臥薪嚐膽

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Chinese[edit]

to lie; to crouch fuel; salary to taste
 
the gall; the nerve; courage; guts; gall bladder
trad. (臥薪嚐膽)
simp. (卧薪尝胆)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: to sleep on brushwood and taste gall

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

臥薪嚐膽

  1. to undergo self-imposed hardships; to nurse vengeance; to endure hardships to accomplish some ambition