Set phrase: Definition, meaning and example of 白驹过隙

By | July 2, 2013

Definition of 白驹过隙 (Báijūguòxì)

white horse

白驹 refers to white horse; 隙,means a small gap. 白驹过隙 describes a very short period of time, as short as the time it takes for a horse to cross a small gap.

Origin of白驹过隙

《庄子·知北游》“人生天地之间,若白驹之过卻,忽然而已。”

Example of 白驹过隙

人生一世间,如白驹过隙。

Life is as short as the time it takes for a horse to cross a small gap

Synonyms: 光阴似箭 日月如梭
Antonyms: 度日如年

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