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Chengyu
惊弓之鸟
Pinyin
jīng gōng zhī niǎo
English
a badly frightened person
Explanation
Meaning
被弓箭吓怕了的鸟不容易安定。比喻经过惊吓的人碰到一点动静就非常害怕。
Context
《战国策·楚策四》;《晋书·王鉴传》:“黩武之众易动,惊弓之鸟难安。”
Example
绍闻是~,吓了一跳。 ◎清·李绿园《歧路灯》第八十一回
Synonyms
伤弓之鸟、漏网之鱼
Antonyms
初生牛犊
Grammar
偏正式;作主语、宾语;含贬义
 
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