Chinese Word Entry

差之毫釐,失之千里

Simplified Chinese form: 差之毫厘,失之千里

Mandarin (Zhuyin): ㄔㄚ ㄓ ㄏㄠˊ ㄌㄧˊ, ㄕ ㄓ ㄑㄧㄢ ㄌㄧˇ
Mandarin (Pinyin): chā zhī háo lí, shī zhī qiān lǐ
Cantonese (Jyutping): caa1 zi1 hou4 lei4, sat1 zi1 cin1 lei5
Definitions:
  1. the slightest difference leads to a huge loss (idiom)

  2. a miss is as good as a mile


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Chinese characters used in this word

distinction, difference, variation, discrepancy, margin, balance, to differ, different, wrong, nearly, almost, an officer
Readings
Mandarin: ㄔㄞ (chāi), ㄔㄚ (chā), ㄔㄚˋ (chà), ㄘ (cī), ㄔㄞˋ (chài), ㄘㄨㄛ (cuō), ㄐㄧㄝ (jiē)
Cantonese: caa1, caai1, ci1
Japanese: サ、 シ / さ.す、 さ.し、 たがう、 たがい
Korean: 차, 치
Vietnamese: soa, si, sai, sái

of, this, marks preceding phrase as modifier of following phrase, it, him her, them, go to
Readings
Mandarin: ㄓ (zhī), ㄓㄨ (zhū), ㄓˋ (zhì)
Cantonese: zi1
Japanese: シ / の、 これ、 ゆく、 この
Korean:
Vietnamese: chi

fine hair, brush, not at all, measure of length
Readings
Mandarin: ㄏㄠˊ (háo)
Cantonese: hou4
Japanese: ゴウ、 コウ / ごう.も、 すこし
Korean:
Vietnamese: hào

few, tenth of a bu, manage, control, thousandth part of tael
Readings
Mandarin: ㄌㄧˊ (lí), ㄒㄧ (xī), ㄌㄞˊ (lái), ㄊㄞ (tāi), ㄌㄞˋ (lài)
Cantonese: hei1, lei4
Japanese: リ、 キ、 ライ / おさ.める、 さいわ.い、 りん
Korean: 리, 희
Vietnamese: ly, hy
Variants
Simplified Chinese form:
Semantic variant form:

lose, error, fault, disadvantage, loss, make mistake, neglect
Readings
Mandarin: ㄕ (shī), ㄧˋ (yì)
Cantonese: sat1
Japanese: シツ、 イツ / うしな.う、 う.せる
Korean:
Vietnamese: thất

thousand, many, numerous, very, (Cantonese) a cheater, swindler
Readings
Mandarin: ㄑㄧㄢ (qiān)
Cantonese: cin1
Japanese: セン / ち
Korean:
Vietnamese: thiên
Variants
Semantic variant forms:

ri, village, parent's home, league, unit of distance, lane
Readings
Mandarin: ㄌㄧˇ (lǐ)
Cantonese: lei5
Japanese: リ / さと
Korean: 리, 이
Vietnamese: lý, lịa
Variants
Semantic variant form: