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kiasu

[kee-ah-soo, kee-uh-soo]
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adjective
  1. self-serving, competitive, or greedy: parents who are kiasu about their children’s education.
noun
  1. Also ki·a·su·ism. a kiasu mind-set.

Origin of kiasu

< Chinese: literally, ‘fear of losing or of losing out’
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