To burn the boat

To burn the boat

It means breaking the cooking pot and sinking the ferry. It means not leaving a way back. Must win the war and make up our mind to fight to the end. This idiom comes from Sima Qian's historical records.

Allusion

At the end of the ancient Qin Dynasty, Xiang Yu responded to Chen Sheng's and Wu Guang's uprising and set out to overthrow the brutal rule of the Qin Dynasty. He went through various wars, large and small. In 209 BC, after Chen Sheng and Wu Guang died, the two armies led by Liu Bang and Xiang Yu gradually grew up. In 207 B.C., Xiang Yu's uprising army and Qin's main force led by Zhang Han fought in Julu (today's Xingtai City, Hebei Province) to save their allies. Xiang Yu led all the troops across the Zhanghe River, and Xiang Yu gave an order: sink all the boats crossing the river, smash all the pots for cooking, and burn all the barracks for accommodation and sleeping, each with only three days To attack the enemy. The soldiers were puzzled. The ship was gone. If it was defeated, wouldn't it be impossible to return? The pot is also broken. Once three days of dry food is finished, you will be hungry. Xiang Yu said: brothers, we are here to fight and win. We must wipe out the enemy completely. Now that we have no way back, let's fight the enemy and wipe out our enemies in three days.

Po

Po

Word

Pinyin

Meaning

Broken(adj)/Break(verb)

Fu

Fu

Word

Pinyin

Meaning

Kettle(noun, In this means pot)

Chen

Chen

Word

Pinyin

Meaning

chén

Sink(verb)/Heavy(adj)

Zhou

Zhou

Word

Pinyin

Meaning

zhōu

Boat(noun)