In modern Mandarin (from chinese-tools chengyu dictionary):
I was thinking about doing a whole bunch of illustrations of idioms. But then I didn’t actually manage to find many that were suitable for my purposes. Still, I did two (will post the other one tomorrow) and I like how they turned out so maybe I will come back to that idea at some point.
Regardless, I do want to point out that for a beginner like me there are some issues with using idioms and/or proverbs for learning purposes. For one thing, they do not necessarily use standard modern grammar or vocabulary.
Also, using them appropriately can be tricky. When you look up a word in the dictionary there is a slight possibility that is has some kind of problematic double meaning or has the wrong
tone feel, but mostly you can just go with it. With idioms (excepting the super common ones) I’d at least want a few usage examples before feeling comfortable about using them.
Point being: I think this idiom makes a nice little mini practice text for these characters, but I have no idea whether actually using it would impress people, make them go “huh?” or consider you a massive tool.