首屈一指

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Chinese[edit]

 
head; chief; first (occasion); first (thing); measure word for poems
bent; feel wronged
 
one; single; a; (before verbs) as soon as, once; (before a noun) entire (family, etc.)
 
finger; to point; to direct; to indicate
simp. and trad.
(首屈一指)
Literally: “the first bent finger”.

Etymology[edit]

In Chinese culture, one common method of counting is to begin with an open hand, then begin folding the fingers into the palm starting with the thumb.

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

首屈一指

  1. first
  2. number one; come first on the list; be matchless; be second to none; come out first; thumbs up