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praying mantis to catch; to seize; to capture cicada Eurasian siskin
 
(located) at; in; exist; (before verbs) immediately involved in; right in the middle of doing
 
back; behind; rear; afterwards; after; later
trad. (螳螂捕蟬,黃雀在後) 螳螂 黃雀
simp. (螳螂捕蝉,黄雀在后) 螳螂 黄雀
Literally: “the mantis catches the cicada, unaware of the siskin behind”.

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IdiomEdit

螳螂捕蟬,黃雀在後

  1. to pursue a narrow gain while neglecting a greater danger