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四分五裂【sì fēn wǔ liè】

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During the Warring States Period, Qin was the most powerful among the seven states, so the other six intended to against Qin through a corporation. The King of Qin had a tactic of sending Zhang Yi to estrange every state and thus defend them. Zhang Yi told the King of Wei, “If Wei cannot get along with its neighbour Zhao as it does with the other five states, Wei would be attacked by four surrounding states, then the state must be split. Why not friend Qin?” The King of Wei was persuaded and finally allied with Qin. 

[Definition] When (something) is split or not united. 


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