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得不偿失
Pinyin
dé bù cháng shī
English
(saying) the gains do not make up for the losses
Explanation
Meaning
偿:抵得上。所得的利益抵偿不了所受的损失。
Context
宋·苏轼《和子由除日见寄》诗:“感时嗟事变,所得不偿失。”
Example
饶鸿生在精养轩虽化了几十块冤枉钱,在后乐园倒明白了一桩古典,不能说~了。 ◎清·李宝嘉《文明小史》第五十三回
Synonyms
因小失大、贪小失大
Antonyms
乞浆得酒、利市之倍
Grammar
主谓式;作谓语、宾语、定语;含贬义
 
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