失之東隅,收之桑榆

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Mandarin[edit]

to lose; to miss; to fail
 
(literary equivalent of 的); (subor. part.); him; her; it
morning; daybreak
 
to receive; to accept; to collect; in care of (used on address line after name)
 
(literary equivalent of 的); (subor. part.); him; her; it
mulberry and elm trees
trad. (失之東隅,收之桑榆) 東隅 桑榆
simp. (失之东隅,收之桑榆) 东隅 桑榆

Etymology[edit]

Literally: What you lose in the morning, you gain back in the evening.

Proverb[edit]

失之東隅收之桑榆 (traditional, Pinyin shī zhī dōngyú, shōu zhī sāngyú, simplified 失之东隅,收之桑榆)

  1. An initial loss can turn into a gain later on.

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