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Give up Halfway

The Chinese idiom 半途而废( bàn tú ér fèi ) literally means give up before the job is done. It comes from a story about a man called Yue Yangzi (乐羊子) during the Warring States Period (475-221BC).

半途而废( bàn tú ér fèi)

The Chinese idiom 半途而废( bàn tú ér fèi ) literally means give up before the job is done. It comes from a story about a man called Yue Yangzi (乐羊子) during the Warring States Period (475-221BC).
中国成语“半途而废”是用来形容事情没有做完就停止。这个故事来自于战国时期一位名叫乐羊子的人。

Give up Halfway
Give up Halfway

Explanation:

“途” means the road, 道路; “废” means “stop”, stop during the half on the road is 半途而废 (bàn tú ér fèi ), literally means give up before the job is done, or someone abandons a job they are doing halfway. So we use it to describe a person who carries something but can’t through to the end, or leave it unfinished.

e.g

我们决不能半途而废。
wǒ men jué bú néng bàn tú ér fèi.
We must under no circumstances give up halfway

不管困难多大,他们也不会半途而废。
bú guǎn kùn nán duō dà, tā men yě bú huì bàn tú ér fèi.
They wouldn’t stop halfway however great the difficulties might be.

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