Meaning of the Idiom
gu zhu yi zhi（to put all one’s stakes on the last cast of dice）
During the reign of Emperor Zhenzong of the Northern Song Dynasty, there was a wise and able prime minister named Kou Zhun. Once, the northern Liao suddenly invaded the Song Dynasty. Kou Zhun suggested, “Your Majesty, the enemy forces are so strong that the only way to boost your morale is to come in person!” Zhenzong thought it made sense, so he took his advice. As expected, the Song soldiers defeated the Liao soldiers, and Zhen Zong placed more trust and trust in Kou Zhun.
Wang Yinruo, a treacherous official, was very jealous of Kou Zhun. He sought every opportunity to slander Kou Zhun. Once, Wang Yinruo gambled with Emperor Zhenzong, deliberately losing several times in a row, and then wagered all his money. Emperor Zhenzong was very surprised and asked him why this was so, so he said to Emperor Zhenzong, “Your Majesty was fighting the Liao army, didn’t you gamble all your money? Kou Zhun risked your life by insisting that you go to war. If we had lost militarily, wouldn’t your life have been in danger?”
Upon hearing this, Emperor Zhenzong became enraged and immediately demoted Kou Zhun.
[gāng bì zì yòng]，意思是把所有的钱一次押上去，决一输赢。比喻在危急时用尽所有力量做最后一次冒险。
Reading The Paragraphs!
Meaning of Words
|with irresistible force|
|a treaty signed under coercion|