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ChineseEdit

high; tall house; room
 
to establish; to found; to set up; to build; to construct
concave channels of tiling
trad. (高屋建瓴)
simp. #(高屋建瓴)
Literally: “to pour water off a steep roof”.

EtymologyEdit

From 史記·高祖本紀》 (Records of the Grand Historian: Annals of Gaozu).

地勢便利諸侯譬猶 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
地势便利诸侯譬犹 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: The Records of the Grand Historian, by Sima Qian, circa 91 BCE
Dìshì biànlì, qí yǐ xià bīng yú zhūhóu, pìyóu jū gāo wū zhī shàng jiàn líng shuǐ yě. [Pinyin]
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PronunciationEdit


IdiomEdit

高屋建瓴

  1. to sweep down irresistibly from a commanding height; to operate from a strategically advantageous position

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