画蛇添足

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
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NounEdit

画蛇添足 (hiragana がだてんそく, romaji gada tensoku)

  1. making an unnecessary addition

MandarinEdit

simpl.
trad. 畫蛇添足

EtymologyEdit

  • Literally, "to add feet when drawing a snake."

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin huàshétiānzú
Zhuyin ㄏㄨㄚˋ ㄕㄜˊ ㄊㄧㄢ ㄗㄨˊ
IPA (key) /xu̯a̠⁵¹ ʂɤ³⁵ tʰi̯ɛn⁵⁵ t͡su³⁵/
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VerbEdit

画蛇添足 (simplified, Pinyin huàshétiānzú, traditional 畫蛇添足)

  1. (idiomatic) to improve something unnecessarily; to gild the lily
Last modified on 9 April 2014, at 13:04