州官放火

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

Literally: the prefectural official sets fires (but the common citizens are not allowed to light their lamps)

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

州官放火

  1. a tyrant boss or leader can do whatever he likes, but the common people are not allowed the slightest bit of freedom

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