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取长补短
Pinyin
qǔ cháng bǔ duǎn
English
draw the strong points of others to offset one's own weakness
Explanation
Meaning
吸取别人的长处,来弥补自己的不足之处。也泛指在同类事物中吸取这个的长处来弥补那个的短处。
Context
《孟子·滕文公上》:“今滕绝长补短,将五十里也,犹可以为善国。”
Example
外来干部和本地干部各有长处,也各有短处,必须互相~,才能有进步。 ◎毛泽东《整顿党的作风》
 
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