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Chinese classical idioms (Set 1)

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按图索骥
àntúsuǒjì f.e. follow clues to locate sth.
拔苗助长
bámiáozhùzhǎng id. spoil things by excessive zeal
百步穿杨
bǎibùchuānyáng f.e. shoot with great precision
班门弄斧
bānménnòngfǔ id. show off one's slight talent/skill before an expert
杯弓蛇影
bēigōngshéyǐng id. be jittery
闭门思过
bìménsīguò f.e. shut oneself up and ponder one's mistakes
不可救药
bùkějiùyào f.e. irremediable; hopeless
不自量力
bùzìliànglì . overrate one's own abilities
草木皆兵
cǎomùjiēbīng f.e. imaginary fears
长驱
chángqū v. make long drive; push deep
程门立雪
chéngménlìxuě id. honor the teacher and respect his teachings
此地无银三百两
300 silver taels not hidden here (idiom); fig. to reveal what one intends to hide
持之以恒
chízhīyǐhéng id. persevere
出人头地
chūréntóudì f.e. stand out among one's fellows
打草惊蛇
dǎcǎojīngshé id. ①inadvertently alert an enemy/opponent ②punish sb. as a warning to others
大器晚成
dàqìwǎnchéng f.e. ①great minds mature slowly ②Rome wasn't built in a day.
大义灭亲
dàyìmièqīn f.e. uphold righteousness above one's family
东施效颦
dōngshīxiàopín id. ludicrous attempt to imitate
多多益善
duōduōyìshàn f.e. the more the better
对症下药
duìzhèng xiàyào v.p. ①suit the medicine to the illness ②suit one's methods to the situation
对牛弹琴
duìniútánqín id. ①cast pearls before swine ②talk over sb.'s head
东山再起
Come back
尔虞我诈
ěryúwǒzhà f.e. ①deceive each other ②engage in a battle of wits
反复推敲
repeated scrutiny
负荆请罪
fùjīngqǐngzuì f.e. offer humble apologies