不翼而飛

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Chinese[edit]

not; no wing
 
and; as well as; but (not); yet (not); (shows causal relation); (shows change of state); (shows contrast)
to fly
trad. (不翼而飛)
simp. (不翼而飞)
Literally: “to be wingless and yet flying or airborne”.

Etymology[edit]

Chapter 26 of Guanzi:

[Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
[Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Guanzi, 7th – 4th century BCE
Wú yì ér fēi zhě, shēng yě; wú gēn ér gù zhě, qíng yě. [Pinyin]
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Pronunciation[edit]



Rime
Character
Reading # 1/3 2/3 3/3 1/1 1/1 1/1
Initial () (1) (1) (1) (36) (38) (1)
Final () (136) (136) (60) (134) (19) (21)
Tone (調) Level (Ø) Rising (X) Checked (Ø) Checked (Ø) Level (Ø) Level (Ø)
Openness (開合) Open Open Closed Open Open Closed
Division () III III III III III III
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/pɨu/ /pɨuX/ /pɨut̚/ /jɨk̚/ /ȵɨ/ /pʉi/
Pan
Wuyun
/piu/ /piuX/ /piut̚/ /jɨk̚/ /ȵɨ/ /pʷɨi/
Shao
Rongfen
/piəu/ /piəuX/ /piuət̚/ /iek̚/ /ȵʑie/ /piuəi/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/puw/ /puwX/ /put̚/ /jik̚/ /ȵɨ/ /puj/
Li
Rong
/piu/ /piuX/ /piuət̚/ /iək̚/ /ȵiə/ /piuəi/
Wang
Li
/pĭəu/ /pĭəuX/ /pĭuət̚/ /jĭək̚/ /ȵʑĭə/ /pĭwəi/
Bernard
Karlgren
/pi̯ə̯u/ /pi̯ə̯uX/ /pi̯uət̚/ /i̯ək̚/ /ȵʑi/ /pwe̯i/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
fōu fǒu fu ér fēi

Idiom[edit]

不翼而飛

  1. (of news) to spread quickly; to spread like wildfire; to spread fast as if on wings
  2. (of an object) to disappear suddenly; to disappear without a trace; to vanish into thin air