秀 xiù Show

Origin and Meaning
The word 秀(xiù) comes from the transliteration of the English word "show." Literally, it means handsome and elegant. But now it is more commonly used as the verb "to show."

Usage of the Phrase
他又在秀自己的新发明。 
Tā yòu zài xiù zìjĭ de xīn fāmíng.
He shows his new invention to us again.
大家快来秀一秀自己的想法,看谁的最棒! 
Dàjiā kuài lái xiù yi xiù zìjĭ de xiăngfă, kàn shuí de zuì bàng.
Let’s all show our ideas and see which one is the best.

做/作秀(zuòxiù) Make a Show  
The phrase 做/作秀(zuòxiù), or "make a show," originates from the entertainment circles in Hong Kong and Taiwan and means to perform. Now people usually use the phrase to describe someone who does something superficially in order to gain others’ approval. 做/作(zuò) means to make here. You can say: "别做/作秀了,你那点儿花花肠子我还不了解吗? (Bié zuòxiù le, nĭ nà diănr huāhuā chángzi wŏ hái bù liáojiĕ ma?)" Don’t pretend (make a show), you think I don’t know what you’re plotting.

脱口秀(tuōkŏuxiù) Talk Show  
脱口秀(tuōkŏuxiù), or "talk show," is a kind of TV program. The Chinese phrase originates from the transliteration of the English phrase "talk show." 脱(tuō) literally means to take off, but here it means to say something quickly and fluently. 口(kŏu) refers to mouth. 秀(xiù) means to show.

时装秀(shízhuāngxiù) Fashion Show 
时装秀(shízhuāngxiù), or fashion show, is a kind of stage art. 时(shí) literally refers to time, but here it means fashion. 装(zhuāng) means costume and dress.

模仿秀(mófăngxiù) Imitation Show  
Now 模仿秀(mófăngxiù), or imitation show, is a very popular TV program in China in which many people try to imitate the stars they adore. 模(mó) refers to a model, or someone trying to imitate, and 仿(făng) means to imitate.

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