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Chinese Idioms - 画饼充饥

Posted by vann0000 February 13, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: idiom, unrealistic, thought, goal

画饼充饥(huà bǐng chōng jī)

In the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), the king of the Wei, Cao Rui, wanted to select a very capable man to work for him. He said to his ministers: 'When choosing a talented person, always beware of one with a false reputation. A false reputation is just like a picture of a cake; it can' t relieve hunger."  Later, this idiom came to be used to mean comforting oneself with unrealistic thoughts, without solving practical problems.






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