〖Make Dresses according to Measurements〗

It’s said that in the past days there was a tailor in Beijing City.When he made dresses for people,apart from asking their size,he also would like to ask the customers’disposition,age,the time when they passed the imperial examination and so on.

量体裁衣传说以前北京城里有个裁缝,在替人做衣服时,除了量身材尺寸外,还要询问对方的性情、年纪以及中举时间等等。人们感到奇怪,

The folks felt strange and asked him why.He said,“If a man passed the imperial examination at a young age,he must become arrogant,and hold his head high when he walks,so I need to make the front of clothes longer than the back;on the contrary,a man who passed the imperial examination at an old age will not feel so excited.He always be his back when walking,so the front of his clothes should be made a little bit shorter.The quick temper prefers shorter clothes;whereas the slow temper prefers longer clothes.” Later,this idiom describes somebody who can deal with different problems according to different situations.

问他为什么要这样。他说:如果是青年中举,必定性情骄傲,走起路来抬头挺胸,因此衣服要做得前长后短;如果是老年中举,大都没那么兴奋,走路不免弯腰曲背,衣服就要做得前短后长;性情急躁的,衣服要做得短;性子慢的,衣服应做得长些。后来“量体裁衣”这个成语泛指人们根据具体的情况处理问题。

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