鑽牛角尖

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Chinese[edit]

 
an auger; diamond; enter (a hole)
an auger; diamond; enter (a hole); probe
something that cannot be solved or is unworthy of being studied in detail; insignificant problem
trad. (鑽牛角尖) 牛角尖
simp. (钻牛角尖) 牛角尖

Etymology[edit]

Popularized by Lao She (1899–1966) in his play (Shén Quán, “Magical Boxers”) published in 1960.

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Verb[edit]

鑽牛角尖

  1. (idiomatic) to split hairs; to go down a dead end

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