金玉其外,敗絮其中

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Chinese[edit]

gold and jade; treasured thing; ornate object outside; exterior; besides worn cotton wool in; among; therein
trad. (金玉其外,敗絮其中) 金玉 其外 敗絮 其中
simp. (金玉其外,败絮其中) 金玉 其外 败絮 其中

Pronunciation[edit]


  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
    • (Standard Cantonese, Guangzhou)+
      • Jyutping: gam1 juk6 kei4 ngoi6, baai6 seoi5 kei4 zung1, gam1 juk6 kei4 ngoi6, baai6 seoi6 kei4 zung1
      • Yale: gām yuhk kèih ngoih, baaih séuih kèih jūng, gām yuhk kèih ngoih, baaih seuih kèih jūng
      • Cantonese Pinyin: gam1 juk9 kei4 ngoi6, baai6 soey5 kei4 dzung1, gam1 juk9 kei4 ngoi6, baai6 soey6 kei4 dzung1
      • Guangdong Romanization: gem1 yug6 kéi4 ngoi6, bai6 sêu5 kéi4 zung1, gem1 yug6 kéi4 ngoi6, bai6 sêu6 kéi4 zung1
      • Sinological IPA (key): /kɐm⁵⁵ jʊk̚² kʰei̯²¹ ŋɔːy̯²² päːi̯²² sɵy̯¹³ kʰei̯²¹ t͡sʊŋ⁵⁵/, /kɐm⁵⁵ jʊk̚² kʰei̯²¹ ŋɔːy̯²² päːi̯²² sɵy̯²² kʰei̯²¹ t͡sʊŋ⁵⁵/

Idiom[edit]

金玉其外,敗絮其中

  1. (figuratively) gilded exterior, shabby and ruined on the inside; fly in the ointment; a sugarcoated bitter pill; fair without, foul within