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Idiom Stories

 

 50 most commonly used Chinese idiom Stories

 

Most Chinese idioms are derived from historical facts or ancient Chinese literature. Each Chinese idiom is the precious fruit of history, bearing extremely profound implications. A Chinese idiom story will not only tell you the meaning of a phrase, but also help you to learn more about ancient Chinese culture. Please bear in mind that Chinese idioms do not usually follow the usual grammatical structure and syntax of the modern Chinese spoken language, instead, they are highly compact and synthetic. The list below contains 50 most commonly used Chinese idioms in Chinese daily language. They are arranged alphabetically. 

 

01. 爱屋及乌 (ài wū jí wū) 

02. 拔苗助长 (bá miáo zhù zhǎng)

03. 班门弄斧 (bān mén nòng fǔ)

04. 杯弓蛇影 (bēi gōng shé yǐng)

05. 唇亡齿寒 (chún wáng chǐ hán) 

06. 打草惊蛇 (dǎ cǎo jīng shé)

07. 对牛弹琴 (duì niú tán qín) 

08. 负荆请罪 (fù jīng qǐng zuì)

09. 高枕无忧 (gāo zhěn wú yōu)

10. 刮目相看 (guā mù xiāng kàn)

11. 画饼充饥 (huà bǐng chōng jī)

12. 画龙点睛 (huà lóng diǎn jīng)

13. 画蛇添足 (huà shé tiān zú)

14. 狐假虎威 (hú jiǎ hǔ wēi) 

15. 井底之蛙 (jǐng dǐ zhī wā)

16. 惊弓之鸟 (jīng gōng zhī niǎo)

17. 空中楼阁 (kōng zhōng lóu gé)

18. 老马识途 (lǎo mǎ shí tú)

19. 盲人摸象 (máng rén mō xiàng)

20. 毛遂自荐 (máo suí zì jiàn) 

21. 怒发冲冠 (nù fà chōng guān)

22. 抛砖引玉 (pāo zhuān yǐn yù)

23. 破釜沉舟 (pò fǔ chén zhōu)

24. 破镜重圆 (pò jìng chóng yuán)

25. 骑虎难下 (qí hǔ nán xià)

26. 杞人忧天 (qǐ rén yōu tiān)

27. 前车之鉴 (qián chē zhī jiàn)

28. 如鱼得水 ( rú yú dé shuǐ )

29. 塞翁失马 (sài wēng shī mǎ)

30. 守株待兔 (shǒu zhū dài tù)

31. 水落石出 (shuǐ luò shí chū)

32. 世外桃源 (shì wài táo yuán)

33. 熟能生巧 (shú néng shēng qiǎo) 

34. 谈虎色变 (tán hǔ sè biàn)

35. 铁杵磨成针 (tiě chǔ mó chéng zhēn)

36. 同舟共济 (tóng zhōu gòng jì) 

37. 望洋兴叹 (wàng yáng xīng tàn)

38. 亡羊补牢 (wáng yáng bǔ láo)

39. 玩火自焚 (wán huǒ zì fén)

40. 望梅止渴 (wàng méi zhǐ kě)

41. 卧薪尝胆 (wò xīn cháng dǎn)

42. 笑里藏刀 (xiào lǐ cáng dāo)

43. 胸有成竹 (xiōng yǒu chéng zhú)

44. 掩耳盗铃 (yǎn ěr dào líng)

45. 一箭双雕 (yī jiàn shuāng diāo)

46. 犹豫不决 (yóu yù bù jué)

47. 鹬蚌相争 (yù bàng xiāng zhēng)

48. 愚公移山 (yú gōng yí shān)

49. 纸上谈兵 (zhǐ shàng tán bīng)

50. 自相矛盾 (zì xiāng máo dùn)

 

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