只許州官放火,不許百姓點燈

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Etymology[edit]

Literally: to only allow the prefectural official to set fires, but not allow the common citizens to light their lamps

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Idiom[edit]

只許州官放火,不許百姓點燈

  1. a tyrant boss or leader can do whatever he likes, but the common people are not allowed the slightest bit of freedom