好鋼用在刀刃上

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Chinese[edit]

good; well; be fond of steel to use
 
(located) at; in; exist; (before verbs) immediately involved in; right in the middle of doing
knife blade
 
on; up; on top; upon; first (of two parts); previous or last (week, etc.); upper; higher; above; previous; to climb; to go into; above; to go up
trad. (好鋼用在刀刃上) 刀刃
simp. (好钢用在刀刃上) 刀刃

Etymology[edit]

  • Literally, "To use the good steel on the knife's edge."

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

好鋼用在刀刃上

  1. (idiomatic) to use the best resources in the most important areas
    重建必須好鋼用在刀刃上
    zāi hòu chóngjiàn bìxū hǎo gāng yòng zài dāorèn shàng
    When rebuilding after a disaster, one must put the resources where they count.