狐假虎威 (Hújiăhŭwēi) is a figure of speech that means “the fox exploits the tiger’s power”. It’s used to describe someone who uses somebody else’s authority to get an advantage.
One time, a very hungry tiger spotted a fox and pounced on him, ready to devour the unlucky creature. “Stop!” shouted the unusually clever fox. “If you eat me, the gods will smite you, because I’m the Chosen One!”
“Ha”, said the tiger, “prove it!”. But the fox had a plan: If the tiger would just walk a few steps behind the fox, then he would see how every other animal in the forest would scream and run away as soon as they saw the Mighty Chosen Fox.
And indeed - with the tiger behind the fox, everyone fled in fear, and the tiger had to concede that the fox was indeed divine.
Who's going to mess with the Chosen One? Pixabay