"打水漂" (dǎ shuǐ piāo), stone skipping in English, is one of the oldest games. The player throws a flat stone or tile across water in such a way that it bounces off the surface due to the inertia, preferably many times. The object of the game is to see how many times a stone or a tile can bounce before sinking. Later, it also indicates the effort made is not functioning, and the results expected are not achieved at last. Besides, the money or the time is spent in vain.
1. Wǒ huā le hǎo jǐwàn mǎi de shǒubiǎo méi yòng duōjiǔ jiù huàile, jǐwàn kuài qián jiù zhèyàng dǎle shuǐ piāo.
The watch didn't work shortly after I bought it. More than ten thousands yuan was spent in vain.
2. Wǒ qiánnián jiè gěi tā de qián dào xiànzài hái méihuán,zhèxiē qián gūjì yào dǎ shuǐ piāo le.
The money I lent him two years ago has not been returned yet. I think he would never pay it back.
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