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袖手旁观

xiù shǒu páng guān

Literal Meaning 字面意思

Stand by watching with folded arms

Definition 定义

To look on without helping; being indifferent; be a spectator; not getting involved; apathetic

Similar English Idioms 相似英文习语

Bystander; onlooker; staying out of it

Example 例句

当我的妹妹看到有调皮的男生们在欺负她最要好的朋友时,她无法袖手旁观,而立刻把她的背包用力甩向那些男孩,并一边尖叫,终于把他们吓走,救了她的朋友。 When she saw the naughty boys bullying her best friend, my little sister couldn't stand idly by. She swung her bag at the boys and screamed, scaring them away and rescuing her friend.

Similar 相似词

作壁上观、坐观成败、冷眼旁观、置身事外

Opposite 相反词

见义勇为、义不容辞、挺身而出
                               

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