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wise; sensible; enlightened to protect oneself
simp. and trad.
(明哲保身)
明哲 保身

EtymologyEdit

From the Classic of Poetry:

[Classical Chinese, trad. and simp.][▼ expand/hide]
From: The Classic of Poetry, circa 11th – 7th centuries BCE, translated based on James Legge's version
míng qiě zhé, yǐ bǎoshēn. [Pinyin]
Intelligent is he and wise, Protecting his own person.

PronunciationEdit


IdiomEdit

明哲保身

  1. to stay away from conflicts or give up adhering to principals to play safe and protect oneself from trouble or danger