首當其衝

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Chinese[edit]

 
head; chief; first (occasion); first (thing); measure word for poems
 
to act as; represent; equal; should; fitting; suitable; adequate; proper; replace; to be; to hold a position; manage; withstand; when; during; ought; match equally; same; obstruct; just at (a time or place); on the spot; right; just at
 
his; her; its; theirs; that; such; it (refers to sth preceding it)
of great force; towards; dash against
trad. (首當其衝)
simp. (首当其冲)

Etymology[edit]

不能 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
不能 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: The Book of Han, circa 1st century CE
Zhèng dāng qí chōng, bùnéng xiū dé. [Pinyin]
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粵東首當其衝 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
粤东首当其冲 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: 《清史稿•兵志九》
Ōu jiàn dōng lái, Yuèdōng shǒudāngqíchōng. [Pinyin]
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Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

首當其衝

  1. to be the first to suffer (attack or disaster)
  2. (neologism) taking the lead; first
  3. (neologism) more important, crucial or prominent