Meaning of the Idiom
yan er dao ling
Covering One’s Ears to Steal a Bell
Once upon a time, a man saw a doorbell hanging from someone’s door and wanted to steal it.
But he knew that if he were to steal the bell, it would start ringing the moment his hand touched it. If he were discovered, not only he couldn’t get the bell, but he himself might also be caught.
He thought this over and said to himself:
“Why will there be trouble when a bell rings? This is because our ears can hear it. If I cover my ears, I won’t be able to hear it. This way I won’t be caught.”
Later, he eventually got an idea. He first covered his own ears, then went on to steal the bell. However, in the end he was still discovered and caught red-handed.
Later, people have used the set phrase “plugging one’s ears while stealing a bell” to refer to the ignorance and foolishness of the person who deceives himself as well as others.
yǎn ěr dào líng，意思是偷铃铛怕别人听见而捂住自己的耳朵。比喻自己欺骗自己，明明掩盖不住的事情偏要想法子掩盖。
Reading The Paragraphs!
Meaning of Words
|accumulate strength for a take-off|
|to have no idea what to do with one’s hands and feet|
|become enlightened at once|
|allow oneself to be seized without putting up a fight|