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染指    Add to My Vocabulary

PinYin rǎn zhǐ    Simplified 染指    Traditional 染指
  1. to dip a finger (idiom); fig. to get one's finger in the pie
  2. to get a share of the action
  3. abbr. for 染指於鼎|染指于鼎

Chinese meanings
  1. rǎnzhǐ
    春秋时,郑灵公请大臣们吃甲鱼,故意不给子公吃,子公很生气,就伸指向盛甲鱼的鼎里蘸上点汤,尝尝滋味走了(见于《左传》宣公四年)。后世用‘染指’比喻分取非分的利益。

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