东拉西扯 East Pull West Tear

东拉西扯 Guilty as charged.

This one means idle chit chat; idle about, do nothing but gossip, talk, chat; to drag things out, to go off topic, non-sequitor.

push me-pull you

or

to drag things out

can be good translations depending on context.

东east dong1

拉pull la1

西west xi1

扯pull, tear che3

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