刻舟求剑

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl.
trad.

Etymology[edit]

Literally: notch the boat in search of the sword

Idiom[edit]

刻舟求剑 (simplified, Pinyin kè zhōu qiú jiàn, traditional 刻舟求劍)

  1. rigidly cling to an idea or approach without considering the reality of a situation; to stubbornly cling to tradition