Last modified on 14 January 2015, at 04:50



to throw; to toss; to fling; to cast; to abandon
brick to lead; to divert (water); to guide jade
trad. (拋磚引玉)
simp. (抛砖引玉)


From Chinese (pāo, "toss out, lob") + (zhuān, "brick, brickbat") + (yǐn, "extract, get") + (, "jade"), one of the Thirty-Six Strategems, originally in reference to tossing brickbats at one's enemy to get an (exploitable) reaction or win a greater prize.




  1. (self-depreciating) To offer one's own relatively worthless words, opinions, or services in order to attract others' more valuable contributions
    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.
  2. (originally rare) To achieve success by goading one's opponent

See alsoEdit

Wikipedia-logo.png Thirty-Six Strategems on Wikipedia.Wikipedia:Thirty-Six Strategems