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指鹿为马Zhi3 Lu4 Wei2 Ma3
The English Story of the Proverb
The English Meaning of the Proverb
lu4(鹿) : cerf
Distort the truth on purpose.
Zhaogao prepared to launch an insurgency, but he was afraid that the officials won’t listen to him, so he set a trap to probe. He brought a cerf to Second Emperor of Qin, telling him it was a horse. The emperor replied:” you are wrong, you mistakenly consider the cerf as a horse.” Then he asked the officials, some of them kept silence, some agreed with Zhao, someone said it was a cerf. Zhao slandered those who said it was a cerf, since then, everyone was afraid of Zhao.
The Chinese Story of Proverb