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置之死地而后生 (置之死地而後生)

zhì zhī sǐ dì ér hòu shēng


  1. place sb on a field of death and he will fight to live (idiom based on Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孙子兵法); to fight desperately when confronting mortal danger
  2. (fig.) to find a way out of an impasse

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