101 Japanese Idioms: 26-50

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The second 25 idioms from the book '101 Japanese Idioms' (http://www.amazon.com/Listen-Learn-101-Japanese-Idioms/dp/0844284963)

A faint, almost inaudible voice

蚊の鳴くような声

Of no consequence, powerless

ごまめの歯軋り

Bedlam, chaotic, frenzied

蜂の巣をつついたよう

Doomed, at the hands of god, at the mercy of fate

まな板の上の鯉

Voice of authority, unchallengeable authority

鶴の一声

Leave on a good note, create a good impression before leaving for good

立つ鳥後を濁さず

Everybody and their mother (brother)

猫も杓子も

A provincial, one who has never seen the world

井の中の蛙(大海を知らず)

To rest on one's laurels, to coast, to be complacent

あぐらをかく

Brothers-in-crime, co-conspirators

同じ穴の狢

To exploit someone's weakness in negotiation, to charge what the traffic will bear

足もとを見る

Near one's death, almost dead

虫の息

To cut loose, to get rid of inhibition, letting one's hair down

羽根を伸ばす

To start over (after discarding a bad situation), to go straight

足を洗う

Swamped, shorthanded, up to one's eyeballs in work

猫の手も借りたい

Mr/Miss/Ms/Mrs Popularity, a person in great demand, being pulled in all directions

引っ張り蛸

There's no accounting for taste, some prefer nettles

たで食う虫も好き好き

Extremely small in size

猫の額

It never rains but it pours, bad things come in threes

泣き面に蜂

As shy and quiet as a kitten

借りてきた猫のよう

An unknown person with no references, a person of unknown background

馬の骨

To be ashamed, not knowing how to face someone

合わせる顔がない

Love is blind

あばたもえくぼ

Very small amount, a tad

雀の涙

Pearls before swine

猫に小判

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