叫天天不應,叫地地不靈

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Chinese[edit]

 
to call; to yell; to be called; to order
day; sky; heaven day; sky; heaven not; no; (negative prefix) to answer; to respond; ought
 
to call; to yell; to be called; to order
 
earth; ground; field; place; land; (subor. part. adverbial); -ly
 
earth; ground; field; place; land; (subor. part. adverbial); -ly
not; no; (negative prefix)
 
alert; departed soul; efficacious; quick; effective; intelligence
trad. (叫天天不應,叫地地不靈)
simp. (叫天天不应,叫地地不灵)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: Cry out to the heavens, but the heavens don't respond. Cry out to the earth, but the earth is impervious.

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

叫天天不應,叫地地不靈

  1. to be up the creek without a paddle; to be without any aid