Chinese Idiom Yiguzuoqi一鼓作气This post was edited by LoneAcorn at 2013-7-26 06:50
一鼓作气yì gǔ zuò qì Rousing the Spirits with the First Drum Roll.
Story: During the Warring Statesperiod, the powerful state of Qi dispatches troops to attack the state of Lu.King of Lu leads his troops personally, ready to battle it out. "The Qi army isready to attack us. I order you all to get ready to fight back!" "Your Majesty, nowit is not opportune to fight back. I suggest we wait a moment." "Good." Seeing no response fromthe Lu army, the Qi army beat their battle drums again. "Now, should we sendout our troops?" "We have to waitanother moment." The Qi army beat theirdrums for the third time. The Lu King throws a quick glance at Cao Gui. But CaoGui keeps silent. The Qi army's third drumming has stopped. "Your Majesty, nowwe can hit back." "Good. Beat ourdrums and hit back!" The Lu army goes all outand beats the Qi army. After the war is over, the Lu King asks Cao Gui:"Why did we have to wait until the Qi army's third drumming before welaunched the attack?" "Fighting relies onthe soldiers' courage. After the first drumming, the enemy soldiers' morale wasthe highest. After the second drumming, their morale became weaker. And afterthe third drumming, their morale was completely gone. When our army sounded ourdrums, our buoyant troops would certainly beat the slack and tired enemy." Explaination: do sth. At one go;press on to the finish without letup; get sth. Done in one vigorous effort Example: 他从床上爬起来，一鼓作气地把信写完了。Tā cóng chuáng shàng pá qǐ lái， yì gǔ zuò qì de bǎ xìn xiě wán le.He got up from thebed and finished the letter at one go.