對牛彈琴

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See also: 对牛弹琴

Chinese[edit]

 
couple; pair; to be opposite; to oppose; to face; for; to; correct (answer); to answer; to reply; to direct (towards sth); right
ox; cow; bull to play certain musical instruments that can be described as, such as some stringed instruments, or a keyboard instrument
trad. (對牛彈琴) 彈琴
simp. (对牛弹琴) 弹琴
Literally: “playing the zither to a cow”.

Etymology[edit]

From the story of the Warring States-era musician Gongming Yi (公明儀) playing the zither to a cow, recorded in Mouzi Lihuolun [circa 3rd century CE].

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

對牛彈琴

  1. like talking to a brick wall; like casting pearls before swine; offering a treat to an unappreciative audience (due to the gap in knowledge or one's unromanticness)

Descendants[edit]

Sino-Xenic (對牛彈琴):

Others:

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