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Drain the pond to fish

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成语故事:竭泽而渔 Drain the pond to fish
竭泽而渔
jié zé ér yú
Drain the pond to fish
竭 means use up or dry up. 泽 means the water or the pond of water. 而 here is a conjunction word, meaning to do something. 渔 means fishing. The idiom, Drain the Pond to Fish 竭泽而渔 warns people not to think only of immediate profits while ignoring their long term interest.
Literal meaning: drain the pond to fish
Explanation: think only of immediate profits while ignoring the long term interest
E.g
对所有人征收重税就是在竭泽而渔。
duì suǒ yǒu rén zhēng shōu zhòng shuì jiù shì zài jié zé ér yú 。
Levying the heavy tax to all citizens is to drain the pond to fish.

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