If you have learned Chinese for long time, you must know that we we have a lot of "成语" in Chinese expressions.
Chinese Chengyu (成语) is a type of traditional Chinese idiomatic expression, or simply ‘Chinese idioms’ in Chinese language learning, typically consisting of four characters. It is widely used in Classical Chinese and is still common in vernacular Chinese writing and in the spoken language today.
Today, we will learn some idioms about animals.
Drawing a Snake and Adding Legs To It
Nowadays, the chengyu “adding feet to a snake” means that you are doing unnecessary work that is actually ruining your result.
A Nervous Dog Jumps Over the Wall
While it may make sense on the surface, the true meaning of this chengyu may not perfectly match your first impression. This Chengyu describes the tendency to have surprising abilities when an emergency strikes. In fact, sometimes this chengyu is translated as “a dog can jump fences when cornered,” really stressing the urgent nature of the situation.
Like adding wings to a tiger
Now, what does it mean to add wings to a tiger? As you can tell from other chengyus, the tiger always refers to something great and powerful. Therefore, adding wings to a tiger, means taking something that was already powerful, like a tiger, and make it even more so. This can be applied as adding force to something or someone that is already very powerful.
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Do you know any other idioms about animals?
We hope to see you soon!