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Chengyu
外强中干
Pinyin
wài qiáng zhōng gān
English
put up a bold front
Explanation
Meaning
干:枯竭。形容外表强壮,内里空虚。
Context
《左传·僖公十五年》:“今乘异产以从戎事,及惧而变,……外强中干,进退不可,周旋不能,君必悔之。”
Example
一切反动派都是~的纸老虎。
Synonyms
外刚内柔、外方内圆
Antonyms
外柔内刚、外圆内方
Grammar
联合式;作谓语、定语、状语;含贬义
 
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