只許州官放火,不許百姓點燈

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Chinese[edit]

 
only; merely; just; but
 
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]


  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
    • (Standard Cantonese, Guangzhou)+
      • Jyutping: zi2 heoi2 zau1 gun1 fong3 fo2, pat1 heoi2 paak3 sing3 dim2 dang1
      • Yale: jí héui jāu gūn fong fó, pāt héui paak sing dím dāng
      • Cantonese Pinyin: dzi2 hoey2 dzau1 gun1 fong3 fo2, pat7 hoey2 paak8 sing3 dim2 dang1
      • Guangdong Romanization: ji2 hêu2 zeo1 gun1 fong3 fo2, ped1 hêu2 pag3 xing3 dim2 deng1
      • IPA (key): /t͡siː³⁵ hɵy̯³⁵ t͡sɐu̯⁵⁵ kuːn⁵⁵ fɔːŋ³³ fɔː³⁵ pʰɐt̚⁵ hɵy̯³⁵ pʰɑːk̚³ sɪŋ³³ tiːm³⁵ tɐŋ⁵⁵/

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