The Alternative Chinese Dictionary: 炒魷魚

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炒魷魚 〈chǎo yóu yú〉 {{zh-forms}} etymology Originally from Cantonese. Literally, "to fry squid." The phrase is metaphorical: "to fry a squid" > "fried squids curl up" > "to roll up the bedclothes and leave" > "to be fired." pronunciation {{zh-pron }}
verb: {{zh-verb}}
  1. to fry squid
  2. (slang) to sack someone; to fire someone

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