Chinese Idiom Short Story - Showing Off One's Axe Before Lu Ban

Walt Guan -- Sat 12, 2013, 3:10 pm


Hanyu Pinyin: bān mén nòng fǔ                    Figurative meaning: show off one's skill or talent before an expert.

Literal translation: Showing Off One's Proficiency with the Axe Before Lu Ban the Master Carpenter


Lu Ban was supposed to be a consummate carpenter in ancient times. It is said that he once carved a wooden phoenix that was so lifelike that it actually flew in the sky for three days. Thus it was considered the height of folly to show off one's skill with an axe in front of Lu Ban.   


This idiom excoriates those who show off their slight accomplishments in front of experts.












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