身在曹營心在漢

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Chinese[edit]

 
body; torso; person; life; status; pregnancy; (a measure word used for clothes) suit
 
(located) at; in; exist; (before verbs) immediately involved in; right in the middle of doing
 
a company; a class; a generation; (a surname)
 
army; to deal in; to trade; to operate; to run; camp; nourishment; to manage
heart; mind
 
(located) at; in; exist; (before verbs) immediately involved in; right in the middle of doing
Chinese; name of a dynasty
trad. (身在曹營心在漢)
simp. (身在曹营心在汉)

Etymology[edit]

From Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Literally: (Guan Yu's) body is in Cao Cao's camp, but his heart is with the Han

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

身在曹營心在漢

  1. subjugated by one authority, while still remaining loyal to another; not loyal