周瑜打黃蓋

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Chinese[edit]

Zhou Yu
 
beat; strike; break; mix up; build; fight; fetch; make; tie up; issue; shoot; calculate; since; from; dozen
the yellow canopy of the emperor's carriage
trad. (周瑜打黃蓋) 周瑜 黃蓋
simp. (周瑜打黄盖) 周瑜 黄盖

Etymology[edit]

Literally: Zhou Yu attacks Huang Gai

This is the first part of a 歇後語. The second part is (one is willing to give a beating, and one is willing to take a beating). Zhou Yu wanted Huang Gai, his subordinate, to pretend to defect to Cao Cao's side so that Huang Gai could gain Cao Cao's trust. This allowed Huang Gai to set fire to Cao Cao's fleet during the Battle of Red Cliffs, forcing Cao Cao to retreat. Zhou Yu had Huang Gai flogged in front of Cao Cao's spies so that they would not be suspicious.

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

周瑜打黃蓋

  1. (xiehouyu) describes a situation in which one person is willing to abuse another person, while the other person is willing to bear the abuse
  2. (xiehouyu) both parties agree of free will, mutual consent; to willingly submit to something

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References[edit]

  • "周瑜打黃蓋" (in Mandarin), Qiānsōucíbà Hànyǔ Cídiǎn (千搜词霸汉语词典). URL accessed on 2008-03-03.