Meaning of the Idiom
jing gong zhi niao（a bird which has been hurt by an arrow — a badly frightened person）
In the Warring States Period, there was a man in the State of Wei called Geng Lei.
One day he said to the king: ‘I can shoot down birds by simply plucking my bowstring.’ When the king expressed doubt, geng Lei pointed his bow at a wild goose flying in the sky, twanged the bowstring, and the goose fell to the ground.
Geng Lei said, ‘This goose has been hurt in the past. Hearing the twang of the bowstring, it assumed that it was doomed. So it simply gave up trying to live.
This idiom means that if one has been frightened in the past one’s will may become paralysed in a similar situation.
jīng gōng zhī niǎo，原义是指被弓箭吓怕了的鸟不容易安定，后比喻经过惊吓的人碰到一点动静就非常害怕。
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