負荊請罪

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Chinese[edit]

to proffer a birch and ask for a whipping -- to offer a modest apology to admit one's error and ask for punishment; to apologize
trad. (負荊請罪) 負荊 請罪
simp. (负荆请罪) 负荆 请罪
Literally: “to bring a bramble and ask for punishment”.
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Etymology[edit]

From the story of Lian Po.

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

負荊請罪

  1. to offer someone a humble apology, requesting punishment and forgiveness