以鄰為壑

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Chinese[edit]

 
to use; according to; so as to
to use; according to; so as to; in order to; by; with; because; Israel (abbrev.)
neighbor; adjacent; close to
 
because of; for; to
because of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become
gully
trad. (以鄰為壑)
simp. (以邻为壑)
Literally: “use the neighbour's field as an outlet for one's overflow”.

Etymology[edit]

From the Mencius.

治水是故四海吾子 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
治水是故四海吾子 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Mencius, circa 4th century BCE, translated based on James Legge's version
Yǔ zhī zhìshuǐ, shuǐ zhī dào yě. Shìgù Yǔ yǐ sìhǎi wéi hè, jīn wúzǐ línguó wéi hè. [Pinyin]
Yu's regulation of the waters was according to the laws of water. He therefore made the four seas their receptacle, while you make the neighbouring States their receptacle.

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

以鄰為壑

  1. (figuratively) to benefit oneself at others' expense