劍拔弩張

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Chinese[edit]

(double-edged) sword
 
pull up; pull out; select; promote
cross-bow (a measure word); (a surname); open up
trad. (劍拔弩張)
simp. (剑拔弩张)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: swords are unsheathed, and crossbows are drawn

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

劍拔弩張

  1. tense situation; ready to fight