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Chinese dai4 lü4-tou2-jin1, meaning to be cuckolded, to wear horns. Also dai4 lü4-mao4-zi literally "to wear a green hat".

During the Mongol and Ming dynasties, it was the custom for the men employed as bouncers in brothels to wear green head-cloths. From the practice of these non-takers of the brothel's pleasures, the green turban came to be the token of the cuckolded husband. The expression is still current.

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