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Chinese Idioms - 鸡蛋里挑骨头

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

Tags: idiom, bone, look, egg

- Looking for a bone in an egg

( dàn tiāo tou)
There is of course no bone in an egg. Therefore, if one wants to find a bone inside an egg, it is out of the question. The phrase looking for a bone in an egg means trying deliberately to find a fault with someone or something faultless.

The idiom is often used to describe someone who is very picky, who finds faults with others on purpose. If you have a colleague or neighbour who is a nit-picker, you had better be cautious. In addition, you yourself had better not be such a picky person.

① A: One moment he says the size is too big, another moment he says the colour is too dark. What shall I do?  B: He is just looking for a bone in an egg.

② A: I think Manager Liu is a very strict person.  B: Do you think so? I think he is often simply looking for a bone in an egg. Sometimes, we have done a very good job, but he still complains. and that, looking rather dissatisfied.

鸡蛋里面没有骨头,要从鸡蛋里找出骨头来,那当然是不可能的。“鸡蛋里挑骨头”的意思就是,从没有毛病的人身上或没有问题的事物中故意找毛病,找问题。  这个俗语常用来指有的人过分挑剔,故意为难别人。如果你身边有这样的人,你可要当心。还有,你最好不要做“鸡蛋里挑骨头”的人哦。
① A:他一会儿说尺寸有点大,一会儿又说颜色太深。我怎么办呀? B:他这是鸡蛋里挑骨头,没事找事。
② A:我看咱们刘经理是个很严格的人。 B:严格?我看他多半是鸡蛋里挑骨头,有时我们已经做得很好了,他还说这说那,一副很不满意的样子

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