刻舟求劍

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See also: 刻舟求剑

Chinese[edit]

 
quarter (hour); (a measure word); to carve; to engrave; to cut; oppressive
boat
 
to seek; to look for; to request; to demand; to beseech
(double-edged) sword
trad. (刻舟求劍)
simp. (刻舟求剑)
Literally: “notch the boat in search of the sword”.

Etymology[edit]

239 BCE: Lü Buwei, Mister Lü's Spring and Autumn Annals (呂氏春秋˙察今)

There was a man from the state of Chu who was crossing a river. His sword fell from the boat into the river. He quickly made a notch on the boat saying, "This is the place where my sword fell in. When the boat stops, I will go into the water and search for my sword from the spot where I made the notch." The boat was already moving, but the sword had not moved. Is it not stupid to search for the sword in this manner?

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

刻舟求劍

  1. to not know how to adapt to changed conditions; to rigidly cling to an idea or approach without considering the reality of a situation; to stubbornly cling to tradition

Descendants[edit]

Sino-Xenic (刻舟求劍):

Korean[edit]

Hanja in this term

Noun[edit]

刻舟求劍 (gakjugugeom) (hangeul 각주구검)

  1. Hanja form? of 각주구검.