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pluck a brand from the burning

[ 2014-05-22 13:40] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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pluck a brand from the burning"pluck a brand from the burning"是什么意思?

Surely if they had been zealous to pluck a brand from the burning, here was a noble opportunity. (W.Gunnyon)

句中的"pluck a brand from the burning"是什么意思?

My comments:

A brand is a piece of burning wood in the fire.

If you want to pick a piece of burning wood from the fire with your hand, you risk your hand getting burned also.

Hence, the idea is this, if you want to do something noble, like saving somebody from suffering (supposing the burning wood is suffering in the fire), you shouldn’t mind taking all the noble risks involved.

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