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Chengyu
掩耳盗铃
Pinyin
yǎn ěr dào líng
English
deceive oneself
Explanation
Meaning
掩:遮蔽,遮盖;盗:偷。偷铃铛怕别人听见而捂住自己的耳朵。比喻自己欺骗自己,明明掩盖不住的事情偏要想法子掩盖。
Context
《吕氏春秋·自知》:“百姓有得钟者,欲负而走,则钟大不可负。以椎毁之,钟况然有声。恐人闻之而夺己也,遽掩其耳。”
Example
硬把汉奸合法化了,只是~的笨拙的把戏。 ◎闻一多《谨防汉奸合法化》
Synonyms
自欺欺人、弄巧成拙
Antonyms
开诚布公
Grammar
连动式;作谓语、定语、状语;含贬义
 
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