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Chengyu
鞭长莫及
Pinyin
biān cháng mò jí
English
beyond the reach of one's power / too far away for one to be able to help
Explanation
Meaning
及:到。原意是鞭子虽长,也不能打马肚子。比喻相隔太远,力量达不到。
Context
《左传·宣公十五年》:“虽鞭之长,不及马腹。”
Example
除掉腹地里几省外国人~,其余的虽然没有摆在面子上瓜分,暗地里都各有了主子了。 ◎清·李宝嘉《官场现形记》第五十四回
Synonyms
爱莫能助、力不从心、鞭长不及
Antonyms
不在话下、绰绰有余
Grammar
紧缩式;作谓语;表示距离远而无力相助
 
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