- 弄虛作假 ( nòng xū zuò jiǎ )-To play tricks, to deceive. 弄: to play, to fiddle with. 虛: false. 作: to make. 假: falsehood, deception.
Example: Not only is cheating on a test dishonest, it also isn’t a smart move.
- 孰是孰非 (shú shì shú fēi)- Who’s right and who’s wrong. 孰: who, which,what. 是: right. 非: wrong.
Example: This is not the time to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong. What’s most urgent is to fix the problem as quickly as possible.
- 人山人海 (rén shān rén hǎi)-Used to describe large crowds of people. 人: people. 山: mountain. 海: sea.
Example: On St. Patrick Day, the Chicago riverside was surrounded with crowds watching the river turn green.
- 不知所措 (bù zhī suǒ cuò)- To be at a loss, not knowing what to do. 不知: not knowing. 所: place. 措: to place, to deal with.
Example: When the dog and cat picked up a fight with each other, the frightened little girl began to cry, not knowing what to do.
- 將信將疑 (jiāng xìn jiāng yí)- Skeptical; to take with a grain of salt. 將: going to. 信: believe. 疑: doubt, suspicious.
Example: When e-books first entered the market, both publishers and authors were skeptical about the product and were unwilling to go electronic.
- 緩兵之計 (huǎn bīng zhī jì)-Delaying tactics / stalling /measures to stave off an attack.
Example: As it turns out, the ruckus just a moment ago was a distraction from the robbery happening in the store.
- 錯漏百出 (cuò lòu bǎi chū)-To be filled with errors and omissions. 錯漏: error and negligence. 錯: mistake, wrong. 漏: to leave out by mistake. 百: hundred. 出: to occur.
Example: His math is filled with mistakes; none of the questions are answered correctly.