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English Definitionlit. cut sleeve (idiom); fig. euphemism for homosexuality, originating from History of Western Han 汉书 emperor Han Aidi (real name Liu Xin) was in bed with his lover Dong Xian, and had to attend a court audience that morning. Not wishing to awaken Dong Xian, who was sleeping with his head resting on the emperor's long robe sleeve, Aidi used a knife to cut off the lower half of his sleeve.
Simplified Script断袖之癖
Traditional Script斷袖之癖
Pinyinduànxiù zhī pǐ
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄉㄨㄢˋ ㄒㄧㄡˋ ㄓ ㄆㄧˇ
Cantonese (Jyutping)dyun6zau6 zi1 pik1
Word Decomposition
断袖duànxiùhomosexual; see 断袖之癖
zhī(possessive particle, literary equivalent of ); him; her; it
habit; hobby

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