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泼冷水 (pōlěngshuǐ) Pour cold water on / Dampen the enthusiasm of (Advanced)

Dec. 8, 2009

泼冷水 (pōlěnɡshuǐ) Pour cold water on / Dampen the enthusiasm of   

The character “泼 ()” means to pour or to throw; “冷 (lěng)” means cold

and “水 (shuǐ)” means water.

Example:

他本来就信心不足,你就别给他泼冷水了。  

Tā běnlái jiù xìnxīn bù zú, nǐ jiù bié gěi tā pōlěngshuǐ le.

You should not pour cold water on him, for he is not confident.

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