劣币驱逐良币

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Literally: “Bad money drives out good.” / “The bad coins drive out the good coins.”

Possibly a calque of bad money drives out good.

Proverb[edit]

劣币驱逐良币 (simplified, Pinyin liè bì qūzhú liáng bì, traditional 劣幣驅逐良幣)

  1. Mediocre talent will drive away people of real talent.
  2. bad money drives out good (Gresham's law)

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