不為五斗米折腰

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Chinese[edit]

not; no; (negative prefix)
 
because of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become
five; 5
 
ladle; dipper; small; big; stars
(measure word) meter; rice to bow in obeisance
trad. (不為五斗米折腰) 折腰
simp. (不为五斗米折腰) 折腰

Etymology[edit]

Literally: to not bow down for the sake of five pecks (or decalitres) of rice

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

不為五斗米折腰

  1. to not compromise one's integrity just to earn a small salary in a dead-end job; to not sacrifice one's ideals in order to make a living