摸著石頭過河

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Chinese[edit]

 
feel with the hand; to touch; to stroke; to grope; to feel (one's pulse); imitate; copy
 
part. indicates the successful result of a verb; to touch; to come in contact with; to feel; to be affected by; to catch fire; to fall asleep; to burn; particle attached after verb to indicate action in progress, like -ing ending; to make known; to show; to prove; to write; book; outstanding; to wear (clothes); to contact; to use; to apply; catch; receive; suffer
stone; rock
 
(experienced action marker); to cross; to go over; to pass (time); to celebrate (a holiday); to live; to get along; (surname); excessively; too-
river
trad. (摸著石頭過河) 石頭
simp. (摸着石头过河) 石头

Etymology[edit]

From: 摸著石頭過河走一步算一步 to feel the rocks (on the riverbed) as one crosses the river, taking one step at a time.

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

摸著石頭過河

  1. (xiehouyu) to figure things out as one goes; to take things one step at a time