Chinese Idioms - Chengyu

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    gōng
    kuī
    kuì
    功亏一篑
    gōng kuī yī kuì

    Different translations of this Chinese idiom or chengyu

    • literally to ruin the enterprise for the sake of one basketful
    • to fail through lack of a final effort
    • to spoil the ship for a ha'penny worth of tar

    Word by word translation of this Chinese idiom

    gōng
    meritorious deed or service / achievement / result / service / accomplishment / work (physics)
    kuī
    deficiency / deficit / luckily
    one / 1 / single / a (article) / as soon as / entire / whole / all / throughout / "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1)
    kuì
    basket for carrying soil
    Data is based on CC-CEDICT. See the full data in action here MDBG Chinese-English dictionary.

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