Like Fish in Water
Pronunciation: ru(2) yu(2) de(2) shui(3)
Explanation: A metaphor to describe someone is in a very suitable position or has a very important assistant.
The Story: At the end of the East
Han Dynasty, Liu Bei was in a bad
position. He often failed in battles,
and his army was weary as well.
He was in his fifties, and he was longing
for getting some talented people
that could help him to set up his
own country. He then heard there
was a man named Zhuge Liang who
lived in a poor village but was
very capable and ambitious. Then
Liu Bei decided to invite Zhuge
Liang to be his assistant.
They talked a lot and Zhuge gave him valuable
analyses on the political situations
of the time. The two men became
One day, Liu's sworn brothers Zhang Fei
and Guang Yu showed their dissatisfaction.
Liu explained, "I have Zhuge, just
as fish has water, so please do
not complain any more." Zhang Fei
and Guang Yu were both ashamed of
this and they kept silent.
Usage Example (Pinyin): He is like fish in water in this company.
Usage Example (English translation):
I am a bad boy, so I suggest you dine in the
east and sleep in the west.
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