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to hold; to carry (in one's arms); to hug or embrace; surround; cherish
destroy; spoil; ruin; injure; cruel; oppressive; savage; incomplete; disabled
to guard
lack; scarce; vacant post; to run short of
trad. (抱殘守缺)
simp. (抱残守缺)
variant forms 抱殘守闕抱残守阙
Literally: “to cherish the outmoded and preserve the outworn”.




  1. to be conservative; to be anachronistic
  2. to be a stickler for ancient ways and things; to be a traditionalist
  3. to keep working under bad conditions

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