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    what is a corresponding proverb in English

    Yu1 Liang4 qing-jie (Yu Liang complex) is quite often found four-syllable
    fixed expressions in Chinese.
    Yu stands for Zhou Yu
    Ling stands for Zhuge Liang
    They are two famous historical figures in the Romance of Three Kingdoms
    The fixed expressions mean that two equally able persons are locked
    in enviously competitive situation. What would be a good corresponding
    fixed expression in English?

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    what is a corresponding proverb in English

    Yu1 Liang4 qing-jie (Yu Liang complex) is quite often found four-syllable
    fixed expressions in Chinese.
    Yu stands for Zhou Yu
    Ling stands for Zhuge Liang
    They are two famous historical figures in the Romance of Three Kingdoms
    The fixed expressions mean that two equally able persons are locked
    in enviously competitive situation. What would be a good corresponding
    fixed expression in English?

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    • The fixed expressions mean that two equally able persons are locked
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    I don't think "enviously" works in that sentence.

    I am not sure if there is a comparable expression in English.

    :)

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    • The fixed expressions mean that two equally able persons are locked
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    I don't think "enviously" works in that sentence.

    I am not sure if there is a comparable expression in English.

    :)

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    Re: what is a corresponding proverb in English

    Quote Originally Posted by guntien
    Yu1 Liang4 qing-jie (Yu Liang complex) is quite often found four-syllable
    fixed expressions in Chinese.
    Yu stands for Zhou Yu
    Ling stands for Zhuge Liang
    They are two famous historical figures in the Romance of Three Kingdoms
    The fixed expressions mean that two equally able persons are locked
    in enviously competitive situation. What would be a good corresponding
    fixed expression in English?
    This is about as close as I can come:

    dog-eat-dog (dōg'ēt-dōg', dŏg'ēt-dŏg')
    adj.
    Ruthlessly acquisitive or competitive: a dog-eat-dog society.


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    Re: what is a corresponding proverb in English

    Quote Originally Posted by guntien
    The fixed expressions mean that two equally able persons are locked
    in enviously competitive situation. What would be a good corresponding
    fixed expression in English?
    Neck and neck.

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    Re: what is a corresponding proverb in English

    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    Quote Originally Posted by guntien
    The fixed expressions mean that two equally able persons are locked
    in enviously competitive situation. What would be a good corresponding
    fixed expression in English?
    Neck and neck.
    That's good for a race, especially a horse race.

    :wink:

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    Re: what is a corresponding proverb in English

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Neck and neck.

    That's good for a race, especially a horse race.
    You are right, thanks.

    BMO

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