Made up of [隹 zhuī short-tailed bird; dove
radical 172, 又 yòu also; in addition; and
radical 29] Alternative traditional form of character: 難
The old representation had yellow earth baked in the sun as phonetic, the second part remains as a small bird. The modern form has a 'hand' immediately suggesting the 'difficulty' of grasping a bird Number of strokes 10
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独木难支dú mù nán zhī It takes more than one person to resolve problems 覆水难收fù shuǐ nán shōu What is done is done 孤掌难鸣gū zhǎng nán míng It is difficult to achieve anything on your own 患难见真情huàn nàn jiàn zhēn qíng Only in a crisis do you know who your friends really are 明枪易躲,暗箭难防míng qiāng yì duǒ, àn jiàn nán fáng It is difficult to guard against furtive attacks 难得糊涂nan dé hú tu Where ignorance is bliss, it is folly to be wise
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