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autumn; fall; harvest time; a swing
wave; ripple; storm; surge
simp. and trad.
Literally: “autumn waves”.


Originally used by poets such as Li Bai for its literal meaning. Later poets such as Su Shi used this phrase as a metaphor for the beauty of a woman's eyes. This is the colloquial usage that we see today.




  1. (literary) autumn ripples
  2. (figuratively) bright and clear eyes of a beautiful woman; amorous glance

Usage notesEdit

  • This phrase can also be used in the context of someone who figuratively bats their eyes (as a way to get something that they want).

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