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 半途而废【bàn tú ér fèi】

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During the Easter Han, Yangzi Le left home to study. After a year, he came back because of homesick. His wife cut the silk on the spinning wheel immediately when seeing her husband, Le asked her why, and she said, “Quitting school halfway is like cutting this unfinished silk.” Le was inspired, and he came back to study, this time he left home for seven years and didn’t come back until he completed his study. 


[Annotation] : Stop, quit.

[Definition] When (someone) stops doing something halfway and cannot stick to it.   


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