剑拔弩张

MandarinEdit

simpl.
trad. 劍拔弩張

EtymologyEdit

Literally: swords are unsheathed, and crossbows are drawn

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin jiàn bá nǔ zhāng
Zhuyin ㄐㄧㄢˋ ㄅㄚˊ ㄋㄨˇ ㄓㄤ
IPA (key) /t͡ɕi̯ɛn⁵¹ pa̠³⁵ nu²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ ʈ͡ʂɑŋ⁵⁵/

IdiomEdit

剑拔弩张 (simplified, Pinyin jiàn bá nǔ zhāng, traditional 劍拔弩張)

  1. tense situation; ready to fight
Last modified on 8 April 2014, at 08:10