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画蛇添足
Adding Feet to a Snake

一天, 狮子先生举行一场聚会,许多动物都来了,他们喝很多酒。
One day, Mr. Lion holds a party. Many animals come and drink a lot of wine.

最后只剩一壶酒了。让谁喝呢?它们想了想,有个主意。它们比赛画蛇,谁最快画好,谁就喝这壶酒。
At last there is a pot of wine. Who can drink it? They think out an idea and decide to have a match of drawing a snake. If you finish first, you can get it.

不一会,狼先生画好了。“哈,我画好了,我是第一名。”他说。可是他又画了起来,他还说:“再给他加几只脚吧。”
Soon Mr. Wolf finishes drawing. "Yeah, I've finished. I'm No.1," he says. But he draws again and says, "Oh, let me add feet to my snake."

这时,猩猩先生也画好了。他拿起那酒壶喝起来。一边喝一边说:“那不是蛇,蛇是没有脚的,我赢了这壶酒。”
At the time, Mr. Gorilla also finishes. He takes away the pot of wine and drinks. He says, "That isn't a snake. Snakes have no feet. I get the wine."

成语“画蛇添足”用来比喻做多余的事,结果反而不恰当。
The idiom "adding feet to a snake" comes from this story and means to ruin the effect by adding what is superfluous.


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