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Chengyu
曲突徙薪
Pinyin
qū tū xǐ xīn
English
take precautions before it is too late
Explanation
Meaning
曲:弯;突:烟囱;徙:迁移;薪:柴草。把烟囱改建成弯的,把灶旁的柴草搬走。比喻事先采取措施,才能防止灾祸。
Context
《汉书·霍光传》:“臣闻客有过主人者,见其灶直突,傍有积薪。客谓主人,更为曲突,远徙其薪,不者且有火患,主人嘿然不应。俄而家果失火,邻里共救之,幸而得息。”
Example
~广恩泽,愿亟靖海安天骄。 ◎清·黄遵宪《福州大水行同张樵野丈龚蔼人丈作》
Synonyms
防患未然
Antonyms
临渴掘井
Grammar
联合式;作谓语、定语;用于事先预防
 
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