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无米之炊
Pinyin
wú mǐ zhī chuī
English
nobody can accomplish anything without the necessary means
Explanation
Meaning
炊:做饭。比喻缺少必要条件无法办成的事。
Context
宋·陆游《老学庵笔记》卷三:“晏景初尚书,请僧住院,僧辞以穷陋不可为。景初曰:‘高才固易耳。’僧曰:‘巧妇安能作无面汤饼乎?’”
Example
~,是人力所做不到的。 ◎鲁迅《两地书》八三
Synonyms
无源之水、无本之木
Grammar
偏正式;作宾语;比喻缺少必要条件无法办成的事
 
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