And fire the FBI director if the investigation scares you?
Literally: small – heart – wing – wing
Alternately: Timid; nervous; fearful.
Notes: As always the doubled character can be replaced by the doubling mark 々.
小心 refers to a tendency to watch out for even small things; or by extension, timidity. 翼翼 refers to the tendency of parent birds to cover their chicks with their wings in a protective manner, and by extension, to a surfeit of caution. It used to be a term of praise, suggesting politeness and circumspection.
This compound comes to us from the Classic of Poetry, a twenty-six-century old collection of Chinese poetry and one of the “Five Classics” of the Confucian canon.
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