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纸上谈兵
Simplified 纸上谈兵
Traditional 紙上談兵
Pin Yin
zhi3 shang4 tan2 bing1
English
  • lit. military tactics on paper (成语 saw); fig. theoretical discussion that is worse than useless in practice
  • armchair strategist
  • idle theorizing
  • cf Zhao Kuo 趙括|赵括 leading an army of 400,000 to total annihilation at battle of Changping 長平之戰|长平之战 in 260 BC
Examples:
1. 纸上谈兵
An armchair strategist
2. 五角大楼里纸上谈兵的鼓吹战争者;纸上谈兵的人类学家。
Armchair warriors in the Pentagon; an armchair anthropologist.
3. 纸上谈兵的战略家
Closet strategist
4. 别总是纸上谈兵
Don't always indulge in empty talk.
5. 其他的一切只是纸上谈兵
Everything else is just talk, talk, talk.
6. 那个讲话脱离实际, 是纸上谈兵
That speech was divorced from reality and was mere paper talk.
7. 夏天哪里有杏花水仙花,你是纸上谈兵
Where would you get apricot blossoms or narcissus in the summer?You're nothing but an armchair strategist.