姜太公釣魚

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Etymology[edit]

Comes from the phrase: 姜太公釣魚

Literally: Grand Duke Jiang goes fishing (those who are willing put themselves onto the fishhook).

Grand Duke Jiang often went angling at the Weishui River, but he would fish in a bizarre way. He hung a straight hook, with no bait, three feet above the water. He over and over again said to himself, "Fish, if you are desperate to live, come and gulp down the hook by yourself."

Idiom[edit]

姜太公釣魚 (traditional, Pinyin jiāng tài gōng diàoyú, simplified 姜太公钓鱼)

  1. (xiehouyu) like the fish rising to Grand Duke Jiang's hookless and baitless line; a willing victim letting himself be caught of his own will

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