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See also: 剑拔弩张

ChineseEdit

(double-edged) sword
 
pull up; pull out; select; promote
cross-bow (a measure word); surname; open up
trad. (劍拔弩張)
simp. (剑拔弩张)
Literally: “swords are unsheathed, and crossbows are drawn”.

PronunciationEdit


IdiomEdit

劍拔弩張

  1. tense situation; ready to fight