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下马威 (xiàmǎwēi) Show one’s power to intimidate others at the beginning (Advanced)

Dec. 21, 2009

下马威 (xiàmǎwēi) Show one’s power to intimidate others at the  

beginning   

The character “下 (xià)” means to get down; “马 ()” means horse and

“威 (wēi)” means power. Oftentimes, this phrase is used when power or

severity is displayed by an official upon taking office.

Example

第一次参加面试,面试官就给了她一个下马威。  

Dì yī cì cānjiā miànshì, miànshìguān jiù gěile tā yí gè xiàmǎwēi.

The interviewer showed his power to intimidate her in her first interview.

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I must say, enjoyed the read, many thanks.

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