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under; next; lower; below; underneath; down(wards); to go down; latter
ocean; sea
simp. and trad.
(下海)

EtymologyEdit

Literally: into the sea. The analogy used here is that going out to the sea is usually risky and unpredictable.

PronunciationEdit


VerbEdit

下海

  1. (literally) to sail out to the sea; to go to sea; to go fishing, swimming, surfing (or other activities) in the sea
  2. (figuratively, chiefly Mainland China) to resign from one's profession and venture into doing business
    下海經商 / 下海经商  ―  xiàhǎi jīngshāng  ―  to go into business
  3. (figuratively, of an amateur performer) to turn professional
  4. (figuratively, of a woman) to be driven to prostitution
  5. (figuratively, slang) to go into pornography acting