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Ruin in Chinese / Japanese...

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1000 good moves ruined by 1 bad

China bú pà qiān zhāo huì zhǐ pà yī zhāo shú
1000 good moves ruined by 1 bad Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Do not worry about making a thousand clever moves; what [one has to] fear is one bad move.

Figuratively, this means: Even if you have made many clever moves before, one wrong move will ruin the whole game.

I compare this to the English saying, "It takes only one Aw-shit to wipe out a thousand Attaboys."

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your ruin search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin fèn / fen4
Taiwan fen
Chinese to instigate; to ruin; to destroy

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Mandarin huài / huai4
Taiwan huai
Japanese kai
Chinese bad; spoiled; broken; to break down; (suffix) to the utmost
To go to ruin, decay, perish, destroy, spoil, worn out, rotten, bad; to deteriorate

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Mandarin bài / bai4
Taiwan pai
Japanese hai / はい
Chinese to defeat; to damage; to lose (to an opponent); to fail; to wither
Japanese (1) loss; defeat; (suf,ctr) (2) (ant: 勝・しょう・3) counter for losses
Subvert, defeat, ruin, spoil, destroy; to defeat

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Mandarin cán / can2
Taiwan ts`an / tsan
Japanese zan
Chinese to destroy; to spoil; to ruin; to injure; cruel; oppressive; savage; brutal; incomplete; disabled; to remain; to survive; remnant; surplus
To spoil, injure; cruel; to injure

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Mandarin huǐ / hui3
Taiwan hui
Japanese ki
Chinese to destroy; to damage; to ruin; to defame; to slander
To break down, destroy, abolish, defame; to defame

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Mandarin mǐn / min3
Taiwan min
Japanese min / みん
Chinese to vanish; to die out; to obliterate
Japanese (given name) Min
Vast; to flow off; ruin, confusion; to be destroyed

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Mandarin lún / lun2
Taiwan lun
Japanese sazanami / さざなみ
Chinese to sink (into ruin, oblivion); to be reduced to
Japanese (surname) Sazanami

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Mandarin kuāng / kuang1
Taiwan k`uang / kuang
Chinese to spoil (Cant.); to ruin; to warp (car wheel)


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Japanese yozen / よぜん Japanese lingering life; feeble existence; brink of ruin



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Mandarin zuò jiàn / zuo4 jian4
Taiwan tso chien
Chinese to ill-use; to humiliate; to degrade; to ruin; also pr. [zuo2 jian4]


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Japanese taosu / たおす    kokasu / こかす Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to throw down; to bring down; to blow down; to fell; to knock down; to set (something) down on its side; to turn (something) on its side; (2) to kill; to defeat; to beat; (3) to overthrow; to trip up; to ruin; (4) to leave unpaid; to cheat; (v4s,vt) (archaism) to knock down; to knock over



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Mandarin qīng chéng / qing1 cheng2
Taiwan ch`ing ch`eng / ching cheng
Japanese keisei / kese / けいせい
Chinese coming from everywhere; from all over the place; gorgeous (of woman); to ruin and overturn the state
Japanese (1) (See 傾国・けいこく・1) beauty; siren; (2) (See 傾国・けいこく・2) courtesan; prostitute; (place-name) Keisei



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Mandarin qīng jiā / qing1 jia1
Taiwan ch`ing chia / ching chia
Chinese to ruin a family; to lose a fortune


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Japanese kowasu / こわす Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to break; to destroy; to demolish; (2) to wreck; to ruin; to spoil; to damage; (3) to break (a bill, etc.)



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Mandarin huài shì / huai4 shi4
Taiwan huai shih
Chinese bad thing; misdeed; to ruin things


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Japanese kuzure / くずれ Japanese (1) crumbling; collapse; ruin; (suffix noun) (2) has-been; wannabe


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Japanese haizan / はいざん Japanese down-and-out; ruin; decline



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Mandarin nòng huài / nong4 huai4
Taiwan nung huai
Chinese to ruin; to spoil; to break


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Mandarin nòng yǐn / nong4 yin3
Taiwan nung yin
Japanese ruin
preliminary inducements


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Mandarin xíng hái / xing2 hai2
Taiwan hsing hai
Japanese keigai / kegai / けいがい
Chinese the human body; skeleton
Japanese ruin; wreck; mere skeleton; framework


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Japanese buru / ぶる    furu / ふる Japanese (suf,v5r) (1) (kana only) (after noun, adjectival noun or adj-stem) to assume the air of ...; to behave like ...; (Godan verb with "ru" ending) (2) (colloquialism) (kana only) to put on airs; to be self-important; (transitive verb) (1) to wave; to shake; to swing; (2) to sprinkle; to throw (dice); (3) to cast (actor); to allocate (work); (4) to turn down (somebody); to reject; to jilt; to dump; (5) to abandon; to give up; to ruin; (6) (See 振り仮名) to add kana indicating a reading of a word; (7) to slightly change headings; to change directions; (8) to extract by broiling; to prepare an infusion of; to decoct; (9) to carry with great vigor (e.g. a portable shrine); (10) to bring up a topic; to lead to a topic; (11) to replace; to substitute; (12) to set up a joke for somebody else



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Mandarin sǔn huǐ / sun3 hui3
Taiwan sun hui
Chinese to cause damage to; to ruin; to destroy



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Mandarin cuī cán / cui1 can2
Taiwan ts`ui ts`an / tsui tsan
Chinese to ravage; to ruin



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Mandarin bài huài / bai4 huai4
Taiwan pai huai
Japanese baie
Chinese to ruin; to corrupt; to undermine
to spoil


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Japanese kyuuhai / kyuhai / きゅうはい Japanese (noun/participle) decay; dilapidation (ruin)


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Japanese kowasu / こわす Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to break; to destroy; to demolish; (2) to wreck; to ruin; to spoil; to damage; (3) to break (a bill, etc.)



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Mandarin huǐ miè / hui3 mie4
Taiwan hui mieh
Chinese to perish; to ruin; to destroy


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Japanese botsuraku / ぼつらく Japanese (noun/participle) ruin; fall; collapse


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Japanese ryuuon / ryuon / りゅうおん Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) {ling} liquid sound; (female given name) Rune; (female given name) Ruon; (female given name) Ruo; (female given name) Ruin; (female given name) Ryuune; (female given name) Naoto



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Mandarin lún luò / lun2 luo4
Taiwan lun lo
Japanese rinraku / りんらく
Chinese to degenerate; impoverished; to fall (into poverty); to be reduced (to begging)
Japanese (noun/participle) (See 堕落) ruin; depravity; corruption

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Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
1000 good moves ruined by 1 bad不怕千招會隻怕一招熟
bú pà qiān zhāo huì zhǐ pà yī zhāo shú
bu2 pa4 qian1 zhao1 hui4 zhi3 pa4 yi1 zhao1 shu2
bu pa qian zhao hui zhi pa yi zhao shu
pu p`a ch`ien chao hui chih p`a i chao shu
pu pa chien chao hui chih pa i chao shu
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