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KEY defines: 十面 as: (on) all sides, (from) all sides Also from a Baidu Zhidao question: 十面指的东,南,西,北,东北,东南,西北,西南,上,下 Ten sides: east, south, west, north, north-east, south-east, north-west, south-west, above, below


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古文中这类数词多有虚指之意,例如“三番五次”是指“许多次”而非“3+5=8次”,“士别三日,当刮目相看”也不是真的隔了“3天”而是一段时间。“十面埋伏”应该也不是严格意义上的“十面”,而是到处都是埋伏的意思吧。



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