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zhí xǔ zhōu guān fàng huǒ, bù xú bǎi xìng diǎn dēng
idiom. The authorities can do what they like, but the common people are not allowed the slightest bit of freedom
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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.
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