Spoken Chinese – 卖关子 [ mài guān zi ]

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卖关子 [mài guān zi]

 

比喻说话、做事在紧要的时候,故弄玄虚,使对方着急。

to pause at a climax in storytelling;keep people guessing

说书人说长篇故事,每次总在说到重要关节处停止,借以吸引听众接着往下听,叫“卖关子”。

In ancient Chinese times, story tellers stopped a story at a climax to keep the listeners in suspense.

E.g.

她说话爱卖关子。  

tā shuōhuà ài mài guān zi。

When she talks she likes to keep people guessing.

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