10 Japanese Idioms - 51-76

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26 terms · The third 26 idioms from the book '101 Japanese Idioms' (http://www.amazon.com/Listen-Learn-101-Japanese-Idioms/dp/0844284963)

To succeed in business, particularly one's own entreprise

一旗あげる

Uncommonly rude, having too much nerve, inconsiderate by nature

面の皮が厚い

To take off one's hat to another, to acknowledge this exceptional effort of others

頭が下がる

To speak from both sides of the mouth, to speak with a forked tongue

二枚舌を使う

A feeling of inferiority or inadequacy

肩身が狭い

Narrow shoulders

Little things add up, small effort when accumulated bring great success

ちりも積もればやまとなる

Having nerve or gall, impervious to subtleties

心臓が強い

Good advice is often unpleasant and difficult to accept

良薬口に苦し

Two heads are better than one

三人寄れば文殊の知恵

Being the object of social contempt, scorn and criticism

後ろ指をささえるよう

Perseverence wins in the end, endurance is a virtue, endurance is a virtue

石の上にも三年

To hesitate, to have second thoughts before taking an action

二の足を踏む

To try hard at something without the support of others

ひとり相撲をとる

A feeling of much reluctance, a feeling of leaving one's heart behind

後ろ髪を引かれる思い

An acknowledge that someone's criticism of oneself is correct, an indication of a prick of conscience, as if saying 'you found me out'

耳が痛い

Very crowded, jam-packed

すし詰め

Intuitive decision making, going on a gut feeling, negotiating without the use of direct words

腹芸

Very polite, modest or humble

腰が低い

To look coldly upon, to cast an unwelcoming glance

白い目で見る

To be ashamed, not knowing how to face someone

合わせる顔がない

To work at mastering one's craft, to improve and cultivate one's skill

腕を磨く

Different strokes for different folks, everyone has their own taste, 'to each his own'

十人十色

To be widely known, to have a large circle of aquaintances, to have many contacts

顔が広い

Women tend to talk a lot

女三人寄れば姦しい

Reading each other's heart or mind, wordless, yet deep understanding between two close people

以心伝心

One who tries to please everyone, one who seeks popularity at the expense of integrity

八方美人

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