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争长论短
Pinyin
zhēng cháng lùn duǎn
English
squabble over trifles
Explanation
Meaning
长、短:指是与非。争论谁是谁非。多指在不大重要的事情上过于计较。
Context
宋·陈亮《谢张侍御启》:“竞短争长,无复此梦。”
Example
那矿师本来还想同柳知府~,听见金委员如此一说,也就罢手。 ◎清·李宝嘉《文明小史》第五回
Synonyms
争多论少、斤斤计较
Antonyms
甘拜下风、自认晦气
Grammar
联合式;作谓语、定语;含贬义
 
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