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out of the bottle

[ 2014-02-12 16:44] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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out of the bottleBut the genie is out of the bottle.

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剧中翻成:箭在弦上 不得不发

My comments:

Once the genie is out of the bottle, you can’t put it back in.

Meaning: something bad is going to happen, becoming avoidable now.

In other words, once a problem is allowed to get out of hand, it, well, gets out of hand and is out of control. Therefore, any problem you’d better nip in the bud, before it fully develops.

This expression is derived from an ancient Arabian fable.

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Zhang Xin(张欣) has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.