Yī yè zhàng mù
Translation: Use a leaf to cover one’s eyes.
Meaning: To be nitpicking, to focus on the small details and lose sight of the bigger picture.
There was in the State of Chu a poor scholar, who wanted very much to be rich. One day he read from a book that a mantis often hid behind a leaf to ambush its prey and that whoever was in possession of a leaf used by a mantis could….