四兩撥千斤

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Chinese[edit]

four; 4
 
both; two; ounce; some; a few; tael
 
to push aside; to appropriate (money); to move; to set aside; group; batch; to poke; to stir
thousand catty; weight equal to 0.5 kg
trad. (四兩撥千斤)
simp. (四两拨千斤)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: four ounces yields 1000 catties

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

四兩撥千斤

  1. a huge return for a very small investment; a big payoff for a small effort