Chinese Idiom Story: 杯弓蛇影

杯弓蛇影 (bēi gōng shé yǐng) means to be over-suspicious such that it results in undue worry or to become paranoid.

Translated word by word, it means “Bow in Cup Looks Like Image of a Snake “.

You can use this idiom to describe situations where someone is overly suspicious and then becomes afraid or terrified.

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