What is the meaning and literal translation of this phrase or idiom? I have not has a clear understand of this base on dictionary searches and web searches.

Example sentence would be helpful.

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From Pleco:

火冒三丈 - pleco

Examples from http://www.ichacha.net/m/火冒三丈.html:

  • Babbitt raged, "i'm sick of it!"


  • You madden me when you talk of the diamond!


  • Mason was fairly beside himself with rage .


  • His obstinacy drives me mad !


  • Her criticisms were enough to make anyone see red .


If these examples do not suffice, at least 20 more can be found at 百度翻译:https://fanyi.baidu.com/#zh/en/火冒三丈

  • OP also asks for the literal translation. Can you provide that too?
    – JBentley
    Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 2:14
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    Literal translation -- "the fire boldly rose 30 feet" In this context 丈 does not mean husband, but a unit of measure. One 丈 = 10 feet, (or thereabouts in modern terms) If you want to say husband, it is 丈夫. Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 3:22
  • @WayneCheah interesting, makes sense
    – julian
    Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 3:24
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    BTW, why are husbands called 丈夫? In the old days, people got married for many reasons, and private, emotional love was way down the scale as most marriages were arranged ones. Ability, wealth and a steady job were the qualities of the day. (as it is today, I suppose) So, an "ideal" husband was one who was one 丈 tall, (exaggerated of course), and a 夫, i.e. a man with a profession, a working man, a man who knows a craft; example, 农夫, farmer, 大夫, a doctor in the old days. So, an ideal husband, (then and now, I suppose), was one who was tall and had a good job. Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 3:37
  • @WayneCheah that’s very interesting! I agree with you, I think that this is often the case today, as it was in the past
    – julian
    Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 3:42

Try asking the Great God Baidu, she who knoweth all:

火冒三丈,汉语成语,拼音是huǒ mào sān zhàng,意思是形容愤怒到极点。出自《筹安会六君子传》

意思是形容愤怒到极点 meaning is to describe angry in the extreme


It means really angry.



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