不足為外人道

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Chinese[edit]

 
because of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become
outsider; stranger; non-family member
 
direction; way; method; road; path; principle; truth; reason; skill; Tao (of Taoism); a measure word; to say; to speak; to talk
trad. (不足為外人道) 不足 外人
simp. (不足为外人道) 不足 外人

Etymology[edit]

數日辭去:「不足為外人道。」 [MSC, trad.]
数日辞去:“不足为外人道。” [MSC, simp.]
From: 421: Tao Yuanming, The Peach Blossom Spring (桃花源記) (Wiktionary translation)
Tíng shùrì, cíqù. Cǐ zhōng rén yǔ yún: “Bùzú wèi wàirén dào yě.” [Pinyin]
He stayed on for a few more days before taking his leave. As he was departing, some of them said to him, "No need to tell outsiders about us."

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

不足為外人道

  1. not fit to be told to others; no need to tell others; this is not to be mentioned to outsiders; this is strictly between ourselves

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