闻鸡起舞

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Mandarin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Idiom[edit]

闻鸡起舞 (simplified, Pinyin wén jī qǐ wǔ, traditional 聞雞起舞)

  1. be a go getter; be a self-starter