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冰冻三尺,非一日之寒

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冰凍三尺,非一日之寒

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Etymology

Literally: Three feet of ice is not the result of one cold day.

Proverb

冰冻三尺,非一日之寒 (simplified, Pinyin bīng dòng sān chǐ, fēi yī rì zhī hán, traditional 冰凍三尺,非一日之寒)

  1. Rome wasn't built in a day.
  2. One can not become an expert in a difficult subject overnight.

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