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ice to freeze three
a Chinese foot (M); one-third of a meter; a ruler; a note musical note on traditional Chinese scale
(be) not; wrong; blame; Africa
one; single; a; (before verbs) as soon as, once; (before a noun) entire (family, etc.)
day; sun; date; day of the month; Japan (abbrev.)
's; him/her/it; this cold; poor; to tremble
trad. (冰凍三尺,非一日之寒)
simp. (冰冻三尺,非一日之寒)
Literally: “three feet of ice is not the result of one cold day”.




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