打草驚蛇

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Chinese[edit]

 
beat; strike; break; mix up; build; fight; fetch; make; tie up; issue; shoot; calculate; since; from; dozen
 
grass; straw; draft (of a document); careless; rough; manuscript; hasty
 
to start; to be frightened; to be scared; alarm
snake; serpent
trad. (打草驚蛇)
simp. (打草惊蛇)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: beat the grass and startle the snake

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

打草驚蛇

  1. (idiomatic) to give away your position through rash actions, to alert someone of your presence unwittingly