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欲盖弥彰
Pinyin
yù gài mí zhāng
English
the more one tries to cover up (a secret, etc.) the more it will be known
Explanation
Meaning
盖:遮掩;弥:更加;彰:明显。想掩盖坏事的真相,结果反而更明显地暴露出来。
Context
《左传·昭公三十一年》:“或求名而不得,或欲盖而名章,惩不义也。”
Example
与其~,倒不如自己先认了。 ◎闻一多《画展》
Antonyms
相得益彰
Grammar
紧缩式;作谓语、宾语、定语;含贬义
 
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