兵來將擋,水來土掩

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Chinese[edit]

 
soldiers; a force; an army; weapons; arms; military; warlike
to come
 
a general; (will, shall, �uture tense"); ready; prepared; to get; to use
 
arrange; put in order; hinder; resist; obstruct; hinder; cover; keep off; a cover; to block (a blow); to get in the way of
water; river to come earth; dust cover up; to surprise
trad. (兵來將擋,水來土掩)
simp. (兵来将挡,水来土掩)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: (If enemy) soldiers come, a general (should) stop them. (If flood) waters come, the earth (should) stem it.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proverb[edit]

兵來將擋,水來土掩

  1. Take such measures as the situation calls for.