- to hold; to carry (in one's arms); to hug or embrace; surround; cherishdestroy; spoil; ruin; injure; cruel; oppressive; savage; incomplete; disabled
to guardlack; scarce; vacant post; to run short of trad. (抱殘守缺) 抱 殘 守 缺 simp. (抱残守缺) 抱 残 守 缺 variant forms 抱殘守闕／抱残守阙 Literally: “to cherish the outmoded and preserve the outworn”.
- to be conservative; to be anachronistic
- to be a stickler for ancient ways and things; to be a traditionalist
- to keep working under bad conditions