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出类拔萃【chū lèi bá cuì】

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Meng Zi was a wise thinker and educationalist in the Spring and Autumn Period. Once he replayed to his students’ inquiries, “Kylin and normal quadrupeds are in the same category, so as phoenix and birds and the great man and the public. However, Kong Zi is the most superior among the group of the great man, so nobody can be greater than him.” 

[Annotation] 出: Exceed, superior. 类: The same group/category. 萃: Gather. 

[Definition] Refers to someone’s morality and intelligence exceeding most people. 


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