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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 (晋书·祖逖传)
- 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.
闻鸡起舞 (simplified, Pinyin 聞雞起舞), traditional
- be a go getter; be a self-starter