成也蕭何,敗也蕭何

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Chinese[edit]

 
finish; complete; accomplish; become; turn into; win; succeed; one tenth
also; too be defeated; to defeat; loss also; too
trad. (成也蕭何,敗也蕭何) 蕭何 蕭何
simp. (成也萧何,败也萧何) 萧何 萧何

Etymology[edit]

In the beginning of the Han Dynasty, Xiao He recommended Han Xin become a general, later he helped Empress Lü Zhi to have him killed. Later, this phrase was used as a metaphor to describe a situation in the success or failure of an endeavor derives from the same person or thing.

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Idiom[edit]

成也蕭何,敗也蕭何

  1. the key to his success is also his undoing
  2. the key to their success is also their undoing
  3. not dependable; now yes, now no; always changing