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惜指失掌
Pinyin
xī zhǐ shī zhǎng
Explanation
Meaning
惜:吝惜。因舍不得一个指头而失掉一个手掌。比喻因小失大。
Context
《南史·阮佃夫传》:“又庐江何恢有妓张耀华美而有宠,……见张氏,悦之,频求。恢曰:‘恢可得,此人不可得也。’佃夫拂衣出户,曰:‘惜指失掌耶?’遂讽有司以公事弹恢。”
Synonyms
得不偿失、因小失大
Grammar
联合式;作谓语、定语;含贬义
 
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