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人不像人,鬼不像鬼

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Mandarin

Etymology

Literally: (A place or circumstance where) people do not resemble people, and ghosts do not resemble ghosts

Idiom

人不像人,鬼不像鬼 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin rén bù xiàng rén, guǐ bù xiàng guǐ)

  1. pure misery
    人不像人鬼不像鬼生活. (simp.)
    人不像人鬼不像鬼生活. (trad.)
    For four years, I lived a life of pure misery.
  2. ghastly
    支持人不像人鬼不像鬼劳退金. (simp.)
    支持人不像人鬼不像鬼勞退金. (trad.)
    Don't support the new ghastly labor retirement system.

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