開弓沒有回頭箭

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Chinese[edit]

to draw a bow and arrow to not have; to not be to turn around arrow
trad. (開弓沒有回頭箭) 開弓 沒有 回頭
simp. (开弓没有回头箭) 开弓 没有 回头

Etymology[edit]

  • Literally, "The firing of a bow has no returning arrow"→"The arrow won't come back after you shoot the bow."

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

開弓沒有回頭箭

  1. There's no turning back after you make an important decision.

References[edit]

  • Feng, Yu; Zhijie Jia, Jie Cai, Yaohua Shi, Judith M. Amory (2005) Pop Chinese: A Cheng & Tsui Handbook Of Contemporary Colloquial Expressions (Cheng & Tsui Asian Dictionary Series) (话是这么说:中国当代流行语手册) (in English/Chinese), Boston: Cheng & Tsui, ISBN 0-88727-424-2