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李代桃僵    Add to My Vocabulary

PinYin lǐ dài táo jiāng    Simplified 李代桃僵    Traditional 李代桃僵
  1. lit. the plum tree withers in place of the peach tree
  2. to substitute one thing for another
  3. to carry the can for sb

Chinese meanings
  1. lǐ dài táo jiāng
    【释义】僵:枯死。李树代替桃树而死。原比喻兄弟互相爱护互相帮助。后转用来比喻互相顶替或代人受过。
    【出处】古乐府诗《鸡鸣》:“桃生露井上,李树生桃旁。虫来啮桃根,李树代桃僵。树木深相待,兄弟还相忘。”
    【用例】芝焚蕙叹嗟僚友,~泣弟兄。(清·黄遵宪《感事》诗)

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