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杯弓蛇影 

bēi gōng shé yǐng

Literal Meaning 字面意思

To mistake the reflection of a bow in a wine glass for a snake

Definition 定义

To be paranoid and of a highly nervous disposition; traumatised

Similar English Idioms 相似英文习语

Jumpy; shaky; nervy; jittery; spooked

Example 例句

我的好友总是杯弓蛇影觉得有人要攻击他,所以随身携带着胡椒喷雾,连到楼下买个面包也带着。My good friend is paranoid that someone might attack him, so he always carries pepper spray with him, even when going downstairs to buy bread.

Similar 相似词

草木皆兵、惊弓之鸟

Opposite 相反词

心平气和、处变不惊、心如止水
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