三人成虎

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

three + people + produce + a tiger

Proverb[edit]

三人成虎 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin sān rén chéng hǔ)

  1. What you are told three times is true. If something is repeated by many individuals, it will be accepted as truth.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The king of Wei's minister
  2. ^ During the Warring states period, it was a common practice to exchange crown princes as hostages. This practice ensured that the various kings would honor their agreements. In this case, the crown prince refers to the heir apparent to the king of Wei.
  3. ^ Present day Kaifeng. Formerly, the capital of the state of Wei.