Thursday, December 14, 2006


Blow Hair to Look for Faults


chui1 mao2 qiu2 ci1

blow on hair to look for faults || criticize || nag || look for a quarrel || constantly look for tiny faults

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Each lock has it's own key


yi1 ba3 yao4 shi kai1 yi1 ba3 suo3

Each problem has a specific solution

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The hen is gone and the eggs are broken


ji1 fei1 dan4 da3

The hen has flown away and all the eggs are broken; All is lost

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Watch a Fire from a Safe Haven

ge2 an4 guan1 huo3


Watch a fire from the safe haven of immunity;Fiddle while Rome is burning.

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Sunday, June 04, 2006


To Drink Poison to Quench One's Thirst


yǐn zhèn zhǐ kě

Literal: to drink poison to quench one's thirst

Fig: the remedy is worse than the cure || a remedy with an opposite effect || a temporary solution that results in dire consequences || to seek a temporary solution regardless of the outcome

Friday, June 02, 2006


A Frog Living at the Bottom of a Well


jǐng dǐ zhī wā

a person with a very limited view || a narrow-minded person

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To Carry Snow to Fill the Well


dān xuě tián jǐng

to carry snow to fill the well || to waste one's energy || to be of no avail || useless action(s)


mǎ mǎ hū hū


Literal: horse horse tiger tiger

Definitions: fair || so-so || casual || sloppily || not so good, not so bad || to be just passable


To Mend the Fence After Losing the Sheep


wáng yáng bǔ láo

To mend the sheepfold after losing the sheep || to mend the fold after a sheep is lost || It is too late to mend the fold after one sheep has been lost || to take precaution when too late

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