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成语:螳螂挡车

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A Mantis Trying to Halt a Chariot

Once a carter was driving his cart, when a mantis jumped out in front of the cart. Raising its forelegs, it tried to obstruct the passage of the cart. Of course, it was crushed by one of the wheets.

This idiom is used to mean overrating oneself and trying to do what is beyond one's ability. The result can be nothing but failure.

从前有一个车夫,驾着马车在路上行驶。忽然前面跳来一只螳螂,举起镰刀一样的前腿,恶狠狠地挡住车轮的前进。车夫没有理会他,车轮就从螳螂的身上压了过去。

“螳臂当车”这个成语比喻不估计自己的力量,去做办不到的事情,必然要遭到失败。也说“螳臂挡车”。

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