Spoken Chinese – 母老虎

母老虎 [ mǔ lǎohǔ ]

雌性虎。通常用来指泼妇或者悍妇,语言或行为气势汹汹,做事让人害怕。

“母老虎(mǔ lǎohǔ)” means a tigress and is a metaphor for a shrew whose talk and behavior intimidate other people. When mentioning “母老虎,” many people will feel their blood creep or may even tremble with fear.

adj. — female

老虎 n. — tiger

E.g.

她简直是个母老虎。  

tā jiănzhí shì gè mŭlăohŭ。

She is absolutely a tigress.

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