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绳墨 shéng lit. carpenter's straight line marker / same as 墨斗 / fig. rules / rules and regulations
舞文弄墨 wén nòng (idiom) to display one's facility with words / to show off one's literary skills / (original meaning) to pervert the law by playing with legal phraseology (墨[mo4] was a reference to 繩墨|绳墨[sheng2 mo4])


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