草木皆兵

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Chinese[edit]

 
grass; straw; draft (of a document); careless; rough; manuscript; hasty
tree; wood all; each and every; in all cases
 
soldiers; a force; an army; weapons; arms; military; warlike
simp. and trad.
(草木皆兵)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: (to be so scared and paranoid, that when the wind blows the) grass and trees, (one thinks that) the (enemy) soldiers are everywhere (and are about to attack)

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

草木皆兵

  1. describes a situation in which someone is being overly paranoid

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