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ChineseEdit

horse; surname
 
head; chief; first (occasion); first (thing); measure word for poems
be; yes; this gaze; view
trad. (馬首是瞻)
simp. (马首是瞻)

EtymologyEdit

From Zuozhuan:

荀偃:「雞鳴馬首是瞻!」 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
荀偃:“鸡鸣马首是瞻!” [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Commentary of Zuo, circa 4th century BCE
Xúnyǎn lìng yuē: “Jīmíng ér jià, sài jǐng yí zào, wéi yú mǎshǒushìzhān!” [Pinyin]
Xun Yan ordered, "Move your chariot after the cock crows. Fill the wells and dismantle the stoves. During the battle, every person has to take the head of my horse as guide."

PronunciationEdit


IdiomEdit

馬首是瞻

  1. to regard someone as the leader and follow his or her orders