To mend the fold after the sheep are lost
The title of this article is 亡羊补牢. It is a Chinese idiom that can mean “to act belatedly” or “better late than never”.
Idioms in Chinese are commonly made up of 4 characters.
In the past, a man raised a lot of sheep, but did not build a sheep pen for them.
One night, a lot of wolves ran down the hill and ate ten of his sheep. He regretted not building a sheep pen like he should have. Only after his sheep were eaten did he construct a sheep pen.
The meaning of this idiom is that events have already happened, and only then are they remedied.
1 – 羊被什么吃掉了？
2 – 狼吃掉了多少羊？