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An only child in a modern Chinese family who is seen as spoiled, overly protected, or the center of excessive amounts of attention. The phenomenon (and resulting term) is seen to have arisen in large part due to China's one-child policy. It's quite plain in their house that the parents yield to the whim of their little emperor.
the emperor has no clothes
Used to describe a situation in which the general population is unwilling to recognize or admit the obvious shortcomings, issues, or flaws in a powerful or popular person or thing. Taken from the Hans Christian Andersen fable "The Emperor's New Clothes," in which a vain emperor is sold imaginary clothing (i.e., nothing at all) by two weavers who promise him that it is visible only to the wise and cannot be seen by those who are ignorant, incompetent, or unfit for their position. Fine, I'll say it—yesterday's disastrous press conference is just the latest example of how incompetent the prime minister is. How does he still have so many supporters? Why can't they see that the emperor has no clothes? The company's newest device is, in fact, a complete waste of money, but so many people are invested in their brand loyalty that they refuse to admit that the emperor has no clothes.
the emperor's new clothes
Something widely accepted as true or professed as being praiseworthy due to an unwillingness of the general population to criticize it or be seen as going against popular opinion. Taken from the Hans Christian Andersen fable of the same name, in which a vain king is sold imaginary clothing (i.e., nothing at all) by two weavers who promise him that it is visible only to the wise and cannot be seen by those who are ignorant, incompetent, or unfit for their position. The company's newest device is, in fact, a complete waste of money, but so many people are invested in their brand loyalty that they will continue to buy and adore it like the emperor's new clothes.
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the ˌemperor’s new ˈclothes,
the ˌemperor has no ˈclothesused to describe a situation in which everybody suddenly realises that they were mistaken in believing that somebody/something was very good, important, etc: Soon, investors will realize that the emperor has no clothes and there will be a big sell-off in stocks.This comes from a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Two men offer to make an emperor a new suit from a very light material which they say stupid people cannot see. When the emperor puts on the suit, nobody wants to appear stupid so they all praise his new clothes. However, when a little boy asks why the emperor has no clothes on, everybody admits that they can see no clothes and that the emperor is naked.
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- little emperor
- cuckoo in the nest
- have not seen (someone) in yonks
- have not seen (someone or something) in a dog's age
- I've seen better
- seen better
- not see hide nor hair of somebody/something
- haven't seen hide nor hair of (someone or something)
- haven't seen hide nor hair of someone/something
- haven't seen you in a long time