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good; well; be fond of steel to use
(located) at; in; exist; (before verbs) immediately involved in; right in the middle of doing
knife blade; crucial point; pivotal point
up; on; on top; upon; first; previous or last; upper; higher; above; previous; to climb; to go into; to go up
trad. (好鋼用在刀刃上) 刀刃
simp. (好钢用在刀刃上) 刀刃
Literally: “To use the good steel on the knife's edge”.




  1. to use the best resources in the most important areas
    重建必須好鋼用在刀刃上 [MSC, trad.]
    重建必须好钢用在刀刃上 [MSC, simp.]
    Zāi hòu chóngjiàn bìxū hǎogāng yòngzài dāorènshàng. [Pinyin]
    When rebuilding after a disaster, one must use resources where they count.