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tái jiē
n. step, staircase; (fig.) opportunity to extricate from an awkward position

Simplified Chinese

Traditional Chinese

Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
wǒ bù zhī dào tài shān yǒu duō shao jí tái jiē .
phr. I don't know how many steps there are on the way up Mount Tai.
xià tái jiē
idiom. have one more or less graceful way to back out of an embarrassing situation