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char. (lit.) a type of silk cloth; to wind round, to fetter, to bind
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Nowadays, "缪" only appears in the idiom "未雨绸缪", of which the meaning is "to close the windows and doors before it starts to rain (extended meaning: to take precaution)". The meaning of "缪" -- "to wind round, to fetter, to bind" -- later developed into "to secure or close (doors and windows)" in this idiom.
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