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A Chinese Talking Syllabary of the Cantonese Dialect
N(1)  Force, power: [shi4li4]1↓;
power of position;
pomp and power;
燄薰天 one's position and power dominate the world (“flame darkens the sky”);
趨炎附 cater to those in power;
rely on the protection of s.o. in power;
狗仗人 said of servant (“dog”) bullying others because of master's power and position.
(2)  Direction and force of movement: 火 the way fire spreads;
the force and direction of the current;
hand gesture, way of striking;
姿 posture, grace of movement (standing, walking, sitting).
(3)  Situation in combat: 得 successful, gains advantage in combat;
均力敵 their strength and advantage of situation match each other;
窮力竭 in a deplorable plight and powerless;
,兵 force of attacking army;
如破竹 smashes into enemy territory “like splitting bamboo”--without effort.
(4)  Situation in gen.: 情,形 situation, the way things look;
,山 the lay of the land, mountains;
,大 the trend of events;
,趁 take advantage of situation;
不佳 situation deplorable, not tenable;
難兼顧 situation is such one cannot look after both at the same time;
不兩立 one of the two must be destroyed;
成騎虎 in the position of one riding a tiger--unable to get down and dangerous to go on;
所必至 is bound to come;
將,必 it will, it certainly will, by force of circumstances.
(5)  (LL) male genitals: 去其 to castrate.
Words1.力 [shi4li4]1, n., (1)  force of strike; (2)  political influence or influence of riches: 力範圍 sphere of influence. 
2.利 [shi4li4]2, adj., snobbish; 利眼 snobbery, judging people by wealth and power. 
3.派(兒) [shi4pai4] ([shi4pa4er0]), n., style of personality; pomp and circumstance. 
4.頭 [shi4tou2], n., prestige, power, the way things look. 
5.要 [shi4yao4], n., those in power.