一人之下,萬人之上

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Chinese[edit]

 
one; 1; single; a; (before verbs) as soon as, once; (before a noun) entire (family, etc.)
man; person; people
 
(literary equivalent of 的); (subor. part.); him; her; it
 
under; second (of two parts); next (week, etc.); lower; below; underneath; down(wards); to decline; to go down; latter
ten thousand; a great number; Wan (surname) man; person; people
 
(literary equivalent of 的); (subor. part.); him; her; it
 
on; up; on top; upon; first (of two parts); previous or last (week, etc.); upper; higher; above; previous; to climb; to go into; above; to go up
trad. (一人之下,萬人之上)
simp. (一人之下,万人之上)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: below one person, above 10,000 people

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

一人之下,萬人之上

  1. to occupy a lofty position, second only to the emperor