Chinese Word Entry

老鼠過街,人人喊打

Simplified Chinese form: 老鼠过街,人人喊打

Mandarin (Zhuyin): ㄌㄠˇ ㄕㄨˇ ㄍㄨㄛˋ ㄐㄧㄝ, ㄖㄣˊ ㄖㄣˊ ㄏㄢˇ ㄉㄚˇ
Mandarin (Pinyin): lǎo shǔ guò jiē, rén rén hǎn dǎ
Cantonese (Jyutping): lou5 syu2 gwo3 gaai1, jan4 jan4 haam3 daa2
Definitions:
  1. lit. when a rat crosses the street, people chase it down (idiom)

  2. fig. everyone detests a lowlife


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Chinese characters used in this word

old man, old age, grow old, old, aged, experienced
Readings
Mandarin: ㄌㄠˇ (lǎo)
Cantonese: lou5
Japanese: ロウ (rou) / お.いる (oiru)、 ふ.ける (fukeru)、 おい (oi)
Korean: 로 (ro), 노 (no)
Vietnamese: lão

rat, mouse, dark gray, KangXi radical 208
Readings
Mandarin: ㄕㄨˇ (shǔ)
Cantonese: syu2
Japanese: ソ (so)、 ショ (sho) / ねずみ (nezumi)、 ねず (nezu)
Korean: 서 (seo)
Vietnamese: thử
Variants
Semantic variant form:

overdo, exceed, go beyond, error, pass, pass through, go across
Readings
Mandarin: ㄍㄨㄛˋ (guò), ㄍㄨㄛ (guō), ㄍㄨㄛ˙ (guo), ㄏㄨㄛˋ (huò)
Cantonese: gwo1, gwo3
Japanese: カ (ka) / す.ぎる (sugiru)、 す.ごす (sugosu)、 あやま.ち (ayamachi)、 あやま.つ (ayamatsu)、 よぎ.る (yogiru)、 とが (toga)
Korean: 과 (gwa)
Vietnamese: quá, qua
Variants
Simplified Chinese form:

boulevard, street, town, road, thoroughfare
Readings
Mandarin: ㄐㄧㄝ (jiē)
Cantonese: gaai1
Japanese: ガイ (gai)、 カイ (kai) / まち (machi)
Korean: 가 (ga)
Vietnamese: nhai

person, man, people, mankind, someone else
Readings
Mandarin: ㄖㄣˊ (rén)
Cantonese: jan4
Japanese: ジン (jin)、 ニン (nin) / ひと (hito)、 -り (-ri)、 -と (-to)
Korean: 인 (in)
Vietnamese: nhân
Variants
Semantic variant forms:

cry, call, shout, call out, yell, howl
Readings
Mandarin: ㄏㄢˇ (hǎn), ㄎㄢˋ (kàn), ㄐㄧㄢ (jiān)
Cantonese: haam3, ham6
Japanese: カン (kan)、 ヤク (yaku) / さけ.ぶ (sakebu)
Korean: 함 (ham)
Vietnamese: hảm

strike, hit, knock, pound, dozen, beat, fight, attack
Readings
Mandarin: ㄉㄚˇ (dǎ), ㄉㄚˊ (dá)
Cantonese: daa1, daa2
Japanese: ダ (da)、 ダース (da-su)、 テイ (tei) / う.つ (utsu)、 う.ち- (uchi-)、 ぶ.つ (butsu)、 だうす (dausu)、 うち (uchi)
Korean: 타 (ta), 정 (jeong)
Vietnamese: đả