Chengyu Database

List of all answers and questions, past and future, from my chengyu guessing game/Wordle clone, posted here for reference. Probably updated pretty irregularly. Perhaps useful for making flashcards. List in CSV format can be found here.
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源源而来

Pinyin: yuányuánérlái
Meaning: to flow in endlessly
Usage: 在马斯克的不懈努力下,他终于开通了推特,从此他的财运源源而来。

机不可失

Pinyin: jībùkěshī
Meaning: do not miss an opportunity
Usage: 一年一度的商场促销就要结束了,赶紧买,机不可失!

独到之处

Pinyin: dúdàozhīchù
Meaning: unique
Usage: 王师傅是一位心灵手巧的木雕师,他的每一座雕塑都有各自的独到之处

水土不服

Pinyin: shuǐtǔbùfú
Meaning: unaccustomed; un-acclimatised
Usage: 首次出差到海南,小明水土不服,整天无精打采。

顺藤摸瓜

Pinyin: shùnténgmōguā
Meaning: track something/someone down by following clues
Usage: 只要我们跟踪这个小偷,我们就一定能顺藤摸瓜,将他后面的贼窝一网打尽。

节衣缩食

Pinyin: jiéyīsuōshí
Meaning: live frugally; forego food and clothes
Usage: 在贫困地区,不少家庭都得靠节衣缩食来供他们的子女们上学

此起彼伏

Pinyin: cǐqǐbǐfú
Meaning: goes up n down like wave
Usage: 在音乐节上,人群的欢笑声此起彼伏。

有色眼镜

Pinyin: yǒusèyǎnjìng
Meaning: to look at through rose-tinted glasses
Usage: 人不应该带着有色眼镜去看待事物。

伤风败俗

Pinyin: shāngfēngbàisú
Meaning: to be offensive or immoral
Usage: 小明的爷爷至今仍然认为染发是一件伤风败俗的事。

大海捞针

Pinyin: dàhǎilāozhēn
Meaning: to find a needle in a haystack
Usage: 在那么大的世界上找到对的人,无异于大海捞针。

不见经传

Pinyin: bùjiànjīngzhuàn
Meaning: to be a nobody; to not be well-known
Usage: 十八路诸侯里除了曹操,几乎无人对名不见经传的刘关张三兄弟看得起眼。

十面埋伏

Pinyin: shímiànmáifú
Meaning: to ambush from all sides
Usage: 在关羽决定踏入鸿门宴的时候就已经做好了被十面埋伏的心理准备。

行尸走肉

Pinyin: xíngshīzǒuròu
Meaning: to act like a zombie
Usage: 自从小明被小红甩了以后,日日如行尸走肉。

欢聚一堂

Pinyin: huānjùyītáng
Meaning: to have a happy reunion
Usage: 在小明爷爷的八十大寿上,整个家庭都欢聚一堂。

作如是观

Pinyin: zuòrúshìguān
Meaning: to view in a certain light
Usage: 对于整个近代中国资产阶级在从事近代化事业过程中的努力及其失败,也应该实事求是地作如是观。

包藏祸心

Pinyin: bāocánghuòxīn
Meaning: to have evil intentions
Usage: 小明没想到小刚虽然看上去厚道,实际上却包藏祸心。

旁敲侧击

Pinyin: pángqiāocèjī
Meaning: to speak in a roundabout way
Usage: 小明旁敲侧击,发现了小刚的阴谋。

误入歧途

Pinyin: wùrùqítú
Meaning: to go astray
Usage: 在小明的帮助下,小刚终于发现自己误入歧途。

人穷志短

Pinyin: rénqióngzhìduǎn
Meaning: when you are poor it is hard to be ambitious
Usage: 奈何小刚人穷志短,最终还是败在了利益的诱惑下。

不敢问津

Pinyin: bùgǎnwènjīn
Meaning: to not dare to ask
Usage: 这款Chanel牌子的白衬衫价格高昂,令人不敢问津。

自欺欺人

Pinyin: zìqīqīrén
Meaning: to believe your own lies
Usage: 小明自欺欺人地觉得他和小红还能复合。

举国上下

Pinyin: jǔguóshàngxià
Meaning: everyone in the country
Usage: 杨利伟他把月登,举国上下齐欢庆。

循规蹈矩

Pinyin: xúnguīdǎojǔ
Meaning: behave properly
Usage: 为人虽需循规蹈矩,却也不可墨守成规。

自鸣得意

Pinyin: zìmíngdéyì
Meaning: to be pleased with yourself
Usage: 李刚对己父有钱此事为荣,见人便自鸣得意得夸起其父。

衮衮诸公

Pinyin: gǔngǔnzhūgōng
Meaning: high-ranking officials
Usage: 衮衮诸公将无数饥肠辘辘的孩子视若无物,只顾己身利益,尸位素餐。

勾心斗角

Pinyin: gōuxīndòujiǎo
Meaning: to scheme against one another
Usage: 诸侯为各自利益而战,勾心斗角,以至于错失战机。

