無心插柳柳成蔭

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Chinese[edit]

without the desire or intention; unwitting
 
insert; stick in; pierce; to take part in; to interfere; to interpose
willow; Liu (a surname) willow; Liu (a surname)
 
finish; complete; accomplish; become; turn into; win; succeed; one tenth
shade
trad. (無心插柳柳成蔭) 無心
simp. (无心插柳柳成荫) 无心

Etymology[edit]

Literally: unwittingly plant a willow tree which later provides shade

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

無心插柳柳成蔭

  1. to do something which unintentionally returns positive results