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yin and yang

noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
(in Chinese philosophy and religion) two principles, one negative, dark, and feminine (yin) and one positive, bright, and masculine (yang) whose interaction influences the destinies of creatures and things.
Origin of yin and yang
First recorded in 1930-35, yin and yang is from the Chinese word yīn-yáng Unabridged
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Yin and Yang

two complementary principles of Chinese philosophy: Yin is negative, dark, and feminine, Yang positive, bright, and masculine. Their interaction is thought to maintain the harmony of the universe and to influence everything within it
Word Origin
from Chinese (Peking) yin dark + yang bright
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Contemporary definitions for yin-yang

in Chinese philosophy, the two cosmic forces of creative energy, yin being feminine/negative and yang being masculine/positive, from which everything originates and depends on the interaction of the opposite and complementary principles's 21st Century Lexicon
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yin and yang definition

Two forces in the universe, according to a Chinese theory: yin is the passive, negative force, and yang the active, positive force. According to this theory, wise people will detect these forces in the seasons, in their food, and so on, and will regulate their lives accordingly.

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  1. The anus; ass, asshole, where the sun doesn't shine •Nearly always in the expression up the ying-yang, ''in great abundance'': A mother-jumper of a winter. Snow up the yin-yang (1970s+)
  2. The penis; prick: a peek at one of my troopers with tubes up his ying-yang (1960s+)
  3. A stupid or foolish person (1970s+ Army)

[origin uncertain; perhaps coined because of the increasing currency of the Chinese term yin and yang, ''the female and male principles in nature,'' influenced by wang, ''penis''; perhaps fr Louisiana French yan-yan, ''ass'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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