既生瑜,何生亮

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Chinese[edit]

already; since; both... (and...)
 
to be born; to give birth; life; to grow; student; raw
excellence; luster of gems
 
carry; what; how; why; which
 
to be born; to give birth; life; to grow; student; raw
light; bright
simp. and trad.
(既生瑜,何生亮)
Literally: “Since Yu has already been born, so why was Liang ever born?”.

Etymology[edit]

Zhou Yu was young and ambitious, but was always being upstaged by Zhuge Liang, who was more talented.

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Idiom[edit]

既生瑜,何生亮

  1. used to lament the fact that there is someone better than you who is outshining you at every turn; to bemoan a new contender