dāng to be; to act as; manage

Made up of [ xiǎo small; young radical 42, snout radical 58]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Related characters


Using xiǎo : shǎo (less) shàng (still) sūn (grandson)
Using : fù (woman) guī (to return)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 当
Stroke order for character 当, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

臭不可当 chòu bù kě dāng To give off an unbearable stink
当局者迷,旁观者清 dāng jú zhě mí, páng guān zhě qīng If too closely involved may not see all the issues objectively
宁做鸡头,不当凤尾 nìng zuò jītóu, bù dāng fèng wěi Better to be leader of a humble organization than the stooge of a grand one
死马当活马医 sǐ mǎ dāng huó mǎ yī Persevering when it is already too late. A lost cause.
Tue 28th Mar

Marrying the estate agent

China has for for many years had strict residence laws. If you want to live in the big cities you have to apply for a permit. An enterprising Shanghai property agent has made use of a loophole that is surely soon to be closed. You can get a residency permit if you marry someone with a permit and then get divorced. A man, we only know by family name Wang, has used this trick four times to sell property to women who would not otherwise be allowed to stay in the city. The woman were willing to pay about $9,000 for the residence permit.


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