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无能为力【wú néng wéi lì】

Shudan Guan

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During the Spring and Autumn period, the hegemony of Qin and the hegemony of Jin decided to fight the hegemony of Zheng, so the king of Zheng was anxious. Someone told him a man called Zhu Zhiwu could persuade the king of Qin to retreat his army, and the king called Zhu Zhiwu immediately. Zhu Zhiwu answered, “I didn’t have this ability when I was young, it’s clear that I don’t have it now.” 

[Definition] When someone is unable to finish a task/solve a problem. 


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

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