123 Chinese Idioms (成语), 100 from the Singapore Primary School Curriculum List—more soon!
míng luò sūn shān
Literal Meaning 字面意思
Name fell behind Sun Shan's
To fail in an exam or test
Similar English Idioms 相似英文习语
Flunk; flop; fall flat; crash and burn; to go up in smoke; to go down the tubes; to go down the toilet; to not make the grade
他的父母希望他能当上律师，但是他却一直名落孙山，考不上法学院，最后，他决定听从心里的声音，进入烹饪学校学习，最终成为全国最顶尖的厨师。 His parents wanted him to be a lawyer, but he kept failing his exams and couldn't get into law school. Eventually, he decided to follow his heart and enrolled in culinary school instead, eventually becoming his country's top chef.