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USING IDIOMS 活用成語

The idea that muddying the waters to improve one’s chances of catching fish is nothing new: It appeared, for example, in Aesop’s Fables, attributed to a slave from ancient Greece named Aesop (620~564BC). In the fable The Fisherman, villagers complain when a fisherman muddies the stream from which they get their drinking water; he replies that he has to stir up the water so that he can drive the fish into his nets.

(Paul Cooper, Taipei Times)

Let me give you some advice: Continuing to interfere in their personal affairs is fishing in troubled waters. Don’t get involved.

(奉勸你,再去干涉他們的私事就是去蹚渾水,你別介入。)

In seeking to capitalize on the corruption allegations surrounding the opposition leader, the president was fishing in troubled waters. The issue may well come back to bite him on the bum.

(總統利用反對派領導人的貪腐疑雲大作文章,是趁火打劫,這個問題可能會反過來傷害他。)

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