殺雞取卵

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Chinese[edit]

to kill; to murder; to slaughter fowl; chicken
 
to take; to get; to choose; to fetch
ovum
trad. (殺雞取卵)
simp. (杀鸡取卵)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: kill the hen to get the eggs

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

殺雞取卵

  1. to seek short term gain at the sacrifice of long term profit
  2. kill the goose that lays the golden eggs