秀才遇到兵

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Chinese[edit]

a licentiate; a person who had passed imperial examination at the county level, which was held on a yearly basis from 605 until 1905 meet with
 
to (a place); until (a time); up to; to go; to arrive
 
soldiers; a force; an army; weapons; arms; military; warlike
simp. and trad.
(秀才遇到兵)
秀才

Etymology[edit]

First half of the phrase:

  1. 秀才遇到兵 - 有理 (trad.)
    秀才遇到兵 - 有理 (simp.)
    a scholar meets a foot soldier and cannot not use reason with him

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

秀才遇到兵

  1. (xiehouyu) like talking to a brick wall