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千钧一发【qiān jūn yī fà】

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Mu Cheng, a famous author in the West Han Dynasty, was good at writing articles. He opposed the King of Wu in treating his men during the time he worked as a strategist for State Wu. He warned King of Wu, “If you betray your people, it will be like tightening a 15,000-kilogram item on one string of hair on a deep cliff, if the hair breaks, the item will fall off the cliff, and you’ll never get it back.” The King of Wu didn’t listen to him and attacked the court with his army, yet he was killed by the imperial army at the end.

[Annotation] : A measured unit, one “” equals to 15 kg. 

[Definition] Refer to an extremely threatening or dangerous situation.   


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