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Post time 2018-10-12 22:48:15 |Display all floors
但我老实说,你真不是个省油的灯
But let's be honest here,you're a disaster.

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Post time 2018-10-13 03:47:58 |Display all floors
你真不是个省油的灯

You aren't easily dispensed.

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Post time 2018-10-13 07:02:10 |Display all floors
When people wear red or white, that is, at weddings or funerals, the practice of giving lavish feasts can be dispensed with. (免除,豁免)
什么红白喜事,讨媳妇,死了人,大办其酒席,实在可以不必。

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Post time 2018-10-13 09:30:30 |Display all floors
This post was edited by wchao37 at 2018-10-13 10:10

Dispensable – 省得了的, 非必需的

Dispense – 分配, 分发,施与, 打发

Dispense with – 没有也行

Therefore my take is that it is really up to you to decide.

Normally I would use "dispense with."

But in this case I don't like ending a sentence in "with."

One can try to work around the dilemma by saying:

"Nobody should assume that your dispensability is a taken."

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Post time 2018-10-13 09:44:52 |Display all floors
wchao37 Post time: 2018-10-13 09:30
Dispensable – 省得了的, 非必需的

Dispense – 分配, 分发,施与, 打发

这个人不是好打发的
The man is not easy to dispense with

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Post time 2018-10-13 09:46:48 |Display all floors
zhao jianguo Post time: 2018-10-13 09:44
这个人不是好打发的
The man is not easy to dispense with

a hard nut to crack 比较难对付的人
My manager is a hard nut to crack. He always shouts at me about what I have done.
经理是个很难对付的人,他总是对我做的事大吼大叫。

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Post time 2018-10-13 09:52:13 |Display all floors
是个很难对付的人

makes much more sense than

真不是个省油的灯

because it is direct and powerful.

Like I said, it depends on what you really want to emphasize.

To display humor, say 真不是个省油的灯

To use it more directly, say  是个很难对付的人

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