)
 yǎng wū zhù shū lit. to stare at the ceiling while writing a book (idiom) / to put one's whole body and soul into a book
 jí shí xíng lè to enjoy the present (idiom) / to live happily with no thought for the future / make merry while you can / carpe diem
 Wú shì chuī xiāo to beg while playing the xiao 箫 / (mouth organ) / cf Wu Zixu 伍子胥, destitute refugee from Chu 楚, busked in Wu town c. 520 BC, then became a powerful politician
 chuī xiāo qǐ shí to beg while playing the xiao 箫 / (mouth organ) / cf Wu Zixu 伍子胥, destitute refugee from Chu 楚, busked in Wu town c. 520 BC, then became a powerful politician
 duì jiǔ dāng gē lit. sing to accompany wine (idiom) / fig. life is short, make merry while you can
 dài pén wàng tiān lit. viewing the sky with a basin on one's head / it is hard to get a clear view of the sky while carrying a platter on one's head / fig. it is hard to get on in one's career while encumbered by family obligations / one can't perform a major task while bothered by other duties
 huà dí jiào zǐ to write on the sand with reeds while teaching one's son (idiom) / mother's admirable dedication to her children's education
 fēng xíng yī shí to be popular for a while / to be all the rage for a time
 jīn zhāo yǒu jiǔ jīn zhāo zuì to live in the moment (idiom) / to live every day as if it were one's last / to enjoy while one can
 Fū zǐ zì dào appearing to be praising others while actually praising yourself / one's criticism of others exposes one's own faults
 táng láng bǔ chán the mantis stalks the cicada, unaware of the oriole behind (idiom, from Daoist classic Zhuangzi 莊子|庄子) / to pursue a narrow gain while neglecting a greater danger
 shēn zài Cáo yíng xīn zài Hàn live in Cao camp but have the heart in Han camp (idiom.) / to be somewhere while longing to be somewhere else
 ǒu yī wéi zhī to do sth once in a while (idiom) / to do sth more as an exception than the rule
 bó wén yuē lǐ vigorously pursuing knowledge, while scrupulously abiding by the rules of decorum (idiom)
尿 bǎ niào to support a child (or invalid etc) while he or she urinates
 zài chuán shū guò chéng zhōng while transmitting / during transmission
 yī shí bàn huì a short time / a little while
 yī shí bàn huì r a short time / a little while
 shàng yǒu zhèng cè , xià yǒu duì cè The higher ups have policies while the lower downs have their own ways of getting around them. (idiom)
 rèn zhí qī jiān term of office / while holding a post
 ǒu yī accidentally / once in a while / very occasionally
 shòu wán jí zhǐ while stocks last / subject to availability
 yùn suì the embryonic development of grain while still on the stem
 shǒu huó guǎ to stay at home while one's husband is away / grass widow
 zūn xián ài wù to honor the wise and love the people / respecting noble talent while protecting the common people
 shǎo kè a short while / soon
 shǎo jiàn soon / a short while / a narrow gap / slightly better (state of health)
 zhǐ shǒu huà jiǎo to gesticulate while talking (idiom) / to explain by waving one's hands / to criticize or give orders summarily / also written 指手畫腳|指手画脚
 zhǐ jī mà gǒu lit. to point at the chicken while scolding the dog (idiom) / fig. to make indirect criticisms

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