只許州官放火,不許百姓點燈

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Chinese[edit]

 
only; merely; just; but; (a measure word, for birds and some animals, etc.); single
 
to allow; to permit; to praise; (surname)
a tyrant boss or leader can do whatever he likes, but the common people are not allowed the slightest bit of freedom to not allow the common people; the masses; ordinary citizens to light a lamp
trad. (只許州官放火,不許百姓點燈) 州官放火 不許 百姓 點燈
simp. (只许州官放火,不许百姓点灯) 州官放火 不许 百姓 点灯

Etymology[edit]

Literally: to only allow the prefectural official to set fires, but not allow the common citizens to light their lamps

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

只許州官放火,不許百姓點燈

  1. a tyrant boss or leader can do whatever he likes, but the common people are not allowed the slightest bit of freedom