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See also: 哪壶不开提哪壶
which pot; (a measure word) not; no open; operate (vehicle); startto carry; to lift; to put forwardto carry; to lift; to put forward; (upwards character stroke); lifting (brush stroke in painting); to mention; carry (suspended) which pot; (a measure word) trad. (哪壺不開提哪壺) 哪 壺 不 開 提 哪 壺 simp. (哪壶不开提哪壶) 哪 壶 不 开 提 哪 壶
Literally: whichever pot is not boiling, pickup that pot
- If a pot of water is not boiling, it does not make any (high-pitched) sound. This means figuratively that the pot of water is defective. If one deliberately picks up such a pot, then it figuratively means that one is deliberately publicizing somebody else's weaknesses or secrets.
- to air somebody's dirty laundry
- to blurt out somebody's weakness
- to let somebody's skeletons out of the closet