身在曹营心在汉

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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

Idiom[edit]

身在曹营心在汉 (simplified, Pinyin shēn zài cáo yíng xīn zài hàn, traditional 身在曹營心在漢)

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