杯水車薪

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Chinese[edit]

cup; a measure word water; river
 
vehicle on land; car; a vehicle; machine; to shape with a lathe
fuel; salary
trad. (杯水車薪)
simp. (杯水车薪)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: use a cup of water to put out a burning cart full of firewood

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

杯水車薪

  1. too inadequate and useless; to no avail