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上梁不正下梁歪
Pinyin
shàng liáng bù zhèng xià liáng wāi
English
when those high up do not set a good example, the subordinates cannot be expected to behave well
Explanation
Meaning
上梁:指上级或长辈。比喻在上的人行为不正,下面的人也跟着做坏事。
Context
晋·杨泉《物理论》:“上不正,下参差。”
Grammar
复句式;作宾语、分句;含贬义
 
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