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hú jiǎ hǔ wēi: 狐假虎威:Fox assuming tiger's ferocity
        A tiger once caught a fox and desired to make a meal of it. The cunning fox immediately made a protest saying: "How can you take me as your food? You must know that I am sent by God to this forest to be the king of all the beasts herein. If you don't believe what I say, you may follow me and see that every beast, without any exception, will fear me."
       In order to prove the truth of the fox's statement, the tiger agreed to the farmer's proposal. 
      The fox went ahead, and the tiger followed closely. All the wild beasts in the forest, such as hares, deer, etc., on seeing the tiger coming, went away to hide themselves one by one.
         The tiger thought that these beasts, running away to hide themselves were really afraid of the fox. Therefore, he didn't dare to eat the fox. 
       The idiom "fox assuming tiger's ferocity" comes from the story above, illustrating those who tease people by others' force.
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