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10 Japanese Idioms - 51-76

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