开弓没有回头箭

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Mandarin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

  • Literally, "The arrow won't come back after you shoot the bow."

Proverb[edit]

开弓没有回头箭 (simplified, Pinyin kāigōng méiyǒu huítóu jiàn, traditional 開弓沒有回頭箭)

  1. There's no turning back after you make an important decision.

References[edit]

  • 2005, Yu Feng; Zhijie Jia, Jie Cai, Yaohua Shi, Judith M. Amory, Pop Chinese: A Cheng & Tsui Handbook Of Contemporary Colloquial Expressions (Cheng & Tsui Asian Dictionary Series) (话是这么说:中国当代流行语手册) (in English/Chinese), Boston: Cheng & Tsui, ISBN 0-88727-424-2: