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101 Japanese idioms - 77-101

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