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鸡犬不宁【jī quǎn bù níng】

Shudan Guan

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In the Tang Dynasty, Liu Zongyuan tried to persuade a snake hunter to farm. The snake hunter replied, “There will be countless taxes for farming and the officials will force me toughly to pay, even poultry and dogs cannot get peace! Snake hunting is much better than farming although it’s dangerous.” Liu Zongyuan signed and said, “A government that exploits its people is crueller than a tiger.”

[Annotation] 宁: Peace.

[Definition] When (someone) is intensively disrupted or brothered. 



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