头破血流

Pinyin: tóupòxuèliú
Meaning: badly bruised
Usage: 诸侯为各自利益而战,勾心斗角,争得头破血流。

一拥而上

Pinyin: yīyōngérshàng
Meaning: to swarm around
Usage: 刘关张三兄弟一拥而上,把吕布揍得落花流水。

逼良为娼

Pinyin: bīliángwéichāng
Meaning: to debauch
Usage: 丧心病狂的贪官竟逼良为娼。

声东击西

Pinyin: shēngdōngjīxī
Meaning: diversion tactic
Usage: 在官渡之战,曹操以声东击西之策成功大败袁军。

聚讼纷纭

Pinyin: jùsòng fēnyún
Meaning: to argue and not agree
Usage: 尽管过了一百多年,开膛手杰克至今仍是一件聚讼纷纭的疑案。

赤身裸体

Pinyin: chìshēnluǒtǐ
Meaning: to be naked
Usage: 疫情改变了很多,小明如今出门若不带口罩会觉得自己赤身裸体。

半路出家

Pinyin: bànlùchūjiā
Meaning: to make an inexperienced career change
Usage: 老王本来是个生意人,后来半路出家,当了一名政客。

峰回路转

Pinyin: fēnghuílùzhuǎn
Meaning: the winds on the top of mountains
Usage: 本已万念俱灰的小明没想到,他买的股票竟奇迹般地峰回路转了。

奇耻大辱

Pinyin: qíchǐdàrǔ
Meaning: a great shame
Usage: 小明在扑克大赛上受了奇耻大辱,于是他决定奋发图强,目标成为下一届游戏王。

手足之情

Pinyin: shǒuzúzhīqíng
Meaning: brotherhood
Usage: 曹丕念着手足之情,放了他弟弟一条生路。

百发百中

Pinyin: bǎifābǎizhòng
Meaning: one shoot one kill
Usage: 小李是个扔飞镖的能手,他几乎可以百发百中靶心。

阮囊羞涩

Pinyin: ruǎnnángxiūsè
Meaning: completely broke
Usage: 小刚自从丢了工作以后阮囊羞涩,常常问小明借钱。

无所事事

Pinyin: wúsuǒshìshì
Meaning: to have nothing to do
Usage: 虽然小刚阮囊羞涩,却始终整日无所事事

举目无亲

Pinyin: jǔmùwúqīn
Meaning: to be alone in a foreign land
Usage: 老王二十岁那年就去到了举目无亲的加拿大打工了。

无稽之谈

Pinyin: wújīzhītán
Meaning: a false story
Usage: 在如今的社会压力下,许多人儿时的梦想不过是无稽之谈罢了。

苍松翠柏

Pinyin: cāngsōngcuìbǎi
Meaning: evergreen trees
Usage: 文竹高雅,如苍松翠柏,能够使人心旷神怡。

牢不可破

Pinyin: láobùkěpò
Meaning: to be unbreakable
Usage: 牢不可破的号角堡在各种战役中屹立了上千年。

唉声叹气

Pinyin: āishēngtànqì
Meaning: to sigh deeply
Usage: 小明一想到他的寒假作业就唉声叹气。

迫不及待

Pinyin: pòbùjídài
Meaning: can hardly wait
Usage: 即将开学了,小明迫不及待的想要见到小红。

见风使舵

Pinyin: jiànfēngshǐduò
Meaning: sail with the wind
Usage: 老王一直是个八面玲珑的老滑头,他见风使舵的本领无人能比。

和颜悦色

Pinyin: héyányuèsè
Meaning: to be all smiles
Usage: 小明的爸爸在得知小明考试不及格后和颜悦色的揍了他一顿。

没头没脑

Pinyin: méitóuméinǎo
Meaning: without rhyme or reason
Usage: 小明向小红没头没脑的说了一句话,换来了小红一个迷惑的眼神。

身家性命

Pinyin: shēnjiāxìngmìng
Meaning: a man's life and family possessions
Usage: 刚来中国的留学生Lorelei听老师说:用成语“身家性命”造句是件很难的事。

破绽百出

Pinyin: pòzhànbǎichū
Meaning: full of flaws
Usage: 这个传销团队的说辞破绽百出,却又能使部分人深信不疑。

喜笑颜开

Pinyin: xǐxiàoyánkāi
Meaning: a face lit up with happiness
Usage: 邻居的离婚让老王喜笑颜开,他终于不用再忍受日日夜夜的吵架声了。

手眼通天

Pinyin: shǒuyǎntōngtiān
Meaning: adept in currying favour with powerful people
Usage: 李刚觉得他爸手眼通天,无所不能。

不在话下

Pinyin: bùzàihuàxià
Meaning: to be easy
Usage: 周伯通是个有效率的人,即使让他一心二用也不在话下。

尾大不掉

Pinyin: wěidàbùdiào
Meaning: leadership ruined by inept subordinates
Usage: 历史上的皇帝都害怕部下掌握太多实权,尾大不掉。

僧多粥少

Pinyin: sēngduōzhōushǎo
Meaning: cannot meet the needs of the people
Usage: 目前房价飞涨,看似是由僧多粥少导致的,实际上有无数栋楼房空无一人。