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不痛不痒    Add to My Vocabulary

PinYin bù tòng bù yǎng    Simplified 不痛不痒    Traditional 不痛不癢
  1. lit. doesn't hurt, doesn't tickle (idiom); sth is wrong, but not quite sure what
  2. fig. not getting to any matter of substance
  3. scratching the surface
  4. superficial
  5. perfunctory

Chinese meanings
  1. bù tòng bù yǎng
    【近义】不得要领、转弯抹角
    【反义】一语中的、一针见血
    【释义】既不是痛,也不是痒。原形容说不出的一种难受。现多比喻不触及实质,不切中要害,不解决问题。
    【出处】明·吴炳《情邮记·反噬》:“这事不痛不痒,却是一个大题目。”
    【用例】这种~的批评,对他根本没有什么帮助。

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