Chess idioms in daily life

Several funny idioms that references the rules of Chinese Chess.

飛象過河 [fēi jeuhng gwo hòh]

elephant over river
(An elephant flies across the river.)

  1. To break a rule.
  2. To reach across the table for food.
    Origin: elephant over river

事急馬行田 [sih gāp máah hàahng tìhn]

horse break

(In a crisis, a horse can move in the field.) To be flexible, to adapt to circumstances in an emergency.
Origin: horse break

食人隻車 [sihk yàhn jek gēui]

eat chariot

(To have eaten someone’s cart.) To exploit or expropriate the belongings of others.
Origin: eat chariot

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