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Chinese Idiom - 眉飞色舞 The Face Light ened up in Rapture
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For students of Intermediate Level (What is it?)
 

 

Definition
“眉飞色舞”是个从字面上就能看懂意思的成语,非常好理解。“眉”是指眉毛,“色”指的是脸上的表情;“飞”和“舞”是“飞起来”和“舞动”的意思。把这几个词的意思放在一起,就可以知道这个成语是指因为十分高兴或者得意,眉毛和脸上的表情好像都要飞舞起来了的样子。
“Mei Fei Se Wu ” is an idiom whose meaning is self-evident and easy to understand. “Mei” refers to one’s brows and “Se” one’s facial expression. “Fei” and “Wu” mean flying and dancing respectively. Put together, these words as an idiom can be used to describe the happy look when one is in rapture or feels complacent.
 
Idiom in Use
下班一进家,儿子就眉飞色舞地告诉我:“爸爸,爸爸,妈妈终于出差了!这回我可自由啦!”儿子喜形于色的样子让我大吃一惊,没想到妻子出差他一点儿都不郁闷,还高兴得手舞足蹈。
画外音
儿子每次写作业都是愁眉苦脸的,但一玩起网络游戏来却高兴得眉飞色舞。每次看到儿子这两种完全不同的样子,妻子都气得火冒三丈。
 
妻子出差的几天,我一边照顾儿子一边忙着工作,睡眠严重不足。上班开会时,领导在台上眉飞色舞地讲啊、讲啊,可我却听得昏昏欲睡。……不知道过了多长时间,一声叫喊把快要进入梦乡的我惊醒了。
画外音
小李,太不像话了,开会时不仅睡觉,还打呼噜,这还像一个部门经理吗?
 
Relevant Idioms
[同义成语]

喜形于色 xǐ xíng yú sè
Synonymous idiom :(of one’s face ) lighten up

[近义相关]

手舞足蹈 shǒu wǔ zú dǎo
Related synonym: joyously

[反义成语]

愁眉苦脸 chóu méi kǔ liǎn
Antonymous idiom: with a sad face

[反义相关]

昏昏欲睡 hūn hūn yù shuì
Related antonym: sleepy drowsy

[其他相关]

火冒三丈 huǒ mào sān zhàng
Other related: fly into a rage; become enraged/infuriated

 
 
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