To Suffer a Crushing Defeat – No-nonsense Chinese Idioms

It’s no-nonsense idiom time, though hopefully you won’t have to use this one often for describing yourself. It’s great to use for competitions, sports activities and elections etc.

一敗塗地(一败涂地)

Pinyin: yī bài tú dì
English: to suffer a crushing defeat; to fail completely

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Usage

Traditional
他在本月的大選一敗塗地

Simplified
他在本月的大选一败涂地

Pinyin
tā zài běnyuè de dàxuǎn yībàitúdì

English
He suffered a crushing defeat this month at the general election