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Literally: get up and do (sword) practice upon hearing the roosters (crow)
- 648: Fang Xuanling ed., Book of Jin, Biography of Zu Ti (晉書·祖逖傳)
- Based on a story in his biography in which Zu Ti would get up with the sound of the roosters in order to practice his martial arts.
聞雞起舞 (traditional, Pinyin 闻鸡起舞), simplified
- be a go getter; be a self-starter