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什么是'喝西北风'?

What does this expression mean if it has a meaning beyond its literal translation? Not sure if I am reading it right. There is no reference to it in the dictionary. I presume it is something to do with financial ruin.

For learning: Chinese (Mandarin)
Base language: English
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    They all got it...I use this when I want to explain that someone has no money and will find it hard to live, for e.g.
    找不到工作只能喝西北风

    too poor ,have no money,
    so have no money to buy food. just eat "西北风",haha.for free.
    这是用来形容某些人好吃懒做,春天不去播种,秋天不去收割,整天不做事情。
    当冬天到来的时候,就没有饭吃了,只好去喝西北风。
    其实西北风又不是汤和酒,当然是不能喝的。在中国,刮西北风的时候通常是冬天。
    这个种表达只是为了说明,忙的时候不去努力,闲的时候就没有饭吃。形容人懒。

    hi,boy,are you chinse?or not?
    your thought is right,it means somebody is so poor that have nothing to eat or drink but the bise.

    Suffering hunger and cold, having nothing to maintain a living. (drinking bise)


    too poor? not all right. why he is poor? Always because of his laziness.
    Centainly, It is used to describe peoples who are living in penury.
    but that is always exaggerated.

    找不到工作只能喝西北风
    没有工作,就没有收入,没有钱花了,只好喝西北风了咯~这也是中国人形容那些好吃懒做的人~
    Congratulations! You have the right sense about the expression.
    1、This expression means beyond its literal translation.
    2、It is something to do with financial ruin.

    Imagine, when a person can't afford to buy any food, only what to do is just to eat sth for free.
    So, if the wind can function as food, it would be a good choice.

    that means you have nothing to eat expect the wind. Haha~

    it's an idiom in Chinese. no money, no food, except the wind.
    就是说人很穷的意思

    没错,一般这句话专门用在:
    我不工作,难道让我去喝西北风啊?

    没钱,没用,什么都买不起,只能喝西北风.

    when you ask your parents ,why must we make money?your parents maybe answer that if we donot make money 那去喝西北风啊

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