手头shǒu tóu

in hand

Meaning

Primary Meaning:

in hand

Mnemonic:

A gambler had little cash in hand (手) and thought he would try his luck at the poker table while his head (头) was still clear.


Alternative Meaning:

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Reading

Mnemonic:

The gambler thought his opponent was bluffing but came showhand (shǒu) turned out he wasn't. The gambler lost all his total (tóu) winnings for the night and left in the same state he came.


Alternative Reading:

shou3 tou2 and shou tou

Characters

Character:

and

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