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bright mirror; clear mirror; Der Spiegel high; tall hang; suspend
trad. (明鏡高懸) 明鏡
simp. (明镜高悬) 明镜
Literally: “a bright mirror hung high”.

EtymologyEdit

According to Miscellaneous Records of the Western Capital, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, had a mirror which could show the good or evil of a person. This gave rise to the phrase.

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IdiomEdit

明鏡高懸

  1. (figuratively) perspicacious and impartial in judgment