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QUESTION 1:
Please choose the corrective figurative meaning for this proverb:
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 Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is mature only when the leaves produced by the plant are small. When the plant produces its largest leaves the tuber in the ground is still quite small. The saying may be applied to a person who, while yet young and inexperienced, is proud and boastful.
 "To push into a pile" is the literal meaning of oltengkou, now applied to a bulldozer. Idiomatically, the act of piling on expensive and unwanted gifts. The recipient knows that he will be asked to reciprocate in kind at some future time. Also a persistent rejected sweetheart. Some moderns simply use the English term
 Once an earthworm comes out of the ground, so the saying suggests, it can never return. An irreversible decision or action.
 Once coconut syrup, dripping from the cut flower stem, is collected it is thickened by boiling. The honeybee, however, collects his nectar, puts it in the hive without boiling it, then proceeds to fly around noisily as though celebrating the completed task. Hence, to talk or boast loudly about successes and accomplishments when one has none; to make plans but never carry them out; to celebrate without cause.
 The technique suggests a quiet rational approach to any problem; the acceptance of circumstances without getting ruffled. The advocate does not defend himself against criticism and will meet anger with sincere concern. It involves "checking the facts," rather than backing down in the face of challenge. The student of this discipline is serene in the face of danger.

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