聞雞起舞

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See also: 闻鸡起舞

Chinese[edit]

 
hear; news; celebrated; sniff at
fowl; chicken to rise; to raise; to get up to dance; to wield; to brandish
trad. (聞雞起舞)
simp. (闻鸡起舞)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: get up and do (sword) practice upon hearing the roosters (crow)

  • 648: Fang Xuanling ed., Book of Jin, Biography of Zu Ti (晉書·祖逖傳)
    Based on a story in his biography in which Zu Ti would get up with the sound of the roosters in order to practice his martial arts.

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Idiom[edit]

聞雞起舞

  1. to be a go getter; to be a self-starter