条子tiáo zi

strip of paper

Meaning

Primary Meaning:

strip of paper

Mnemonic:

The tyrant of the kingdom was very paranoid about his safety and would even see a snake from a strip (条) of paper on the floor. Because of his mistrust, he had no wives nor children (子).


Alternative Meaning:

slip of paper, stripe, (slang) cop, and (old) prostitute

Reading

Mnemonic:

The tyrant (ti) had inconsistant policies so the people had to watch out (áo) that their zingers (zi) don't get them in trouble.


Alternative Reading:

tiao2 zi and tiao zi

Characters

Character:

and

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