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只许州官放火,不许百姓点灯
zhǐ xǔ zhōu guān fàng huǒ , bù xǔ bǎi xìng diǎn dēng
idiom. one may steal a horse while another may not look over the hedge
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The literal meaning of this idiom is -- the magistrates are free to burn down houses, while the common people are forbidden even to light lamps.
lisaC
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