抽絲剝繭

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Chinese[edit]

peel; to skin cocoon
trad. (抽絲剝繭) 抽絲
simp. (抽丝剥茧) 抽丝

Etymology[edit]

  • Literally: pull out the (raw) silk (from the silkworm), peel off the cocoon (of the silkworm)

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

抽絲剝繭

  1. to painstakingly get to the bottom of something; to struggle to understand a convoluted argument or issue