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See also: lǎi and lài

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MandarinEdit

PronunciationEdit

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lái (Zhuyin ㄌㄞˊ)

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VietnameseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (“rudder; helm”; SV: đà).

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

lái ()

  1. to control (a vehicle); to drive, to ride, to pilot, etc.
    lái xeto drive a car
  2. (informal) to digress, to sidetrack, or to put one's own spin on

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NounEdit

lái

  1. steering wheel; steering control
  2. (colloquial) Short for lái xe (driver) or lái đò (boatman).
  3. (colloquial) used to refer to a merchant or trader