Literally: to throw a brick and to get a piece of jade in return
抛砖引玉 (simplified, Pinyin pāo zhuān yǐn yù, traditional 拋磚引玉)
- A self-deprecating way to express the idea of offering one's own relatively worthless words, opinions or services in order to solicit the more valued words, opinions or services of others.
- More than 20 years ago, Zeng Qi was the first Hong Kong businessman to go to Xiamen to invest. At the time, he thought of himself as a a plain rock that attracts jade, making it possible for even more businessmen from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan to return to the Motherland to invest.
- "抛砖引玉" (in Mandarin), Guoyu Cidian On-line Mandarin Dictionary (國語辭典). URL accessed on 2009-05-25.
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