Then what does 出类拔萃 chū lèi bá cuì means? It actually originated from a comment made by Confucian philosopher 孟子 Mèngzǐ (Mencius) on 孔子 Kǒngzǐ (Confucius). The original phrase was like this : 出于其类, 拔乎其萃 chūyú qí lèi, bá hū qí cuì. That is referring to people that was born like everyone else, yet grows into someone with extraordinary talent or capacity. Later on, the phrase was simplified into four letter idiom: 出类拔萃.
To continue our discussion at the beginning, it is a tradition for Chinese parents to expect their children to grow into an extraordinary person. Well, is it realistic? To most, no. But that tradition has almost turned into a habbit for Chinese parents to keep adding pressure to their kids. Is it good? Or bad? In my opinion, it is good, but do not go extreme. Tiger Mom in my opinion is going too far. 🙂
OK now, I believe you’ve got the idea about what does it mean for this Chinese idiom. It actually could be used on people of any age, not just kids. I’ll show you how to use it now :
lǐ qiáng de chéngjì yīzhí dōu chūlèibácuì。
Li Qiang’s academic performance has always been extraordinary.
yào xiǎng zài tónglíng rénzhōng chūlèibácuì， jiù yīdìngyào fùchū bǐ biéren duō de nǔlì。
If you want to be outstanding among your peers, you have to pay extra effort than others.