明槍易躲,暗箭難防

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Mandarin[edit]

 
(surname); change; easy; simple
 
avoid; get out of way; to hide; to go into hiding
 
disaster; distress; to scold; difficult (to...); problem; difficulty; difficult; not good
to protect; to defend; to guard (against)
trad. (明槍易躲,暗箭難防) 明槍 暗箭
simp. (明枪易躲,暗箭难防) 明枪 暗箭

Etymology[edit]

Literally: A spear (thrown in) daylight is easy to dodge, (but) an arrow (shot in the) dark is difficult to defend against.

Proverb[edit]

明槍易躲暗箭難防 (traditional, Pinyin míngqiāng yì duǒ, ànjiàn nán fáng, simplified 明枪易躲,暗箭难防)

  1. It is easy to dodge an open attack, but difficult to defend against a concealed one.

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