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An imitation of the sound that an antique cash register would make, often used when discussing financial matters or transactions, especially some form of profit. We've posted some excellent sales numbers this holiday season—cha-ching!


Ostentatiously fancy I don't like chi-chi décor like that—I would rather that my house be comfortable and inviting.


A nickname for the city of Chicago, Illinois. Oh, when you're in Chi-town this weekend, you have to check out the Bean and go to a Cubs game.
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mod. elegant. Her living room is so chi-chi that you are afraid to go in.


(ˈʃɑɪtɑʊn and ˈtʃɑɪtɑʊn)
n. Chicago, Illinois. I can’t wait to get back to old Chitown.


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If you're new to tai chi, it's best to start with a class, although you'll still need to practice the exercises on your own.
All you need to do tai chi is a few feet of space with a flat surface, comfortable clothes and a commitment.
Tai chi teachers are not necessarily medical professionals, and they do not have to be licensed, but it is important to find a certified teacher who can reflect his or her experience in the practice.
A variety of styles or schools of tai chi have evolved, reflecting both growth and development of the form in general as well as differences of style among different teachers.
Most of the styles or schools of tai chi have been given the surnames of their founders.
After a warm-up, your instructor will teach you the various movements involved in tai chi. You'll move slowly and gracefully, and your instructor will help you with the deep, relaxed breathing.
In Chinese medicine, it's considered the center of the body's chi. And breathing is an important part of tai chi.
You won't undergo a strenuous workout in a tai chi class--it won't be like aerobics, for instance.
There are no ill effects to tai chi, so it can be an enhancement to any regular exercise regimen.
While you can buy books and videos about tai chi, the best way to learn is to attend a class and receive instruction first-hand from a certified instructor.
Tai chi is particularly beneficial to women because it can help prevent osteoporosis and ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, all of which strike more women than men.
Ideally, tai chi should be practiced every day, or at the least, four times a week.
Several studies show that tai chi enhances balance and reduces the risk of falls among the elderly.
Medical science remains unclear about how tai chi works, but studies performed in the United States and abroad demonstrate that it has practical health benefits.
Tai chi movements are taught step by step; eventually, all the steps become one continuous sequence or form.