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郢书燕说
Pinyin
yǐng shū yān shuō
English
distorted interpretation
Explanation
Meaning
〖释义〗郢:春秋战国时楚国的都城;书:信;燕:古诸侯国名;说:解释。比喻牵强附会,曲解原意。
Context
《韩非子·外储说左上》:“郢人有遗燕相国书者,夜书,火不明,因谓持烛者曰:‘举烛’,云而过书‘举烛’。……燕相白王,王大悦,国以治。治则治矣,非书意也。”
Example
是不必然,亦不必不然,~,固未为无益。(清·纪昀《阅微草堂笔记》卷四)
 
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