Proverbs

  • Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 18
    jiàn zài xián shàng – bù dé bù fā 箭在弦上 – 不得不发 The arrow on the bowstring has to be shot. or When the arrow is on the string, it must go. – At some point, the situation will have developed to the point that one will have to take action.
  • Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 17
    gāo shè pào dǎ wén zi – xiǎo tí dà zuò 高射炮打蚊子 – 小题大做 Killing a mosquito with a cannon – making a mountain out of a molehill
  • Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 16
    láo hǔ dài fó zhū – jiǎ cí bēi 老虎戴佛珠 – 假慈悲 A tiger wearing a monk's beads – A vicious person pretending to be benevolent
  • Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 15
    zhǐ láo hǔ – wài qiáng zhōng gān 纸老虎 – 外强中干 Paper tiger – something or someone is outwardly strong but inwardly weak.
  • Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 14
    关公面前耍大刀
  • Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 13
    qí lǘ zhǎo lǘ  –  hūn tóu hūn nǎo 骑驴找驴 – 昏头昏脑 To look for the donkey while riding it – be muddle-headed láo hǔ dài fó zhū  –  jiǎ cí bēi 老虎戴佛珠 – 假慈悲 A tiger wearing a monk's beads – A vicious person pretending to be benevolent
  • Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 12
    mén fèng lǐ kàn rén – bǎ rén kàn biǎn le 门缝里看人 – 把人看扁了 Look at somebody through a door crack – belittle somebody
  • Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 11
    zuì wēng zhī yì bú zài jiǔ  –  lìng yǒu suǒ tú 醉翁之意不在酒 – 另有所图The drinker's heart is not in the cup – have other things in mind; have ulterior motives; many kiss the baby for the nurse's sake.dāng yì tiān hé shang zhuàng yì tiān zhōng  –  dé guò qiě guò 当一天和...
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