得不償失

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Chinese[edit]

 
a sentence particle used after a verb to show effect; degree or possibility; to have to; must; ought to; to need to; obtain; get; gain; proper; suitable; proud; contented; allow; permit; ready; finished
(negative prefix); not; no to compensate; pay back; to recompense to lose; to miss; to fail
trad. (得不償失)
simp. (得不偿失)

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Idiom[edit]

得不償失

  1. (Advanced Mandarin) the loss outweighs the gain