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数米而炊
Pinyin
shǔ mǐ ér chuī
English
be parsimonious / in straitened circumstances
Explanation
Meaning
炊:烧火做饭。数着米粒做饭。比喻计较小利。也形容生活困难。
Context
《庄子·庚桑楚》:“简发而栉,数米而炊。”
Example
积财聚谷,日不暇给,真个是~,称柴而爨。 ◎明·冯梦龙《警世通言》卷五
Grammar
偏正式;作谓语;含贬义
 
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