哪壺不開提哪壺

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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.

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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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