拍马屁Pat a horses’ buttocks

Chinese name: 拍马屁

Pinyin: pāi mǎ pì

English name: Pat a horses’s buttocks

Characters: This word consists of three single characters 拍(meaning: pat), 马(meaning: horse) and 屁(meaning: fart, however in this phrase buttocks)

Meaning: This phrase literally translates to patting a horse’s buttocks which means to say or do something to please or win approval from someone superior. It originated in the Yuan Dynasty, it was customary for Mongolians to pat the buttocks of each others horses to examine their physical condition. Following the inspection praise was given to the rider.

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