一粒老鼠屎,壞了一鍋粥

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Chinese[edit]

 
one; 1; single; a; (before verbs) as soon as, once; (before a noun) entire (family, etc.)
a grain; a granule bad apple
 
bad; evil; rotten; spoiled
 
to know; to understand; to know; (modal particle intensifying preceding clause); (completed action marker)
 
one; 1; single; a; (before verbs) as soon as, once; (before a noun) entire (family, etc.)
pot; pan; boiler congee; gruel; porridge
trad. (一粒老鼠屎,壞了一鍋粥) 老鼠屎
simp. (一粒老鼠屎,坏了一锅粥) 老鼠屎

Etymology[edit]

Literally: One piece of mouse excrement spoiled one (whole) pot of rice congee.

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一粒老鼠屎,壞了一鍋粥

  1. One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.

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