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百岁千秋
bǎi suì qiān qiū
'One hundred years, one thousand autumns'; a long period, many years
彼众我寡
bǐ zhòng wǒ guǎ
'The other side has many, my side few'; the army of the enemy is powerful and our army is feeble
食不重味
shí bù zhòng wèi
'Food not heavy flavor'; eating food simple food, also a metaphor for a modest lifestyle
势不两存
shì bù liǎng cún
'Power cannot exist twice'; two forceful and hostile things/people cannot coexist.
提纲挈领
tígāng qiè lǐng
'Outline makes a summary'; focus on the main points
长袖善舞
cháng xiù shàn wǔ
'long sleeve good dancing', be resourceful
守株待兔
shǒu zhū dài tù
'Holding a tree and waiting for a rabbit' - Waiting foolishly for something good to happen, expecting that something will happen in the exact same manner as it did in the past.
如虎添翼
rú hǔ tiān yì
‘Like adding wings to a tiger’. Adding force to something or someone who is already powerful.
自相矛盾
zì xiāng máodùn
Contradict oneself
视死如归
shì sǐ rú guī
'Face death like a return'; face death with no fear or surprise
滥竽充数
làn yú chōng shù
Fill up a position just to make up the number
远水不救近火
yuǎn shuǐ bù jiù jìn huǒ
'Distant water cannot save an adjacent fire', delayed aid cannot solve an immediate problem
老马识途
lǎo mǎ shí tú
'An old horse knows the route' - said to emphasize the value of an experienced guide.
讳疾忌医
huì jí jì yī
'Hide illness to avoid medicine'; refuse to face the harsh reality, hide flaws to avoid criticism
聪明睿智
cōngming ruìzhì
Clever and wise
知子莫若父
zhī zǐ mò ruò fù
'knowing a child not like the father'; nobody knows a son better than his father
深不可测
shēn bù kě cè
'Depth cannot be measured'; cannot be grasped or fully understood
华而不实
huá ér bù shí
'Glorious but with no substance', superficially talented

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