剑拔弩张

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl.
trad. 劍拔弩張

Etymology[edit]

Literally: swords are unsheathed, and crossbows are drawn

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin jiàn bá nǔ zhāng
Zhuyin ㄐㄧㄢˋ ㄅㄚˊ ㄋㄨˇ ㄓㄤ
IPA (key) /t͡ɕi̯ɛn⁵¹ pa̠³⁵ nu²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ ʈ͡ʂɑŋ⁵⁵/

Idiom[edit]

剑拔弩张 (simplified, Pinyin jiàn bá nǔ zhāng, traditional 劍拔弩張)

  1. tense situation; ready to fight