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缘木求鱼
Pinyin
yuán mù qiú yú
English
due to a wrong approach, success is impossible
Explanation
Meaning
缘木:爬树。爬到树上去找鱼。比喻方向或办法不对头,不可能达到目的。
Context
《孟子·梁惠王上》:“以若所为,求若所欲,犹缘木而求鱼也。”
Example
若想善出此关,大王乃~,非徒无益,而又害之也。 ◎明·许仲琳《封神演义》第三十三回
Synonyms
水中捞月、缘山求鱼、竹篮打水
Antonyms
探囊取物、瓮中捉鳖
Grammar
连动式;作谓语、宾语;含贬义
 
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