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強龍不壓地頭蛇

ChineseEdit

 
strength; force; power; powerful; better
dragon; imperial; surname not; no
 
to crush; to press; to push down; to keep under (control); in the first place
local snake; local bully; arbitrary local person
trad. (強龍不壓地頭蛇) 地頭蛇
simp. (强龙不压地头蛇) 地头蛇
alternative forms 強龍難壓地頭蛇强龙难压地头蛇
強龍壓不過地頭蛇强龙压不过地头蛇
強龍難敵地頭蛇强龙难敌地头蛇
惡龍不鬥地頭蛇恶龙不斗地头蛇
Literally: “A strong dragon cannot suppress a local snake.”

EtymologyEdit

From Journey to the West:

也罷正是強龍不壓地頭蛇』。」 [Written Vernacular Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
也罢正是强龙不压地头蛇’。” [Written Vernacular Chinese, simp.]
From: Wu Cheng'en, Journey to the West, 16th century CE
“Yěbà, zhè zhèngshì ‘qiáng lóng bù yā dìtóushé’.” [Pinyin]
"Well, as the saying goes, even a powerful person cannot defeat a local bully."

PronunciationEdit


ProverbEdit

強龍不壓地頭蛇

  1. Even a powerful person cannot defeat a local bully.