如臨深淵

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Chinese[edit]

as (if); such as
 
to face; to overlook; to arrive; to be (just) about to; just before
abyss; abyss; catastrophic situation
trad. (如臨深淵) 深淵
simp. (如临深渊) 深渊
Literally: “like on the edge of an abyss”.

Etymology[edit]

See 戰戰兢兢战战兢兢 (zhànzhànjīngjīng).

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

如臨深淵

  1. (figuratively) to be extremely cautious