Chinese Idioms - Chengyu

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    shā
    xià
    hóu
    杀鸡吓猴
    shā jī xià hóu

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • literally killing the chicken to scare the monkey; to punish an individual as an example to others
    • pour encourager les autres

    Word by word translation of this Chinese idiom

    shā
    to kill / to murder / to fight / to weaken or reduce / to smart (dialect) / to counteract / (used after a verb) extremely
    fowl / chicken / (slang) prostitute / CL:隻|只[zhī]
    to scare / to intimidate / to threaten / (interjection showing disapproval) tut-tut / (interjection showing astonishment)
    xià
    to frighten / to scare
    hóu
    monkey / CL:隻|只[zhī]
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    Vivian Stone
    Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:07:41 AM

    Drat that cat!

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    Vivian Stone
    Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:07:58 AM

    Drat that cat!

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