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指东话西《俗语佛源》
亦作“指东画西”。禅宗谓说话东拉西扯,不能一言道破。《五灯会元·黄龙南禅师法嗣·隆庆庆闲禅师》:“不用指东画西,实地道将一句来。”《联灯会要·道闲禅师》:“莫只这边那边逴得些语句,到处插语,指东画西,举古举今。”后世常用此句来形容说话不着边际,不落实处。明·徐渭《渔阳三弄》:“狂生,我教你打鼓,你怎么指东话西,将人比畜。”《醒世恒言·大树坡义虎送亲》:“张梢指东话西,只望单氏倦而思返,岂知他定要丈夫的骨肉,方才指实。”(李君冈)
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