水中撈月

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Mandarin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Literally: to scoop (the reflection of) the moon out of water;

Idiom[edit]

水中撈月 (traditional, Pinyin shuǐzhōnglāoyuè, simplified 水中捞月)

  1. to make a hopeless, futile or vain effort at doing something, to ask for the moon