斬草除根

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Chinese[edit]

behead; chop
 
grass; straw; draft (of a document); careless; rough; manuscript; hasty
to root out; to remove by the roots
trad. (斬草除根) 除根
simp. (斩草除根) 除根
Literally: “to take out the roots while removing weeds”.

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

斬草除根

  1. to root out; to nip in the bud; to eliminate completely
    斬草除根喪身 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
    斩草除根丧身 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
    From: Romance of the Three Kingdoms, circa 14th century CE
    Ruò bù zhǎncǎochúgēn, bì wéi sàngshēn zhī běn. [Pinyin]
    If you don't nip this in the bud, it will eventually be the death of you.