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See also: 炒鱿鱼

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ChineseEdit

 
saute; pan-fry; to fry; fried
squid
trad. (炒魷魚) 魷魚
simp. (炒鱿鱼) 鱿鱼

EtymologyEdit

Originally from Cantonese.

The phrase is metaphorical: “to fry a squid” > “fried squids curl up” > “to roll up the bedclothes and leave” > “to be fired”.

Compare the English phrase to get the sack.

PronunciationEdit


VerbEdit

炒魷魚

  1. (literally) to fry squid
  2. (figuratively, slang) to sack someone; to fire someone
    炒魷魚 / 炒鱿鱼  ―  Wǒ bèi chǎo yóuyú le.  ―  I've been fired.

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