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黔驴技穷 (qián lǘ jì qióng)
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Long long ago,in ancient China, there were no donkeys in Guizhou (guì zhōu 贵州) province. One day,a man brought a donkey from somewhere else by boating,only to found that the big animal was futile indeed,so he tied it to a tree at the foot of a hill.

A tiger happened to see the donkey,and thought it must be a powerful monster simply juding from its giant figure and hence dared not to get close to it. However,the tiger didn’t plan give up that early,instead,it hid behind a tree and observed the donkey secretly.

Suddenly,the donkey brayed,the tiger was frightened to death,thinking the donkey was going to bite it. But to its surprise,the donkey took no action at all after the shout. Some time later,the tiger made its mind to come forward to provoke the donkey. The donkey became extremely angry this time,and tried hard to kick the tiger but fruitlessly. The tiger thought to itself:"It that then all the stupid donkey is capable of?" It then attacked the donkey fiercely and enjoyed a wonderful meal. This idiom now is used to refer to someone has used up his tricks.



黔驴技穷 (qián lǘ jì qióng)
【翻译】At one's wit's end.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2009 22:24

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