what is a corresponding proverb in English

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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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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
    in enviously competitive situation.

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
    in enviously competitive situation.

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


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guntien said:
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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bmo said:
guntien said:
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.

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