先斬後奏

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Chinese[edit]

 
early; prior; former; in advance; first
behead; chop
 
back; behind; rear; afterwards; after; later
present a memorial; to achieve; to play
trad. (先斬後奏)
simp. (先斩后奏)
Literally: “behead first, report [to the emperor] later”.

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Idiom[edit]

先斬後奏

  1. to act first and report later; to act first and seek permission therefor later