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v. grip forcefully, clutch at; guard, control
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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.
è shā
v. strangle, smother, take (or catch, hold, seize) by the throat
jiǎn míng è yào
idiom. brief and to the point
è hóu fǔ bèi
idiom. have a squeeze hold on the enemy by slapping his back and strangling his throat -- hold the best strategic position and deal a fatal blow to one's foe