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kiasu

[kee-ah-soo, kee-uh-soo] /kiˈɑ su, ˈki əˌsu/
adjective
1.
self-serving, competitive, or greedy:
parents who are kiasu about their children’s education.
noun
2.
Also, kiasuism. a kiasu mind-set.
Origin
< Chinese: literally, ‘fear of losing or of losing out’
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