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The last 24 idioms from the book '101 Japanese Idioms' (http://www.amazon.com/Listen-Learn-101-Japanese-Idioms/dp/0844284963)

Excellence is shot down by mediocrity, doing better than others provokes jealousy, difference is forced into conformity

出る杭は打たれる

To be obsessively oriented toward inconsequential details, to dwell on minutiae, to split hairs

重箱の隅を(ようじで)つつく

To achieve something great just before the end (of one's career), to end with a flourish, to go out with a bang

有終の美を飾る

Insignificant participant; uninfluential presence

刺身のつま

To proceed with caution; to test the waters before jumping in

石橋をたたいて渡る

To take part in; to hold up one's end of the operation; to have a hand in

片棒をかつぐ

To give up in despair; to throw in the towel

さじを投げる

To opt for short-term solutions; to (temporarily) push aside & ignore problems

臭いものにはふたをする

Time flies, time & tide wait for no man

光陰矢のごとし

People who have been promoted beyond function; people who have been 'kicked upstairs'

窓際族

Under the table, off the books; bribery

袖の下

Once a fool, always a fool

ばか死ななきゃ治らない

A useless & completely ineffective action, a wasted effort

のれんに腕押し

Timely assistance, something that saves the day

渡り船

To vouch enthusiastically for a person, to recommend highly, virtually to guarantee a person's success

太鼓判を押す

A stepping stone for something better; for the next stage

腰かけ

A piece of cake, an easy task

朝飯前

Country bumpkin; hick; someone from the sticks

おのぼりさん

Dull, unhappy & wearisome (life)

砂をかむよう

Pioneering, innovation, original thinking

草分け

Wherever one lives, one comes to love

住めば都

I'm so ashamed, I could've died of embarassment

穴があったら入りたい

A combination of ingredients (often that don't mix well); a medly of ingredients

ちゃんぽん

An innocent girl of a good family, an over-protected daughter

箱入り娘

Having shared a common experience, having been through a lot together

同じ釜の飯を食った

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