哪壺不開提哪壺

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Chinese[edit]

which (followed by M or Num); how; (final part. preceded by N) pot; (a measure word) (negative prefix); not; no open; operate (vehicle); start
 
to carry; to lift; to put forward; (upwards character stroke); lifting (brush stroke in painting); to mention; carry (suspended)
which (followed by M or Num); how; (final part. preceded by N) pot; (a measure word)
trad. (哪壺不開提哪壺)
simp. (哪壶不开提哪壶)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: whichever pot is not boiling, pickup that pot

If a pot of water is not boiling, it does not make any (high-pitched) sound. This means figuratively that the pot of water is defective. If one deliberately picks up such a pot, then it figuratively means that one is deliberately publicizing somebody else's weaknesses or secrets.

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

哪壺不開提哪壺

  1. to air somebody's dirty laundry
  2. to blurt out somebody's weakness
  3. to let somebody's skeletons out of the closet

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