不為五斗米折腰

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Chinese[edit]

(negative prefix); not; no
 
because of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become
five; 5
 
to fight; to battle; to struggle; to incite; Chinese peck
(measure word) meter; rice
 
tenth (in price); to break; to fold; to turn; broken (as of rope, stick)
 
waist; lower back; pocket; middle
trad. (不為五斗米折腰)
simp. (不为五斗米折腰)

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