Last modified on 10 July 2014, at 04:44

功亏一篑

ChineseEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Literally: to be one basket (of dirt) short of success (in one's attempt to build a nine ren high mound)

From the longer phrase (first part is usually omitted): 功亏一篑

PronunciationEdit

IdiomEdit

功亏一篑

  1. close but no cigar; close, but no cigar

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