strip of paper
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).
slip of paper, stripe, (slang) cop, and (old) prostitute
The tyrant (ti) had inconsistant policies so the people had to watch out (áo) that their zingers (zi) don't get them in trouble.
tiao2 zi and tiao zi