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to hold; to carry (in one's arms); to hug or embrace; surround; cherish
Buddha; Buddhism role; foot; base
trad. (抱佛腳)
simp. (抱佛脚)
Literally: “to grab Buddha's foot”.

EtymologyEdit

Short for the following saying:

平時燒香臨時抱佛腳 [MSC, trad.]
平时烧香临时抱佛脚 [MSC, simp.]
Píngshí bù shāoxiāng, línshí bàofójiǎo. [Pinyin]
Never burning incense when all is well, but clasping Buddha’s feet when one is in trouble.

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IdiomEdit

抱佛腳

  1. to leave something to do at the last minute; to make a last-minute effort
  2. (rare) to profess Buddhism

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