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Daily Figurative Slangs (36)
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每日惯用语 (36)
seek help at the last moment
【注音】lín shí bào fó jiǎo
There is a folk saying: "Never burn incense when all is well but clasp Buddha's feet when in distress." That is to say, never worship the Buddha at ordinary times but only pray in time of trouble, which means it's too late to find a way out at the last minute.
Dad: It's 12 o'clock now. Go to bed, otherwise you'll be tired tomorrow.
Son: Let me study more, the exam is in two days' time.
Dad: You never work so hard in ordinary days. Now you want to make up at the last minute. I'm afraid it's a bit too late.
马后炮 gun after the horse
【注音】mǎ hòu pào
This is a Chinese chess term used figuratively to mean belated action or advice.
Ex.:Since it's already happened, let's try to find a way out. It's too late and useless to talk about "if".

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