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狼多肉少 – Many wolves, little meat

The chéngyǔ 狼多肉少 (láng duō ròu shǎo) literally translates to wolf (狼 láng) many (多 duō) meat (肉 ròu), little (少 shǎo). Or, in more standard English, ‘many wolves, little meat.’ This is one of the more direct chéngyǔ, that doesn’t require a huge background story to understand the meaning. It describes a situation where Read more about 狼多肉少 – Many wolves, little meat[…]

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狗急跳墙 – A nervous dog jumps over the wall

The chéngyǔ 狗急跳墙 (gǒu jí tiào qiáng) breaks down to dog (狗 gǒu) nervous (急 jí) jumps (跳 tiào) wall (墙 qiáng) Or, in more standard English, ‘A nervous dog jumps over the wall.’ While it may make sense on the surface, the true meaning of this chengyu may not perfectly match your first impression. Read more about 狗急跳墙 – A nervous dog jumps over the wall[…]

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画蛇添足 – Drawing a snake and adding legs to it

The chéngyǔ 画蛇添足 (huà shé tiān zú ) breaks down to drawing (画 huà ) snake (蛇shé) add (添tiān) legs/feet (足 zú). In English, we would say “drawing the snake and adding legs to it” or simply “adding legs to a snake.” This chéngyǔ comes from a famous Chinese story from the Warring States (战国 Zhànguó) Read more about 画蛇添足 – Drawing a snake and adding legs to it[…]

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守株待兔 – Holding a tree and waiting for a rabbit

The chéngyǔ 守株待兔 (shǒu zhū dài tù) breaks down to hold (守 shǒu) plant  (株 zhū) wait (待 dài) rabbit (兔 tù). In English, this is translated to ‘holding the tree and waiting for the rabbit’ or ‘keeping watch at the tree awaiting a rabbit.’ During the Spring and Autumn period, there was a farmer Read more about 守株待兔 – Holding a tree and waiting for a rabbit[…]