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101 Japanese Idioms: 26-50

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