不鳴則已,一鳴驚人

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(negative prefix); not; no to cry (of birds)
 
(expresses contrast with a previous sentence or clause); standard; norm; rule; to imitate; to follow; then; principle
 
already; to stop; then; afterwards
 
to amaze the world with a single brilliant feat; to become famous overnight; to set the world on fire; No one was expecting much and then with one act, everybody was amazed; a bolt from the blue
trad. (不鳴則已,一鳴驚人) 一鳴驚人
simp. (不鸣则已,一鸣惊人) 一鸣惊人

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不鳴則已,一鳴驚人

  1. to amaze the world with a single brilliant feat; to become famous overnight; to set the world on fire; No one was expecting much and then with one act, everybody was amazed; a bolt from the blue