Chinese Idioms - Chengyu

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    píng
    shí
    shāo
    xiāng
    lín
    shí
    bào
    jiǎo
    平时不烧香,临时抱佛脚
    píng shí bù shāo xiāng , lín shí bào fó jiǎo

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • literally to clasp the Buddha's feet when danger arises; fig. to profess devotion only when in trouble
    • doing things at the last minute
    • to make a hasty last-minute effort (often refers to cramming for exams)

    Word by word translation of this Chinese idiom

    píng
    flat / level / equal / to tie (make the same score) / to draw (score) / calm / peaceful / see also 平聲|平声[píng shēng] / surname Ping
    shí
    time / o'clock / when / hour / season / period / surname Shi / old variant of 時|时[shí]
    not / no / (negative prefix)
    shāo
    to burn / to cook / to stew / to bake / to roast / to boil (tea, water etc) / fever
    xiāng
    fragrant / sweet smelling / aromatic / savory or appetizing / perfume or spice / joss or incense stick / (to eat) with relish / (of sleep) sound / CL:根[gēn]
    lín
    to face / to overlook / to arrive / to be (just) about to / just before
    shí
    time / o'clock / when / hour / season / period / surname Shi / old variant of 時|时[shí]
    bào
    to hold / to carry (in one's arms) / to hug / to embrace / to surround / to cherish
    Buddha / Buddhism
    seemingly / (female) head ornament / variant of 彿|佛[fú]
    jiǎo
    foot / leg (of an animal or an object) / base (of an object) / classifier for kicks / CL:雙|双[shuāng],隻|只[zhī]
    jué
    role / variant of 角[jué]
    lín
    shí
    bào
    jiǎo
    临时抱佛脚
    lín shí bào fó jiǎo

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • literally to clasp the Buddha's feet when danger arises; fig. to profess devotion only when in trouble
    • doing things at the last minute
    • making a hasty last-minute effort

    Word by word translation of this Chinese idiom

    lín
    to face / to overlook / to arrive / to be (just) about to / just before
    shí
    time / o'clock / when / hour / season / period / surname Shi / old variant of 時|时[shí]
    bào
    to hold / to carry (in one's arms) / to hug / to embrace / to surround / to cherish
    Buddha / Buddhism
    seemingly / (female) head ornament / variant of 彿|佛[fú]
    jiǎo
    foot / leg (of an animal or an object) / base (of an object) / classifier for kicks / CL:雙|双[shuāng],隻|只[zhī]
    jué
    role / variant of 角[jué]
    Data is based on CC-CEDICT. See the full data in action here MDBG Chinese-English dictionary.

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