#Chinese Idiom Station# Week 1

New Start Spring 2017!


虎头蛇尾  [hǔ tóu shé wěi]

虎:tiger

头:head

蛇:snake

尾:tail

General meaning: to do things with a fine start but a poor finish.

Example:

他的一个缺点是做事虎头蛇尾。[tā de yí gè quē diǎn shì zuò shì hǔ tóu shé wěi]

One of his shortcomings is that he does things with a fine start but a poor finish.

Synonym: 有始无终 [yǒu shǐ wú zhōng]


翻天覆地 [fān tiān fù dì]

翻:turn over2011103116030786

天:sky

覆:overturn

地:ground

 

General meaning: to describe an earth-shaking change.

 

Example:

学校发生了翻天覆地的变化。[xué xiào fā shēng le fān tiān fù dì de biàn huà]

School has changed dramatically.
Synonym: 沧海桑田 [cāng hǎi sāng tián]

 

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