“打肿脸充胖子”用英语怎么说?

“打肿脸充胖子”用英语怎么说?

“打肿脸充胖子”,中文歇后语,字面意思是“slap one’s face until it’s swollen in an effort to look imposing”,比喻宁可付出代价而硬充作了不起,为撑面子,做一些自己力不能及的事情(try to satisfy one’s vanity when one cannot really afford to do so)。

例句:

他真会打肿了脸充胖子!

He’s just making himself look fat by slapping his own face!

人家都知道我们快要破产了,何必还打肿脸充胖子。

There’s no point in keeping up appearances when everyone knows we’re nearly bankrupt.

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