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英语成语故事:一丘之貉

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Jackals of the Same Lair

In the Han Dynasty, there was an official called Yang Yun who was both capable and honest. Commenting on the assassination of a king of a small state, he said, “If a king refuses to follow the advice of a wise minister, he will suffer an unitimely death. The emperor of the Qin Dynasty trusted treacherous ministers, and therefore lost his state.” He compared kings and emperors to racoons living on the same mountain.

This idiom refers derogatorily to people who are of the same kind.

汉朝时,有个叫杨恽的人,在朝廷做官,廉洁无私,有很有才能。有一次,他听说一个小国王被杀死,就发表议论说:“君王不采纳贤臣的计策,就会得到这种下场。秦朝皇帝宠信奸臣,所以亡国;如果重用贤臣,他的国家就不会灭亡了。”他最后总结说,古今的帝王都不过是一个山丘上的貉而已。

这个成语比喻某些人彼此相同,或者都是坏人。

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