Chinese compliment

Chinese compliment

A false or facetious display of obeisance, or an insult disguised as a compliment. A derogatory phrase, it should not be confused with the linguistic or sociological components of compliments as used in Chinese language and culture.
See also: Chinese, compliment
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She was just trying to impress upon her mind that Amoy was two hundred and eighty miles from Hong Kong, when Fun came scuffling back, bearing what she thought was a small sword, till he unfurled an immense fan, and presented it with a string of Chinese compliments, the meaning of which would have amused her even more than the sound, if she could have understood it.
For example: l Bounty - a certainty l Cauliflower - an effiminate sheepdog lEmit - a virtual glove lMarmite - a pressure group for mothers lPhilately - a Chinese compliment More tomorrow.
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