- From Hokkien (驚輸 POJ: kiaⁿ-su, kiaⁿ-si); literally: "afraid to lose" (Wiktionary)
“The huge jump in prices did not surprise me, because Singaporeans are basically very "kiasu" at heart, causing prices to escalate at the prospect of the supply of COEs falling.”
“Called KiasuParents. com -- the word "kiasu" means overly competitive -- it allows parents to compare notes on private learning centres, with 21,000 members registered since September”
“For the benefit of Singaporeans, it is much better for them to be less 'kiasu' and adopt a more accommodative attitude, especially with neighbours like Malaysia.”
“Because both of us were so kiasu that the other person would eat more.”
“Singaporeans 'lack of passion with literature could perhaps be explained by the republic's dominant kiasu culture?”
“In a kiasu culture, that which brings little promise of quick money, or doesn't have potential capital to get a bank lona on, is not worth "enjoying/studying" as a student, and definitely not as a semi-professional pursuit.”
“Okay, I sound every bit the kiasu (afraid to lose out) music junkie, but with such great vocals and lyrics fused into so many tracks, I'm blessed to have grabbed the last copy of this CD from the shelf (it's the last piece, the lady told me reluctantly).”
“Are they picking up the astuteness, or the state of being senile and kiasu-ism.”
“Sorry, people, but kiasu-ism is intolerable and infectious at the same time.”
“I mean, Singaporeans, being the kiasu pple would bring their own bags, and not spend money on buying the plastic.”
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