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风雨同舟【fēng yǔ tóng zhōu】

Shudan Guan

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Wu and Yue were neighbouring countries in the Spring and Autumn Period, but they fought a lot. One day, the citizens of both states took the same boat. As the ship reached the centre of the lake, a storm occurred and almost flipped the boat. At this moment, people forgot their hates, working as a team and crossing the river safely. 

[Annotation] 舟: Boat.

[Definition] It literally means a group of people stay in the same boat during storms, and it is extended to indicate getting through a hard situation together.



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