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Literally: not shed a tear until one sees the coffin
不見棺材不掉淚 (traditional, Pinyin 不见棺材不掉泪), simplified
- Refuse to be convinced until one is faced with the grim reality; tenacious, resolute or pertinacious in one's pursuit of a goal despite of obstacles or advice.
- "不見棺材不掉淚" (in Mandarin), Guoyu Cidian On-line Mandarin Dictionary (國語辭典). URL accessed on 2009-05-11.