In Chinese, "撑腰 (chēng yāo)" literally means "to make somebody stand straight by supporting his waist". It is a metaphor for supporting somebody or backing somebody up. The common structures in oral Chinese are: "有 someone/organization/group 撑腰" and "给/为 somebody 撑腰".
1. Zhè jiā lǒngduàn qǐyè yǒu zhèngzhì shìlì chēng yāo, shì gōngkāi de mìmì.
It is not a secret that this monopoly enterprise is backed up by political power.
2. Fúwùyuán yǔ gùkè fāshēng zhēngchǎo shí, jīnglǐ bù yīnggāi wèi yuángōng chēngyāo.
The manager shouldn't take sides with the waiters when they have an argument with the customers.
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