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Chengyu
狐假虎威
Pinyin
hú jiǎ hǔ wēi
English
bully others by flaunting one's powerful connections
Explanation
Meaning
假:借。狐狸假借老虎的威势。比喻依仗别人的势力欺压人。
Context
《战国策·楚策一》:“虎求百兽而食之,得狐。……虎以为然,故遂与之行。兽见之皆走,虎不知兽畏己而走也,以为畏狐也。”
Example
果然府中来借,怎好不借?只怕被别人~的诓的去,这个却保不得他。 ◎明·凌濛初《二刻拍案惊奇》卷二十
Synonyms
仗势欺人、狗仗人势
Antonyms
独步天下、独擅胜场
Grammar
主谓式;作谓语、定语、宾语;含贬义
 
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