好钢用在刀刃上

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 刀刃
trad. 好鋼用在刀刃上

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin hǎo gāng yòng zài dāorèn shàng
Zhuyin ㄏㄠˇ ㄍㄤ ㄩㄥˋ ㄗㄞˋ ㄉㄠ ㄖㄣˋ ㄕㄤˋ
IPA (key) /xɑʊ̯²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ kɑŋ⁵⁵ i̯ʊŋ⁵¹⁻⁵³ t͡saɪ̯⁵¹ tɑʊ̯⁵⁵ ʐən⁵¹⁻⁵³ ʂɑŋ⁵¹/

Verb[edit]

好钢用在刀刃上 (simplified, Pinyin hǎo gāng yòng zài dāorèn shàng, traditional 好鋼用在刀刃上)

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