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Chengyu
下马威
Pinyin
xià mǎ wēi
English
severity shown by an official on assuming post
Explanation
Meaning
原指官吏初到任时对下属显示的威风,后泛指一开始就向对方显示自己的威力。
Context
《汉书·叙传》:“畏其下车作威,吏民竦息。”
Example
取家法过来,待我赏他个~。 ◎清·李渔《蜃中楼·抗姻》
Grammar
偏正式;作宾语;指灭人威风
 
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