English translation of '拖泥带水'
(tuō ní dài shuǐ)
⇒ 他工作总拖泥带水。(Tā gōngzuò zǒng tuō ní dài shuǐ.)
He's always slapdash in his work.
⇒ 说话要直接,别拖泥带水。(Shuōhuà yào zhíjiē, bié tuō ní dài shuǐ.)
Say what you've got to say, don't beat about the bush.
Translation of 拖泥带水 from the Collins Chinese to English Dictionary