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三旬九食    Add to My Vocabulary

PinYin sān xún jǐu shí    Simplified 三旬九食    Traditional 三旬九食
  1. lit. to have only nine meals in thirty days (idiom)
  2. fig. (of a family) on the brink of starvation
  3. in dire straits

Chinese meanings
  1. sān xún jiǔ shí
    【释义】旬:十天叫一旬。三十天中只能吃九顿饭。形容家境贫困。
    【出处】汉·刘向《说苑·立节》:“子思居于卫,缊袍无表,二旬而九食。”晋·陶潜《拟古》诗:“三旬九遇食,十年著一冠。”

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