Chengyu: 吳市吹簫 / “To Beg for Food on the Streets”

wushichuixiao

吳市吹簫

Wú shì chuī xiāo

Literal meaning: “to play the xiao in the market of Wu

Idiomatic meaning: “to beg for food on the streets”


Shì 市 in this case does not refer to its common Mandarin meaning of “city”; rather, it’s used in its older meaning of “market.”

Posted on: March 7, 2016, by : Q.Z.

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