trắng tay

VietnameseEdit

EtymologyEdit

trắng (white) +‎ tay (hand). Calque of Chinese 白手 (báishǒu).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

trắng tay

  1. empty-handed

Usage notesEdit

  • The term can simply refer to the state of having nothing to give, of getting nothing, but it can also imply an ultimate loss of fortune that the subject suffers.