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flit about; translate; turn over cloud; (abbr.) for Yunnan; surname
 
to cover; to overflow; to reply to a letter; to overturn; to capsize
rain
trad. (翻雲覆雨)
simp. (翻云覆雨)

EtymologyEdit

From a line in 貧交行 by Du Fu (杜甫):

紛紛輕薄何須 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
纷纷轻薄何须 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
Fānshǒu zuò yún shǒu , fēnfēn qīngbó héxū shù? [Pinyin]
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IdiomEdit

翻雲覆雨

  1. (figuratively) to be fickle; to shift one's grounds constantly
  2. (figuratively) to play politics; to be tricky
  3. (figuratively) to make love