- only; merely; just; butto take; to get; to choose; to fetchone; single; a; (before verbs) as soon as, once; (before a noun) entire (family, etc.)
dipper; ladle drink trad. (弱水三千，只取一瓢飲) 弱水三千 ， 只 取 一 瓢 飲 simp. (弱水三千，只取一瓢饮) 弱水三千 ， 只 取 一 瓢 饮
From: Chapter 91 of the Dream of the Red Chamber
- Literally: (although) the Ruo River is three thousand li long, one only drinks one ladle worth of water from it.
- Later on, this phrase was used as a metaphor for choosing only one companion out of all potential mates.
- there are so many potential lovers to choose from, but you only pick one from among those potential lovers