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Literally: A real man does not eat a loss that is right in front of his eyes.
好汉不吃眼前亏 (simplified, Pinyin 好漢不吃眼前虧), traditional
- A wise man does not fight when the odds are against him; A wise man knows when to retreat.
- "好汉不吃眼前亏" (in Mandarin), Guoyu Cidian On-line Mandarin Dictionary (國語辭典). URL accessed on 2011-12-24.