1.Burn the boat
In the late years of the Qin Dynasty (秦朝，221-206BC)， Xiang Yu (项羽) launched a rebellion.
After crossing the Zhang River (漳河)，Xiang Yu ordered his soldiers to sink all the boats and break their cooking pots.
He distributed each soldier three days' rations and warned them that there was no way return; the only thing they could do to survive was to fight against the enemydamaochuanqi.com.
After nine furious war, the Qin army was finally defeated.
This idiom is used to reveal one's strong determination to achieve one's goal at any cost.
2.Act in a way that defeats one's purpose
There once was a man who wanted to go to the south, but his carriage was heading north. A passer-by asked him: Now that you are going to the south, why is your carriage heading north? The man answered: My horse is good at running, my cart driver has excellent driving skills, and I have enough money. In any case, I am able to get to my destination. The man didn't realize that if he was heading a wrong direction; the faster his horse ran, the further he would be away from his destination.
从前有一个人坐着马车要去南方，但是他的马车却朝着北方行驶。一个路人看到了问他：既然你要去南方，为什么你的车子要往北走呢? 这个人回答道：我的马善于奔跑，我的马车夫也有很高超的驾驶技术，我呢，又有充足的钱。无论怎样，我都会到达目的地的。 这个人没有意识到，如果他朝着一个错误的方向走，他的马跑的越快，他离目的地就会越远。
3. gild the lily
In old time, a family in the State of Chu held a sacrificial activity to their ancestors, and after that they rewarded the people who helped in the ceremony with the pot of wine used in it.
There were many helpers but only one pot of wine. Who will drink it?
Then someone suggested: Let everyone draw a snake. Whoever draws fastest and most lifelike will get theshyuru.com pot of wine.
All people thought that was a good idea.
One man drew very fast. He finished it in the blink of an eye, and of course he was given the pot of wine. At this moment, he saw that the others had not finished yet, so he wanted to flaunt (show off )his skill.
He said proudly: How slow you are! Even though I give the snake more feet and you wont finish it. Holding the wine pot in his left hand, he began to add feet to the snake with his right hand. When he was just adding feet to the snake, another man finished his drawing.
He grabbed the wine pot at once, saying: A snake has no feet. How could you add feet to it? The first one who finished drawing a snake is I, not you.
Having said this(After saying this), the man drank off the wine.