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Jul 5, 2010

李下瓜田 leave no room for scandal

李 (plum) 下 (below) 瓜 (melon) 田 (field)

Are you stealing a plum?
No, you are adjusting your hat under a plum tree.

Are you stealing a melon?
Of course not, you are bending down to adjust your shoelaces in a melon field.

Apparently, it's not enough that you have a clear conscience. You may need to be extra cautious sometimes since you may just end up taking the blame for something you have not done.

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