See also: 杀鸡儆猴
to kill; to murder; to slaughter fowl; chicken warn; admonish monkey trad. (殺雞儆猴) 殺 雞 儆 猴 simp. (杀鸡儆猴) 杀 鸡 儆 猴 variant forms 殺雞警猴／杀鸡警猴 Literally: “kill chicken, warn monkey”.
- Kill the chicken to warn the monkey; make a public demonstration of punishing a wrongdoer in order to deter innocents who might mimic the example of the wrongdoer.