Idiom explanation :
Dripping water can pierce the stone. Although the metaphor is small in strength; as long as you persist, you can do the hard things. Also known as "water piercing stone."
idiom source :
Song Luo Da Jing "Helin Yulu One Money Cuts Officials": "One money a day, thousands of dollars a day, rope sawn wood broken, water dripping through stones."
Simplified Chinese Idioms: DSCS
Idioms: ㄉ 一 ㄉ ㄨ ㄕ ˊ
Common level: Common idioms
Number of Idioms: Four-character Idioms
Emotional color: neutral idiom
Idiom usage: dripping through the stone and adverbial style; used as predicate and adverbial; metaphor persistence is victory.
Idiom Structure: Linked Idioms
Idiom Age: Ancient Idioms
Idiom identification: wear, can not write "string".
synonym: iron pestle grinding needle
Antonyms: halfway through, just try it out
idiom example: students should have the spirit of dripping water and stone in their daily learning.
English translation: drops of water wears holes in stone
Japanese translation: 垂 垂 あ ま た れ が 石 い し を 穿 う が つ
Russian translation: кáпля по кáпле и кáмень олит
Other translations: <拉> Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi, sed saepe cadendo. <德> steter Tropfen hǒhlt den Stein <法> à force de patience on arrive à tout
Idiom riddle: a stone cave under the eaves
Idiom story :
Chongyang County in the Song Dynasty made Zhang Guiya a clean official, and the iron surface was unselfish. At one time, the treasurer who managed the iron depot at the county level stole a penny from the money store. Zhang Guiya believed that the quantity was small but serious in nature and must be severely punished. TheThe official refused to accept it, Zhang Guiya sentenced him to death and wrote in the verdict: "One money a day, a thousand days a thousand; the rope sawn wood is broken, and water drips through the stone."