Meaning of the Idiom
ming bu xu chuan（deserve the reputation one enjoys）
During the reign of Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty, there was a swordsman named Guo Jie. He is a small man, but he loves chivalry. When he was young, he did some bad things, but later he realized that it was wrong, so he changed his behavior, and people gradually changed their opinion of him.
Guo Jie’s local reputation is growing, and some of the richest people have frequent contact with him. Guo Jie had a nephew who forced himself to drink alcohol with others. The man killed him in a rage and fled. Later, the murderer came back to tell the truth to Guo Jie. Guo Jie thought that his nephew was at fault, not only did not add the crime to him, but also let him go. Guo Jie is so fair that people respect him all the more.
Soon after, the government ordered the arrest of Guo Jie in connection with a murder case. But many people defended him, and the official reported back to Emperor Wudi that Guo Jie was innocent. Minister Gong Sunhong said: “Guo Jie may not have killed people, but as an ordinary person, he became famous, because some small contradictions caused others to kill, this crime is more serious than his own murder.”
Emperor Wudi took his advice and Guo Jie’s whole family was killed.
[míng bù xū chuán]，原义是传出的名声与实际相符合，不是虚假的；确实很好，不是空有虚名，真实。
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