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守株待兔【shǒu zhū dài tù】

Shudan Guan

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During the Spring and Autumn Period, a farmer saw a hare hit a tree trunk and died, he picked it up and cooked at night. Afterwards, he did nothing but wait under that tree for another hare to come. However, no hares appeared since then and people all made fun of him. 

[Annotation] 株: Trunk of a tree. 

[Definition] When (someone) wishes to succeed without making any effort.


* If you are interested in Chinese folk tales or ghost stories, have a look at: https://chinesestoriesfolktales.quora.com

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