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Watch the sky from a well

zuò jǐng guān tiān Pronunciation

Idiom explanation

Sitting at the bottom of the well and watching the sky. The metaphor is narrow-minded; insight is limited.

Idiom source

Tang Hanyu's "Original Way": "While sitting on a well and watching the sky, those who are small in the sky are also small."

Idioms Traditional

Watch the sky from a well
Idioms zjgt
Idiom phonetic ㄗ ㄨ ㄛ ˋ ㄐ ㄧ ㄥ ˇ ㄍ ㄨ ㄢ ㄊ ㄧ ㄢ
Common degree Common idioms
Emotional color Derogatory idiom

Idiom usage

Conjunctive; predicate, object, attributive; derogatory
Idiom structure Conjunction idiom
Year of generation Ancient idiom
Analysis of Idioms ① ~ Different from "pipe speculation": ~ focuses on describing narrow insights; it is mostly used in spoken language; "pipe speculation" focuses on describing superficial understanding; it is mostly used in written language. ② See "The Frog at the Bottom of the Well" (p. 536).

Synonyms

The frog at the bottom of the well

Antonym

Well-informed , all-inclusive , impeccable
Idiom example My disciples spent their lives vainly, and the gate of the mountain never went out. (Ming Wu Chengen's 16th Journey to the West)
English translation limited outlook
Japanese translation 井 戸 (い ど) の 中 (な か) の frog (か わ ず)
Russian translation сидеть в колояце и видеть только клочок неба
other languages <德> aus der Tiefe des Brunnens den Himmel betrachten--einen begrenzten Horizont haben
Idiom riddle Frog weather


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