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相濡以沫
Pinyin
xiāng rú yǐ mò
English
give one's meager resources to help another in time of need / help each other when both are in humble circumstances
Explanation
Meaning
濡:沾湿;沫:唾沫。泉水干了,鱼吐沫互相润湿。比喻一同在困难的处境里,用微薄的力量互相帮助。
Context
《庄子·大宗师》:“泉涸,鱼相与处于陆,相呴以湿,相濡以沫,不如相忘于江湖。”
Synonyms
同甘共苦、生死与共
Antonyms
自私自利
Grammar
偏正式;作谓语、定语、宾语、状语;含褒义
 
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