gua niu2 tou2 mai ma rou
Literally “to hang an ox head and sell horsemeat” i.e. to cheat customers.
歹 Dai3 Evil Wicked Bad
This is the image of bones, specifically of the scapula (shoulderblade). It is a symbol of the idea of BAD EVIL
Dai Stands For Evil
I.llness EVIL wIckeD bAD
Dai Du means POISON
On top is 主zhu3 a candle mounted on a pillar as representation of the MASTER LORD OWNER
Beneath is Mother 母mu3 (pictogram).
Image: A Mother bringing melted wax POISON to kill her own child! Very very EVIL 歹
歹dai3 bones on the top left
又you4 hand on the right
良liang2 food CAN on the bottom
When you eat meat you use your hands to pick the bones out of the stewpot. Kinda evil.
N.ow EAT MEAL
Death. Death is Evil.
歹dai3 Evil on the left, 匕bi3 dagger on the right 一yi one on top.
ONE DAGGAR=DEATH. EVIL!
I.t DEAD DEATH
歹dai3 on the left
戋jian1 crossed blades of fighting warriors on the right
N.ow DESTROY ELIMINATE DECIMATE CRUEL OPPRESSIVE SAVAGE BRUTAL
刺ci4 STAB STAB RIPPITY STAB
I.t PiERcE cUT STiNG THORN PRicK
on the left is 朿ci4 STAB which is a picture of a thorn bush seen from the front.
The 冂jiong1 cover in the middle depicts the thorns on the 木mu4 tree or bush. The sword 刀dao1 on the right of 刺ci4 makes clear that what is stabbing here is something metal.
吹牛 chui1 niu2
To blow one’s own horn, literally to blow a cow.