杯弓蛇影

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Chinese[edit]

cup; a measure word a bow (weapon) snake; serpent
 
picture; image; reflection; shadow
simp. and trad.
(杯弓蛇影)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: mistake the shadow of a bow in one's cup for a snake

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

杯弓蛇影

  1. a false alarm (self-created suspicion); atmosphere of fear and admonition