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一鸣惊人【yī míng jīng rén】

Shudan Guan

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In the first three years of King Zhuang of Chu’s governance, he cared nothing but entertainment, in order to test his men’s dedication to the state. One official called Shen Wuwei noticed his intention and asked the king a riddle, “Once there was a big bird that didn’t fly or chirp in three years, do you know what kind of bird it is?” King Zhuang of Chu said with a smile, “This bird will go straight into the sky if it flies and will make the loudest sound if it chirps.” Afterwards, the king worked hard and made the state prosperous. 

[Definition] When someone unnoticed makes excellent achievements out of the blue.


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