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Japanese Idioms





The Japanese language is filled with idioms of all sorts, from classical references from ancient Chinese to modern colloquialisms used by college students and young salaryman. Whether you are traveling to Japan for fun or on business, or are living there, you'll find idioms indispensible to understanding and using the daily language. Browse below to find the ones you want or simply explore the many possible ways to express yourself in Japanese.



迷子になる
[まいごになる, maigo ni naru] get lost; become lost

枕を高くして寝る
[まくらをたかくしてねる, makura o takaku shite neru] sleep tranquilly

まさかの時
[まさかのとき, masaka no toki] a time of need; an emergency

ますます
[ますます, masu masu] more and more, all the more

瞬く間に
[またたくまに, matataku ma ni] in a flash, in a twinkling of an eye

待ちに待った
[まちにまった, machi ni matta] long awaited

まねをする
[まねをする, mane o suru] imitate; copy

丸くおさめる
[まるくおさめる, maruku osameru] smooth over a dispute or quarrel

丸腰
[まるごし, maru-goshi] unarmed, not wearing a sword

万が一
[まんがいち, man ga ichi] just in case; in the worst case


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