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不得善终
bùdé shàn zhōng
'May not end well', 'cannot die a natural death'
神灭形消
shén miè xíng xiāo
'The spirit is eliminated, the form disappears'; another depiction of death
三长两短 首足异处
sān cháng liǎng duǎn, shǒu zú yì chù
'Three long, two short; head and feet in different places'. Suffer misfortune, violent death.
天年不测
tiān nián bùcè
'Natural life span cannot be measured', accidental death
一命鸣呼
yī mìng míng hū
'Life, shouts of animals', a satiric manner to state 'death'
兔死狐悲
tù sǐ hú bēi
'The rabbit dies, the fox mourns': mourn a death of a friend
死于非命,家破人亡
sǐ yú fēi mìng , jiā pò rén wáng
'Die an unexpected death, the family is shattered emotionally', tragic death
出生入死,长生不死
chūshēng rù sǐ , cháng shēng bù sǐ
'From birth to death, long life of no death'; live bravely and not fear dangers
风烛残年
fēng zhú cán nián
The end of life, decline in old age like a guttering candle
生老病死
shēng lǎo bìng sǐ
'Life, old age, illness, death'; four miseries of life according to Buddhism
十室九空
shí shì jiǔ kōng
'10 rooms, 9 are empty'; depopulated place
山高水低
shān gāo shuǐ dī
'Mountains are high, water is low'; unexpected misfortune
贪生畏死
tān shēng wèi sǐ
'Cling to life with craving and be terrified of death'
香消玉殒同归于尽
xiāng xiāo yù yǔn tóng guī yú jìn
'The fragrant disappeared, the jade perished, together head towards the end': death of beauty, great destruction
一命归西
yī mìng guī xī
'Life returns west', signifying 'death' (according to some Buddhist traditions the deceased go to the 'western paradise'). The full idiom was first expressed by the famous novelist Lao She.
生死存亡
shēng sǐ cún wáng
Life or death, a critical situation

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