Meaning of 拈

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Pinyin: niān
English Definition: to nip; to grasp with the fingers; to fiddle with; Taiwan pr. [nian2]
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Ideographic: To divine by hand ; also provides the pronunciation
Character Formation:
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Example Words
信手拈来 xìn shǒu niān lái to get sth. without effort; to have material at one's fingertips and write freely; to write freely without too much hesitation; to pick at random (idiom)
拈花惹草 niān huā cǎo lit. to pick the flowers and trample the grass (idiom); fig. to womanize; to frequent brothels; to sow one's wild oats
拈轻怕重 niān qīng zhòng to pick easy jobs and shirk hard ones (idiom)
拈酸吃醋 niān suān chī to be jealous (idiom)
惹草拈花 cǎo niān huā see 拈花惹草
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Example Sentences
Thus the Lord Budda pick up the flower with smile;
Can I use the Wuxi finger hold on 'em?
Put carefully, their case goes as follows.
I am sure I am only scratching the surface.
The seventh lot came out for the tribe of Dan, clan by clan.