既生瑜,何生亮

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Chinese[edit]

already; since; both... (and...)
 
to be born; to give birth; life; to grow
excellence; luster of gems
 
carry; what; how; why; which
 
to be born; to give birth; life; to grow
light; bright
simp. and trad.
(既生瑜,何生亮)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: Zhou Yu has already been born, so why was Zhuge Liang ever born?

Zhou Yu was young and ambitious, but was always being upstaged by Zhuge Liang, who was more talented.

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Idiom[edit]

既生瑜,何生亮

  1. (Min Nan) used to lament the fact that there is someone better than you who is outshining you at every turn; to bemoan a new contender

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