水中撈月

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Chinese[edit]

water; river
 
middle; center; within; among; in; while (doing sth); during; China; Chinese; hit (the mark)
fish up moon; month
trad. (水中撈月)
simp. (水中捞月)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: to scoop (the reflection of) the moon out of water.

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

水中撈月

  1. to make a hopeless, futile or vain effort at doing something, to ask for the moon