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Chengyu
螳臂当车
Pinyin
táng bì dāng chē
English
a rash attempt to do what is far beyond one's ability
Explanation
Meaning
当:阻挡。螳螂举起前肢企图阻挡车子前进。比喻做力量做不到的事情,必然失败。
Context
《庄子·人间世》:“汝不知夫螳螂乎,怒其臂以当车辙,不知其不胜任也。”
Example
谁知腹中虽离渊博尚远,那目空一切,旁若无人光景,却处处摆在脸上。可谓“~,自不量力。” ◎清·李汝珍《镜花缘》第十八回
Synonyms
自不量力、泰山压卵
Antonyms
量力而行
Grammar
主谓式;作谓语、宾语;含贬义
 
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