殺雞儆猴

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 杀鸡儆猴
trad.

Etymology[edit]

Literally: kill chicken, warn monkey

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin shājījǐnghóu
Zhuyin ㄕㄚ ㄐㄧ ㄐㄧㄥˇ ㄏㄡˊ
IPA (key) /ʂa̠⁵⁵ t͡ɕi⁵⁵ t͡ɕiŋ²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ xoʊ̯³⁵/

Idiom[edit]

殺雞儆猴 (traditional, Pinyin shājījǐnghóu, traditional 雞鸡儆猴, simplified 杀鸡儆猴)

  1. Kill the chicken to warn the monkey; make a public demonstration of punishing a wrongdoer in order to deter innocents who might mimic the example of the wrongdoer.