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死要面子活受罪

yào miàn zi huó shòu zuì to go through hell for the sake of keeping up appearances (idiom)
to die / impassable / uncrossable / inflexible / rigid / extremely / damned
yào miàn zi to regard face as all-important / to consider loss of face unthinkable
  yāo to demand / to request / to coerce
  yào important / vital / to want / to ask for / will / going to (as future auxiliary) / may / must / (used in a comparison) must be / probably / if
  yào miàn zi see 爱面子
   miàn face / side / surface / aspect / top / classifier for objects with flat surfaces such as drums, mirrors, flags etc
   miàn variant of
   miàn flour / noodles / (of food) soft (not crunchy) / (slang) (of a person) ineffectual / spineless
   miàn zi outer surface / outside / honor / reputation / face (as in "losing face") / self-respect / feelings / (medicinal) powder
    son / child / seed / egg / small thing / 1st earthly branch: 11 p.m.-1 a.m., midnight, 11th solar month (7th December to 5th January), year of the Rat / Viscount, fourth of five orders of nobility 五等爵位 / ancient Chinese compass point: 0° (north) / subsidiary / subordinate / sub-
    zi (noun suffix)
     huó to live / alive / living / work / workmanship
     huó shòu zuì (coll.) to go through sheer hell
      shòu to receive / to accept / to suffer / subjected to / to bear / to stand / pleasant / (passive marker)
      shòu zuì to endure / to suffer / hardships / torments / a hard time / a nuisance
       zuì guilt / crime / fault / blame / sin
       zuì variant of , crime
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