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Chengyu
材大难用
Pinyin
cái dà nán yòng
Explanation
Meaning
原意是能力强难用于小事。后形容怀才不遇。
Context
《庄子·逍遥游》:“吾有大树,人谓之樗。其大本拥肿而不中绳墨,其小枝卷曲而不中规矩,立之涂,匠者不顾。今子之言,大而无用,众所同去也。”
Example
志士幽人莫怨嗟,古来材大难为用。 ◎唐·杜甫《古柏行》
Synonyms
怀才不遇
Grammar
联合式;作谓语、定语;指怀才不遇
 
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