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甘拜下风【gān bài xià fēng】

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During the Spring and Autumn Period, a fight occurred between states Qin and Jin, Jin lost, and the King was captured. King Mu of Qin told officials of Jin, “I won’t slave you despite your King never remembering and extolling my kindness.” The officials of Jin replied, “We’re now at the downside of the situation. Hope Your Reverence at the upper side will keep your word.”


甘:Be willing to. 下风:Downside of the situation.

[Definition] When someone admits he is at the downside of the situation; and can also mean someone admits himself lost in a competition sincerely.



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