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Mandarin pinyin pronunciation
yī yán bù fā
Cantonese jyutpin pronunciation
/(yat1 yin4 bat1 faat3 )
Short definition to not say a word (idiom)
Usage frequency Very infrequent
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All available English definitions to not say a word (idiom)MDBG icon /
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我们( men) us
一言不发(yī yán bù fā) to not say a word (idiom)
(dìde) -ly

We sat in total silence.

(nǐ) variant of 你, you (female)
怎么(zěn me) how
一言不发(yī yán bù fā) to not say a word (idiom)

How come you say nothing?

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