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Chengyu
当头棒喝
Pinyin
dāng tóu bàng hè
English
(of speech or writing) give a timely warning
Explanation
Meaning
佛教禅宗和尚接待初学的人常常用棒一击或大喝一声,促他醒悟。比喻严厉警告,促使人猛醒过来。
Context
宋·释普济《五灯会元·黄檗运禅师法嗣·临济义玄禅师》:“上堂,僧问:‘如何是佛法大意?’师亦竖拂子,僧便喝,师亦喝。僧拟议,师便打。”
Example
那日程希明~,未免触动了天良。 ◎清·李绿园《歧路灯》第十四回
Synonyms
晨钟暮鼓、当头一棒
Grammar
偏正式;作主语、宾语;多用于书面语
 
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