yì chǎng kōng
n. all in vain, futile
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Traditional Chinese

Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
zhú lán dá shuǐ -- yì chǎng kōng
phr. Dragging water with a bamboo basket -- achieving nothing.
liàn quán bú liàn gōng , dào lǎo yì chǎng kōng
phr. the practice of wushu without doing basic training is a waste of time and energy